Mark 7Return to index page
1. And the Pharisees and scribes who came from Jerusalem, gathered around him,
2. And they saw some* of his disciples eating bread without washing their hands, and they were shocked.
3. For all the Jews and Pharisees, if they do not wash their hands, they do not eat, because they hold to the tradition* of the priests.
4. And if they [come] from the marketplace, if they do not bathe, they do not eat. And there are many other [traditions] that they accept and observe, the washing* of bowls and dishes and copper plates and mats.
5. And the scribes and Pharisees asked him, "Why do your disciples not follow the tradition of the priests, except they do not wash their hands before they eat?"
6. However, he said to them, "The prophet Isaiah prophesied beautifully about you, hypocrites, as he wrote,
'These people, with their lips they honor me,
...but their heart is very far from me.
7. " 'And they fear me through their vanity,
...as they teach the knowledge of humanity.'
8. "For you have discarded the commandments of Allaha, and held on to the traditions of humanity, the washing of pots and dishes, and many similar things."
9. He said to them, "How beautifully you cancel the commandments of Allaha when you uphold your ritual.
10. "For Moses said, 'Honor your father and mother, and whoever batters his father of mother, will die the [final] death.'
11. "You, however, condone* a man who says to his father or mother, 'My offering to Allaha through my tithing,' is your reward,*
12. "And thus you do not leave him anything to do for his father or mother.
13. "And you denigrate the Milta of Allaha for the sake of your adherence to so many such rituals like these, that you perform."
14. And Eashoa called all the crowd and said to them, "Listen to me all of you and learn.
15. "There is nothing outside of a human being that enters him, which can degrade him. Except, what comes out of him, that is what degrades a human being.
16. "Whoever has ears that hear, listen."
17. As Eashoa left the crowd and entered the house, however, the disciples asked him about this parable,
18. And he said to them, "So you are also ignorant of this. Did you not know that anything that enters the human being from outside, cannot degrade him?
19. "It was not his heart that it entered, except his stomach, and is excreted in the cleansing of all food.
20. "However, that which emerges from the human being, is what degrades the human being.
21. "For it is from the inside of the heart of humanity that emerge evil thoughts, fornication, prostitution, theft, murder.
22. "Cheating, corruption, conspiracy, treason, enviousness*, blasphemy, arrogance, folly.
23. "These are all wickedness that emerge from inside and degrade the human being."
24. And from there Eashoa rose and came to the district of Tyre and Saidon, and he entered a house and did not wish that anyone* should know of his presence, and he could not hide.
25. For at once a woman heard about it,* her daughter was possessed by an evil spirit, and she came and fell before his feet.
26. However, the woman was a pagan of Syria's Phoenicians. And she wanted him to cast out the demon from her daughter.
27. And Eashoa said to her, "Let the children be satisfied first. For it is not well* that the bread of the children be consecrated and thrown to the dogs."
28. She replied and said to him, "Yes, my Maryah, even the dogs get to eat of the consecrated crumbs that [fall] beneath."
29. Eashoa said to her, "Go, because of your recognition,* the demon has left your daughter."
30. And she went to her house, and found her daughter in bed and the demon had left her.
31. Again Eashoa went out of the district of Tyre and Saidon, and came to the Sea of Galilee, to the Decapolis*.
32. And they brought to him a mute man, who could not utter [a sound,] and they asked him to lay his hand over him.
33. And he took him away from the crowd by himself, and he placed his fingers on his ears,
34. And he spat, and he touched his tongue and gazed at heaven and sighed, and he said to him, "Open up."
35. And in that very hour, his ears opened up, and his tongue was untied and he spoke plainly.
36. And he admonished them to tell no one,* and no matter how much he admonished them, the more they preached.
37. And they were increasingly amazed, and they said, "He restores everything,* the mutes, he makes them hear, and those who cannot speak, he makes them speak.
*7:2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Human [beings.]"
*7:3 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Muslimation." When tradition turns to ritual.
*7:4 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Baptism," or "immersion."
*7:11.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "...say, if..."
*7:11.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Increases for you."
*7:22 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Evil eye."
*7:24 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "That a human [being.]"
*7:25 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Because of it."
*7:27 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Beautiful."
*7:29 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "This Milta." Reference to her calling him "Maryah."
*7:31 Lit. Aramaic: "The district of the Ten Cities."
*7:36 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "No human [being.]"
*7:37 Lit. Ar. expression: "He makes everything beautiful."