Testament of Matthew

Matthew 15

1. Then the Pharisees and the scribes came to him from Jerusalem and said,
2. "Why do your disciples forgo the ritual* of the priests and not wash their hands when they eat bread?"
3. Jesus replied and told them, "Why also you forgo the commandment of God for the sake of your ritual?
4. "For God said,

Honor your father and mother,
and whoever batters* his father or mother,
will die [the final] Death.

5. "You, however, say, 'Whoever says to his father and mother, "My offering is that which you receive from me," is not* honoring his father or mother.'
6. "And you have disregarded the Manifestation of God for the sake of your rituals.
7. "O, hypocrites, Isaiah prophesied well against you and said,

8. "This people honor me with their lips,
though their hearts are very far from me.
9. "And through ignorance* they fear me,
while teaching the knowledge of human commandments."

10. And he called the crowds and told them, "Listen and learn.
11. "It is not what enters the mouth that debases* the human being,
except what comes out of the mouth,
that is what debases the human being."
12. Then his disciples came to him and told him, Do you know that the Pharisees, who heard this manifestation took offense?"
13. However, he replied and told them, "Whichever plant that my Father in heaven did not plant, shall be uprooted.
14. "Let them be. They are the blind that rescue the blind; however, if the blind lead the blind, both of them fall in the pit."
15. Simon the Rock [Peter] replied and said to him, "Explain to us this parable."
16. He said to them, "Until now you too have not learned?
17. "Do you not know that what enters the mouth, goes to the stomach, and from there is excreted at the cleansing?
18. "However, what emerges from the mouth comes from the heart, and that is what debases the human being.
19. "For from the heart come evil thoughts, adultery, murder, prostitution, robberies, false testimony, blasphemies.
20. These are what debase the human being. However, if people* eat without washing their hands, they are not debased.

21. And Jesus left there and came to the district of Tyre and Sidon.
22. And, behold, a Caananite woman from those districts came crying out, saying, "Be merciful to me, my Lord, son of David. My daughter is terribly bewitched."
23. However, he did not pay her attention.* And his disciples came asking him, saying, "She will begin yelling after us."
24. He replied and told them, "I have not sent forth, except for the sheep that have been lost from the house of Israel."
25. However, the woman worshipped him and said, "My Lord, be merciful to me."
26. Jesus told her, "It is not well to degrade the bread of the children and throw it to the dogs."
27. However, she said, "Yes, my Lord, but even dogs eat of the crumbs that fall from the table of their masters and live."
28. Then Jesus told her, "O, woman, great is your faith! May it be as you wish." And her daughter was healed from that hour.

29. And Jesus passed from there, and came to the side of the Sea of Galilee, and he climbed the mountain and sat there.
30. And there came to him great crowds, having with them paralytics and blind and mute and depressed and many others. and they threw them at the feet of Jesus, and he healed them.
31. Those crowds were amazed as they saw the mute speaking and the depressed cheerful and the paralytics walking and the blind seeing, and they glorified the God of Israel.

32. However, Jesus called his disciples and said to them, "I will be merciful to this people*, that, behold, they have stuck with me three days and they have nothing to eat. And to send them off, fasting as they are, I do not wish it, as [I do not want them] to be weary on the road*."

33. His disciples said to him, "What bread have we in the wilderness, with which to satisfy all this crowd?"
34. Jesus said to them, "How many loaves do you have?" They said, "Seven, and a few tiny fish."
35. And he invited the crowds to sit down and eat on the ground.
36. And he took the seven breads and the fish, and he glorified and broke them and gave to his disciples and his disciples gave to the crowds.
37. And they all ate and were satisfied, and they took up seven basketfuls of leftover pieces.
38. Those that ate were four thousand men, besides the women and children.
39. And as he released the crowds, he went aboard the sail boat and came to the district of Magadan.
*15:2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Muslimation," or adherence.
*15:4 Lit. Ar. id.: Or assault with intention to kill.
*15:5 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "And not."
*15:9 Lit. Ar. id.: "Emptily," or vainly.
*15:11 Lit. Ar. id.: "Degrades," "defiles," "diminishes," or "ages."
*15:20 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "A human [being]."
*15:23 Lit. Ar. expression: "Did not consider for her an argument."
*15:32.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Crowds," or "congregation."
*15:32.2 Lit. Ar. idiom retained: "Journey."

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