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61.

Inward
Cleansing.

Matt. 15: 1-20.
Mark 7: 1-23.

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INWARD CLEANSING.

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ND there are gathered together unto him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes, who had come from Jerusalem, and had seen that some of his disciples ate their bread with defiled, that is, unwashen hands. For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands diligently, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders: and when they come from the marketplace, except they baptize themselves, they eat not: and many other things there be, which they have received to hold, baptizings of cups, and pots, and brazen vessels.

And the Pharisees and the scribes ask him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat their bread with defiled hands? And he said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition? Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoreth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. But in vain do they worship me, teaching as their doctrines the precepts of men. Ye leave the commandment of God, and hold fast the tradition of men.

And he said unto them, Full well do ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your tradition. For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and, He that speaketh evil of father or mother, let him die the death: but ye say, If a man shall say to his father or his mother, That wherewith thou mightest have been profited by me is Corban, that is to say, Given to God; he shall not honour his father; ye no longer suffer him to do aught for his father or his mother; making void the word of God by your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things ye do.

And he called to him the multitude again, and said unto them, Hear me all of you, and understand: There is nothing from without the man, that going into him can defile him:

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but the things which proceed out of the man are those that defile the man. Not that which entereth into the mouth defileth the man; but that which proceedeth out of the mouth, this defileth the man.

Then came the disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were caused to stumble, when they heard this saying? But he answered and said, Every plant which my heavenly Father planted not, shall be rooted up. Let them alone: they are blind guides. And if the blind guide the blind, both shall fall into a pit.

And when he was entered into the house from the multitude, his disciples and Peter asked of him the parable. And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Perceive ye not, that whatsoever from without goeth into the man, it cannot defile him; because whatsoever goeth into the mouth goeth not into his heart, but into his belly, and goeth out into the draught? [This he said,] making all meats clean. But the things which proceed out of the mouth come forth out of the heart; and they defile the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, come forth evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, false witness, covetings, wickednesses, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, railing, pride, foolishness: all these evil things proceed from within, and these are the things which defile the man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not the man.

62.

The Sidonian

Journey.

Matt. 15: 21-28.
Mark 7: 24-30.

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ND from thence Jesus arose, and withdrew into the borders of Tyre and Sidon. And he entered into a house, and would have no man know it: and he could not be hid. But behold, straightway a Canaanitish woman, whose little daughter had an unclean came from out those borders, Now the woman was a Greek, a

spirit, having heard of him, and fell down at his feet. Syrophoenician by race.

MANY MIRACLES OF HEALING.

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And she besought him that he would cast forth the devil out of her daughter, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. But he answered and said, I was not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

But she came and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. And he answered and said unto her, Let the children first be filled for it is not meet to take the children's bread and cast it to the dogs. But she answered and saith unto him, Yea, Lord for even the dogs under the table eat of the children's crumbs which fall from their masters' table.

Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it done unto thee even as thou wilt. For this saying go thy way; the devil is gone out of thy daughter. And her daughter was healed from that hour. And she went away unto her house, and found the child laid upon the bed, and the devil gone out.

63. Many Miracles

of
Healing.

Matt. 15: 29-31.
Mark 7:31-37.

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ND Jesus departed from the borders of Tyre, and came through Sidon nigh unto the sea of Galilee, through the midst of the borders of Decapolis; and he went up into the mountain, and sat there. And there came unto him great multitudes, having with them the lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and they cast them down at his feet; and he healed them: insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb speaking, the maimed whole, and the lame walking, and the blind seeing: and they glorified the God of Israel.

And they bring unto him one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech; and they beseech him to lay his hand upon him. And he took him aside from the multitude privately, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat, and

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touched his tongue; and looking up to heaven, he sighed, and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened. And his ears were opened, and the bond of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain. And he charged them that they should tell no man but the more he charged them, so much the more a great deal they published it. And they were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh even the deaf to hear, and the dumb to speak.

64.

The Feeding

of

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ND in those days when there was again

a great multitude, and they had nothing to eat, Jesus called unto him his disciples, Four Thousand. and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days and have nothing to eat

Matt. 15: 32-39.

Mark 8: 1-10.

and I would not send them away: if I send them away fasting to their home, they will faint in the way; and some of them are come from far. And his disciples answered him, Whence should we have so many loaves here in a desert place, as to fill so great a multitude?

And Jesus saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven, and a few small fishes. And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground; and he took the seven loaves and the fishes; and he gave thanks and brake, and gave to his disciples, to set before them; and they set them before the multitude. And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up that which remained over of the broken pieces, seven baskets full. And they that did eat were four thousand men, beside women and children, and he sent them away.

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Pharisees

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ND he sent away the multitudes, and straightway entered into the boat with

Demand a Sign. his disciples and came into the parts of

Matt. 16: 1-12.

Mark 8: 11-21.

Dalmanutha, into the borders of Magadan.
And the Pharisees and Sadducees came,

PHARISEES DEMAND A SIGN.

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and tempting him asked him to shew them a sign from heaven. But he sighed deeply in his spirit, and said unto them, Why doth this generation seek a sign? When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the heaven is red. And in the morning, It will be foul weather to-day: for the heaven is red and lowering. Ye know how to discern the face of the heaven; but ye cannot discern the signs of the times. An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given unto it, but the sign of Jonah. And he left them, and again entering into the boat departed to the other side.

And the disciples forgot to take bread, and they had not in the boat with them more than one loaf. And Jesus charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees, and the leaven of Herod. And they reasoned one with another, saying, We have no bread. And Jesus perceiving it said unto them, O ye of little faith, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? do ye not yet perceive, neither remember, neither understand? have ye your heart hardened? Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember? When I brake the five loaves among the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces took ye up? They say unto him, Twelve. And when the seven among the four thousand, how many basketfuls of broken pieces took ye up? And they say unto him, Seven. And he said unto them, Do ye not yet understand? How is it that ye do not perceive that I spake not to you concerning bread?

Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

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