Mark 7:15
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New International Version
Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them."

New Living Translation
It's not what goes into your body that defiles you; you are defiled by what comes from your heart."

English Standard Version
There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.”

New American Standard Bible
there is nothing outside the man which can defile him if it goes into him; but the things which proceed out of the man are what defile the man.

King James Bible
There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Nothing that goes into a person from outside can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.

International Standard Version
Nothing that goes into a person from the outside can make him unclean. It's what comes out of a person that makes a person unclean.

NET Bible
There is nothing outside of a person that can defile him by going into him. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles him."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“There is nothing outside of a man that enters into him that can defile him, but the thing that proceeds from him, that is what defiles the man.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Nothing that goes into a person from the outside can make him unclean. It's what comes out of a person that makes him unclean.

Jubilee Bible 2000
there is nothing from outside the man that entering into him can defile him, but the things which come out of him, those are what defile the man.

King James 2000 Bible
There is nothing from outside a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.

American King James Version
There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.

American Standard Version
there is nothing from without the man, that going into him can defile him; but the things which proceed out of the man are those that defile the man.

Douay-Rheims Bible
There is nothing from without a man that entering into him, can defile him. But the things which come from a man, those are they that defile a man.

Darby Bible Translation
There is nothing from outside a man entering into him which can defile him; but the things which go out from him, those it is which defile the man.

English Revised Version
there is nothing from without the man, that going into him can defile him: but the things which proceed out of the man are those that defile the man.

Webster's Bible Translation
There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him, can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.

Weymouth New Testament
There is nothing outside a man which entering him can make him unclean; but it is the things which come out of a man that make him unclean."

World English Bible
There is nothing from outside of the man, that going into him can defile him; but the things which proceed out of the man are those that defile the man.

Young's Literal Translation
there is nothing from without the man entering into him that is able to defile him, but the things coming out from him, those are the things defiling the man.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

7:14-23 Our wicked thoughts and affections, words and actions, defile us, and these only. As a corrupt fountain sends forth corrupt streams, so does a corrupt heart send forth corrupt reasonings, corrupt appetites and passions, and all the wicked words and actions that come from them. A spiritual understanding of the law of God, and a sense of the evil of sin, will cause a man to seek for the grace of the Holy Spirit, to keep down the evil thoughts and affections that work within.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

There is nothing from without a man,.... As any sort of food and drink, whether it be received, with, or without washing of the hands:

that entering into him can defile him; in a moral sense, or render him loathsome and unacceptable in the sight of God:

but the things which come out of him; the Arabic: version reads, "out of the mouth of man", as in Matthew 15:11, for the things are, all sinful words which proceed from the imaginations and lusts of the heart; as all idle, unchaste, blasphemous, and wrathful words and expressions: and may include evil thoughts, words, and actions; which actions first in thought, take their rise from the corrupt heart of man; and in word, come out of the mouth; and in action, are performed by some one or other of the members of the body: these are

they that defile the man: his mind and conscience, the faculties of his soul, and the members of his body; and render him abominable in the sight of God, and expose him to his wrath and displeasure; See Gill on Matthew 15:11. The sense of the whole is, that not what a man eats and drinks, and in whatsoever way he does either, though he may eat and drink with unwashen hands, or out of cups, pots, and platters, not properly washed, according to the traditions of the elders, renders him a polluted sinful man, in the sight of God; or such as one, whose company and conversation are to be, avoided by good men; but that it is sin in the heart, and what proceeds from it; as all evil thoughts, wicked words, and impure actions; which denominate a man filthy and unclean, and expose him to the abhorrence of God, and of his people: the words may be rendered, "there is nothing from without a man, can make him common"; that is, as a plebeian, a vulgar common man, a sinful wicked man, as the common people were, or at least were so esteemed by the Pharisees; nothing that he took into his body, by eating or drinking, could put him into the class of such persons: "but the things which come out of him"; out of his heart, by his lips: "those are they that make a man common"; or a vulgar wicked man. The Ethiopic version renders it, "it is not what enters from without into the mouth of man, which can defile him; but only what goes out of the heart man, this defiles the man": the Persic version adds, "and is the sin of death"; or sin unto death, a deadly, mortal sin.



Mark 7:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
What Defiles a Man
14After He called the crowd to Him again, He began saying to them, "Listen to Me, all of you, and understand: 15there is nothing outside the man which can defile him if it goes into him; but the things which proceed out of the man are what defile the man. 16"If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear."…
Cross References
Mark 7:14
Again Jesus called the crowd to him and said, "Listen to me, everyone, and understand this.

Mark 7:16
If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.
Treasury of Scripture

There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man.

There. Though it is very true, says Dr. Doddridge, that a man may bring guilt upon himself by eating to excess, and a Jew, by eating what was forbidden by the Mosaic law; yet still the pollution would arise from the wickedness of the heart, and be just proportionable to it, which is all our Lord asserts.

nothing.

Mark 7:18-20 And he said to them, Are you so without understanding also? Do you …

Leviticus 11:42-47 Whatever goes on the belly, and whatever goes on all four, or whatever …

Acts 10:14-16,28 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that …

Acts 11:8-10 But I said, Not so, Lord: for nothing common or unclean has at any …

Acts 15:20,21 But that we write to them, that they abstain from pollutions of idols, …

Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, …

1 Corinthians 10:25 Whatever is sold in the shambles, that eat, asking no question for …

1 Timothy 4:3-5 Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats…

Titus 1:15 To the pure all things are pure: but to them that are defiled and …

Hebrews 9:10 Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal …

Hebrews 13:9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is …

but.

Mark 7:20-23 And he said, That which comes out of the man, that defiles the man…

Proverbs 4:23 Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

Matthew 12:34 O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? …

Matthew 15:16 And Jesus said, Are you also yet without understanding?

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