Mark 7:19
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New International Version
For it doesn't go into their heart but into their stomach, and then out of the body." (In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean.)

New Living Translation
Food doesn't go into your heart, but only passes through the stomach and then goes into the sewer." (By saying this, he declared that every kind of food is acceptable in God's eyes.)

English Standard Version
since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?” (Thus he declared all foods clean.)

Berean Study Bible
because it does not enter his heart, but it goes into his stomach and then is eliminated." (Thus all foods are clean.)

Berean Literal Bible
because it does not enter into his heart, but into the belly, and goes out into the sewer?" (Thus purifying all foods.)

New American Standard Bible
because it does not go into his heart, but into his stomach, and is eliminated?" (Thus He declared all foods clean.)

King James Bible
Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For it doesn't go into his heart but into the stomach and is eliminated." (As a result, He made all foods clean.)

International Standard Version
Because it doesn't go into his heart but into his stomach, and then into the sewer, thereby expelling all foods."

NET Bible
For it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and then goes out into the sewer." (This means all foods are clean.)

New Heart English Bible
because it does not go into his heart, but into his stomach, then into the latrine, cleansing all the foods?"

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Because it does not enter his heart, but his belly, and is discharged by excretion, which purifies all foods.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
It doesn't go into his thoughts but into his stomach and then into a toilet." (By saying this, Jesus declared all foods acceptable.)

New American Standard 1977
because it does not go into his heart, but into his stomach, and is eliminated?” (Thus He declared all foods clean.)

Jubilee Bible 2000
Because it enters not into his heart, but into the belly, and the man goes out to the privy and purges all foods.

King James 2000 Bible
Because it enters not into his heart, but into the belly, and goes out into the drain, purging all foods?

American King James Version
Because it enters not into his heart, but into the belly, and goes out into the draught, purging all meats?

American Standard Version
because it goeth not into his heart, but into his belly, and goeth out into the draught? This he said , making all meats clean.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Because it entereth not into his heart, but goeth into the belly, and goeth out into the privy, purging all meats?

Darby Bible Translation
because it does not enter into his heart but into his belly, and goes out into the draught, purging all meats?

English Revised Version
because it goeth not into his heart, but into his belly, and goeth out into the draught? This he said, making all meats clean.

Webster's Bible Translation
Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all kinds of food.

Weymouth New Testament
because it does not go into his heart, but into his stomach, and passes away ejected from him?" By these words Jesus pronounced all kinds of food clean.

World English Bible
because it doesn't go into his heart, but into his stomach, then into the latrine, thus purifying all foods?"

Young's Literal Translation
because it doth not enter into his heart, but into the belly, and into the drain it doth go out, purifying all the meats.'
Study Bible
What Defiles a Man
18“Are you still so dull?” He asked. “Do you not understand? Nothing that enters a man from the outside can defile him, 19because it does not enter his heart, but it goes into his stomach and then is eliminated.” (Thus all foods are clean.) 20He continued: “What comes out of a man, that is what defiles him.…
Cross References
Matthew 15:17
"Do you not yet realize that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then is eliminated?

Mark 7:18
"Are you still so dull?" He asked. "Do you not understand? Nothing that enters a man from the outside can defile him,

Luke 11:41
But give as alms the things that are within you, and you will see that everything is clean for you.

Acts 10:15
The voice spoke to him a second time: "Do not call anything impure that God has made clean."

Acts 11:9
But the voice spoke from heaven a second time, 'Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.'

Romans 14:1
Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on his opinions.

Colossians 2:16
Therefore let no one judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a festival, a New Moon, or a Sabbath.
Treasury of Scripture

Because it enters not into his heart, but into the belly, and goes out into the draught, purging all meats?

Matthew 15:17 Do not you yet understand, that whatever enters in at the mouth goes …

1 Corinthians 6:13 Meats for the belly, and the belly for meats: but God shall destroy …

Colossians 2:21,22 (Touch not; taste not; handle not…

(19) It entereth not into his heart.--The words are not in St. Matthew, and emphasise the contrast with what follows. The "heart" is, after the common Hebrew idiom, the symbol of the mind as well as the affections. (Comp. Proverbs 7:7; Proverbs 9:4; Proverbs 9:16; Proverbs 10:13, in all of which "understanding" stands for the Hebrew of "heart.")

Purging all meats.--This also is peculiar to St. Mark, and presents some difficulties. In the commonly received text, the participle is in the neuter nominative, agreeing with the nominative to the verb "goeth out." But in this construction it is difficult to see in what sense that which goeth into the mouth--itself an article of food, with no special character--can be said to purge or cleanse all other forms of food. The better MSS., however, give the participle in the masculine. This has been explained by many as a grammatical anomaly, and the participle being treated as if it agreed (though in a different case) with the word "draught" or "cesspool," the latter is said to cleanse all meats, as removing the excreta, or impure parts, from them, and leaving only that which nourishes the body. A far better construction, both as to grammar and meaning, is found by making the word "purging," or better, cleansing, agree with the subject of the verb "He saith," in Mark 7:18--"He saith this . . . and in so saying, cleanseth all meats." So taken, the words anticipate, in almost the same terms, the truth of Acts 10:15, "What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common." The construction is tenable grammatically, has the support of high authority both ancient and modern, and obviously gives a much better sense. It is a possible conjecture that the words "cleansing all meats" may have been, at first, a marginal note (like the addition in Mark 7:16), attached to "He saith," and have afterwards found their way into the text.

Because it entereth not into his heart,.... Which is the seat and fountain of all moral pollution; and if that is not defiled, no other part can be; and that that is not defiled by eating and drinking, unless in case of intemperance, is clear; because food and drink do not go into it:

but into the belly; it is taken in at the mouth, goes down the throat, and is received into the stomach, and from thence it passes through the bowels:

and goeth into the draught; , "the private house", as the Jews call it, without going into the heart at all:

purging all meats; that which it leaves behind, is pure and nourishing; and whatever is gross and impure, is carried with it into the draught, so that nothing remains in the man that is defiling. 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.
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