Matthew 15:11
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New International Version
What goes into someone's mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them."

New Living Translation
It's not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth."

English Standard Version
it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.”

New American Standard Bible
"It is not what enters into the mouth that defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man."

King James Bible
Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
It's not what goes into the mouth that defiles a man, but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man."

International Standard Version
It is not what goes into the mouth that makes a person unclean. It is what comes out of the mouth that makes a person unclean."

NET Bible
What defiles a person is not what goes into the mouth; it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles a person."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“It is not the thing that enters the mouth that defiles a man, but the thing that proceeds from the mouth that defiles a man.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
What goes into a person's mouth doesn't make him unclean. It's what comes out of the mouth that makes a person unclean."

Jubilee Bible 2000
not that which goes into the mouth defiles the man; but that which comes out of the mouth, this defiles the man.

King James 2000 Bible
Not that which goes into the mouth defiles a man; but that which comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.

American King James Version
Not that which goes into the mouth defiles a man; but that which comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.

American Standard Version
Not that which entereth into the mouth defileth the man; but that which proceedeth out of the mouth, this defileth the man.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man: but what cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.

Darby Bible Translation
Not what enters into the mouth defiles the man; but what goes forth out of the mouth, this defiles the man.

English Revised Version
Not that which entereth into the mouth defileth the man; but that which proceedeth out of the mouth, this defileth the man.

Webster's Bible Translation
Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.

Weymouth New Testament
It is not what goes into a man's mouth that defiles him; but it is what comes out of his mouth--*that* defiles a man."

World English Bible
That which enters into the mouth doesn't defile the man; but that which proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man."

Young's Literal Translation
not that which is coming into the mouth doth defile the man, but that which is coming forth from the mouth, this defileth the man.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

15:10-20 Christ shows that the defilement they ought to fear, was not from what entered their mouths as food, but from what came out of their mouths, which showed the wickedness of their hearts. Nothing will last in the soul but the regenerating graces of the Holy Spirit; and nothing should be admitted into the church but what is from above; therefore, whoever is offended by a plain, seasonable declaration of the truth, we should not be troubled at it. The disciples ask to be better taught as to this matter. Where a weak head doubts concerning any word of Christ, an upright heart and a willing mind seek for instruction. It is the heart that is desperately wicked, Jer 17:9, for there is no sin in word or deed, which was not first in the heart. They all come out of the man, and are fruits of that wickedness which is in the heart, and is wrought there. When Christ teaches, he will show men the deceitfulness and wickedness of their own hearts; he will teach them to humble themselves, and to seek to be cleansed in the Fountain opened for sin and uncleanness.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 11. - Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man. The word rendered "defileth" (κοινοῖ) means "renders common," in opposition to ἁγιάζειν, "to separate" for God's use; hence the verb, ethically applied, signifies "to contract guilt." The rabbis taught that certain meats of themselves polluted the soul, made it abominable in God's sight. This was a perversion of the law respecting clean and unclean food. The pollution or guilt arose, not from the nature of the meat, but from the eating of it in contravention of a positive command. It was the disobedience, not the food, which affected the soul. It is remarkable that these distinctions of meats still obtain among half the civilized inhabitants of the world - Buddhists, Hindoos, Mohammedans - and that one of the hardest tasks of Christian missionaries is to make men understand the non-importance of these differences. We do not see that Christ here abrogated the Levitical Law, but he certainly prepared the way for its supersession and transformation. But he made no sudden and violent change in the constituted order of things. Indeed, some distinctions were maintained in apostolical times, as we read in Acts 10:14; Acts 15:20, 29; and it was only gradually, and as circumstances made their observation impossible, that such ceremonial obligations were regarded as obsolete. It is, perhaps, with the view of not shocking inveterate prejudice, that he does not say, "No food whatever defileth," but "That which goeth into the mouth" defileth not, referring especially to the notion above reprehended, that eating with unwashen hands polluted the food taken and the soul of the person who consumed it. Our Lord says nothing of excess, e.g. gluttony and drunkenness, which, of course, has a polluting and deteriorating effect on the moral nature (see Luke 21:34). But that which cometh out of the mouth. In the former sentence the mouth is regarded simply as the instrument for receiving food and preparing it for digestion; in this sentence it is considered as the organ of the heart, that which gives outward expression to inward thoughts and conceptions. Fillion distinguishes them as "la bouche physique, et la bouche morale." Philo has well said, "The mouth is that by which, as Plato puts it, mortal things enter, and whence immortal things issue. For therein pass meat and drink, the perishable food of a perishable body; but from it proceed words, immortal laws of an immortal soul, by which the rational life is directed and governed" ('De Mundi Opif.,' § 40). Defileth a man. Pollutes his soul, not with merely ceremonial defilement, but intrinsically and morally. Of course, our Lord is referring to evil words, etc., as he explains in ver. 19. For the mouth may give utterance to God's praise, words of love, sympathy, edification. But the evil in a man's heart will show itself in his mouth; and the open expression will react on the wicked thought, and make it more substantial, deadly, and operative.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth the man,.... No sorts of meats, or drinks, or whatever is proper food for men, or manner of eating and drinking them, when moderately used, defile a man, or render him loathsome and odious in the sight God. This is directly opposite to the notions of the Jews, who say (d), that

"forbidden meats are unclean themselves, "and defile both body and soul".''

The first food of man was herbs; after the flood he had an allowance of the flesh of beasts, without distinction; under the Levitical dispensation, a difference of meats was enjoined to be observed; the laws respecting that distinction are now abolished, and not binding on us under the Gospel dispensation. Some scruples, about some of these things, did arise among the first Christians; but in process of time these difficulties were got over: nor is there any religion in abstinence from any sort of food; men, indeed, on a "physical" account, ought to be careful what they eat and drink, but not on a religious one; moderation in all ought to be used; and whatever is ate or drank, should be received with thankfulness, and done to the glory of God, and then no defilement can arise from hence:

but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man. It is sin, and that only, which takes its rise from the heart, lies in thought, and is either expressed by the mouth, or performed by some outward action, which defiles the man, and renders him loathsome, abominable, and odious in the sight of God. The heart is the source of all evil; the pollution of it is very early, and very general, reaching to all the powers and faculties of the soul; which shows the ignorance of some, and folly of others, that talk of, and trust to the goodness of their hearts; and also the necessity of new hearts and right spirits being formed and created; and that the sinful thoughts of the heart, and the lusts thereof, are defiling to men; and that they are sinful in God's account, and abominable in his sight; that they are loathsome to sensible sinners, and are to be repented of, and forsaken by them; and need the pardoning grace of God or otherwise will be brought into judgment. Sinful words, which, through the abundance of wickedness in the heart, come out of the mouth, have the same influence and effect: words are of a defiling nature; with these men pollute both themselves and others: the tongue, though a little member, defiles the whole body; and evil and corrupt communication proceeding out of the mouth, corrupts the best of manners, and renders men loathsome to God, and liable to his awful judgment. And this is the nature of all sinful actions; they are what God can take no pleasure in; they are disagreeable, to a sensible mind; they leave a stain, which can never be removed by any thing the creature can do; nothing short of the blood of Christ can cleanse from it; and inasmuch as they are frequently committed, there is need of continual application to it. These are now the things men should be concerned about, as of a defiling nature; and not about meats and drinks, and the manner of using them, whether with hands washed, or unwashed.

(d) Tzeror Hammor, fol. 142. 1.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

11. Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man—This is expressed even more emphatically in Mark (Mr 7:15, 16), and it is there added, "If any man have ears to hear, let him hear." As in Mt 13:9, this so oft-repeated saying seems designed to call attention to the fundamental and universal character of the truth it refers to.

Matthew 15:11 Additional Commentaries
Context
What Defiles a Man
10After Jesus called the crowd to Him, He said to them, "Hear and understand. 11"It is not what enters into the mouth that defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man." 12Then the disciples came and said to Him, "Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this statement?"…
Cross References
Matthew 15:10
Jesus called the crowd to him and said, "Listen and understand.

Matthew 15:12
Then the disciples came to him and asked, "Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?"

Matthew 15:18
But the things that come out of a person's mouth come from the heart, and these defile them.

Acts 10:14
"Surely not, Lord!" Peter replied. "I have never eaten anything impure or unclean."

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

1 Timothy 4:3
They forbid people to marry and order them to abstain from certain foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and who know the truth.

James 3:6
The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one's life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
Treasury of Scripture

Not that which goes into the mouth defiles a man; but that which comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.

that which goeth.

Mark 7:15 There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile …

Luke 11:38-41 And when the Pharisee saw it, he marveled that he had not first washed …

Acts 10:14,15 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that …

Acts 11:8,9 But I said, Not so, Lord: for nothing common or unclean has at any …

Romans 14:14,17,20 I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing …

1 Timothy 4:4,5 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if …

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

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

but.

Matthew 15:18-20 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the …

Matthew 12:34-37 O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? …

Psalm 10:7 His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue …

Psalm 12:2 They speak vanity every one with his neighbor: with flattering lips …

Psalm 52:2-4 The tongue devises mischiefs; like a sharp razor, working deceitfully…

Psalm 58:3,4 The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as …

Isaiah 37:23 Whom have you reproached and blasphemed? and against whom have you …

Isaiah 59:3-5,13-15 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; …

Jeremiah 9:3-6 And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are …

Romans 3:13,14 Their throat is an open sepulcher; with their tongues they have used …

James 3:5-8 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasts great things. …

2 Peter 2:18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through …

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