Matthew 15:15
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New International Version
Peter said, "Explain the parable to us."

New Living Translation
Then Peter said to Jesus, "Explain to us the parable that says people aren't defiled by what they eat."

English Standard Version
But Peter said to him, “Explain the parable to us.”

New American Standard Bible
Peter said to Him, "Explain the parable to us."

King James Bible
Then answered Peter and said unto him, Declare unto us this parable.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then Peter replied to Him, "Explain this parable to us."

International Standard Version
Then Peter told him, "Explain to us this parable."

NET Bible
But Peter said to him, "Explain this parable to us."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Shimeon Kaypha answered and said to him: “My Lord, explain to us this parable.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Peter said to him, "Explain this illustration to us."

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Peter answered and said unto him, Declare unto us this parable.

King James 2000 Bible
Then answered Peter and said unto him, Declare unto us this parable.

American King James Version
Then answered Peter and said to him, Declare to us this parable.

American Standard Version
And Peter answered and said unto him, Declare unto us the parable.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Peter answering, said to him: Expound to us this parable.

Darby Bible Translation
And Peter answering said to him, Expound to us this parable.

English Revised Version
And Peter answered and said unto him, Declare unto us the parable.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then answered Peter and said to him, Declare to us this parable.

Weymouth New Testament
"Explain to us this figurative language," said Peter.

World English Bible
Peter answered him, "Explain the parable to us."

Young's Literal Translation
And Peter answering said to him, 'Explain to us this simile.'
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 15. - Then answered Peter. The disciples could not understand the apparent depreciation of the external in religion; they did not see the meaning of what Christ had said. Peter, as their mouthpiece, asked for further explanation. Declare; φράσον: edissere. Explain. Parable. The word in an extended sense is used of any hard, enigmatical saying or figurative expression. The term here is applied to the statement in ver. 11. The apostles did not comprehend the minimizing of the rules concerning purification, and the possibility of a man being defiled by what proceeded from his mouth. Inveterate prejudices die hard, and it is difficult to emancipate one's self from old modes of thought.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Then answered Peter,.... Mark says, "his disciples asked him concerning the parable"; which might be by the mouth of Peter; who, probably, being the eldest man, and very forward to speak, was generally their spokesman: and who, at this time, might be requested, by the rest, to ask the meaning of the parable, which had given offence to the Pharisees, and was not clearly understood by them; which he accordingly did:

and said unto him, declare unto us this parable; that not what goes into the mouth, but what comes out of it, defiles the man; which, though expressed in very plain words, and easy to be understood, yet did not appear clear to their understandings; and seemed to be contrary, not only to the traditions of the elders, but to the laws of God, respecting the difference of clean and unclean meats; and therefore call it a "parable", and desire an explanation of it.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

15. Then answered Peter and said unto him, Declare unto us this parable—"when He was entered into the house from the people," says Mark (Mr 7:17).

Matthew 15:15 Additional Commentaries
Context
What Defiles a Man
14"Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit." 15Peter said to Him, "Explain the parable to us." 16Jesus said, "Are you still lacking in understanding also?…
Cross References
Matthew 13:18
"Listen then to what the parable of the sower means:

Matthew 13:36
Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, "Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field."

Matthew 15:16
"Are you still so dull?" Jesus asked them.

Mark 7:17
After he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about this parable.
Treasury of Scripture

Then answered Peter and said to him, Declare to us this parable.

Declare.

Matthew 13:36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and …

Mark 4:34 But without a parable spoke he not to them: and when they were alone, …

Mark 7:17 And when he was entered into the house from the people, his disciples …

John 16:29 His disciples said to him, See, now speak you plainly, and speak no proverb.

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