Matthew 15:17
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New International Version
"Don't you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body?

New Living Translation
"Anything you eat passes through the stomach and then goes into the sewer.

English Standard Version
Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is expelled?

New American Standard Bible
"Do you not understand that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and is eliminated?

King James Bible
Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"Don't you realize that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is eliminated?

International Standard Version
Don't you know that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and then is expelled as waste?

NET Bible
Don't you understand that whatever goes into the mouth enters the stomach and then passes out into the sewer?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Do you not know that anything that enters the mouth goes to the belly and is cast out from there in excretion?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Don't you know that whatever goes into the mouth goes into the stomach and then into a toilet?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Do not ye yet understand that whatever enters in at the mouth goes into the belly and is cast out into the draught?

King James 2000 Bible
Do you not yet understand, that whatsoever enters in at the mouth goes into the belly, and is cast out into the drain?

American King James Version
Do not you yet understand, that whatever enters in at the mouth goes into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?

American Standard Version
Perceive ye not, that whatsoever goeth into the mouth passeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Do you not understand, that whatsoever entereth into the mouth, goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the privy?

Darby Bible Translation
Do ye not yet apprehend, that everything that enters into the mouth finds its way into the belly, and is cast forth into the draught?

English Revised Version
Perceive ye not, that whatsoever goeth into the mouth passeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?

Webster's Bible Translation
Do ye not yet understand, that whatever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?

Weymouth New Testament
Do you not understand that whatever enters the mouth passes into the stomach and is afterwards ejected from the body?

World English Bible
Don't you understand that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the belly, and then out of the body?

Young's Literal Translation
do ye not understand that all that is going into the mouth doth pass into the belly, and into the drain is cast forth?
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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 17. - Whatsoever entereth in at the mouth, etc. Food taken into the mouth goes into the stomach, is assimilated into the bodily system, and its refuse passes away to the draught (ἀφεδρῶνα), the necessary house. It has nothing to do with the heart or the moral being; it affects only the material organization, and has no connection with the spiritual. Christ does not concern himself with questions, which modern philosophers would attempt to solve, concerning the mutual influence of soul and body, the animal and spiritual nature; he puts forth an argument which every one could receive, plain even to those "without understanding." This is the elucidation of the first part of ver. 11. The further explanation follows in vers. 18, 19.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Do not ye understand,.... You must understand, you cannot be so ignorant,

that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth, goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? that is, that whatsoever food a man takes in at his mouth, he swallows down, and it is received into his stomach; which, having performed its office, the grosser parts go down into the belly, and passing through the bowels, are evacuated into the vault, or privy, "purging all meats", as Mark says; for that only receives the filth and excrementitious matter; so that what is left in the body is pure, wholesome, and nourishing: nor can any part of what goes into a man defile him, because it only enters into the body, and passes through it; and, as Mark says, "entereth not into the heart", which is the seat of moral impurity; so that no moral pollution can be contracted by eating any sort of food, even though it should not be clean itself, nor be eaten with clean hands.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

17, 18. Do not ye yet understand that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth, &c.—Familiar though these sayings have now become, what freedom from bondage to outward things do they proclaim, on the one hand; and on the other, how searching is the truth which they express—that nothing which enters from without can really defile us; and that only the evil that is in the heart, that is allowed to stir there, to rise up in thought and affection, and to flow forth in voluntary action, really defiles a man!

Matthew 15:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
What Defiles a Man
16Jesus said, "Are you still lacking in understanding also? 17"Do you not understand that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and is eliminated? 18"But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man.…
Cross References
Matthew 15:16
"Are you still so dull?" Jesus asked them.

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

Mark 7:19
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.)

1 Corinthians 6:13
You say, "Food for the stomach and the stomach for food, and God will destroy them both." The body, however, is not meant for sexual immorality but for the Lord, and the Lord for the body.
Treasury of Scripture

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