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

New Living Translation
But the words you speak come from the heart--that's what defiles you.

English Standard Version
But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person.

New American Standard Bible
"But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man.

King James Bible
But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But what comes out of the mouth comes from the heart, and this defiles a man.

International Standard Version
But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and it is those things that make a person unclean.

NET Bible
But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these things defile a person.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Anything that proceeds from the mouth proceeds from the heart and it defiles the man.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But whatever goes out of the mouth comes from within, and that's what makes a person unclean.

Jubilee Bible 2000
But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart, and they defile the man.

King James 2000 Bible
But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.

American King James Version
But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.

American Standard Version
But the things which proceed out of the mouth come forth out of the heart; and they defile the man.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But the things which proceed out of the mouth, come forth from the heart, and those things defile a man.

Darby Bible Translation
but the things which go forth out of the mouth come out of the heart, and those defile man.

English Revised Version
But the things which proceed out of the mouth come forth out of the heart; and they defile the man.

Webster's Bible Translation
But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.

Weymouth New Testament
But the things that come out of the mouth proceed from the heart, and it is these that defile the man.

World English Bible
But the things which proceed out of the mouth come out of the heart, and they defile the man.

Young's Literal Translation
but the things coming forth from the mouth from the heart do come forth, and these defile 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 18. - Those things. He does not assert that everything which issues from a man's mouth defiles him; for, as was said above on ver. 11, many good things may come from a man's mouth; but he means that the evil to which he gives utterance is fraught with pollution to his moral nature. From the heart. The heart stands for soul, mind, spirit, will, the whole inner man, that which makes him what he is, a conscious, intelligent, responsible being. Hence are attributed to it not only words, but acts, conceptions which issue in external actions, and the consequences which these involve.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

But those things which proceed out of the mouth,.... Meaning not material things, as spittle, vomit, &c. but, as it follows, which

come forth from the heart: are first conceived and formed there, and then come forth from thence, and are expressed by the mouth; as all idle words, foolish talking, filthy jesting, unsavoury communication, and every word that is rotten and corrupt, or which is done in the life and conversation;

and they defile the man: the heart is the corrupt fountain from whence all moral defilement flows; and sinful words and actions are the impure streams, which spring from thence, and increase the moral pollution of human nature.



Matthew 15:18 Additional Commentaries
Context
What Defiles a Man
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. 19"For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.…
Cross References
Proverbs 4:23
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

Matthew 12:34
You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

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

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

Mark 7:20
He went on: "What comes out of a person is what defiles them.

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

But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.

Matthew 15:11 Not that which goes into the mouth defiles a man; but that which …

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

1 Samuel 24:13 As said the proverb of the ancients, Wickedness proceeds from the …

Psalm 36:3 The words of his mouth are iniquity and deceit: he has left off to …

Proverbs 6:12 A naughty person, a wicked man, walks with a fraudulent mouth.

Proverbs 10:32 The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable: but the mouth …

Proverbs 15:2,28 The tongue of the wise uses knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools …

Luke 19:22 And he said to him, Out of your own mouth will I judge you, you wicked …

James 3:6-10 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among …

Revelation 13:5,6 And there was given to him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; …

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