Matthew 15:19
Parallel Verses
New International Version
For out of the heart come evil thoughts--murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.

New Living Translation
For from the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, all sexual immorality, theft, lying, and slander.

English Standard Version
For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.

New American Standard Bible
"For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.

King James Bible
For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For from the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, sexual immoralities, thefts, false testimonies, blasphemies.

International Standard Version
It is out of the heart that evil thoughts come, as well as murder, adultery, sexual immorality, stealing, false testimony, and slander.

NET Bible
For out of the heart come evil ideas, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“For from the heart proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, murders, fornications, thefts, lying testimonies, blasphemies.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Evil thoughts, murder, adultery, [other] sexual sins, stealing, lying, and cursing come from within.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

King James 2000 Bible
For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

American King James Version
For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

American Standard Version
For out of the heart come forth evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, railings:

Douay-Rheims Bible
For from the heart come forth evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false testimonies, blasphemies.

Darby Bible Translation
For out of the heart come forth evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witnessings, blasphemies;

English Revised Version
For out of the heart come forth evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, railings:

Webster's Bible Translation
For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

Weymouth New Testament
For out of the heart proceed wicked thoughts, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, perjury, impiety of speech.

World English Bible
For out of the heart come forth evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, sexual sins, thefts, false testimony, and blasphemies.

Young's Literal Translation
for out of the heart come forth evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, whoredoms, thefts, false witnessings, evil speakings:
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 19. - Out of the heart proceed. The shameful catalogue which follows is less full than that in St. Mark, which contains thirteen items, while this consists of seven only. These are produced or created by the human will, of which the heart is the symbol. Evil thoughts (διαλογισμοὶ πονηροί). Some would translate the words, "evil machinations." But there is no need to change the usual rendering, which is very appropriate here. Evil thoughts are the preparation of all other sins, and have a pernicious influence on the character. We are very much what we think. That on which our minds are fixed, that which is the chief object presented to our inward sight, shapes our disposition and life. High and noble thoughts elevate and purify; low and mean thoughts debase and pollute. The wickedness in a man springs from within; he is guilty of it. If he admits the tempter, succumbs to his seductions, it is his own will that is in fault, encouraging the evil imagination, and not at once resisting, abhorring, and repelling it. Well may we pray, "Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me" (Psalm 51:10); and remember the wise man's injunction, "Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life" (Proverbs 4:23). The enumeration follows more or less closely the second table of the Decalogue.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts,.... Of God, of Christ, of the Spirit, of fellow creatures, and of all sorts of wickedness. The thoughts of sin are evil, are to be hated, forsaken, and for which men are accountable to God. All wicked imaginations, carnal reasonings, lustful desires, and malicious contrivances, are here included; which take their rise from, and are devised, and forged, in the corrupt heart of man.

Murders; inveterate hatred of men's persons, malice prepense, schemes to take away life, all angry and wrathful words, and actual effusion of man's blood.

Adulteries; uncleanness committed between married persons, both in thought, and deed:

fornications; unlawful copulations of persons in a single state:

thefts; taking away from others by force or fraud, what is their right and property:

false witness: swearing falsely, or exhibiting a false testimony to the hurt of his neighbour, either his name, person, or estate:

blasphemies; evil speakings of God or men. To which Mark adds "covetousness"; a greedy and insatiable desire after the things of the world, or the neighbour's goods: "wickedness"; doing hurt and mischief to fellow creatures: "deceit"; in words and actions, in trade and conversation: "lasciviousness"; all manner of uncleanness, and unnatural lusts: "an evil eye"; of envy and covetousness: the vitiosity, or corruption of nature, is, by the Jews (h), called "the evil eye": "pride"; in heart and life, in dress and gesture; and "foolishness"; expressed in talk and conduct.

(h) Tzeror Hammor, fol. 141. 3.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

19. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts—"evil reasonings"; referring here more immediately to those corrupt reasonings which had stealthily introduced and gradually reared up that hideous fabric of tradition which at length practically nullified the unchangeable principles of the moral law. But the statement is far broader than this; namely that the first shape which the evil that is in the heart takes, when it begins actively to stir, is that of "considerations" or "reasonings" on certain suggested actions.

murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies—detractions, whether directed against God or man; here the reference seems to be to the latter. Mark (Mr 7:22) adds, "covetousnesses"—or desires after more; "wickednesses"—here meaning, perhaps, malignities of various forms; "deceit, lasciviousness"—meaning, excess or enormity of any kind, though by later writers restricted to lewdness; "an evil eye"—meaning, all looks or glances of envy, jealousy, or ill will towards a neighbor; "pride, foolishness"—in the Old Testament sense of "folly"; that is, criminal senselessness, the folly of the heart. How appalling is this black catalogue!

Matthew 15:19 Additional Commentaries
Context
What Defiles a Man
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. 20"These are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile the man."
Cross References
Genesis 6:5
The LORD saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.

Numbers 22:29
Balaam answered the donkey, "You have made a fool of me! If only I had a sword in my hand, I would kill you right now."

Proverbs 4:23
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.

Proverbs 24:9
The schemes of folly are sin, and people detest a mocker.

Matthew 5:28
But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

Matthew 15:20
These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them."

Mark 7:21
For it is from within, out of a person's heart, that evil thoughts come--sexual immorality, theft, murder,

Galatians 5:19
The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery;
Treasury of Scripture

For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

out.

Genesis 6:5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth…

Genesis 8:21 And the LORD smelled a sweet smell; and the LORD said in his heart, …

Proverbs 4:23 Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

Proverbs 6:14 Frowardness is in his heart, he devises mischief continually; he sows discord.

Proverbs 22:15 Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction …

Proverbs 24:9 The thought of foolishness is sin: and the scorner is an abomination to men.

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: …

Mark 7:21-23 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, …

Romans 3:10-19 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one…

Romans 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwells no good thing: …

Romans 8:7,8 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject …

Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, …

Ephesians 2:1-3 And you has he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins…

Titus 3:2-6 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, showing all …

evil.

Matthew 9:4 And Jesus knowing their thoughts said, Why think you evil in your hearts?

Psalm 119:113 I hate vain thoughts: but your law do I love.

Isaiah 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: …

Isaiah 59:7 Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: …

Jeremiah 4:14 O Jerusalem, wash your heart from wickedness, that you may be saved. …

Acts 8:22 Repent therefore of this your wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps …

James 1:13-15 Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot …

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