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."

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.

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

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth - This is an answer to the carping question of the Pharisees, mentioned Matthew 15:2, Why do thy disciples eat with unwashed hands? To which our Lord here replies, That what goes into the mouth defiles not the man; i.e. that if, in eating with unwashed hands, any particles of dust, etc., cleaving to the hands, might happen to be taken into the mouth with the food, this did not defile, did not constitute a man a sinner; for it is on this alone the question hinges: thy disciples eat with unwashed hands; therefore they are sinners; for they transgress the tradition of the elders, i.e. the oral law, which they considered equal in authority to the written law; and, indeed, often preferred the former to the latter, so as to make it of none effect, totally to destroy its nature and design, as we have often seen in the preceding notes.

That which cometh out of the mouth - That is, what springs from a corrupt unregenerate heart - a perverse will and impure passions - these defile, i.e. make him a sinner.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

that which goeth.

Mark 7:15 There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him...

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

Acts 10:14,15 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean...

Acts 11:8,9 But I said, Not so, Lord: for nothing common or unclean has at any time entered into my mouth...

Romans 14:14,17,20 I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteems any thing to be unclean...

1 Timothy 4:4,5 For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving...

Titus 1:15 To the pure all things are pure: but to them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure...

Hebrews 13:9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats...

but.

Matthew 15:18-20 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man...

Matthew 12:34-37 O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks...

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

Psalm 12:2 They speak vanity every one with his neighbor: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.

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 they be born, speaking lies...

Isaiah 37:23 Whom have you reproached and blasphemed? and against whom have you exalted your voice, and lifted up your eyes on high?...

Isaiah 59:3-5,13-15 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies...

Jeremiah 9:3-6 And they bend their tongues like their bow for lies: but they are not valiant for the truth on the earth...

Romans 3:13,14 Their throat is an open sepulcher; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips...

James 3:5-8 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasts great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindles!...

2 Peter 2:18 For when they speak great swelling words of vanity, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through much wantonness...

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Mother's Love
Eversley, Second Sunday in Lent, 1872. St Matthew xv. 22-28. "And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she and worshipped him, saying,
Charles Kingsley—All Saints' Day and Other Sermons

The Perseverance of Faith
"Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour."--Matthew 15:28. I HAVE frequently spoken to you concerning the faith of this Canaanitish woman, of the way in which Christ tried it, and of the manner in which, at length, he honoured it, and granted all that the suppliant sought. The story is so full of meaning, that one might turn it this way, and that way, and the other way, and always see
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 38: 1892

The Deaf Stammerer Healed and Four Thousand Fed.
^A Matt. XV. 30-39; ^B Mark VII. 32-VIII. 9. ^b 32 And they bring unto him one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech [The man had evidently learned to speak before he lost his hearing. Some think that defective hearing had caused the impediment in his speech, but verse 35 suggests that he was tongue-tied]; and they beseech him to put his hand upon him. 33 And he took him aside from the multitude privately, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat, and touched his tongue [He separated
J. W. McGarvey—The Four-Fold Gospel

Third Withdrawal from Herod's Territory.
Subdivision A. Pharisaic Leaven. A Blind Man Healed. (Magadan and Bethsaida. Probably Summer, a.d. 29.) ^A Matt. XV. 39-XVI. 12; ^B Mark VIII. 10-26. ^b 10 And straightway he entered into the boat with his disciples, ^a and came into the borders of Magadan. ^b into the parts of Dalmanutha. [It appears from the context that he crossed the lake to the west shore. Commentators, therefore, pretty generally think that Magadan is another form of the name Magdala, and that Dalmanutha was either another
J. W. McGarvey—The Four-Fold Gospel

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.

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