Matthew 15:11
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."

New Living Translation
It's not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth."

English Standard Version
it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.”

Berean Study Bible
A man is not defiled by what enters his mouth, but by what comes out of it.”

Berean Literal Bible
It is not what is entering into the mouth that defiles the man; but that going forth out of the mouth, this defiles the man."

New American Standard Bible
"It is not what enters into the mouth that defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man."

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.

Christian Standard Bible
It's not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth--this defiles a person."

Contemporary English Version
The food you put into your mouth doesn't make you unclean and unfit to worship God. The bad words that come out of your mouth are what make you unclean."

Good News Translation
It is not what goes into your mouth that makes you ritually unclean; rather, what comes out of it makes you unclean."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
It's not what goes into the mouth that defiles a man, but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man."

International Standard Version
It is not what goes into the mouth that makes a person unclean. It is what comes out of the mouth that makes a person unclean."

NET Bible
What defiles a person is not what goes into the mouth; it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles a person."

New Heart English Bible
That which enters into the mouth does not defile the man; but that which proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“It is not the thing that enters the mouth that defiles a man, but the thing that proceeds from the mouth that defiles a man.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
What goes into a person's mouth doesn't make him unclean. It's what comes out of the mouth that makes a person unclean."

New American Standard 1977
“Not what enters into the mouth defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
not that which goes into the mouth defiles the man; but that which comes out of the mouth, this defiles the man.

King James 2000 Bible
Not that which goes into the mouth defiles a man; but that which comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.

American King James Version
Not that which goes into the mouth defiles a man; but that which comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.

American Standard Version
Not that which entereth into the mouth defileth the man; but that which proceedeth out of the mouth, this defileth the man.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man: but what 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.

English Revised Version
Not that which entereth into the mouth defileth the man; but that which proceedeth out of the mouth, this defileth the man.

Webster's Bible Translation
Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.

Weymouth New Testament
It is not what goes into a man's mouth that defiles him; but it is what comes out of his mouth--*that* defiles a 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.'
Study Bible
What Defiles a Man
10Jesus called the crowd to Him and said, “Listen and understand. 11A man is not defiled by what enters his mouth, but by what comes out of it.” 12Then the disciples came to Him and said, “Are You aware that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?”…
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 said, "Are You aware that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?"

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

Acts 10:14
"No, Lord!" Peter answered. "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 will prohibit marriage and require abstinence from certain foods that God has created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth.

James 3:6
The tongue also is a fire, a world of wickedness among the parts of the body. It pollutes the whole person, sets the course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.

Treasury of Scripture

Not that which goes into the mouth defiles a man; but that which comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.

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, those are they that defile the man.

Luke 11:38-41
And when the Pharisee saw it, he marvelled 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…

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 ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh…

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







Lexicon
A
τὸν (ton)
Article - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

man
ἄνθρωπον (anthrōpon)
Noun - Accusative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 444: A man, one of the human race. From aner and ops; man-faced, i.e. A human being.

is not defiled
κοινοῖ (koinoi)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2840: To make unclean, pollute, desecrate, mid: I regard (treat) as unclean. From koinos; to make profane.

by what
τὸ (to)
Article - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

enters
εἰσερχόμενον (eiserchomenon)
Verb - Present Participle Middle or Passive - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 1525: To go in, come in, enter. From eis and erchomai; to enter.

[his]
τὸ (to)
Article - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

mouth,
στόμα (stoma)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 4750: The mouth, speech, eloquence in speech, the point of a sword.

but
ἀλλὰ (alla)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 235: But, except, however. Neuter plural of allos; properly, other things, i.e. contrariwise.

by what
τὸ (to)
Article - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

comes
ἐκπορευόμενον (ekporeuomenon)
Verb - Present Participle Middle or Passive - Nominative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 1607: From ek and poreuomai; to depart, be discharged, proceed, project.

out of
ἐκ (ek)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1537: From out, out from among, from, suggesting from the interior outwards. A primary preposition denoting origin, from, out.

[it].”
στόματος (stomatos)
Noun - Genitive Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 4750: The mouth, speech, eloquence in speech, the point of a sword.
(11) Not that which goeth into the mouth.--Up to this time the question had been debated indirectly. The scribes had been convicted of unfitness to speak with authority on moral questions. Now a great broad principle is asserted, which not only cut at the root of Pharisaism, but, in its ultimate tendency. swept away the whole Levitical system of ceremonial purity--the distinction between clean and unclean meats and the like. It went, as the amazement of the disciples showed, far beyond their grasp as yet. Even after the day of Pentecost, Peter still prided himself on the observance of the Law which was thus annulled, and boasted that he had never "eaten anything common or unclean" (Acts 10:14). So slow were even those who had sat at the feet of Jesus to take in the thought that purity was inward and not outward, a spiritual and not a physical quality.

Verse 11. - Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man. The word rendered "defileth" (κοινοῖ) means "renders common," in opposition to ἁγιάζειν, "to separate" for God's use; hence the verb, ethically applied, signifies "to contract guilt." The rabbis taught that certain meats of themselves polluted the soul, made it abominable in God's sight. This was a perversion of the law respecting clean and unclean food. The pollution or guilt arose, not from the nature of the meat, but from the eating of it in contravention of a positive command. It was the disobedience, not the food, which affected the soul. It is remarkable that these distinctions of meats still obtain among half the civilized inhabitants of the world - Buddhists, Hindoos, Mohammedans - and that one of the hardest tasks of Christian missionaries is to make men understand the non-importance of these differences. We do not see that Christ here abrogated the Levitical Law, but he certainly prepared the way for its supersession and transformation. But he made no sudden and violent change in the constituted order of things. Indeed, some distinctions were maintained in apostolical times, as we read in Acts 10:14; Acts 15:20, 29; and it was only gradually, and as circumstances made their observation impossible, that such ceremonial obligations were regarded as obsolete. It is, perhaps, with the view of not shocking inveterate prejudice, that he does not say, "No food whatever defileth," but "That which goeth into the mouth" defileth not, referring especially to the notion above reprehended, that eating with unwashen hands polluted the food taken and the soul of the person who consumed it. Our Lord says nothing of excess, e.g. gluttony and drunkenness, which, of course, has a polluting and deteriorating effect on the moral nature (see Luke 21:34). But that which cometh out of the mouth. In the former sentence the mouth is regarded simply as the instrument for receiving food and preparing it for digestion; in this sentence it is considered as the organ of the heart, that which gives outward expression to inward thoughts and conceptions. Fillion distinguishes them as "la bouche physique, et la bouche morale." Philo has well said, "The mouth is that by which, as Plato puts it, mortal things enter, and whence immortal things issue. For therein pass meat and drink, the perishable food of a perishable body; but from it proceed words, immortal laws of an immortal soul, by which the rational life is directed and governed" ('De Mundi Opif.,' § 40). Defileth a man. Pollutes his soul, not with merely ceremonial defilement, but intrinsically and morally. Of course, our Lord is referring to evil words, etc., as he explains in ver. 19. For the mouth may give utterance to God's praise, words of love, sympathy, edification. But the evil in a man's heart will show itself in his mouth; and the open expression will react on the wicked thought, and make it more substantial, deadly, and operative. 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.
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