What defiles man (Mark 7:14-23) | back

 14And when he had called all the people unto him, he said unto them, Hearken unto me every one of you, and understand. Jesus called the crowd together and told them to listen well and try to understand.

 15There 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. Your souls are not harmed by what you eat or put into your body, but by what you think and say. What proceeds out of the man defiles the man.

 16If any man have ears to hear, let him hear. Hear what I am saying to you if you understand.

 17And when he was entered into the house from the people, his disciples asked him concerning the parable. Jesus went into a house to get away from the crowds and his disciples asked Him what He meant by the statement He just made.

 18And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him. "Don't you understand either?" Can't you see that what you eat won't harm your soul?

 19Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats? Food does not come in contact with your heart, but only passes through the digestive system. (Showing that every kind of food is kosher).

 20And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. It is the thought-process that pollutes the man.

 21For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders. From within and out of men's hearts comes evil thoughts of lust, murder, adultery.

 22Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. Thefts, wanting what belongs to others, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, pride, and all other folly.

 23All these evil things come from within, and defile the man. It is all these vile things from within that make you unfit for God.