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Matthew 15


 1 Then (1) came to Jesus the Scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying,


(1) None commonly are more bold condemners of God, than they whom God appointeth keepers of his law.


 2  (*) Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the Elders? For they (a) (♣) wash not their hands when they eat (♠) bread.


(*) Mark 7:8 .

(a) Which they received of their ancestors from hand to hand, or their elders allowed, which were the governors of the Church.

(♣) Men are more rigorous to observe their own traditions than Godís commandment.

(♠) Or, meat.


 3  (2) But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?


(2) Their wicked boldness, in corrupting the commandments of God, and that upon the pretence of godliness, and usurping authority to make laws, is here reproved.


 4  (*) For God hath commanded, saying, (b) Honor thy father and mother; (♣) and he that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.


(*) Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 5:16; Ephesians 6:2 .

(b) By honor is meant all kind of duty which children owe to their parents.

() Exodus 21:17; Leviticus 20:9; Proverbs 20:20 .


 5 But ye say, (c) Whosoever shall say to father or mother, (*) By the gift that is offered by me, thou mayest have profit,


(c) The meaning is this; Whatsoever I bestow upon the Temple, is to thy profit, for it is as good as if I gave it thee, for (as the Pharisees of our time say) it shall be meritorious for thee; for under this color of religion, they raked all to themselves, as though that he had given anything to the Temple, had done the duty of a child.

(*) The Scribes dispensed with them that did not their duties to their own parents, so that they would recompense the same to their profit by their offerings.


 6 Though he honor not his father, or his mother, shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of no (d) authority by your tradition.


(d) You made it of no power and authority as much as lay in you; for otherwise the commandments of God stand fast in the Church of God, in despite of this world and Satan.


 7  (3) O hypocrites, Isaiah prophesied well of you, saying,


(3) The same men are condemned for hypocrisy and superstition, because they made the kingdom of God to stand in outward things.


 8  (*) This people draweth near unto me with their mouth, and honoreth me with the lips, but their heart is far off from me.


(*) Isaiah 29:13 .


 9 But (*) in vain they worship me, teaching for doctrines, menís precepts.


(*) God will not be honored according to manís fantasy, but detesteth all good intentions, which are not grounded on his word.


 10  (4) Then he called the multitude unto him, and said to them, Hear and understand.


(4) Christ teacheth us that hypocrisy of false teachers which deceive our soul, is not to be born withal, no not in indifferent matters, and there is no reason why their ordinary vocation should blind our eyes; otherwise we are like to perish with them.


 11  (*) That which goeth into the mouth, defileth not the man, but that which cometh out of the mouth, that defileth the man.


(*) Mark 7:18 .


 12  ∂ Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Perceivest thou not, that the Pharisees are offended in hearing this saying?


 13 But he answered and said, (*) (♣) Every plant which mine heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.


(*) John 15:2 .

(♣) All they which are not grafted in Jesus Christ by free adoption, and every doctrine, that is not established by Godís word.


 14  (♣) Let them alone, they be the (*) blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.


(♣) They are not worthy to be cared for.

(*) Luke 6:39 .


 15  ∂ (*) Then answered Peter, and said to him, Declare unto us this parable.


(*) Mark 7:17 .


 16 Then said Jesus, Are ye yet without understanding?


 17 Perceive ye not yet, that whatsoever entereth into the mouth, goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?


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


 19 For out of the heart (*) come evil (♣) thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false testimonies, slanders.


(*) Genesis 6:5; Genesis 8:21; Mark 7:21 .

(♣) All vices proceed of the corrupt affection of the heart.


 20 These are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashen hands, defileth not the man.


 21  (*) And Jesus went thence, and departed into the (e) coasts of Tyre and Sidon.


(*) Mark 7:24 .

(e) Coasts which were near to Tyre and Sidon, that is, in that quarter where Palestina bendeth toward Phoenice, and the sea of Syria.


 22 And behold, a woman a  (f) Canaanite came out of the same coasts, and cried, saying unto him, Have mercy on me, O Lord, the son of David; my daughter is miserably vexed with a devil.


(f) Of the stock of the Canaanites, who dwelled in Phenicia.


 23  (5) But he answered her not a word. Then came to him his disciples, and besought him, saying, (*) Send her away, for she crieth after us.


(5) In that which Christ doth sometimes as it were stop his ears against the prayers of his Saints, he doeth it for his glory and our profit.

(*) The disciples were offered at her importunity.


 24 But he answered, and said, I am not sent, but unto the (*) lost sheep of the (g) house of Israel.


(*) Matthew 20:6 .

(g) Of the people of Israel, which people was divided into tribes, but all those tribes came of one house.


 25 Yet she came, and worshipped him, saying, Lord help me.


 26 And he answered, and said, It is not good to take the childrenís bread, and to cast it to (*) whelps.


(*) Christ calleth the dogs, or whelps which are strangers from the house of God.


 27 But she said, Truth, Lord; yet indeed the whelps eat of the crumbs, which fall from their masterís table.


 28 Then Jesus answered, and said unto her, O woman, great is thy (*) faith; be it to thee, as thou desirest. And her daughter was made whole at that hour.


(*) Christ granted her petition, for her faithís sake, and not at the request of his disciples.


 29  ∂ (6) So Jesus (*) went away from thence, and came near unto the sea of Galilee, and went up into a mountain and sat down there.


(6) Christ ceaseth not to be beneficial even there where he is contemned, and in the midst of wolves he gathereth together and softeneth his flock.

(*) Mark 7:31 .


 30 And great multitudes came unto him, (*) having with them, halt, blind, dumb, (h) maimed, and many others, and cast them down, at Jesusí feet, and he healed them.


(*) Isaiah 35:5 .

(h) Whose members were weakened with the palsy, or by nature, for afterward it is said, he healed them. Now Christ was want to heal in this wise, that such members as were weaked, he restored to health, and yet he could easily if he had would, have given them hands and feet and other members which wanted them.


 31 In so much that the multitude wondered, to see the dumb speak, the maimed whole, the halt to go, and the blind to see; and they glorified the God of Israel.


 32  (*) (7) Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I (♣) have compassion on this multitude, because they have (i) continued with me already three days, and have nothing to eat; and I will not let them depart fasting, lest they faint in the way.


(*) Mark 8:1 .

(7) By doing again this miracle, Christ sheweth that he will never be wanting to them that follow him, no nor in the wilderness.

(♣) Christ cannot forget those that follow him.
(i) Go not from my side.


 33 And his disciples said unto him, Whence should we get so much bread in the wilderness, as should suffice so great a multitude!


 34 And Jesus said unto them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven, and a few little fishes.


 35 Then he commanded the multitude (k) to sit down on the ground,


(k) Word for word, to lie down backward, as rowers do when in rowing, they draw their oars to them.


 36 And took the seven loaves, and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.


 37 And they did all eat, and were sufficed, and they took up of the fragments that remained, seven (l) baskets full.


(l) A kind of vessel wrought with twigs.


 38 And they that had eaten, were four thousand men, beside women, and little children.


 39 Then Jesus sent away the multitude, and took ship, and came into the parts of Magdala.




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