Matthew Chapter 15 Bible in Basic English

Matthew 15:1

Then there came to Jesus from Jerusalem Pharisees and scribes, saying,

Matthew 15:2

Why do your disciples go against the teaching of the fathers? for they take food with unwashed hands.

Matthew 15:3

And in answer he said to them, Why do you, yourselves, go against the word of God on account of the teaching which has been handed down to you?

Matthew 15:4

For God said, Give honour to your father and mother: and, He who says evil of father or mother will be put to death.

Matthew 15:5

But you say, If a man says to his father or his mother, That by which you might have had profit from me is given to God;

Matthew 15:6

There is no need for him to give honour to his father. And you have made the word of God without effect because of your teaching.

Matthew 15:7

You false ones, well did Isaiah say of you,

Matthew 15:8

These people give me honour with their lips, but their heart is far from me.

Matthew 15:9

But their worship is to no purpose, while they give as their teaching the rules of men.

Matthew 15:10

And he got the people together and said to them, Give ear, and let my words be clear to you:

Matthew 15:11

Not that which goes into the mouth makes a man unclean, but that which comes out of the mouth.

Matthew 15:12

Then the disciples came and said to him, Did you see that the Pharisees were troubled when these words came to their ears?

Matthew 15:13

But he said in answer, Every plant which my Father in heaven has not put in the earth, will be taken up by the roots.

Matthew 15:14

Let them be: they are blind guides. And if a blind man is guiding a blind man, the two will go falling into a hole together.

Matthew 15:15

Then Peter said to him, Make the story clear to us.

Matthew 15:16

And he said, Are you, like them, still without wisdom?

Matthew 15:17

Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth goes on into the stomach, and is sent out as waste?

Matthew 15:18

But the things which come out of the mouth come from the heart; and they make a man unclean.

Matthew 15:19

For out of the heart come evil thoughts, the taking of life, broken faith between the married, unclean desires of the flesh, taking of property, false witness, bitter words:

Matthew 15:20

These are the things which make a man unclean; but to take food with unwashed hands does not make a man unclean.

Matthew 15:21

And Jesus went away from there into the country of Tyre and Sidon.

Matthew 15:22

And a woman of Canaan came out from those parts, crying and saying, Have pity on me, O Lord, Son of David; my daughter is greatly troubled with an unclean spirit.

Matthew 15:23

But he gave her no answer. And his disciples came and said to him, Send her away, for she is crying after us.

Matthew 15:24

But he made answer and said, I was sent only to the wandering sheep of the house of Israel.

Matthew 15:25

But she came and gave him worship, saying, Help, Lord.

Matthew 15:26

And he made answer and said, It is not right to take the children's bread and give it to the dogs.

Matthew 15:27

But she said, Yes, Lord: but even the dogs take the bits from under their masters' table.

Matthew 15:28

Then Jesus, answering, said to her, O woman, great is your faith: let your desire be done. And her daughter was made well from that hour.

Matthew 15:29

And Jesus went from there and came to the sea of Galilee; and he went up into the mountain, and took his seat there.

Matthew 15:30

And there came to him great numbers of people having with them those who were broken in body, or blind, or without voice, or wounded, or ill in any way, and a number of others; they put them down at his feet and he made them well:

Matthew 15:31

So that the people were full of wonder when they saw that those who had no voice were talking, the feeble were made strong, those whose bodies were broken had the power of walking, and the blind were able to see: and they gave glory to the God of Israel.

Matthew 15:32

And Jesus got his disciples together and said, I have pity for the people, because they have now been with me three days and have no food: and I will not send them away without food, or they will have no strength for the journey.

Matthew 15:33

And the disciples say to him, How may we get enough bread in a waste place, to give food to such a number of people?

Matthew 15:34

And Jesus says to them, How much bread have you? And they said, Seven cakes, and some small fishes.

Matthew 15:35

Then he gave an order to the people to be seated on the earth,

Matthew 15:36

And he took the seven cakes of bread and the fishes; and having given praise, he gave the broken bread to the disciples, and the disciples gave it to the people.

Matthew 15:37

And they all took food, and had enough; and they took up of the broken bits, seven baskets full.

Matthew 15:38

And there were four thousand men who took food, together with women and children.

Matthew 15:39

And when he had sent the people away, he got into the boat, and came into the country of Magadan.