Matthew 15:11

Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man: but that which commeth out of the mouth, this defileth a man.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"{It is} not what enters into the mouth {that} defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Not that which entereth into the mouth defileth the man; but that which proceedeth out of the mouth, this defileth the man.
- American Standard Version (1901)

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

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

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

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."
- Weymouth Bible

That which enters into the mouth doesn't defile the man; but that which proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man."
- World English Bible

That thing that entrith in to the mouth, defoulith not a man; but that thing that cometh out of the mouth, defoulith a man.
- Wycliffe Bible

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.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for Matthew 15:11


Mt 15:11 Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man. The Mosaic law forbade Jews to eat what was ceremonially unclean, in order to teach the need of moral purity. The Rabbis added stringent precepts to prevent the slightest contact with ceremonial uncleanness, but were careless about moral purity. Christ shows that a pure heart is far more important than clean food, in the ceremonial sense, in the stomach. Pharisees in all ages have paid more attention to the letter than to the spirit, to the symbol than to that which is signified. That which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man. The impure words that indicate an impure heart. What one eats does not render him defiled before God, but what he says. See Mt 15:18-23.

Discussion for Matthew 15

  • Michele Miller
    Insight777: This is just to help you understand the right meaning of Matthew15:26NIV. "It's not right to take the childrens bread and toss it to their dogs."CHILDREN meansJews. BREAD means the word of God. DOGS means.Gentiles."We" were/are considered unclean to Jews..Jesus wasn't calling her a dog,being mean.He talked to her in a way she could understand.With her answer he was moved,and so healed.
  • Michele Miller
    insight777
    Im just trying to help you understand the right meaning of Matthew15:26 NIV "It is not right to take the childrens(Jews) bread (Word of God)and toss it to their dogs." (Gentiles) 24:" I have only been sent to the lost sheep of Israel." He was trying to save HIS "lost sheep" first. When the woman gave her reply,jesus found favor in her and healed her daughter. God is good.
  • Felicia
    Lord Jesus, thank you that you are the only Saviour and that you will save anyone who will put their trust in you; as Jh 6:37 says ... and whoever cometh on to me l will in no wise cast out. Thank you Lord, that worship reveals our hearts towards you. May your name be praised, Lord, that you accept our true worship. Amen!
  • Gideon
    I have no option than to love Him with all my heart because He first love me.
  • Kenric Peter John Morneau
    Rejection,read hosea turning away is not good. So why strong when your weak. Long story short the Bible is HELP. Lady no question is a bad question. Longing thy same direction,unhappy or not. Amen
  • Insight777
    Jesus referred to dogs because dogs faithfully follow their master regardless of what their master thinks. Some masters take advantage of dogs loyalty, these dog fighters beat the dogs until they learn to fight, to death so that they can turn a profit from the fight. Jesus knew that the woman asking for help was not his follower, her beliefs were not what Jesus taught yet she converted to truth.

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