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

  • A disciple
    "Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind." In saying this, Jesus has revealed that each and every one of us is accountable first to God; and no amount of obstinate determination to follow ANY form or methodology may take the preeminence over His view of us; notwithstanding howsoever strongly one might protest!
  • Bruce
    Andrea: His Word says: every Creature of God is Good and nothing to be refused,if it be received with Thanksgiving:For it is Sanctified by The Word of God and Prayer. 1Timothy 4:4-6./ Oysters, clams,muscles, shrimp, lobster,any seafood. Cows, pigs, rabbits, muskrat, raccoon, squirrels, whatsoever,but always give Thanks for what you have
  • A disciple
    Andrea; If I may add here, the teaching of the Law in the eating of things designated clean and unclean; is in reference to our walk. "But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common." Acts 10 (esp. v28) confirms, The Kingdom of God IS NOT Meat and Drink..
  • Andrea McCallum
    To Bruce.
    Are you saying pork shrimp, lobsters etc are allowed as long as God's word is prayed over them?
  • Bruce
    Chad: We who are Born-again can eat what-so-ever:1Timothy 4:4-5: every creature of God is good, nothing to be refused, if it be received with Thanksgiving: For it is Sanctified by The Word of God and Prayer.
  • Chad I
    People often misinterpret verses 1-20 by saying Yeshua allowed the consumption of pork, shellfish and other unclean animals. Yeshua rebuked the Pharisees only for their man made law (tradition) of washing hands which is not found anywhere in the law of Moses.

    13 But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.

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