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

  • 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.
  • Emanuel Fernandes
    let the righteous smite me it SHALL BE A KINDNESS let him reprove me its shall be an excellent oil. You want the brethren to rebuke or do you want chastening from the lord which can lead to sin unto death personally I want to be rebuked if its with scripture not with your philosophy
  • Manuelf324
    What we forget as a bible believer is when we rebuke(not scorn which is different) its because we love that person not hate. Heres a verse most kjv bible believers avoid. Thous shalt not HATE THY BROTHER Thou shalt in any wise REBUKE thy neighbor suffer not sin upon him. If you love the brethren you rebuke them you obey God you rebuke them you dont they will get chastened along with you!
  • A disciple
    "And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding?" It is no secret to anyone who reads the Bible that there are certain kinds of men who will be offended at the directness of the Lord's speech; especially when it exposes sin and hypocrisy. For the men who were chosen to be the Lord's anointed Sent Ones, the rebuke is accepted as a shaming, in order to push them to grow up and be better men.
  • Insight777
    The Jews had laws they followed only in rituals, outward shows of faith. But if their faith required them to actually do its works of charity or forgiveness, they were not interested.
    After all, they do not have to honor their parents or feed the fatherless and widows because they can go to the temple and pay the priests for a helpless animal to be slaughtered in their name and walk out blameless!

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