Bishops' Bible

Matthew 15

Matthew 15:1 Then came to Iesus Scribes and Pharisees, which were come from Hierusalem, saying: Matthew 15:2 Why do thy disciples transgresse the traditions of the elders? for they washe not their handes when they eate bread.

Christ reproveth the scribes and Pharisees for transgressing God's Commandments through their own traditions:

Matthew 15:3 But he aunswered and sayde vnto them: why do ye also transgresse the commaundement of God, by your tradition? Matthew 15:4 For God comaunded, saying: honour father and mother, and he that curseth father or mother, let hym dye the death. Matthew 15:5 But ye say, whosoeuer shall say to father or mother: by the gyft that [is offered] of me, thou shalt be helped: Matthew 15:6 And so shall he not honour his father or his mother. And thus haue ye made the commaundement of God, of none effect, by your tradition. Matthew 15:7 Hypocrites, full well dyd Esayas prophecie of you, saying: Matthew 15:8 This people draweth nye vnto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lippes: howbeit, their hearts are farre from me. Matthew 15:9 But in vayne do they worshippe me, teachyng doctrine, preceptes of men.

Matthew 15:10 And he called the people to hym, and sayde vnto them: heare, & vnderstande.

teacheth how that which goeth into the mouth doth not defile a man.

Matthew 15:11 That which goeth into the mouth, defyleth not the man: but that which commeth out of the mouth, defyleth the man. Matthew 15:12 Then came his disciples, and sayde vnto hym: knowest thou not, that the Pharisees were offended after they hearde this saying? Matthew 15:13 But he aunswered and sayde: Euery plantyng which my heauenly father hath not planted, shalbe rooted vp. Matthew 15:14 Let them alone, they be the blynde leaders of the blynde. If the blynde leade the blynde, both shall fall into the dytche. Matthew 15:15 Then aunswered Peter, and sayde vnto hym: Declare vnto vs this parable. Matthew 15:16 Iesus sayde: Are ye also without vnderstandyng? Matthew 15:17 Do not ye yet vnderstande, that whatsoeuer entreth in at the mouth, goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? Matthew 15:18 But those thynges which proceade out of the mouth, come foorth from the heart, and they defyle the man. Matthew 15:19 For out of the heart, proceade euyll thoughtes, murders, adulteries, whordomes, theftes, false witnesse, blasphemyes. Matthew 15:20 These are the thynges, which defyle a man: But to eate with vnwasshen handes, defyleth not a man.

He healeth the daughter of the woman of Canaan,

Matthew 15:21 And Iesus went thence, and departed into the coastes of Tyre and Sidon. Matthew 15:22 And beholde, a woman of the Chananites, which came out of the same coastes, cryed vnto hym, saying: Haue mercie on me O Lorde, thou sonne of Dauid: My daughter is greeuously vexed with a deuyll. Matthew 15:23 But he aunswered her not a worde: and his disciples came, and besought hym, saying: sende her away, for she cryeth after vs. Matthew 15:24 But he aunswered, and sayde: I am not sent but vnto the lost sheepe of the house of Israel. Matthew 15:25 Then came she, and worshipped him, saying: Lorde, helpe me. Matthew 15:26 He aunswered, and sayde: it is not meete to take the chyldrens bread, and to cast it to litle dogges. Matthew 15:27 She aunswered and sayde, trueth Lorde: and yet litle dogges eate of the crummes, which fall fro their maisters table. Matthew 15:28 Then Iesus aunswered, and sayde vnto her: O woman, great is thy fayth, be it vnto thee, euen as thou wylt. And her daughter was made whole, euen from that same tyme. Matthew 15:29 And Iesus went from thence, and came nye vnto the sea of Galilee, and went vp into a mountayne, and sate downe there.

and other great multitudes:

Matthew 15:30 And great multitudes came vnto him, hauyng with them those that were lame, blynde, dumbe, maymed, & other many, and cast them downe at Iesus feete: And he healed them. Matthew 15:31 In so much that the people wondred, when they sawe the dumbe speake, the maymed to be whole, the lame to walke, and the blynde to see: And they glorified the God of Israel.

and with seven loaves and a few little fishes feedeth four thousand men, beside women and children.

Matthew 15:32 Then Iesus called his disciples vnto hym, and sayde: I haue compassion on the people, because they continue with me nowe three dayes, and haue nothing to eate: and I wyll not let them depart fastyng, lest they faynt in the way. Matthew 15:33 And his disciples say vnto hym: whence [shoulde we get] so much bread in the wyldernesse, as to suffise so great a multitude? Matthew 15:34 And Iesus sayeth vnto them: howe many loaues haue ye? And they say, seuen, and a fewe litle fisshes. Matthew 15:35 And he commaunded the people to sit downe on the grounde: Matthew 15:36 And toke the seuen loaues, and the fisshes: and after that he had geuen thankes, he brake them, and gaue to his disciples, and the disciples gaue them to the people. Matthew 15:37 And they dyd all eate, and were suffised: And they toke vp, of the broken meate that was left, seuen baskets full. Matthew 15:38 And yet they that did eate, were foure thousande men, besyde women and chyldren. Matthew 15:39 And he sent away the people, and toke shippe, and came into the parties of Magdala.

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