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that he had come to a certain place, they brought to him the sick on their beds. In every city or town or village to which he went people would lay their sick in the market-place and beg him to let them touch even the edge of his robe. And all who touched him were made well.
JESUS TELLS WHAT IT MEANS TO BE CLEAN
The Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jeru­salem went together to Jesus, because they had seen that some of his disciples ate their food without washing their hands as the scribes thought necessary. For the Pharisees and all the Jews always wash their hands up to the wrists before eating. So the Pharisees and scribes asked him, "Why do not your disciples obey the old custom instead of eating food with unwashed hands?" Jesus said to them, "Well did Isaiah prophesy about you hypocrites: 'This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is not with me; their wor­ship is worthless, for they teach what are only commands of men.' You set aside the command of God and follow that of men.
"Moses said, 'Honor your father and your mother,' and, 'He who speaks evil of father or mother shall die.' But you say, 'If a man says to his father or to his mother, What you were to have re­ceived from me is given to God,' you hold that lie need not do any­thing for his father or mother. In this way you set aside the com­mand of God in favor of the teaching which you have handed down; and you do many other things like that."
Then calling the crowd to him again, he said to them, "Hear me, all of you, and understand. Nothing can make a man unclean by going into him from outside. It is what comes from him that makes him unclean, for from within, from the heart of man, come evil thoughts, acts of theft, murder, greed, wickedness, deceit, im­pure thoughts, envy, slander, pride, and recklessness. All these evil things come from within, and they make a man unclean."
JESUS IS KIND TO A STRANGER
Certain Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, " Go away from here; for Herod wishes to kill you." He said to them, "Go and tell that fox, 'See, I cast out evil spirits and cure the sick to-day and
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