That Which Defiles
1Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked, 2“Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!”
3Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? 4For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother’15:4 Exodus 20:12; Deut. 5:16 and ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’15:4 Exodus 21:17; Lev. 20:9 5But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is ‘devoted to God,’ 6they are not to ‘honor their father or mother’ with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition. 7You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you:
8“ ‘These people honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
9They worship me in vain;
their teachings are merely human rules.’15:9 Isaiah 29:13”
10Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand. 11What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.”
12Then the disciples came to him and asked, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?”
13He replied, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots. 14Leave them; they are blind guides.15:14 Some manuscripts blind guides of the blind If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.”
15Peter said, “Explain the parable to us.”
16“Are you still so dull?” Jesus asked them. 17“Don’t you see that whatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and then out of the body? 18But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart, and these defile them. 19For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. 20These are what defile a person; but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them.”
The Faith of a Canaanite Woman
21Leaving that place, Jesus withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. 22A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.”
23Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, “Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us.”
24He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”
25The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.
26He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”
27“Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”
28Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.
Jesus Feeds the Four Thousand
29Jesus left there and went along the Sea of Galilee. Then he went up on a mountainside and sat down. 30Great crowds came to him, bringing the lame, the blind, the crippled, the mute and many others, and laid them at his feet; and he healed them. 31The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing. And they praised the God of Israel.
32Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, or they may collapse on the way.”
33His disciples answered, “Where could we get enough bread in this remote place to feed such a crowd?”
34“How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked.
“Seven,” they replied, “and a few small fish.”
35He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. 36Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, and when he had given thanks, he broke them and gave them to the disciples, and they in turn to the people. 37They all ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. 38The number of those who ate was four thousand men, besides women and children. 39After Jesus had sent the crowd away, he got into the boat and went to the vicinity of Magadan.
Nea Egu Obi Ho Fi
1Da bi, Farisifo ne Yudafo mpanyin no bi fi Yerusalem baa Yesu nkyɛn bebisaa no se, 2“Adɛn nti na wʼasuafo no nni Yudafo amanne so? Yɛn amanne a yɛhohoro yɛn nsa ho ansa na yɛadidi no, wonni so.”
3Yesu nso bisaa wɔn se, “Adɛn nti na mo nso mode mo amanne no bu Onyankopɔn mmaransɛm so? 4Ebi ne sɛ, Onyankopɔn mmara no ka se, ‘Di wʼagya ne wo na ni,’ na baako nso ne sɛ, ‘Obiara a ɔbɛka asɛmmɔne afa nʼawofo ho no, ɛsɛ sɛ wokum no,’ 5Na mo de, nea moka ne sɛ, sɛ obi ka kyerɛ ne na anaa nʼagya se, ‘Mewɔ ade bi a anka metumi de aboa mo, nanso mede rekɔma Onyankopɔn’ a, ɛnyɛ bɔne. 6Enti mo ara monam mo mmara a moahyɛ so bu Onyankopɔn mmara a ɔhyɛɛ sɛ di wʼagya ne wo na ni no so. 7Mo nyaatwomfo! Sɛ Yesaia hyɛɛ mo ho nkɔm sɛ,
8“ ‘Saa nnipa yi ka sɛ wodi me ni,
nanso wɔn koma mmɛn me.
9Wɔsom me ani so kɛkɛ,
efisɛ wɔkyerɛkyerɛ mmara a onipa ayɛ na ɛnyɛ nea efi Onyankopɔn.’ ”
10Afei Yesu frɛɛ nnipadɔm no ka kyerɛɛ wɔn se, “Muntie nea meka no na mommɔ mmɔden nte ase. 11Ɛnyɛ ade a ɛbɛkɔ onipa mu no na ɛmma ne ho ntew, na mmom, nea ebefi ne mu aba no na egu ne ho fi.”
12Nsɛm a Yesu kaa yi maa nʼasuafo no ba bɛka kyerɛɛ no se, “Wunim sɛ wo nsɛm a wokaa no ama Farisifo no bo afuw?”
13Yesu buaa wɔn se, “Dua biara a ɛnyɛ mʼagya na oduae no, wobetu akyene. 14Mummmua wɔn koraa! Na wɔyɛ anifuraefo a wɔrekyerɛ anifuraefo kwan nti wɔn nyinaa bɛkɔ akɔtew ahwe amoa mu.”
15Petro ka kyerɛɛ Yesu se, “Kyerɛ yɛn bɛ no ase.”
16Yesu nso bisaa no se, “Ampa ara sɛ monte ase? 17Munnim sɛ ade a ɛfa onipa anom no fa onipadua no mu na asan aba bio? 18Asɛm a ho ntew biara fi koma a mu ntew mu ma egu nea ɔkaa saa asɛm no ho fi. 19Koma mu na adwemmɔne, awudi, ayefasɛm, aguamammɔ, korɔn, atoro ne ntwatoso fi. 20Eyinom na egu onipa ho fi. Nanso sɛ obi anhohoro ne nsa sɛnea mo amanne te no na odidi a, ne ho nguu fi honhom mu.”
Kanaanni Bea Bi Gyidi
21Yesu fii ɔman no mu hɔ kɔɔ Tiro ne Sidon. 22Kanaanni bea bi a ɔte ɔman no mu hɔ de osu baa Yesu nkyɛn bɛkae se, “Awurade, Dawid Ba, hu me mmɔbɔ! Honhommɔne hyɛ me ba mu na sɛ ɛka ne ho a, ɛma ne ho yeraw no.”
23Yesu anka hwee. Nʼasuafo no hyɛɛ no sɛ ɔmpam ɔbea no mfi hɔ. Wotii mu ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Ka kyerɛ no na omfi ha nkɔ, na ɔde nʼadesrɛ no retuatua yɛn aso.”
24Yesu ka kyerɛɛ ɔbea no se, “Wɔsomaa me baa Yudafo, Israel nguan a wɔayera no nkyɛn na ɛnyɛ amanamanmufo.”
25Ɔba bɛkotow no kɔɔ so srɛɛ no se, “Me wura, boa me!”
26Yesu ka kyerɛɛ no se, “Enye sɛ wobegye aduan afi mmofra nsam atow ama akraman.”
27Ɔbea no nso buae se, “Ɛwɔ mu saa de, nanso akraman no nso tumi di mporoporowa a efi wɔn wura no pon so gu fam no.”
28Yesu ka kyerɛɛ ɔbea no se, “Ɔbea, wo gyidi mu yɛ den. Mɛyɛ wʼabisade ama wo.” Ɛhɔ ara, ne babea no ho tɔɔ no.
Yesu Sa Nyarewa Ahorow
29Yesu san baa Galilea po no ho. Ɔforo kɔtenaa bepɔw bi so. 30Nnipa bebree de mpakye, anifuraefo, apirafo, mum ne wɔn a wɔyare nyarewa ahorow baa ne nkyɛn sɛ ɔnsa wɔn yare, ma ɔsaa wɔn nyinaa yare. 31Nnipa no ho dwiriw wɔn. Wɔn a wɔnkasaa da kasae; mpakye nyaa ahoɔden; na mmubuafo nantew huruhuruwii na anifuraefo huu ade. Nnipadɔm no ho dwiriw wɔn ma wɔkamfoo Israel Nyankopɔn.
Nnipa Mpem Anan Aduanma
32Afei Yesu frɛɛ nʼasuafo no nyinaa baa ne nkyɛn ka kyerɛɛ wɔn se, “Nnipa yi yɛ me mmɔbɔ. Wɔabedi me nkyɛn ha nnansa. Aduan a ɛwɔ ha nyinaa nso asa. Nanso mempɛ sɛ mema wɔkɔ wɔn afi mu a wonnidii, anyɛ saa a, wɔbɛtotɔ piti wɔ kwan so.”
33Nʼasuafo no nso bisaa no se, “Sare so ha de, ɛhe na yebenya nnipadɔm yi ano aduan?”
34Yesu nso bisaa wɔn se, “Brodo dodow ahe na mowɔ?”
Wobuae se, “Yɛwɔ brodo ason ne mpataa kakraa bi.”
35Yesu ka kyerɛɛ nnipadɔm no maa wɔn nyinaa tenatenaa ase wɔ sare no so. 36Afei ɔfaa brodo ason no ne mpataa no, hyiraa so na obubuu mu de maa asuafo no se wɔmfa mma nnipadɔm no nni. 37Wɔn nyinaa dii aduan no mee pintinn. 38Wɔn a wodii saa aduan no, na wɔn dodow yɛ nnipa mpem anan a wɔankan mmea ne mmofra anka ho. Wodidi wiei no, akyi mporoporowa a wɔtasee no yɛɛ nkɛntɛn ason. 39Eyi akyi na Yesu gyaa nkurɔfo no kwan, maa ɔno nso kɔtenaa ɔkorow mu twa kɔɔ Magadan.