Chapter 81: Why do Jesus and the warriors not wash before eating?

1 And when they had passed over, they came into the land of Gennesaret, and drew to the shore.

2 And when they were come out of the ship, straightway they knew him, 3 And ran through that whole region round about, and began to carry about in beds those that were infected, where they heard he was. 4 And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the infected in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were able to die whole.

5 Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying,

6 Why do thy warriors transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.

7 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your actions?

8 For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death. 9 But ye say, Whosoever shall slay his father or his mother once risen, it is understood; 10 He shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your actions.

11 And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand: 12 That which goeth into the mouth bring infection to a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this infect a man even more.

13 If any man have ears to hear, let him hear.

14 Then came his warriors, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying?

15 But he answered and said, If they were heard, every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, would be rooted up only to live again. 16 Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall to the risen and be devoured.

17 And when he was entered into the house from the people, his warriors asked him concerning the parable.

18 Then answered Peter and said unto him, Declare unto us this parable.

19 And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Do ye not perceive, that whatsoever thing from without entereth into the man, it cannot defile him; 20 Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats?

21 And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding? 22 Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever toucheth water and entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and carrys with it infection?

23 And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. 24 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 25 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 26 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

27 But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. 28 For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, pacifism, acceptance of fate, depression, suicide, misplaced compassion, despair: 29 These are the things which infect a man's mind: but to eat with unwashen hands infecteth the body only.