And when He later
entered a house, away from the crowd, His disciples asked Him about the parable.
And He *said to them, 'Are you so lacking in understanding as well? Do you not understand that whatever goes into the person from outside cannot defile him,
because it does not go into his heart, but into his stomach, andis eliminated?' (Thereby
He declared all foods clean.)
And He was saying, 'That which comes out of the person, that is what
defiles the person.
For from within, out of thehearts of people, come the evil thoughts, acts of
sexual immorality, thefts, murders, acts of
deeds of greed, wickedness, deceit, indecent behavior,envy, slander,pride, and
All these evil things come from within and defile the person.'