Search the Bible
* powered by Bible Study Tools

Matthew 15:18

    Matthew 15:18 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    But the things which proceed out of the mouth come forth out of the heart; and they defile the man.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    But the things which come out of the mouth come from the heart; and they make a man unclean.

    Webster's Revision

    But the things which proceed out of the mouth come forth out of the heart; and they defile the man.

    World English Bible

    But the things which proceed out of the mouth come out of the heart, and they defile the man.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    But the things which proceed out of the mouth come forth out of the heart; and they defile the man.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 15:18

    Christ proceeds to state what does defile the man, or render him a sinner:

    1. "Evil thoughts" These are the first things - these are the fountains of all others. Thought precedes action. Thought, or purpose, or motive, gives its character to conduct. All evil thoughts are here intended. Though we labor to suppress them, yet they defile us. They leave pollution behind them.

    2. "Murders." Taking the life of others with malice. The malice has its seat in the heart, and the murder therefore proceeds from the heart, 1 John 3:15.

    3. "Adulteries, fornication." See Matthew 5:28.

    4. "Thefts." Theft is the taking and carrying away the goods of others without their knowledge or consent. Thefts are caused by coveting the property of others. They proceed, therefore, from the heart, and violate at the same time two commandments - the tenth commandment in thought and the eighth commandment in act.

    5. "False witness." Giving wrong testimony. Concealing the truth, or stating what we know to be false - a violation of the ninth commandment. It proceeds from a desire to injure others, to take away their character or property, or to do them injustice. It proceeds thus from the heart.

    6. "Blasphemies." See the notes at Matthew 9:3. Blasphemy proceeds from opposition to God, hatred of his character Romans 8:7, and from a desire that there should be no God. It proceeds from the heart. See Psalm 14:1. Mark adds several things to those enumerated by Matthew:

    (a) "Covetousness." The unlawful desire of what others possess, this always proceeds from the heart.

    (b) "Wickedness." The original here means malice, or a desire of injuring others, Romans 1:29.

    (c) "Deceit," i. e., fraud, concealment, cheating in trade. This proceeds from a desire to benefit ourselves by doing injustice to others, and this proceeds from the heart.

    (d) Lasciviousness. Lust, obscenity, unbridled passion - a strong, evil desire of the heart.

    (e) "An evil eye." That is, an eye that is sour, malignant, proud; or an eye of lust and passion. See Matthew 5:28; Matthew 20:15; 2 Peter 2:14, "Having eyes full of adultery, that cannot cease from sin."

    (f) "Pride." An improper estimate of our own importance; thinking that we are of much more consequence than we really are. This is always the work of an evil heart.

    (g) "Foolishness." Not a lack of intellect - man is not to blame for that - but a moral folly, consisting in choosing evil ends and the bad means of gaining them; or, in other words, sin and wickedness. All sin is folly. It is foolish for a man to disobey God, and foolish for anyone to go to hell.