It is not what enters into the mouth that defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man.”
But Peter said, “By no means, Lord, for I have never eaten anything unholy and unclean.”
there is nothing outside the man which can defile him if it goes into him; but the things which proceed out of the man are what defile the man.
His mouth is full of curses and deceit and oppression;
Under his tongue is mischief and wickedness.
They speak falsehood to one another;
With flattering lips and with a double heart they speak.
Your tongue devises destruction,
Like a sharp razor, O worker of deceit.
The wicked are estranged from the womb;
These who speak lies go astray from birth.
“Whom have you reproached and blasphemed?
And against whom have you raised your voice
And haughtily lifted up your eyes?
Against the Holy One of Israel!
For your hands are defiled with blood
And your fingers with iniquity;
Your lips have spoken falsehood,
Your tongue mutters wickedness.
Transgressing and denying the Lord,
And turning away from our God,
Speaking oppression and revolt,
Conceiving in and uttering from the heart lying words.
“They bend their tongue like their bow;
Lies and not truth prevail in the land;
For they proceed from evil to evil,
And they do not know Me,” declares the Lord.
You brood of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak what is good? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart.
But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man.
When the Pharisee saw it, he was surprised that He had not first ceremonially washed before the meal.
But I said, ‘By no means, Lord, for nothing unholy or unclean has ever entered my mouth.’
“Their throat is an open grave,
With their tongues they keep deceiving,”
“The poison of asps is under their lips”;
I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but to him who thinks anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean.
for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Do not tear down the work of God for the sake of food. All things indeed are clean, but they are evil for the man who eats and gives offense.
For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude;
To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving, nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled.
Do not be carried away by varied and strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, through which those who were so occupied were not benefited.
So also the tongue is a small part of the body, and yet it boasts of great things.See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire!
For speaking out arrogant words of vanity they entice by fleshly desires, by sensuality, those who barely escape from the ones who live in error,