What comes out defiles a person (Mk 7:20-7:20)

“Jesus said.

‘What comes out

Of a person

Defiles a person.”


ἔλεγεν δὲ ὅτι Τὸ ἐκ τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἐκπορευόμενον, ἐκεῖνο κοινοῖ τὸν ἄνθρωπον.


There is something similar to this in Matthew, chapter 15:18.  Jesus indicated that the true defilement was what came out of a person, not what went into him.  Matthew often talked about the mouth of a person, but Mark did not do that here, as he clearly explained defilement.  Mark reported that Jesus said (ἔλεγεν) that what came out of a person or a man (δὲ ὅτι Τὸ ἐκ τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἐκπορευόμενον) defiled him (ἐκεῖνο κοινοῖ τὸν ἄνθρωπον), not what went into him.