Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 17)

(02 September 2018)

Deuteronomy 4:1–2, 6–9; Ps. 119:129-136; Ephesians 6:10–20; Mark 7:14–23

Entrance: LSB 905 Come, Thou Almighty King

Of the Day: LSB 566 By Grace I’m Saved

Offertory: LSB 665 Be Strong in the Lord

Distribution: LSB 565 Thy Works, Not Mine, O Christ

LSB 559 Oh, How Great Is Your Compassion

Closing: LSB 664 Fight the Good Fight

We Are Cleansed and Sustained by the Word of God

Wickedness and evil come “from within, out of the heart,” and that is what defiles a person (Mark 7:21–23). Hence, we cannot save ourselves, because we are sinful and unclean from the inside out. But as the Lord Jesus “declared all foods clean” (Mark 7:19), so He cleanses us by His Word, by the preaching of repentance and the forgiveness of sins. Therefore, “listen to the statutes and the rules” of the Lord, “and do them, that you may live” (Deut. 4:1). For His Word is righteous, and to live according to it is “your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the peoples” (Deut. 4:6). Cling to His Word, and also teach it “to your children and your children’s children” (Deut. 4:9). Put on this “armor of God” by hearing and heeding what He speaks to you, that you may “stand firm” in the evil day (Eph. 6:11–13). Gird yourself with the righteousness of Christ, by faith in the “gospel of peace,” and take up “the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God,” by confessing Christ Jesus and “praying at all times in the Spirit” (Eph. 6:14–18).


Courtesy: LCMS (CPH for certain hymn videos)


Worldview Everlasting - Out of Heart, Does True Poopy Come (Mark 7:14-23)

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ENCORE: Looking Forward to Sunday Morning (3 Year Lectionary): Proper 17 — Dr. Carl Fickenscher — Issues Etc.

Dr. Carl Fickenscher

Dr. Carl Fickenscher, Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the readings and propers with Pr. Todd Wilken on Issues Etc. (mp3, 57:20, 52.5 MB, 2018-Aug-28)


Lectionary Podcast - Pentecost 15 - Series B - Mark 7:14-23 with Dr. Arthur A. Just Jr.

Dr. Arthur A. Just Jr., Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft. Wayne, Ind., discusses the Gospel lesson from the Greek text.


Mark 7:14-23 (SBLGNT)

14 Καὶ προσκαλεσάμενος ⸀πάλιν τὸν ὄχλον ἔλεγεν αὐτοῖς· ⸀Ἀκούσατέ μου πάντες καὶ ⸀σύνετε.

15 οὐδέν ἐστιν ἔξωθεν τοῦ ἀνθρώπου εἰσπορευόμενον εἰς αὐτὸν ὃ δύναται ⸂κοινῶσαι αὐτόν⸃· ἀλλὰ τὰ ⸂ἐκ τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἐκπορευόμενά⸃ ἐστιν τὰ κοινοῦντα τὸν ⸀ἄνθρωπον.

16 εἴ τις ἔχει ὦτα ἀκούειν, ἀκουέτω. 

17 Καὶ ὅτε εἰσῆλθεν ⸀εἰς οἶκον ἀπὸ τοῦ ὄχλου, ἐπηρώτων αὐτὸν οἱ μαθηταὶ αὐτοῦ ⸂τὴν παραβολήν⸃.

18 καὶ λέγει αὐτοῖς· Οὕτως καὶ ὑμεῖς ἀσύνετοί ἐστε; οὐ νοεῖτε ὅτι πᾶν τὸ ἔξωθεν εἰσπορευόμενον εἰς τὸν ἄνθρωπον οὐ δύναται αὐτὸν κοινῶσαι,

19 ὅτι οὐκ εἰσπορεύεται αὐτοῦ εἰς τὴν καρδίαν ἀλλʼ εἰς τὴν κοιλίαν, καὶ εἰς τὸν ἀφεδρῶνα ἐκπορεύεται;— ⸀καθαρίζων πάντα τὰ βρώματα.

20 ἔλεγεν δὲ ὅτι Τὸ ἐκ τοῦ ἀνθρώπου ἐκπορευόμενον ἐκεῖνο κοινοῖ τὸν ἄνθρωπον·

21 ἔσωθεν γὰρ ἐκ τῆς καρδίας τῶν ἀνθρώπων οἱ διαλογισμοὶ οἱ κακοὶ ἐκπορεύονται, ⸂πορνεῖαι, κλοπαί, φόνοι,

22 μοιχεῖαι⸃, πλεονεξίαι, πονηρίαι, δόλος, ἀσέλγεια, ὀφθαλμὸς πονηρός, βλασφημία, ὑπερηφανία, ἀφροσύνη·

23 πάντα ταῦτα τὰ πονηρὰ ἔσωθεν ἐκπορεύεται καὶ κοινοῖ τὸν ἄνθρωπον.


Literal Translation

Mark 7:14-23

(14) And calling all the crowd near, He said to them, All hear Me and understand.

(15) There is nothing from outside the man, having entered into him, which is able to defile him. But the things going out from him, those are the things defiling the man.

(16) If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.

(17) And when He entered into a house from the crowd, His disciples questioned Him about the parable.

(18) And He said to them, Are you also so undiscerning? Do you not perceive that all that enters from the outside into the man is not able to defile him?

(19) This is because it does not enter into his heart, but into the belly, and goes out into the waste-bowl, purging all the foods.

(20) And He said, That passing out of the man, it is the thing that defiles the man.

(21) For from within, out of the heart of men, pass out the evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,

(22) thefts, greedy desires, iniquities, deceit, lustful desires, a wicked eye, blasphemy, pride, recklessness.

(23) All these evil things pass out from within and defile the man.


Scripture quotations marked SBLGNT are from the SBL Greek New Testament. Copyright © 2010 Society of Biblical Literature and Logos Bible Software. Holmes, M. W. (2011–2013). The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition. Lexham Press; Society of Biblical Literature.