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Jesus on Cussing and Cursing, Part 2

September 19, 2006

Matthew 15:11, 15-20  “it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.”…But Peter said to him, “Explain the parable to us.”  And he said, “Are you also still without understanding?  Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is expelled?  But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person.  For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.  These are what defile a person.

Pay special attention to verse 17, “passes into the stomach and is expelled”.  Or in the KJV “goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught”.  The draught is an old word for a latrine.  The Greek word is “aphedron”.  According to Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, this is a word of Macedonian origin that has been called by some “barbarous”.  Another lexicon, Louw-Nida, says the word means a “place of defecation” and feels the need to warn us that “In some languages, however, a reference to a toilet may seem inappropriate for the Scriptures.”  That seems an odd judgment for a translator to be making. 

The point is that the word seems to have been regarded by some as a little off-color.  I heard one preacher say in a sermon that he thought Jesus was saying something like, “Don’t you get it?  What you eat can’t defile you, it just goes into your stomach and out into the crapper.”

Was the word Jesus used that shocking?  More shocking?  Less shocking?  Who knows?  Whatever he said was in Aramaic, so we know he didn’t actually say “aphedron”, much less “crapper”.   But if this word was a word that was regarded by some as a little rough, then it is quite relevant to our oft-debated topic of cussing and cursing that Jesus would use this word while in the midst of teaching us that what comes out of our mouth defiles us. 

He is teaching against the sins of the tongue which express “evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.”  Don’t use your tongue in any of those evil ways. 

Now you go think about that next time you’re on the crapper.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 19, 2006 5:53 pm

    So that’s what Carlton Draught and similar names mean . . . now I know why I don’t like beer! ;-)

  2. Egana permalink
    September 20, 2006 7:42 pm

    outrage! beer is great! beeer is tasty! bear is big, bold, hairy and lumberous! bear is grizzly and polar and koala (although, like some beer, koala bear is really a false beer attempting to inflitrate the glutted market…)

    typos are funny sometime (beer = bear) tee-hee….

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