This page shows some of the more easily recognized examples in RED, CAPITAL LETTERS of the anti-Mosaic law prejudice most translators seem to have. The RED, CAPITAL LETTERS are the actual, PERSONAL additions, sometimes in parentheses, deliberately inserted into the original Greek, WHICH PREVIOUSLY NEVER WERE IN THE ORIGINAL GREEK!! Mark 7:18-21,23 provides the best, most flagrant example of this unjustified prejudice where anti-Old Testament leaning translators brazenly inserted their OWN HIGHLY MISLEADING OPINIONS at the end of verse 19 in 10 popular translations quoted below. These inserted additions are not the words of Mark himself since they do not appear in the original Greek texts. Verses 18 and 19 refer only to tiny, probably mostly invisible amounts of GENERALLY HARMLESS, ORDINARY DIRT, STAINS, WEAK TOXINS, ETC. on UNWASHED hands before eating, NOT the forbidden foods. This very same discussion was recorded by another apostle in Matthew 15:1-20. Twelve more translations listed immediately below, in addition to the ten already mentioned, with the deceptively inserted addition at the end of verse 19 help demonstrate further how bad this bias problem really is:

Lexham English Bible, Weymouth New Testament, An Understandable Version, Twentieth Century New Testament, James Moffatt New Testament, International Standard Version, Williams New Testament, Revised King James New Testament, Goodspeed New Testament, Montgomery New Testament, Riverside New Testament, and the Worrell New Testament. The following 10 translations reveal this unacceptable, highly misleading prejudice:    

Mark: 7:18-21,23: “And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Perceive ye not, that whatsoever from without goeth into the man, it cannot defile him; 19 because it goeth not into his heart, but into his belly, and goeth out into the draught? THIS HE SAID, MAKING ALL MEATS CLEAN. 20 And he said, That which proceedeth out of the man, that defileth the man. 21 For from within, out of the heart of men, evil thoughts proceed, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries …… 23 all these evil things proceed from within, and defile the man.” — American Standard Version

Mark 7:18-21,23: “And he said to them, ‘Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a man from outside cannot defile him, 19 since it enters, not his heart but his stomach, and so passes on?’ (THUS HE DECLARED ALL FOODS CLEAN.) 20 And he said, ‘What comes out of a man is what defiles a man. 21 For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, fornication, theft, murder, adultery …… 23 All these evil things come from within, and they defile a man” — Revised Standard Version

Mark 7:18-21,23: “And He said to them, Then are you also unintelligent and dull and without understanding? Do you not discern and see that whatever goes into a man from the outside cannot make him unhallowed or unclean, 19 Since it does not reach and enter his heart but [only his] digestive tract, and so passes on [into the place designed to receive waste]? THUS HE WAS MAKING AND DECLARING ALL FOODS [CEREMONIALLY] CLEAN [THAT IS, [1] ABOLISHING THE CEREMONIAL DISTINCTIONS OF THE LEVITICAL LAW]. 20 And He said, What comes out of a man is what makes a man unclean and renders [him] unhallowed. 21 For from within, [that is] out of the hearts of men, come base and wicked thoughts, sexual immorality, stealing, murder, adultery …… 23 All these evil [purposes and desires] come from within, and they make the man unclean and render him unhallowed.” — The Amplified Bible

The above misleading translation is my favorite one.

Mark 7:18-21,23: “….. Don’t you know that whatever goes into a person from the outside can’t make him unclean? 19 It doesn’t go into his thoughts but into his stomach and then into a toilet.’ (BY SAYING THIS, JESUS DECLARED ALL FOODS ACCEPTABLE.) 20 He continued, ‘It’s what comes out of a person that makes him unclean. 21 Evil thoughts, sexual sins, stealing, murder …… 23 All these evils come from within and make a person unclean.” — God’s Word Translation

Mark 7:18-21,23: “….. ‘Can’t you see that the food you put into your body cannot defile you? 19 Food doesn’t go into your heart, but only passes through the stomach and then goes into the sewer.’ (BY SAYING THIS, HE DECLARED THAT EVERY KIND OF FOOD IS ACCEPTABLE IN GOD’S EYES.) 20 And then he added, ‘It is what comes from inside that defiles you. 21 For from within, out of a person’s heart, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder …… 23 All these vile things come from within; they are what defile you.” — New Living Translation

Mark 7:18-21,23: “He answered, ‘Don’t you know what I am talking about by now? You surely know that the food you put into your mouth cannot make you unclean. 19 It doesn’t go into your heart, but into your stomach, and then out of your body.’ BY SAYING THIS, JESUS MEANT THAT ALL FOODS WERE FIT TO EAT. 20 Then Jesus said: What comes from your heart is what makes you unclean. 21 Out of your heart come evil thoughts, vulgar deeds, stealing, murder …… 23 ” — Contemporary English Version

Mark 7:18-23: 18-19 “Jesus said, ‘Are you being willfully stupid? Don’t you see that what you swallow can’t contaminate you? It doesn’t enter your heart but your stomach, works its way through the intestines, and is finally flushed.’ (THAT TOOK CARE OF DIETARY QUIBBLING; JESUS WAS SAYING THAT ALL FOODS ARE FIT TO EAT.) 20-23 He went on: ‘It’s what comes out of a person that pollutes: obscenities, lusts, thefts, murders, adulteries, greed, depravity, deceptive dealings, carousing, mean looks, slander, arrogance, foolishness–all these are vomit from the heart. There is the source of your pollution.” — The Message

The above misleading translation is my second favorite one.

Mark 7:18-21,23: “He replied: ‘Do you not understand? Do you not know that which goes into the man from the outside cannot defile him? 19 It is because it does not go into his heart, but into his stomach and is eliminated? ALL FOODS ARE CLEAN. 20 That which comes out of the man defiles the man. 21 It is from the heart that evil thoughts come such as: fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries …… 23 All these evil things come from within and defile the man.” — New Simplified Bible

Mark 7:18-21,23: “And he said to them, Have even you so little wisdom? Do you not see that whatever goes into a man from outside is not able to make him unclean, 19 Because it goes not into the heart but into the stomach, and goes out with the waste? HE SAID THIS MAKING ALL FOOD CLEAN. 20 And he said, That which comes out of the man, that makes the man unclean. 21 Because from inside, from the heart of men, come evil thoughts and unclean pleasures …… 23 All these evil things come from inside, and make the man unclean.” — Bible in Basic English

Mark 7:18-21,23: “And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Perceive ye not, that whatsoever from without goeth into the man, [it] cannot defile him 19 because it goeth not into his heart, but into his belly, and goeth out into the draught? [THIS HE SAID], MAKING ALL MEATS CLEAN. 20 And he said, That which proceedeth out of the man, that defileth the man 21 For from within, out of the heart of men, evil thoughts proceed, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries …… 23 all these evil things proceed from within, and defile the man” — English Revised Version

The following are 3 of the more accurate, untainted, literal translations of Mark 7:18-21,23.

1) Mark 7:18-21,23: “…….. Do you not perceive that whatever enters a man from outside cannot defile him, 19 because it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and is eliminated, thus purifying all foods? 20 And He said, ‘What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. 21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders …… 23 All these evil things come from within and defile a man.” — New King James Version

2) Mark 7:18-21,23: “And He says to them, ‘So you also are without understanding! You do understand that nothing from outside entering into the person is able to defile him, do you not? 19 Because it does not enter into his heart, but into the stomach, and goes out into the latrine, purifying [or, purging] all the foods. 20 But He was saying, ‘That [which] comes out from the person, that defiles the person. 21 ‘For from within, out of the heart of people, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, sexual sins, murders …… 23 All these evils come out from within and defile the person.” — Analytical Literal Translation

3) Mark 7:18-21,23: “…… Perceive ye not (Strong’s) 3539,5719  that 3754  everything 3956  which 3588  from without 1855  enters 1531,5740  into 1519  the 3588,444  man 3756 is not able  1410,5736  him 846  to defile 2840,5658? 19 Because 3754,3756  it enters not 1531,5736  of him 846  into 1519  the 3588  heart 2588,  but 235  into 1519  the 3588  belly 2836,  and 2532  into 1519  the 3588  draught 856  goes out 1607,5736, purifying 2511,5723  all 3956  the 3588  food 1033. 20 And He said 3004,5707,1161,  that 3754  which 3588  out 1537  of the 3588  man 444 goes 1607  forth 5740,  that 1565  defiles 2840,5719  the 3588  man 444. 21 For 2081,1063  from within out 1537  of the 3588,2588 heart 3588,444  of men 3588,1261  reasonings 3588  evil 2556 go 1607  forth 5736,  adulteries 3430, fornications 4202,  murders 5408 23 All 3956  these 3588 evils 4190  from within 2081  go forth 1607,  and 2532  defile 2840  the 3588  man 444.” — Interlinear Greek New Testament

Mark 7:18,19 CANNOT POSSIBLY be referring to the prohibited foods for 6 GOOD REASONS: 

1) Mark 7 begins, lasting through verse 5, with an introductory discussion between the kosher foods eating Pharisees and scribes, who strictly obeyed the Mosaic food laws, and Jesus. They asked Him why His disciples ate bread with “DEFILED, THAT IS, WITH UNWASHED HANDS” and did not follow the man made tradition of washing their hands in a certain way before eating food. The big, big issue here AND THE ONLY ISSUE here is eating with UNWASHED HANDS, repeat, UNWASHED HANDS, one more time, UNWASHED HANDS, not eating something forbidden. The main subject in this chapter is Jesus’ answer, which explained the harmlessness of eating with unwashed hands, not eating what can sometimes still kill you within only days. In this chapter 7 not even the slightest reference is made to the forbidden foods or their relevant laws.

2) Mark 7:7-9,13 verifies further that the context of Mark 7 involves or includes MAN CONCOCTED TRADITIONS, not the holy, God inspired laws against eating the forbidden foods.

3) The FIRST, MAIN definition of the original Greek word katharizo, Strong’s 2511, translated “purging” or “purifying” in verse 19 PRIMARILY refers to an EXTERNAL (NOT INTERNAL) TYPE OF CLEANSING OF FOOD OR EATING UTENSILS CONTAMINATED BY OR EXPOSED TO OR SMUDGED OR SOILED BY SURFACE (SURFACE) STAINS OR DIRT WHICH IS NOT THE LEVITICAL OR MEDICAL KIND OF CLEANSING. Five other usage examples include Matthew 23:25: “Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean (katharizo) the outside of the cup,” Matthew 23:26: “Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse (katharizo) first that which is within the cup,” Luke 11:39: “Now do ye Pharisees make clean (katharizo) the outside of the cup,” Ephesians 5:26: “That he might sanctify  and cleanse (katharizo) it with the washing of water by,” and James 4:8: “and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse (katharizo) your hands, ye sinners; and purify.”

4) Nothing in chapter 7 actually says or even implies that Jesus Himself has magically cleansed food in any way. According to these verses any “purifying” or “purging” is done BY THE STOMACH AND THE STOMACH ONLY (and not by Jesus), which obviously has substantial limitations in what it can “purify” or “purge.”

5) Jesus basically “spells out” in verses 20-23 that sinful thoughts such as murder, theft, and adultery are what really defile or degrade a person, not eating with unwashed hands. Thoughts are invisible, spiritual and not physical. Forbidden foods are visible, physical, and not spiritual. This is further proof that Jesus is talking about something other than forbidden foods, which are quite physical, in Mark 7.

6) If verses 18 and 19 refer to the forbidden foods, then they seriously conflict with verse 18′s statement quite plainly proclaiming that nothing physical entering his body can defile or harm a person. Just read what has happened to people who ate forbidden, ciguatera poisoned eels or forbidden, domoic acid contaminated clams, mussels, or oysters. Domoic acid is a naturally occurring, powerful, unforgiving nerve poison that cannot be destroyed by cooking or stomach acids. Some of them were so badly “defiled” by those foods that they died. Since we should be able to, of course, confidently assume that Jesus is not lying to us here, then what He is talking about really is harmless and won’t hurt us like those forbidden foods will. Therefore verse 18 cannot be referring to the still sometimes quite harmful forbidden foods. He is simply discussing a subject that is not about potentially lethal food that we are prohibited to eat.

These Mark 7 verses therefore DO NOT CLEARLY, BEYOND REASONABLE DOUBT, prove that the divinely inspired, Biblically recorded, Mosaic dietary restrictions have been annulled.

Discussing further the limitations of the stomach, normal, not low or impaired stomach acidity which some people have, will often denature and neutralize various toxins, impurities, and even some poisonous snake venom (although the venom may harm you through contact with the mouth and throat as it travels to the stomach). However, even a normal stomach definitely will not always medically cleanse food in the way that the book of Leviticus describes food that is clean (for example, one of the characteristics of clean food is that it usually will not injure you through contracting trichinosis or Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning). To illustrate, human stomach acidity will dissolve the trichinosis cysts of infected, forbidden, raw or undercooked pork, but the acidity will not kill the larvae released from the cysts, which can go on to infect and sometimes seriously harm a person. Stomach acid also will not denature domoic acid, the cause of ASP sometimes found in forbidden shellfish. So the forbidden pork or shellfish certainly have not been cleansed. Debilitating trichinosis or ASP can of course defile, so all foods obviously still are not “clean,” and the overwhelming evidence shows that Mark 7:18,19 refers to a type of uncleanness or purging that is different from the kind discussed in the book of Leviticus and Deuteronomy.

Mark 7:1-5: “Then the Pharisees and some of the scribes came together to Him …… 2 Now when they saw some of His disciples eat bread with defiled, that is, with unwashed hands, they found fault. 3 For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands in a special way, holding the tradition of the elders. 4 …… they do not eat unless they wash. …… 5 Then the Pharisees and scribes asked Him, ‘Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands?”— NKJV    Verses 1-5 above show that the MAIN SUBJECT of Mark 7 involves an EXTERNAL, MAN CONCOCTED, RITUALISTIC TYPE OF HAND WASHING CLEANLINESS  emphasized in the Jewish Oral Law. The dietary laws in the written law are not mentioned or even implied anywhere in chapter 7.

The parallel passage in Matthew 15:16-20 is additional proof that failing to ceremonially wash your hands before eating generally will not harm or “defile” you.

ANALYSIS SUMMARY: Verses 18 and 19 are easy to explain. The incorrect belief that these verses prove that the Old Testament dietary laws have been abolished is another classic case of

1) totally ignoring the over all meaning of the first two thirds of the seventh chapter of Mark,

2) totally ignoring the main definition of the original Greek word katharizo, Strong’s number 2511, translated “purifying” in verse 19, and worst of all,

3) unquestioningly accepting the DIRECT ADDITIONS of anti-Old Testament leaning translators’ personal, MISLEADING comments in translations such as those above and in MOST other English translated Bibles!

The subject of verses 18-19, according to verses 1-5 refers to the Pharisees’ man made ceremonial ritual of meticulously washing hands, not what foods are “unclean” or Biblically inedible. The first, primary definition of katharizo refers to the cleansing of physical stains, dirt, and other external contamination on food, not the neutralization of potentially fatal infections such as trichinosis cysts,  domoic acid, or ciguatera toxin ingested by consuming one of the forbidden foods.  Most English translations, incredibly, brazenly add the following or similar misleading anti-Old Testament comment at the end of Mark 7:19: “In saying this, Jesus declared all foods clean,” a comment that IS NOT found in the generally more accurate New King James Version and certainly not in the original Greek. In verses 20-23 Jesus added that the Pharisees should put more emphasis on cleansing their thoughts which is more important than washing their hands. For additional study please visit http://lifehopeandtruth.com/bible/biblical-laws/clean-and-unclean-animals/mark-7. Another site to visit is http://www.ucg.org/doctrinal-beliefs/did-jesus-declare-all-meats-clean/.

If the Bible was a secular document of excellent, very fair German tax laws, for example, written in German that was to be adopted and used to replace American tax laws, and a thorough Congressional investigation discovered that the translator had deliberately sneaked in his own personal opinion in the text that was contrary to a major German tax principle, that translator might be prosecuted and jailed for conspiracy, fraud, and other crimes. Concerning the Bible, though, liberal or rogue translators are never even charged with a crime.

Here is a SECOND example of translators inserting their own unacceptable interpretation, shown in RED,  CAPITAL LETTERS, which strays far from the literal definition of the original Greek word dogma in verse 15. Appearing only 4 other times in the Bible, dogma never even comes close to clearly referring to all or even most of the Mosaic laws.

1) Ephesians 2:14,15: “For Christ himself has made peace between us Jews and you Gentiles by making us all one people. He has broken down the wall of hostility that used to separate us. 15 By his death he ended the WHOLE SYSTEM OF JEWISH LAW that excluded the Gentiles. His purpose was to make peace between Jews and Gentiles by creating in himself one new person from the two groups.” — New Living Translation

2) Ephesians 2:14,15: Because this a commentary, copyright restrictions of the New International Version prevent a quotation here. Straying far from the literal definition of dogma, which overwhelmingly refers to man concocted, not divine, Biblically recorded laws, the NIV translates dogma in verse 15 basically as THE MOSAIC LAW WITH ITS MANY RULES AND REGULATIONS THAT HAS BEEN PHYSICALLY SET ASIDE.

3) Ephesians 2:14,15: “So he is our peace. In his body he has made Jewish and non-Jewish people one by breaking down the wall of hostility that kept them apart. 15 He brought an end to the COMMANDMENTS AND DEMANDS FOUND IN MOSES’ TEACHINGS so that he could take Jewish and non-Jewish people and create one new humanity in himself. So he made peace. ” — God’s Word Translation

4) Ephesians 2:14,15: “Christ has made peace between Jews and Gentiles, and he has united us by breaking down the wall of hatred that separated us. Christ gave his own body 15 to destroy the LAW OF MOSES WITH ALL ITS RULES AND COMMANDS. He even brought Jews and Gentiles together as though we were only one person, when he united us in peace.” — Contemporary English Version

According to the New King James Version and other more literal translations, the following are MORE LITERAL, MORE SPECIFIC  translations:

Ephesians 2:14,15: “For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, 15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments CONTAINED IN ORDINANCES, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace.” — New King James Version

Ephesians 2:14,15: “For He is our Peace, Who makes both one, and razes the central wall of the barrier 15 (the enmity in His flesh), nullifying the law of PRECEPTS IN DECREES, that He should be creating the two, in Himself, into one new humanity, making peace;” — Concordant Literal Version

Ephesians 2:14,15: “For he is our peace, who made both one, and brake down the middle wall of partition, 15 having abolished in his flesh the enmity, [even] the law of commandments [CONTAINED] IN ORDINANCES; that he might create in himself of the twain one new man, [so] making peace.” — English Revised Version

Ephesians 2:14,15: “For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and breaking down the middle wall of partition, the enmities in his flesh: 15 Making void the law of commandments CONTAINED IN DECREES: that he might make the two in himself into one new man, making peace.” — Douay-Rheims Bible

ANALYSIS: Whatever was abolished was “contained” in or involved “ordinances” or “decrees,” which by the Greek definition of dogma overwhelmingly refers to MAN MADE judgments, opinions, edicts, rules, or instructions. The Greek for “ordinances” or “decrees” is dogma, Strong’s 1378, a somewhat rare, special word in the Bible overwhelmingly referring to judgments, rules, and decrees concocted by human beings, not divine laws specifically recorded in the Bible. The very man made, burdensome, divisive Oral Torah is most likely the set of laws that was done away with here, not the God created civil and moral laws in the Scriptures, which include many laws of the most basic decency and common sense. Since when did the written, God inspired Mosaic laws forbidding the placement of stumbling blocks in front of blind people, forbidding the removal of property landmarks, and forbidding the prosecution of a son for a crime committed by his father, create “hostility” between the Gentiles and the Jews? Despite the personal conclusion that the authors of the New Living Translation, New International Version, and other translations jumped to in their translations, these Ephesians verses do not conclusively, beyond reasonable doubt, say that the entire written Mosaic law or even most of it, which contains a substantial number of very humane, good laws given directly by the Lord, has been annulled. Logic, reasonable logic totally devoid of all peer pressure, dictates that the probability is well over 50% that what was abolished here were the man made, non-Biblical Oral Torah laws added by the Jews. The Greek nomos is used in the Bible around 200 or more times to refer to all or the bulk of written, Biblically recorded Old Testament laws, not dogma, used only 5 times, which never even clearly refers to all or even most of the written, God inspired Biblical laws. The 1 John 3:4 definition of sin specifies that sin is breaking the law (nomos), not breaking dogma.    

By accepting the sacrificial death of Jesus to blot out personal sins, Jews and gentiles were put on equal footing before God. By making the forgiveness of sin available to all peoples, including the Jews and gentiles, Christ abolished all excuses to maintain hostility toward others. This is what the real message is in Ephesians 2:15. For a more detailed discussion that includes the middle wall, which helps further define what was annulled, read the lower one third of ACTS 15:24, COLOSSIANS 2:14 AND EPHESIANS 2:15 DO NOT PROVE THE ABOLITION OF THE LAWFor further study of Ephesians 2:15, a good site is http://www.ucg.org/booklet/new-covenant-does-it-abolish-gods-law/peace-and-unity-christ/. Please also read the middle part of http://www.tomorrowsworld.org/magazines/2001/may-june/principles-bible-study. Another excellent site to visit is http://rcg.org/questions/p154.a.html.         

THIRD example involves Colossians 2:14 in which some anti-Old Testament law leaning translators, straying from the literal, have again seized the opportunity to slant and contort the translation of the rarely used Greek word dogma their way, shown in RED, CAPITAL LETTERS below. In this verse most translators, correctly, do not “cross the line” of calling dogma “the law” or “the written Law.” To understand verse 13 and 14 please read the upper half of the page ACTS 15:24, COLOSSIANS 2:14 AND EPHESIANS 2:15 DO NOT PROVE THE ABOLITION OF THE LAW.

1) Colossians 2:13,14: “For though you were dead in your trespasses, your flesh uncircumcised, He made you live with Christ, He forgave us all our trespasses, 14 He cancelled the REGULATIONS that stood against us — all these OBLIGATIONS he set aside when he nailed them to the cross” — James Moffatt New Testament

2) Colossians 2:13,14: “And you, being dead through your sins and the evil condition of your flesh, to you, I say, he gave life together with him, and forgiveness of all our sins. 14 Having put an end to the handwriting of THE LAW which was against us, taking it out of the way by nailing it to his cross.” — Bible in Basic English

3) Colossians 2:13,14: “At one time you were dead in your sins. Your sinful nature was not circumcised. But God gave you new life together with Christ. He forgave us all of our sins. 14 He wiped out the WRITTEN LAW WITH ITS RULES. THE LAW was against us. It opposed us. He took it away and nailed it to the cross.” — New International Reader’s Version

Who do these translators think they are, actually, deliberately mistranslating dogma in verse 14, tampering with divine instructions for salvation? The obvious subject matter of verse 13 is the transgression itself and only the transgression of the holy, God inspired law, not the holy law itself. These “translators” made the “quantum leap” from sin or trespasses to divine, God created laws in verse 14, which in the original Greek refers primarily to man made opinions and judgments since dogma is used, not nomos, which refers to the Mosaic laws. The much more literal New King James Version reads as follows:

Colossians 2:13,14: “And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, 14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.”

The Greek for “requirements” in verse 14 is dogma, Strong’s 1378, which does not usually and does not clearly refer to divine, God inspired laws such as those recorded in the Bible. Read Strong’s definition of dogma. It refers primarily to authoritative judgments and to opinions (most likely to heavenly recorded personal violations [sins] of the law as discussed in verse 13), and dogma never even comes close to referring to the entire or even most of the Mosaic law elsewhere in the Bible. These biased translators have not only flagrantly ignored reasonable doubt, but have also flagrantly ignored a very large amount of reasonable doubt by referring to the holy law itself in verse 14.  

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