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51 (A)So they shook the dust from their feet in protest against them and went to Iconium.[a]

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  1. 13:51 See note on Lk 9:5.

14 [a](A)Whoever will not receive you or listen to your words—go outside that house or town and shake the dust from your feet.

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  1. 10:14 Shake the dust from your feet: this gesture indicates a complete disassociation from such unbelievers.

24 [a](A)When Pilate saw that he was not succeeding at all, but that a riot was breaking out instead, he took water and washed his hands in the sight of the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this man’s blood. Look to it yourselves.” 25 And the whole people said in reply, “His blood be upon us and upon our children.”

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  1. 27:24–25 Peculiar to Matthew. Took water…blood: cf. Dt 21:1–8, the handwashing prescribed in the case of a murder when the killer is unknown. The elders of the city nearest to where the corpse is found must wash their hands, declaring, “Our hands did not shed this blood.” Look to it yourselves: cf. Mt 27:4. The whole people: Matthew sees in those who speak these words the entire people (Greek laos) of Israel. His blood…and upon our children: cf. Jer 26:15. The responsibility for Jesus’ death is accepted by the nation that was God’s special possession (Ex 19:5), his own people (Hos 2:25), and they thereby lose that high privilege; see Mt 21:43 and the note on that verse. The controversy between Matthew’s church and Pharisaic Judaism about which was the true people of God is reflected here. As the Second Vatican Council has pointed out, guilt for Jesus’ death is not attributable to all the Jews of his time or to any Jews of later times.

11 Whatever place does not welcome you or listen to you, leave there and shake the dust off your feet in testimony against them.”

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And as for those who do not welcome you, when you leave that town, shake the dust from your feet[a] in testimony against them.”(A)

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  1. 9:5 Shake the dust from your feet: see note on Mt 10:14.

10 Whatever town you enter and they do not receive you, go out into the streets and say,(A) 11 ‘The dust of your town that clings to our feet, even that we shake off against you.’ Yet know this: the kingdom of God is at hand.(B)

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