Matthew 15:1-9New King James Version (NKJV)
Defilement Comes from Within
15 Then the scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem came to Jesus, saying, 2 “Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.”
3 He answered and said to them, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition? 4 For God commanded, saying, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; [a] and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’[b] 5 But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, “Whatever profit you might have received from me is a gift to God”— 6 then he need not honor his father or mother.’[c] Thus you have made the commandment[d] of God of no effect by your tradition. 7 Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying:
‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth,
And[e] honor Me with their lips,
But their heart is far from Me.
And in vain they worship Me,
Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ ”[f]
a.Matthew 15:4 Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 5:16
b.Matthew 15:4 Exodus 21:17
c.Matthew 15:6 NU-Text omits or mother.
d.Matthew 15:6 NU-Text reads word.
e.Matthew 15:8 NU-Text omits draw near to Me with their mouth, And.
f.Matthew 15:9 Isaiah 29:13
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