they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them.
(For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, a thus observing the tradition of the elders;
and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it; b and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles. c )
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