Matthew 15:1-9 (Holman Christian Standard)

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The Tradition of the Elders

1 Then Pharisees and scribes came from Jerusalem to Jesus and asked, 2 "Why do Your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they don't wash their hands when they eat!"a 3 He answered them, "And why do you break God's commandment because of your tradition? 4 For God said: b Honor your father and your mother; c and, The one who speaks evil of father or mother must be put to death. d 5 But you say, 'Whoever tells his father or mother, "Whatever benefit you might have received from me is a gift [committed to the temple]"- 6 he does not have to honor his father.' e In this way, you have revoked God's word f because of your tradition. 7 Hypocrites! Isaiah prophesied correctly about you when he said: 8 These people g honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me. 9 They worship Me in vain, teaching as doctrines the commands of men. " h
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