Matthew 15:1-14 (English Standard Version)

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Traditions and Commandments

1 1Then Pharisees and 2scribes came to Jesus 3from Jerusalem and said, 2 4"Why do your disciples break 5the tradition of the elders? 6For they do not wash their hands when they eat." 3 He answered them, "And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? 4 For God commanded, 7'Honor your father and your mother,' and, 8'Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.' 5 But you say, 'If anyone tells his father or his mother, "What you would have gained from me is given to God,"a 6 he need not honor his father.' So for the sake of your tradition you have 9made void the wordb of God. 7 10You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said: 8 11"'This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; 9 in vain do they worship me, teaching as 12doctrines the commandments of men.'"

What Defiles a Person

10 And he called the people to him and said to them, 13"Hear and understand: 11 14it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person." 12 Then the disciples came and said to him, "Do you know that the Pharisees were 15offended when they heard this saying?" 13 He answered, 16"Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted 17will be rooted up. 14 Let them alone; 18they are blind guides.c And 19if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit."
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