Matthew 15:1-9 (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.'"
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