Matthew 15:1-14 ESV

Traditions and Commandments

1 1Then Pharisees and 2scribes came to Jesus 3from Jerusalem and said,

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      2 4"Why do your disciples break 5the tradition of the elders? 6For they do not wash their hands when they eat."

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      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.'

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          5 But you say, 'If anyone tells his father or his mother, "What you would have gained from me is given to God,"a

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            • ž 15:5 - Or is an offering
              6 he need not honor his father.' So for the sake of your tradition you have 9made void the wordb of God.

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                • Ÿ 15:6 - Some manuscripts law
                  7 10You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said:

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                  8 11"'This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me;

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                      9 in vain do they worship me, teaching as 12doctrines the commandments of men.'"

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                      What Defiles a Person

                      10 And he called the people to him and said to them, 13"Hear and understand:

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                      11 14it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person."

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                      12 Then the disciples came and said to him, "Do you know that the Pharisees were 15offended when they heard this saying?"

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                      13 He answered, 16"Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted 17will be rooted up.

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                      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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                        •   15:14 - Some manuscripts add of the blind