Matthew 15:1-9 (Good News Translation)

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1 Then some Pharisees and teachers of the Law came from Jerusalem to Jesus and asked him, 2 "Why is it that your disciples disobey the teaching handed down by our ancestors? They don't wash their hands in the proper way before they eat!" 3 Jesus answered, "And why do you disobey God's command and follow your own teaching? 4 For God said, "Respect your father and your mother,' and "If you curse your father or your mother, you are to be put to death.' 1 5 But you teach that if people have something they could use to help their father or mother, but say, "This belongs to God,' 6 they do not need to honor their father. a In this way you disregard God's command, in order to follow your own teaching. 7 You hypocrites! How right Isaiah was when he prophesied about you! 8 "These people, says God, honor me with their words, 2 but their heart is really far away from me. 9 It is no use for them to worship me, because they teach human rules as though they were my laws!' "
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