Then some Pharisees and teachers of the Law came from Jerusalem to Jesus and asked him,
"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!"
Jesus answered, "And why do you disobey God's command and follow your own teaching?
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
References for Matthew 15:4
15.4 a Ex 20.12; Dt 5.16; b Ex 21.17; Lv 20.9.
But you teach that if people have something they could use to help their father or mother, but say, "This belongs to God,'
they do not need to honor their father. In this way you disregard God's command, in order to follow your own teaching.
References for Matthew 15:6
You hypocrites! How right Isaiah was when he prophesied about you!
"These people, says God, honor me with their words, 2 but their heart is really far away from me.
References for Matthew 15:8
15.8, 9 Is 29.13 (LXX).
It is no use for them to worship me, because they teach human rules as though they were my laws!' "