Mark 7:1-6 NIV

Clean and Unclean

7:1-23pp -- Mt 15:1-20

1 The Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus and

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      2 saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were "unclean,"1 that is, unwashed.

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      3 (The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders.2

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          4 When they come from the marketplace they do not eat unless they wash. And they observe many other traditions, such as the washing of cups, pitchers and kettles.a )3

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            • a 7:4 - Some early manuscripts "pitchers, kettles and dining couches"
              5 So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, "Why don't your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders4 instead of eating their food with 'unclean' hands?"

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              6 He replied, "Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: " 'These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.