Matthew 15:1-9 NIV

Clean and Unclean

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

1 Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked,

References for Matthew 15:1

      2 "Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don't wash their hands before they eat!"1

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      3 Jesus replied, "And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?
      4 For God said, 'Honor your father and mother'a2 and 'Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.'b3

      References for Matthew 15:4

        • a 15:4 - Exodus 20:12; Deut. 5:16
        • b 15:4 - Exodus 21:17; Lev. 20:9
          5 But you say that if a man says to his father or mother, 'Whatever help you might otherwise have received from me is a gift devoted to God,'
          6 he is not to 'honor his fatherc ' with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition.

          References for Matthew 15:6

            • c 15:6 - Some manuscripts "father or his mother"
              7 You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you:
              8 " 'These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.
              9 They worship me in vain; their teachings are but rules taught by men.4'd5"

              References for Matthew 15:9