11Then some Pharisees and scribescame to Jesus2from Jerusalem and said,
2"Why do Your disciplesbreak the tradition of the elders ? For they 3do not wash their handswhen they eatbread."
And He answered and said to them, "Why do you yourselvestransgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition ?4"For Godsaid, '4HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER,' and, '5HE WHO SPEAKSEVIL OF FATHERORMOTHER IS TO aBE PUT TO DEATH.'5"But you say, 'Whoeversays to his fatherormother, "Whatever I have that would help you has been bgiven to God,"6he is not to honor his fatheror his motherc.' And by this you invalidated the word of God for the sake of your tradition.7"You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiahprophesy of you:8'6THISPEOPLEHONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS,BUT THEIR HEART IS FARAWAY FROM ME.9'BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME,TEACHING AS 7DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.' "10
After Jesus called the crowd to Him, He said to them, "Hear and understand.11"8It is not whatenters into the mouth that defiles the man, but whatproceeds out of the mouth, thisdefiles the man."12Then the disciplescame and said to Him, "Do You know that the Pharisees were doffended when they heardthisstatement ?"
But He answered and said, "9Everyplantwhich My heavenlyFather did not plant shall be uprooted.14"Let them alone ; 10they are blindguideseof the blind. And 11if a blindmanguides a blindman, both will fall into a pit."
15Peterfsaid to Him, "12Explain the parable to us."
16gJesus said, "Are you stilllacking in understandingalso ?17"Do you not understand that everything that goes into the mouthpasses into the stomach, and is heliminated ?18"But 13the things that proceed out of the mouthcome from the heart, and thosedefile the man.19"14For out of the heartcomeevilthoughts, murders, adulteries, ifornications, thefts, falsewitness, slanders.20"These are the things which defile the man ; but to eat with unwashedhands does not defile the man."