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Matthew 15:1-9 (New International Reader's Version)

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What Makes People "Unclean"?

1 Some Pharisees and some teachers of the law came from Jerusalem to see Jesus. They asked, 2 "Why don't your disciples obey what the elders teach? Your disciples don't wash their hands before they eat!" 3 Jesus replied, "And why don't you obey God's command? You would rather follow your own teachings! 4 God said, 'Honor your father and mother.'#1(Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 5:16)#2 He also said, 'If anyone calls down a curse on his father or mother, he will be put to death.'#1(Exodus 21:17; Leviticus 20:9)#2 5 But you allow people to say to their parents, 'Any help you might have received from us is a gift set apart for God.' 6 So they do not need to honor their parents with their gift. You make the word of God useless in order to follow your own teachings. 7 "You pretenders! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you. He said, 8 " 'These people honor me by what they say. But their hearts are far away from me. 9 Their worship doesn't mean anything to me. They teach nothing but human rules.' " #1(Isaiah 29:13)#2
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