Matthew 15:2-9 NIV

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

References for Matthew 15:2

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