Mark 7:3

Overview - Mark 7
The Pharisees find fault with the disciples for eating with unwashed hands.
They break the commandment of God by the traditions of men.
14 Meat defiles not the man.
24 He heals the Syrophenician woman's daughter of an unclean spirit;
31 and one that was deaf, and stammered in his speech.
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Mark 7:3  (King James Version)
For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders.

or, diligently. Greek With the fist. Up to the elbow.
Theophylact. [Pugme ,] the fist; which Dr.
Lightfoot illustrates by a tradition from the Talmudical tracts, that when they washed their hands, they washed the fist up to the joint of the arm, [ad perek.] The Jews laid great stress on these washings, or baptisms, [baptismos ,] considering eating with
unwashen hands no ordinary crime, and feigning that an evil spirit, called Shibta, has a right to sit on the food of him who thus eats, and render it hurtful.* the tradition.
7-10,13 Mt 15:2-6 Ga 1:14 Col 2:8,21-23 1Pe 1:18