Mark 7:6-9

6 And he said to them, "Well did Isaiah prophesy of you 1hypocrites, as it is written, 2"'This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me;
7 in vain do they worship me, teaching as 3doctrines the commandments of men.'
8 You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men."
9 And he said to them, "You have a fine way of 4rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition!

Mark 7:6-9 In-Context

4 and when they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash. And there are many other traditions that they observe, such as the washing of cups and pots and copper vessels and dining couches.)
5 And the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, "Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?"
6 And he said to them, "Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, "'This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me;
7 in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'
8 You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men."
9 And he said to them, "You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition!
10 For Moses said, 'Honor your father and your mother'; and, 'Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.'
11 But you say, 'If a man tells his father or his mother, "Whatever you would have gained from me is Corban"' (that is, given to God)--

Cross References 4

  • 1. Matthew 23:13
  • 2. Cited from Isaiah 29:13; [Ezekiel 33:31]
  • 3. Colossians 2:22; Titus 1:14
  • 4. Luke 7:30; Galatians 2:21(Gk.); Hebrews 10:28(Gk.)
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