Matthew 15:3

3 Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?

Read Matthew 15:3 Using Other Translations

But he answered and said unto them,Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?
He answered them, "And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?
Jesus replied, “And why do you, by your traditions, violate the direct commandments of God?

What does Matthew 15:3 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Matthew 15:3

But he answered and said unto them
Taking no notice of the tradition about eating bread without washing the hands, whether it was right or wrong; it being at most but an human tradition, of no moment and importance, whether it was broke or kept; he makes a very just recrimination, by putting another question to them,

why do you also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?
suggesting, that, if his disciples were guilty, they were not so guilty as they themselves were; that his disciples, at most, were but guilty of the breach of an human precept, whereas they were guilty of the breach of a divine command; and that it was strange, that men who were so scrupulous of breaking, and bore so hard on such as did transgress the traditions of the elders, could allow themselves to transgress the commandments of God; yea, to do this by, and while they were observing their own traditions: and which observation carries a full acquittance of the disciples from blame; for, if by keeping the traditions of the elders, they broke the commands of God, it was a very good reason why they should not observe them.

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