Matthew 15:1-9

That Which Defiles

1 Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked,
2 “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!”
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’[a] and ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’[b]
5 But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is ‘devoted to God,’
6 they are not to ‘honor their father or mother’ with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition.
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 merely human rules.’[c]

Matthew 15:1 in Other Translations

KJV
1 Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying,
ESV
1 Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said,
NLT
1 Some Pharisees and teachers of religious law now arrived from Jerusalem to see Jesus. They asked him,
MSG
1 After that, Pharisees and religion scholars came to Jesus all the way from Jerusalem, criticizing,
CSB
1 Then Pharisees and scribes came from Jerusalem to Jesus and asked,

Matthew 15:1-9 In-Context

1 Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked,
2 “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don’t wash their hands before they eat!”
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’and ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’
5 But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is ‘devoted to God,’
6 they are not to ‘honor their father or mother’ with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition.
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 merely human rules.’”
10 Jesus called the crowd to him and said, “Listen and understand.
11 What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.”
12 Then the disciples came to him and asked, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this?”
13 He replied, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots.

Cross References 5

  • 1. Luke 11:38
  • 2. Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 5:16; Ephesians 6:2
  • 3. Exodus 21:17; Leviticus 20:9
  • 4. Colossians 2:20-22
  • 5. Isaiah 29:13; Malachi 2:2

Footnotes 3

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