and had seen that some of His disciples were eating their bread with impure hands, that is, unwashed. (Mark 7:2)

(For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they carefully wash their hands, thus observing the traditions of the elders; (Mark 7:3)

and when they come from the market place, they do not eat unless they cleanse themselves; and there are many other things which they have received in order to observe, such as the washing of cups and pitchers and copper pots.) (Mark 7:4)

The Pharisees and the scribes asked Him, "Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat their bread with impure hands?" (Mark 7:5)

And He said to them, "Rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: `THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME. (Mark 7:6)

`BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.' (Mark 7:7)

"Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men." (Mark 7:8)

He was also saying to them, "You are experts at setting aside the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition. (Mark 7:9)

"For Moses said, `HONOR YOUR FATHER AND YOUR MOTHER'; and, `HE WHO SPEAKS EVIL OF FATHER OR MOTHER, IS TO BE PUT TO DEATH'; (Mark 7:10)

but you say, `If a man says to his father or his mother, whatever I have that would help you is Corban (that is to say, given to God),' (Mark 7:11)

you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or his mother; (Mark 7:12)

thus invalidating the word of God by your tradition which you have handed down; and you do many things such as that." (Mark 7:13)

After He called the crowd to Him again, He began saying to them, "Listen to Me, all of you, and understand: (Mark 7:14)

there is nothing outside the man which can defile him if it goes into him; but the things which proceed out of the man are what defile the man. (Mark 7:15)

["If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear."] (Mark 7:16)

When he had left the crowd and entered the house, His disciples questioned Him about the parable. (Mark 7:17)

And He said to them, "Are you so lacking in understanding also? Do you not understand that whatever goes into the man from outside cannot defile him, (Mark 7:18)

because it does not go into his heart, but into his stomach, and is eliminated?" (Thus He declared all foods clean.) (Mark 7:19)

And He was saying, "That which proceeds out of the man, that is what defiles the man. (Mark 7:20)

"For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, (Mark 7:21)

deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride and foolishness. (Mark 7:22)

"All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man." (Mark 7:23)


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