Then some Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said, (Matthew 15:1)

"Why do Your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread." (Matthew 15:2)

And He answered and said to them, "Why do you yourselves transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition? (Matthew 15:3)

"For God said, `HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER,' and, `HE WHO SPEAKS EVIL OF FATHER OR MOTHER IS TO BE PUT TO DEATH.' (Matthew 15:4)

"But you say, `Whoever says to his father or mother, "Whatever I have that would help you has been given to God," (Matthew 15:5)

he is not to honor his father or his mother.' And by this you invalidated the word of God for the sake of your tradition. (Matthew 15:6)

"You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you: (Matthew 15:7)

`THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME. (Matthew 15:8)

`BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.' " (Matthew 15:9)

After Jesus called the crowd to Him, He said to them, "Hear and understand. (Matthew 15:10)

"It is not what enters into the mouth that defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man." (Matthew 15:11)

Then the disciples came and said to Him, "Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this statement?" (Matthew 15:12)

But He answered and said, "Every plant which My heavenly Father did not plant shall be uprooted. (Matthew 15:13)

"Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit." (Matthew 15:14)

Peter said to Him, "Explain the parable to us." (Matthew 15:15)

Jesus said, "Are you still lacking in understanding also? (Matthew 15:16)

"Do you not understand that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and is eliminated? (Matthew 15:17)

"But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man. (Matthew 15:18)

"For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders. (Matthew 15:19)

"These are the things which defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile the man." (Matthew 15:20)


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