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katapi HOME Mark 7:1-23 - The Tradition of the Elders  Mk.7.1-23 (Capernaum)- Mt.15.1-20 | KNSB Contents | notes

7 1 Now when the Pharisees gathered together to him, with some of the scribes, who had come from Jerusalem, 7 2 they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands defiled, that is, unwashed. 7 3 (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they wash their hands, observing the tradition of the elders; 7 4 and when they come from the market place, they do not eat unless they purify themselves; and there are many other traditions which they observe, the washing of cups and pots and vessels of bronze and beds.) 7 5 And the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, "Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with hands defiled?" 7 6 [ Is.29.13. ] And he said to them, "Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written,

'This people honours me with their lips,
but their heart is far from me;
7 7 in vain do they worship me,
teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.'
7 8 You leave the commandment of God, and hold fast the tradition of men."

7 9 And he said to them, "You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God, in order to keep your tradition! 7 10 [ Ex.20.12, Dt.5.16. ] For Moses said, 'Honour your father and your mother'; and, 'He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him surely die'; 7 11 but you say, 'If a man tells his father or his mother, What you would have gained from me is Corban' (that is, given to God) - 7 12 then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother, 7 13 thus making void the word of God through your tradition which you hand on. And many such things you do."

7 14 And he called the people to him again, and said to them, "Hear me, all of you, and understand: 7 15 there is nothing outside a man which by going into him can defile him; but the things which come out of a man are what defile him." 7 16 Other ancient authorities add verse 16, "If any man has ears to hear, let him hear" 7 17 And when he had entered the house, and left the people, his disciples asked him about the parable. 7 18 And he said to them, "Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a man from outside cannot defile him, 7 19 since it enters, not his heart but his stomach, and so passes on?" (Thus he declared all foods clean.) 7 20 And he said, "What comes out of a man is what defiles a man. 7 21 For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, fornication, theft, murder, adultery, 7 22 coveting, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. 7 23 All these evil things come from within, and they defile a man."


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