Mark 7:1-23

Traditions and Commandments

1 aNow when the Pharisees gathered to him, with some of the scribes bwho had come from Jerusalem, 2they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands that were cdefiled, that is, unwashed. 3(For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands properly,
Greek  unless they wash the hands with a fist, probably indicating a kind of ceremonial washing
holding to ethe tradition of fthe elders,
4and when they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash.
Greek  unless they baptize; some manuscripts  unless they purify themselves
And there are many other traditions that they observe, such as hthe washing of icups and pots and copper vessels and dining couches.
Some manuscripts omit  and dining couches
5And the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not walk according to kthe tradition of lthe elders, mbut eat with ndefiled hands?” 6And he said to them, Well did Isaiah prophesy of you ohypocrites, as it is written,

p“‘This people honors me with their lips,
but their heart is far from me;
7in vain do they worship me,
teaching as qdoctrines the commandments of men.’
8You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.”

9And he said to them, “You have a fine way of rrejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition! 10For Moses said, sHonor your father and your mother’; and, t‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ 11But you say, ‘If a man tells his father or his mother, “Whatever you would have gained from me is Corban”’ (that is, given to God)
Or an offering
12then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother, 13thus vmaking void the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And many such things you do.”

What Defiles a Person

14And he called the people to him again and said to them, wHear me, all of you, and understand: 15 xThere is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.”
Some manuscripts add verse 16: If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear
17And when he had entered zthe house and left the people, aahis disciples asked him about the parable. 18And he said to them, Then abare you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, 19since it enters not his heart acbut his stomach, and is expelled?”
Greek goes out into the latrine
( aeThus he declared all foods clean.)
20And he said, afWhat comes out of a person is what defiles him. 21For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, agmurder, adultery, 22coveting, wickedness, deceit, ahsensuality, aienvy, ajslander, akpride, alfoolishness. 23 amAll these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”

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