Traditions and Commandments

Matthew 15

1 Then a the scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem came to Jesus, saying, 2 b "Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread." 3 He answered and said to them, "Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition? 4 "For God commanded, saying, c 'Honor your father and your mother'; 1 and, d 'He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.' 2 5 "But you say, 'Whoever says to his father or mother, e "Whatever profit you might have received from me is a gift to God" - 6 'then he need not honor his father 3 or mother.' Thus you have made the 4 commandment of God of no effect by your tradition. 7 f "Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying:

8 'These g people 5 draw near to Me with their mouth,
And honor Me with their lips,
But their heart is far from Me.
9 And in vain they worship Me,
h Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'" 6

New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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