7Now when the Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem gathered around him, 2they noticed that some of his disciples were eating with defiled hands, that is, without washing them. 3(For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not eat unless they thoroughly wash their hands, thus observing the tradition of the elders; 4and they do not eat anything from the market unless they wash it; and there are also many other traditions that they observe, the washing of cups, pots, and bronze kettles.) 5So the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, Why do your disciples not live according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands? 6He said to them, Isaiah prophesied rightly about you hypocrites, as it is written,
This people honors me with their lips,8You abandon the commandment of God and hold to human tradition.
but their hearts are far from me;
7in vain do they worship me,
teaching human precepts as doctrines.
9Then he said to them, You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to keep your tradition! 10For Moses said, Honor your father and your mother; and, Whoever speaks evil of father or mother must surely die. 11But you say that if anyone tells father or mother, Whatever support you might have had from me is Corban (that is, an offering to God) 12then you no longer permit doing anything for a father or mother, 13thus making void the word of God through your tradition that you have handed on. And you do many things like this.
14Then he called the crowd again and said to them, Listen to me, all of you, and understand: 15there is nothing outside a person that by going in can defile, but the things that come out are what defile.
17When he had left the crowd and entered the house, his disciples asked him about the parable. 18He said to them, Then do you also fail to understand? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile, 19since it enters, not the heart but the stomach, and goes out into the sewer? (Thus he declared all foods clean.) 20And he said, It is what comes out of a person that defiles. 21For it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come: fornication, theft, murder, 22adultery, avarice, wickedness, deceit, licentiousness, envy, slander, pride, folly. 23All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.
The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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