15Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said,
2Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands before they eat.
3He answered them, And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?
4For God said,* Honour your father and your mother, and, Whoever speaks evil of father or mother must surely die.
5But you say that whoever tells father or mother, Whatever support you might have had from me is given to God,* then that person need not honour the father.*
6So, for the sake of your tradition, you make void the word* of God.
7You hypocrites! Isaiah prophesied rightly about you when he said:
8 This people honours me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me;
9 in vain do they worship me,
teaching human precepts as doctrines.
10 Then he called the crowd to him and said to them, Listen and understand: 11it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles. 12Then the disciples approached and said to him, Do you know that the Pharisees took offence when they heard what you said? 13He answered, Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted. 14Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind.* And if one blind person guides another, both will fall into a pit.
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 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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