Matthew 15:1-11 NIV

Matthew 15:1-11 NIV [1] Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked, [2] "Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don't wash their hands before they eat!" [3] Jesus replied, "And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? [4] For God said, 'Honor your father and mother' and 'Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.' [5] But you say that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is 'devoted to God,' [6] they are not to 'honor their father or mother' with it. Thus you nullify the word of God for the sake of your tradition. [7] You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you: [8] "'These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. [9] They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.'" [10] Jesus called the crowd to him and said, "Listen and understand. [11] What goes into someone's mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them."

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