Mark 7:7
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New International Version
They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.'

New Living Translation
Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God.'

English Standard Version
in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’

New American Standard Bible
'BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.'

King James Bible
Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They worship Me in vain, teaching as doctrines the commands of men.

International Standard Version
Their worship of me is worthless, because they teach human rules as doctrines.'

NET Bible
They worship me in vain, teaching as doctrine the commandments of men.'

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
'And in vain they pay reverence to me as they teach doctrines of commandments of the sons of men.'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Their worship of me is pointless, because their teachings are rules made by humans.'

Jubilee Bible 2000
Howbeit in vain do they honor me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

King James 2000 Bible
But in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

American King James Version
However, in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

American Standard Version
But in vain do they worship me, Teaching as their doctrines the precepts of men.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And in vain to they worship me, teaching doctrines and precepts of men.

Darby Bible Translation
But in vain do they worship me, teaching [as their] teachings commandments of men.

English Revised Version
But in vain do they worship me, Teaching as their doctrines the precepts of men.

Webster's Bible Translation
But, in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

Weymouth New Testament
But idle is their devotion while they lay down precepts which are mere human rules.'

World English Bible
But in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'

Young's Literal Translation
and in vain do they worship Me, teaching teachings, commands of men;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

7:1-13 One great design of Christ's coming was, to set aside the ceremonial law; and to make way for this, he rejects the ceremonies men added to the law of God's making. Those clean hands and that pure heart which Christ bestows on his disciples, and requires of them, are very different from the outward and superstitious forms of Pharisees of every age. Jesus reproves them for rejecting the commandment of God. It is clear that it is the duty of children, if their parents are poor, to relieve them as far as they are able; and if children deserve to die that curse their parents, much more those that starve them. But if a man conformed to the traditions of the Pharisees, they found a device to free him from the claim of this duty.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Howbeit, in vain do they worship me,.... This is the continuation of the citation out of Isaiah, as is also what follows:

teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. As all these traditions mentioned were such; as washing their hands before they ate bread, and their whole bodies, when they came from the market, or from any court of judicature, or concourse of men, where they had been touched by the common people, and the washing of cups, pots, brazen vessels, and tables, or beds; these they taught the people, and enjoined them the observance of them: instead of instructing them in the doctrines of the Bible, respecting the Messiah, and salvation by him, the right fear, and true worship of God, his ordinances and statutes; wherefore their worship of him, though attended with a great show of sanctity and religion, was a vain thing, a mere empty thing, devoid of life, power, and spirituality, unacceptable to God, and of no real use, profit, and advantage to themselves: it neither issued in the glory of God, nor brought any true pleasure, or solid peace to themselves; and they would find, by sad experience, that their hope of being in the favour of God, and of enjoying eternal happiness on account of it, would prove a vain hope; See Gill on Matthew 15:9.



Mark 7:7 Additional Commentaries
Context
Tradition and Vain Worship
6And He said to them, "Rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: 'THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME. 7'BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.' 8"Neglecting the commandment of God, you hold to the tradition of men."…
Cross References
Isaiah 29:13
The Lord says: "These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught.

Matthew 15:9
They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.'"
Treasury of Scripture

However, in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

in vain.

1 Samuel 12:21 And turn you not aside: for then should you go after vain things, …

Malachi 3:14 You have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that …

Matthew 6:7 But when you pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for …

Matthew 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

1 Corinthians 15:14,58 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your …

Titus 3:9 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and …

James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridles not his tongue, …

James 2:20 But will you know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

the commandments.

Deuteronomy 12:32 What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: you shall not …

Colossians 2:22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments …

1 Timothy 4:1-3 Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall …

Revelation 14:11,12 And the smoke of their torment ascends up for ever and ever: and …

Revelation 22:18 For I testify to every man that hears the words of the prophecy of …

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