The Traditions of Men
Interwoven Gospels

Then came together to Jesus the Pharisees and some of the scribes from Jerusalem. And they saw that some of His disciples ate their bread with ceremonially unwashed, hands. (For the Pharisees and all the Jews, unless they wash their hands thoroughly, do not eat, holding the tradition of the elders. And on coming from market, unless they bathe themselves, they do not eat. And there are many other things which they have received to hold: washings of cups and pots and brazen vessels and couches.) And the Pharisees and the scribes ask Him, saying, "Why do Thy disciples transgress, and walk not according to the traditions of the elders? For they wash not their hands when they eat bread, but eat it with unclean hands." But He, answering, said to them, "Ye hypocrites, well did Isaiah prophesy of you, as it is written, saying, 'This people honoreth Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. But in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines precepts of men."

"Why do ye also transgress the commandments of God for the sake of your tradition? For leaving the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men." And He said to them, "Well do ye set aside the commandment of God, that ye may observe your tradition. For God said through Moses, 'Honor thy father and thy mother,' and 'He that revileth father or mother, let him be put to death." But ye say, 'If a man say to his father or mother, What might benefit you from me is Corban (that is, an offering to God), he shall not honor his father;' and ye no longer permit him to do anything for his father or his mother, making void the word of God by your tradition which ye have delivered: and many similar things of this kind ye do."

And again calling to Him the multitude, He said, "Hear Me, all ye, and understand. Not that which entereth into the mouth defileth the man. There is nothing from without the man that going into him can defile him; but the things that go out of the mouth of the man are those that defile the man."

And when He went into the house from the multitude, His disciples came and said to Him, "Knowest Thou that the Pharisees, when they heard the word, were offended?' But He answered and said, "Every plant which My heavenly Father did not plant, shall be rooted up. Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if a blind man guide a blind man, both will fall into a pit."

Then Peter answered and said to Him, "Explain to us the parable." And He said to them, "Are ye also still without understanding? Do ye not perceive that whatever from without goeth into a man, it cannot defile him, because it entereth not into his heart? But whatsoever entereth into the mouth, passeth into the bowels, and goeth out into the drain, making all food clean." Then He said, "That which proceedeth out of the mouth of man, that defileth the man; for the things which proceed out of the mouth come forth out of the heart. For from within, out of the heart of men, come forth evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witnessings, blasphemies, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, pride, foolishness: all these evil things come forth from within and defile the man; but to eat with unwashed hands doth not defile the man."

Adapted from The Interwoven Gospels © Books for Living, Inc. Digital Edition by V. Gilbert Beers, © 2009 Bible Studio, LLC. Used by Permission.

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