Isaiah 29:13
New International Version
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.

New Living Translation
And so the Lord says, "These people say they are mine. They honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. And their worship of me is nothing but man-made rules learned by rote.

English Standard Version
And the Lord said: “Because this people draw near with their mouth and honor me with their lips, while their hearts are far from me, and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men,

Berean Study Bible
Therefore the Lord said: “These people draw near to Me with their mouths and honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me. Their worship of Me is but rules taught by men.

New American Standard Bible
Then the Lord said, "Because this people draw near with their words And honor Me with their lip service, But they remove their hearts far from Me, And their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote,

King James Bible
Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:

Christian Standard Bible
The Lord said: These people approach me with their speeches to honor me with lip-service--yet their hearts are far from me, and human rules direct their worship of me.

Contemporary English Version
The Lord has said: "These people praise me with their words, but they never really think about me. They worship me by repeating rules made up by humans.

Good News Translation
The Lord said, "These people claim to worship me, but their words are meaningless, and their hearts are somewhere else. Their religion is nothing but human rules and traditions, which they have simply memorized.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The Lord said: Because these people approach Me with their mouths to honor Me with lip-service-- yet their hearts are far from Me, and their worship consists of man-made rules learned by rote--

International Standard Version
Then the Lord said: "Because these people draw near with their mouths and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me, worship of me has become merely like rules taught by human beings.

NET Bible
The sovereign master says, "These people say they are loyal to me; they say wonderful things about me, but they are not really loyal to me. Their worship consists of nothing but man-made ritual.

New Heart English Bible
And the Lord said, "Because these people draw near with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but they have removed their heart far from me, and in vain do they worship me, teaching instructions that are the commandments of humans.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The Lord says, "These people worship me with their mouths and honor me with their lips. But their hearts are far from me, and their worship of me is [based on] rules made by humans.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the Lord said: Forasmuch as this people draw near, And with their mouth and with their lips do honour Me, But have removed their heart far from Me, And their fear of Me is a command-ment of men learned by rote;

New American Standard 1977
Then the Lord said, “Because this people draw near with their words And honor Me with their lip service, But they remove their hearts far from Me, And their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Therefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people sacrifice unto me and honour me with their lips, but have removed their heart far from me, and their worship with which they honour me was taught by the commandment of men:

King James 2000 Bible
Therefore the Lord said, Since this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:

American King James Version
Why the Lord said, For as much as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:

American Standard Version
And the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw nigh unto me , and with their mouth and with their lips to honor me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear of me is a commandment of men which hath been taught them ;

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the Lord said: Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips glorify me, but their heart is far from me, and they have feared me with the commandment and doctrines of men:

Darby Bible Translation
And the Lord saith, Forasmuch as this people draw near with their mouth, and honour me with their lips, but their heart is removed far from me, and their fear of me is a commandment taught of men;

English Revised Version
And the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw nigh unto me, and with their mouth and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear of me is a commandment of men which hath been taught them:

Webster's Bible Translation
Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear towards me is taught by the precept of men:

World English Bible
The Lord said, "Because this people draws near with their mouth and with their lips to honor me, but they have removed their heart far from me, and their fear of me is a commandment of men which has been taught;

Young's Literal Translation
And the Lord saith: Because drawn near hath this people, with its mouth, And with its lips they have honoured Me, And its heart it hath put far off from Me, And their fear of Me is -- A precept of men is taught!
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Woe to the City of David
12Or if the scroll is given to one who is not able to read, he will say, “I cannot read.” 13Therefore the Lord said: “These people draw near to Me with their mouths and honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me. Their worship of Me is but rules taught by men. 14Therefore I will again confound these people with wonder upon wonder. The wisdom of the wise will perish, and the intelligence of the intelligent will be hidden.…
Cross References
Matthew 15:8
These people honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me.

Matthew 15:9
They worship Me in vain; they teach as doctrine the precepts of men.'"

Mark 7:6
Jesus answered them, "Isaiah prophesied correctly about you hypocrites, as it is written: 'These people honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me.

Mark 7:7
They worship Me in vain; they teach as doctrine the precepts of men.'

Colossians 2:22
These will all perish with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings.

1 Samuel 15:30
"I have sinned," Saul replied. "Please honor me now before the elders of my people and before Israel. Come back with me, so that I may worship the LORD your God."

Psalm 17:1
Hear, O LORD, my righteous plea; listen to my cry. Give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit.

Psalm 50:16
To the wicked, however, God says, "What right have you to recite My statutes and to bear My covenant on your lips?

Isaiah 29:1
Woe to you, O Ariel, Ariel, the city where David camped! Year upon year let your festivals recur.

Isaiah 29:12
Or if the scroll is given to one who is not able to read, he will say, "I cannot read."

Isaiah 42:25
So He poured out on them His furious anger and the fierceness of battle. It enveloped them in flames, but they did not understand; it consumed them, but they did not take it to heart.

Isaiah 58:2
For day after day they seek Me and delight to know My ways, like a nation that does what is right and does not forsake the justice of their God. They ask Me for righteous judgments; they delight in the nearness of God."

Isaiah 63:17
Why, O LORD, do You make us stray from Your ways and harden our hearts from fearing You? Return, for the sake of Your servants, the tribes of Your heritage.

Jeremiah 12:2
You planted them, and they have taken root. They have grown and produced fruit. You are ever on their lips, but far from their conscience.

Ezekiel 14:1
Then some of the elders of Israel came and sat down before me.

Ezekiel 33:30
As for you, son of man, your people are talking about you near the city walls and in the doorways of their houses. One speaks to another, each saying to his brother, 'Come and hear the message that has come from the LORD!'

Ezekiel 33:31
So My people come to you as usual, sit before you, and hear your words; but they do not put them into practice. Although they express love with their mouths, their hearts pursue dishonest gain.

Treasury of Scripture

Why the Lord said, For as much as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:

forasmuch

Isaiah 10:6 I will send him against an hypocritical nation, and against the people …

Isaiah 48:1,2 Hear you this, O house of Jacob, which are called by the name of …

Isaiah 58:2,3 Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation …

Psalm 17:1 Hear the right, O LORD, attend to my cry, give ear to my prayer, …

Jeremiah 3:10 And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah has not turned …

Jeremiah 5:1 Run you to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, …

Jeremiah 12:2 You have planted them, yes, they have taken root: they grow, yes, …

Jeremiah 42:2-4,20 And said to Jeremiah the prophet, Let, we beseech you, our supplication …

Ezekiel 33:31-33 And they come to you as the people comes, and they sit before you …

Matthew 15:7-9 You hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying…

their fear

2 Chronicles 29:1 Hezekiah began to reign when he was five and twenty years old, and …

2 Chronicles 30:1 And Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah, and wrote letters also …

2 Chronicles 31:1 Now when all this was finished, all Israel that were present went …

Proverbs 30:6 Add you not to his words, lest he reprove you, and you be found a liar.

Matthew 15:2-6 Why do your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for …

Mark 7:2-13 And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that …

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







Lexicon
Therefore
יַ֚עַן (ya·‘an)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 3282: Heed, purpose, to indicate the reason, cause

the Lord
אֲדֹנָ֗י (’ă·ḏō·nāy)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 136: The Lord

said:
וַיֹּ֣אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

“These
הַזֶּ֔ה (haz·zeh)
Article | Pronoun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2088: This, that

people
הָעָ֣ם (hā·‘ām)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5971: A people, a tribe, troops, attendants, a flock

draw near to Me
נִגַּשׁ֙ (nig·gaš)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5066: To draw near, approach

with their mouths
בְּפִ֤יו (bə·p̄îw)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6310: The mouth, edge, portion, side, according to

and honor Me
כִּבְּד֔וּנִי (kib·bə·ḏū·nî)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person common plural | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3513: To be heavy, weighty, or burdensome

with their lips,
וּבִשְׂפָתָיו֙ (ū·ḇiś·p̄ā·ṯāw)
Conjunctive waw, Preposition-b | Noun - fdc | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8193: The lip, language, a margin

but their hearts
וְלִבּ֖וֹ (wə·lib·bōw)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3820: The heart, the feelings, the will, the intellect, centre

are far
רִחַ֣ק (ri·ḥaq)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7368: To be or become far or distant

from Me.
מִמֶּ֑נִּי (mim·men·nî)
Preposition | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 4480: A part of, from, out of

Their worship
יִרְאָתָם֙ (yir·’ā·ṯām)
Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 3373: Fearing, reverent

of Me
אֹתִ֔י (’ō·ṯî)
Direct object marker | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 853: Untranslatable mark of the accusative case

is but
וַתְּהִ֤י (wat·tə·hî)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

rules
מִצְוַ֥ת (miṣ·waṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 4687: Commandment

taught
מְלֻמָּדָֽה׃ (mə·lum·mā·ḏāh)
Verb - Pual - Participle - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3925: To exercise in, learn

by men.
אֲנָשִׁ֖ים (’ă·nā·šîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 376: A man as an individual, a male person
(13) Wherefore the Lord said . . .--We pass from the effect to the cause. The blind stupor was the outcome of a long hypocrisy. Lip-homage and an estranged heart had been the notes of the religious life of Israel, and they could bear no other fruit.

Their fear toward me . . .--The words point to what we may call an anticipated Pharisaism. Side by side with the great commandments of the Law and with the incisive teaching of the prophets there was growing up even then a traditional system of ethics and religion, based upon wrong principles, ending in a dishonest casuistry and a formal devotion. Commentaries even then were darkening counsel by words without knowledge, as they did in the Mishna and the Gemara of the later days of Judaism (Matthew 15:3; Mark 7:6).

Verse 13. - Wherefore the Lord said; rather, moreover the Lord said. This people draw near me with their mouth. Samaria had been punished for open idolatry and flagrant neglect of Jehovah (2 Kings 17:7-17). Jerusalem had not gone these lengths. She still, in profession, clung to the worship of Jehovah, and had even recently accepted a purification of religion at the hand of Hezekiah, who had "removed the high places," and cut down the groves, and broken in pieces the brazen serpent," because the people burnt incense to it (2 Kings 18:4). But her religion was a mere lip-service, which God detested - it was outward, formal, hypocritical (comp. Isaiah 1:11-17). Jerusalem, therefore, no less than Samaria, deserved and would receive a severe chastisement. But have removed their heart far from me. Here lies the gist of the charge. It was not that there was too much outward religion, but that there was no inward religion corresponding to it. Lip-service without inward religion is a mockery, though it is not always felt as such. Their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men. Mr. Cheyne conjectures that ritual books had been already published by the authority of the priests, and that these were followed, on account of the human authority which had issued them, without any reference to the Law. Thus ritual obedience became mere obedience to "the precept of men." 29:9-16 The security of sinners in sinful ways, is cause for lamentation and wonder. The learned men, through prejudice, said that the Divine prophecies were obscure; and the poor urged their want of learning. The Bible is a sealed book to every man, learned or unlearned, till he begins to study it with a simple heart and a teachable spirit, that he may thence learn the truth and the will of God. To worship God, is to approach him. And if the heart be full of his love and fear, out of the abundance of it the mouth will speak; but there are many whose religion is lip-labour only. When they pretend to be speaking to God, they are thinking of a thousand foolish things. They worship the God of Israel according to their own devices. Numbers are only formal in worship. And their religion is only to comply with custom, and to serve their own interest. But the wanderings of mind, and defects in devotion, which are the believer's burden, are very different from the withdrawing of the heart from God, so severely blamed. And those who make religion no more than a pretence, to serve a turn, deceive themselves. And as those that quarrel with God, so those that think to conceal themselves from him, in effect charge him with folly. But all their perverse conduct shall be entirely done away.
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