Mark 7:7
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.’

Berean Study Bible
They worship Me in vain; they teach as doctrine the precepts of men.’

Berean Literal Bible
and they worship Me in vain, teaching as doctrines the precepts 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.

Christian Standard Bible
They worship me in vain, teaching as doctrines human commands.

Contemporary English Version
It is useless for you to worship me, when you teach rules made up by humans."

Good News Translation
It is no use for them to worship me, because they teach human rules as though they were my laws!'

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.'

New Heart English Bible
But in vain do they worship me, teaching instructions that are the commandments of humans.'

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.'

New American Standard 1977
‘BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.’

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;
Study Bible
Tradition and Worship
6Jesus 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. 7They worship Me in vain; they teach as doctrine the precepts of men.’ 8You have disregarded the commandment of God to keep the tradition of men.”…
Cross References
Isaiah 29:13
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.

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

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 ye not aside: for then should ye go after vain things, which cannot profit nor deliver; for they are vain.

Malachi 3:14
Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts?

Matthew 6:7
But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

the commandments.

Deuteronomy 12:32
What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.

Colossians 2:22
Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?

1 Timothy 4:1-3
Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; …







Lexicon
They worship
σέβονταί (sebontai)
Verb - Present Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4576: To reverence, worship, adore. Middle voice of an apparently primary verb; to revere, i.e. Adore.

Me
με (me)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Accusative 1st Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1473: I, the first-person pronoun. A primary pronoun of the first person I.

in vain;
Μάτην (Matēn)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3155: Accusative case of a derivative of the base of massaomai; folly, i.e. to no purpose.

they teach
Διδάσκοντες (Didaskontes)
Verb - Present Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 1321: To teach, direct, admonish. A prolonged form of a primary verb dao; to teach.

[as] doctrine
διδασκαλίας (didaskalias)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Plural
Strong's Greek 1319: Instruction, teaching. From didaskalos; instruction.

[the] precepts
ἐντάλματα (entalmata)
Noun - Accusative Neuter Plural
Strong's Greek 1778: An injunction, ordinance, precept. From entellomai; an injunction, i.e. Religious precept.

of men.’
ἀνθρώπων (anthrōpōn)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 444: A man, one of the human race. From aner and ops; man-faced, i.e. A human being.
(7) In vain do they worship me.--The word used here and in Matthew 15:9, is not that commonly used to express the outward act of homage, but one which expresses (as in Acts 18:13) inward devotion.

The commandments.--The two Greek words used for "commandment" in this and the following verses are, as has been said in the Note on Matthew 15:9, not quite the same in meaning; that in this verse pointing to many detailed precepts; that in the next to the commandment which is "exceeding broad."

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.
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