Matthew 15:9
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 in vain they worship Me, 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
But in vain they do 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 empty, because they teach human rules as doctrines.'"

NET Bible
and they worship me in vain, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'"

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
'And they revere me in vain while they teach the doctrines of the commandments of man.' “

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
But in vain do they worship me, teaching doctrines and commandments of men.

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

American King James Version
But in vain they do 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 do they worship me, teaching doctrines and commandments of men.

Darby Bible Translation
but in vain do they worship me, teaching [as] 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 they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

Weymouth New Testament
but it is in vain they worship Me, while they lay down precepts which are mere human rules.'"

World English Bible
And in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrine rules made by men.'"

Young's Literal Translation
and in vain do they worship Me, teaching teachings -- commands of men.'
Study Bible
Tradition and Worship
8‘These people honor Me with their lips, but their hearts are far from Me. 9They worship Me in vain; they teach as doctrine the precepts of men.’” 10Jesus called the crowd to Him and said, “Listen and understand.…
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 15:10
Jesus called the crowd to Him and said, "Listen and understand.

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.

Treasury of Scripture

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

in.

Exodus 20:7
Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

Leviticus 26:16,20
I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it…

1 Samuel 25:21
Now David had said, Surely in vain have I kept all that this fellow hath in the wilderness, so that nothing was missed of all that pertained unto him: and he hath requited me evil for good.

teaching.

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

Proverbs 30:5,6
Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him…

Isaiah 29:13
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:







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 [as]
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.

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.
(9) Teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.--Neither word is quite adequately rendered. The "doctrines" are not articles of faith, propositions to be believed, but precepts which were taught as binding. The "commandments" are single, special rules as contrasted with the divine "commandment," which was exceedingly broad.

Verse 9. - But in vain, etc. The Hebrew gives, "And their fear of me is a commandment of men which hath been taught them," or "learned by rote" (Revised Version). Septuagint, "In vain do they worship me, teaching men's commandments and doctrines." Their worship is vitiated at its very root. Commandments of men. This is Christ's designation of rabbinical traditions (comp. Colossians 2:22). 15:1-9 Additions to God's laws reflect upon his wisdom, as if he had left out something which was needed, and which man could supply; in one way or other they always lead men to disobey God. How thankful ought we to be for the written word of God! Never let us think that the religion of the Bible can be improved by any human addition, either in doctrine or practice. Our blessed Lord spoke of their traditions as inventions of their own, and pointed out one instance in which this was very clear, that of their transgressing the fifth commandment. When a parent's wants called for assistance, they pleaded, that they had devoted to the temple all they could spare, even though they did not part with it, and therefore their parents must expect nothing from them. This was making the command of God of no effect. The doom of hypocrites is put in a little compass; In vain do they worship me. It will neither please God, nor profit themselves; they trust in vanity, and vanity will be their recompence.
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