New American Standard Bible
and had seen that some of His disciples were eating their bread with impure hands, that is, unwashed.
King James Bible
And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault.
Darby Bible Translation
and seeing some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is, unwashed, hands,
World English Bible
Now when they saw some of his disciples eating bread with defiled, that is, unwashed, hands, they found fault.
Young's Literal Translation
and having seen certain of his disciples with defiled hands -- that is, unwashed -- eating bread, they found fault;
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Defiled hands - The hands were considered defiled or polluted unless they were washed previous to every meal.
LibraryThe Influence of Tradition.
"Making the word of God of none effect through your traditions: and many such like things ye do."--ST. MARK vii. 13. Such was our Lord's word to the Pharisees; and if we turn to our own life it is difficult if not impossible for us fully to estimate the influence which traditions exercise upon it. They are so woven into the web of thought and opinion, and daily habits and practices, that none of us can claim to escape them. Moreover, as any institution or society grows older, this influence of the …
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"Why do Your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread."
The Pharisees and the scribes asked Him, "Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat their bread with impure hands?"
When the Pharisee saw it, he was surprised that He had not first ceremonially washed before the meal.
But Peter said, "By no means, Lord, for I have never eaten anything unholy and unclean."
And he said to them, "You yourselves know how unlawful it is for a man who is a Jew to associate with a foreigner or to visit him; and yet God has shown me that I should not call any man unholy or unclean.
"But I said, 'By no means, Lord, for nothing unholy or unclean has ever entered my mouth.'
I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but to him who thinks anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean.
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