New International Version
and saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were defiled, 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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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
They found fault - This is wanting in ABEHLV, nineteen others, and several versions: Mill and Bengel approve the omission, and Griesbach rejects the word. If the 3d and 4th verses be read in a parenthesis, the 2d and 5th verses will appear to be properly connected, without the above clause.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
defiled. or, common.
LibraryThe Pattern of Service
'He touched his tongue; and looking up to heaven, He sighed, and saith Ephphatha, that is, Be opened.'--Mark vii 33, 34. For what reason was there this unwonted slowness in Christ's healing works? For what reason was there this unusual emotion ere He spoke the word which cleansed? As to the former question, a partial answer may perhaps be that our Lord is here on half-heathen ground, where aids to faith were much needed, and His power had to be veiled that it might be beheld. Hence the miracle is …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Second Sermon for the Twelfth Sunday after Trinity
Things which Defile
The Children and the Dogs
"Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They don't wash their hands before they eat!"
So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, "Why don't your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with defiled hands?"
But the Pharisee was surprised when he noticed that Jesus did not first wash before the meal.
"Surely not, Lord!" Peter replied. "I have never eaten anything impure or unclean."
He said to them: "You are well aware that it is against our law for a Jew to associate with or visit a Gentile. But God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean.
"I replied, 'Surely not, Lord! Nothing impure or unclean has ever entered my mouth.'
I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for that person it is unclean.
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