So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, “Why don’t your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders(A) instead of eating their food with defiled hands?”

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Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Why walk not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashen hands?

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You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.”(A)

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For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.

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And he continued, “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe[a] your own traditions!(A)

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  1. Mark 7:9 Some manuscripts set up
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And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.

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13 Thus you nullify the word of God(A) by your tradition(B) that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.”

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13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.

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38 But the Pharisee was surprised when he noticed that Jesus did not first wash before the meal.(A)

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38 And when the Pharisee saw it, he marvelled that he had not first washed before dinner.

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