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They saw some of his disciples eating bread with unclean (that is, unwashed) hands. In fact, the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they scrub their hands with a fist,[a] holding to the tradition of the elders. When they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash.[b] And there are many other traditions they adhere to, such as the washing[c] of cups, pitchers, kettles, and dining couches.[d]

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Footnotes

  1. Mark 7:3 Or up to the wrist. This refers to a method of ceremonial washing.
  2. Mark 7:4 Greek baptizo (translated baptize in other contexts)
  3. Mark 7:4 Greek baptismos (translated baptism in other contexts)
  4. Mark 7:4 A few witnesses to the text omit and dining couches.
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