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Mark 7:5-16

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Then the Pharisees and scribes asked Him, "Why do Your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands?"

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He answered and said to them, "Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written:'This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me.

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And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.'

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For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men -the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do.

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He said to them, "All too well you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.

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For Moses said, 'Honor your father and your mother'; and, 'He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.'

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But you say, 'If a man says to his father or mother, Whatever profit you might have received from me is Corban"-' (that is, a gift to God),

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then you no longer let him do anything for his father or his mother,

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making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.

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When He had called all the multitude to Himself, He said to them, "Hear Me, everyone, and understand:

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There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man.

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If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!

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