The Words of the Lord Jesus Concerning the Traditions of Religious Men

 

‘Then the Pharisees and scribes asked [Jesus],

Why walk not thy disciples according to

the tradition of the elders,

but eat bread with unwashen hands?

‘He answered and said unto them,

Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites,

as it is written,

This people honoureth me with their lips,

but their heart is far from me.

‘Howbeit in vain do they worship me,

teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

‘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.

‘And he said unto them,

Full well ye reject the commandment of God,

that ye may keep your tradition.’

Mark 7 : 5-9.

 

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