25 Now a discussion arose between some of John's disciples and a Jew over (A)purification.

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(For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands properly,[a] holding to (A)the tradition of (B)the elders, and when they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash.[b] And there are many other traditions that they observe, such as (C)the washing of (D)cups and pots and copper vessels and dining couches.[c])

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Footnotes

  1. Mark 7:3 Greek unless they wash the hands with a fist, probably indicating a kind of ceremonial washing
  2. Mark 7:4 Greek unless they baptize; some manuscripts unless they purify themselves
  3. Mark 7:4 Some manuscripts omit and dining couches

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