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Mark 7:5-9 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Then the Pharisees and the scribes asked Him, “Why don’t Your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders, instead of eating bread with ritually unclean[a] hands?”

He answered them, “Isaiah prophesied correctly about you hypocrites, as it is written:

These people honor Me with their lips,
but their heart is far from Me.
They worship Me in vain,
teaching as doctrines the commands of men.[b]

Disregarding the command of God, you keep the tradition of men.”[c] He also said to them, “You completely invalidate God’s command in order to maintain[d] your tradition!


  1. Mark 7:5 Other mss read with unwashed
  2. Mark 7:7 Is 29:13
  3. Mark 7:8 Other mss add The washing of jugs, and cups, and many other similar things you practice.
  4. Mark 7:9 Other mss read to establish

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