25 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish,(A) but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.(B)

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39 Then the Lord(A) said to him, “Now then, you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness.(B) 40 You foolish people!(C) Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also?

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19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts—murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.(A) 20 These are what defile a person;(B) but eating with unwashed hands does not defile them.”

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When they come from the marketplace they do not eat unless they wash. And they observe many other traditions, such as the washing of cups, pitchers and kettles.[a])(A)

So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, “Why don’t your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders(B) instead of eating their food with defiled hands?”

He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written:

“‘These people honor me with their lips,
    but their hearts are far from me.
They worship me in vain;
    their teachings are merely human rules.’[b](C)

You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.”(D)

And he continued, “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe[c] your own traditions!(E) 10 For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and mother,’[d](F) and, ‘Anyone who curses their father or mother is to be put to death.’[e](G) 11 But you say(H) that if anyone declares that what might have been used to help their father or mother is Corban (that is, devoted to God)— 12 then you no longer let them do anything for their father or mother. 13 Thus you nullify the word of God(I) by your tradition(J) that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.”

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  1. Mark 7:4 Some early manuscripts pitchers, kettles and dining couches
  2. Mark 7:7 Isaiah 29:13
  3. Mark 7:9 Some manuscripts set up
  4. Mark 7:10 Exodus 20:12; Deut. 5:16
  5. Mark 7:10 Exodus 21:17; Lev. 20:9

And these also stagger(A) from wine(B)
    and reel(C) from beer:
Priests(D) and prophets(E) stagger from beer
    and are befuddled with wine;
they reel from beer,
    they stagger when seeing visions,(F)
    they stumble when rendering decisions.
All the tables are covered with vomit(G)
    and there is not a spot without filth.

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