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Matthew 14:34-15:9 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Miraculous Healings

34 Once they crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret. 35 When the men of that place recognized Him, they alerted[a] the whole vicinity and brought to Him all who were sick. 36 They were begging Him that they might only touch the tassel on His robe. And as many as touched it were made perfectly well.

The Tradition of the Elders

15 Then Pharisees and scribes came from Jerusalem to Jesus and asked, “Why do Your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they don’t wash their hands when they eat!”[b]

He answered them, “And why do you break God’s commandment because of your tradition? For God said:[c]

Honor your father and your mother;[d] and,
The one who speaks evil of father or mother
must be put to death.[e]

But you say, ‘Whoever tells his father or mother, “Whatever benefit you might have received from me is a gift committed to the temple”— he does not have to honor his father.’[f] In this way, you have revoked God’s word[g] because of your tradition. Hypocrites! Isaiah prophesied correctly about you when he said:

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


  1. Matthew 14:35 Lit sent into
  2. Matthew 15:2 Lit eat bread = eat a meal
  3. Matthew 15:4 Other mss read commanded, saying
  4. Matthew 15:4 Ex 20:12; Dt 5:16
  5. Matthew 15:4 Ex 21:17; Lv 20:9
  6. Matthew 15:6 Other mss read then he does not have to honor his father or mother
  7. Matthew 15:6 Other mss read commandment
  8. Matthew 15:8 Other mss add draw near to Me with their mouths, and
  9. Matthew 15:9 Is 29:13 LXX

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