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Matthew 15:3-5 New English Translation (NET Bible)

He answered them,[a] “And why do you disobey the commandment of God because of your tradition? For God said,[b]Honor your father and mother[c] and ‘Whoever insults his father or mother must be put to death.’[d] But you say, ‘If someone tells his father or mother, “Whatever help you would have received from me is given to God,”[e]


  1. Matthew 15:3 tn Grk “But answering, he said to them.”
  2. Matthew 15:4 tc Most mss (א*,2b C L N W Γ Δ 0106 33 565 1241 1424 M) have an expanded introduction here; instead of “For God said,” they read “For God commanded, saying” (ὁ γὰρ θεὸς ἐνετείλατο λέγων, ho gar theos eneteilato legōn). But such expansions are generally motivated readings; in this case, most likely it was due to the wording of the previous verse (“the commandment of God”) that caused early scribes to add to the text. Although it is possible that other witnesses reduced the text to the simple εἶπεν (eipen, “[God] said”) because of perceived redundancy with the statement in v. 3, such is unlikely in light of the great variety and age of these authorities (א2a B D Θ 073 ƒ1, 13 579 700 892 lat co, as well as other versions and fathers).
  3. Matthew 15:4 sn A quotation from Exod 20:12; Deut 5:16.
  4. Matthew 15:4 sn A quotation from Exod 21:17; Lev 20:9.
  5. Matthew 15:5 tn Grk “is a gift,” that is, something dedicated to God.
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