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Matthew 15:4-9 Living Bible (TLB)

For instance, God’s law is ‘Honor your father and mother; anyone who reviles his parents must die.’ 5-6 But you say, ‘Even if your parents are in need, you may give their support money to the church[a] instead.’ And so, by your man-made rule, you nullify the direct command of God to honor and care for your parents. You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, ‘These people say they honor me, but their hearts are far away. Their worship is worthless, for they teach their man-made laws instead of those from God.’[b]


  1. Matthew 15:5 to the church, literally, “to God.”
  2. Matthew 15:9 those from God, see Isaiah 29:13.
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Matthew 15:4-9 New King James Version (NKJV)

For God commanded, saying, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; [a] and, ‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’[b] But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, “Whatever profit you might have received from me is a gift to God”— then he need not honor his father or mother.’[c] Thus you have made the commandment[d] of God of no effect by your tradition. Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying:

‘These people draw near to Me with their mouth,
And[e] honor Me with their lips,
But their heart is far from Me.
And in vain they worship Me,
Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ ”[f]


  1. Matthew 15:4 Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 5:16
  2. Matthew 15:4 Exodus 21:17
  3. Matthew 15:6 NU-Text omits or mother.
  4. Matthew 15:6 NU-Text reads word.
  5. Matthew 15:8 NU-Text omits draw near to Me with their mouth, And.
  6. Matthew 15:9 Isaiah 29:13
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