6. The Accusation by the Traditional Religionists
1 aThen some Pharisees and scribes 1came to Jesus from bJerusalem, saying,
2 Why do Your disciples 1transgress the atradition of the elders? For they do bnot wash their hands when they eat bread.
3 And He answered and said to them, Why do you also 1transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition?
4 For God said, 1a"Honor your father and your mother,'' and, "He who 2bspeaks evil of father or mother, let him 3be put to death.''
5 But you say, Whoever says to his father or his mother, Whatever you would have been profited by me is now a 1gift to God,
6 Shall by no means honor his father or his mother; and you have deprived the word of God of its authority because of your tradition.
7 1aHypocrites! Well has Isaiah prophesied concerning you, saying,
8 a"This people honors Me with their lips, but their 1heart stays far away from Me;
9 But in 1vain do they worship Me, teaching as teachings the acommandments of men.''
10 And He called the crowd to Him and said to them, aHear and understand:
11 It is not that which enters into the mouth that adefiles the man; but that which proceeds out of the mouth, this 1defiles the man.
12 Then the disciples came and said to Him, Do You know that the Pharisees were stumbled when they heard this word?
13 And He answered and said, Every plant which My heavenly Father has 1not aplanted shall be brooted up.
14 Let them be. They are 1ablind guides of the blind; and if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit.
15 And Peter answered and said to Him, Explain this parable to us.
16 And He said, Are you also still awithout understanding?
17 Do you not understand that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the astomach and is expelled into the drain?
18 But the things which proceed out of the mouth come out of the heart, and those adefile the man.
19 For out of the aheart come 1bevil reasonings, murders, cadulteries, fornications, thefts, false witnessings, blasphemies.
20 These are the things which defile the man, but eating with unwashed hands does not defile the man.