Mark 7:1-13 Bible in Basic English

The Things That Defile

7 1  And there came together to him the Pharisees and certain of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem, 2  And had seen that some of his disciples took their bread with unclean, that is, unwashed, hands. 3  Now the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not take food without washing their hands with care, keeping the old rule which has been handed down to them: 4  And when they come from the market-place, they take no food till their hands are washed; and a number of other orders there are, which have been handed down to them to keep—washings of cups and pots and brass vessels. 5  And the Pharisees and the scribes put the question to him, Why do your disciples not keep the rules of the fathers, but take their bread with unwashed hands? 6  And he said, Well did Isaiah say of you, you false ones: These people give me honour with their lips, but their heart is far from me. 7  But their worship is to no purpose, while they give as their teaching the rules of men. 8  For, turning away from the law of God, you keep the rules of men. 9  And he said to them, Truly you put on one side the law of God, so that you may keep the rules which have been handed down to you. 10  For Moses said, Give honour to your father and mother, and, He who says evil of father or mother, let him have the punishment of death: 11  But you say, If a man says to his father or his mother, That by which you might have had profit from me is Corban, that is to say, Given to God, 12  You no longer let him do anything for his father or his mother; 13  Making the word of God of no effect by your rule, which you have given: and a number of other such things you do.

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