Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men:
I will send him against a nation of wrongdoers, and against the people of my wrath I will give him orders, to take their wealth in war, crushing them down like the dust in the streets.
Give ear to this, O family of Jacob, you who are named by the name of Israel, and have come out of the body of Judah; who take oaths by the name of the Lord, and make use of the name of the God of Israel, but not truly and not in good faith.
Though they make prayer to me every day, and take pleasure in the knowledge of my ways: like a nation which has done righteousness, and has not given up the rules of their God, they make requests to me for the right orders, it is their delight to come near to God.
Let my cause come to your ears, O Lord, give attention to my cry; give ear to my prayer which goes not out from false lips.
But for all this, her false sister Judah has not come back to me with all her heart, but with deceit, says the Lord.
And though they say, By the living Lord; truly their oaths are false.
They have been planted by you, they have taken root; they go on and give fruit: you are near in their mouths but far from their thoughts.
And said to Jeremiah the prophet, Let our request come before you, and make prayer for us to the Lord your God, even for this small band of us; for we are only a small band out of what was a great number, as your eyes may see:
And they come to you as my people come, and are seated before you as my people, hearing your words but doing them not: for deceit is in their mouth and their heart goes after profit for themselves.
You false ones, well did Isaiah say of you,
Make no addition to his words, or he will make clear your error, and you will be seen to be false.
Why do your disciples go against the teaching of the fathers? for they take food with unwashed hands.
And had seen that some of his disciples took their bread with unclean, that is, unwashed, hands.
(Rules which are all to come to an end with their use) after the orders and teaching of men?
For there is a division in his mind, and he is uncertain in all his ways.