Human Traditions And God's Commandments

Matthew 15:1-9

1 Then came to Jesus from Jerusalem the scribes and Pharisees, saying, 2 Wherefore do thy disciples pass by the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.

3 And he, having answered, said to them, Wherefore do ye also pass by the command of God by your tradition 4 For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, he calumniating father or mother, in death let him die.

5 And ye say, Whoever should say to father or mother, A gift, whatever thou shouldest be profited by me; 6 And should not honour his father or his mother. And ye have annulled the command of God by your tradition. 7 Hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,

8 This people draw near me with their mouth, and honour me with their lips; but their heart keeps off far from me. 9 But they worship me in vain, teaching doctrines the commands of men.

Mark 7:1-13

1 And the Pharisees are gathered together to him, and certain of the scribes, having come from Jerusalem, 2 And having seen some of his disciples with common hands, that is, unwashed, eating loaves, they rebuked. 3 (For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they vigorously wash hands, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders. 4 And from the market-place, except they be immersed, they eat not. And there are many other things which they received to hold; the immersion of cups, and of measures, and of brazen vases, and of chairs.) 5 Then the Pharisees and scribes asked him, Wherefore do not thy disciples according to the tradition of the elders, but eat bread with unwashed hands?

6 And he having answered, said to them, That Esaias prophesied well concerning you, as it has been written, This people honour me with lips, and their heart keeps far from me. 7 And in vain they revere me, teaching doctrines the commands of men.

8 For having left the command of God, ye hold firmly to the tradition of men, the immersion of measures and cups: and many other such like things ye do. 9 And he said to them, Well do ye abrogate the command of God, that ye might keep your tradition. 10 For Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother; and he reviling father or mother, in death let him die:

11 And ye say, If a man say to father or mother, Corban, which is, a gift, whatever thou be profited by me; 12 And ye permit him to do nothing more for his father or his mother 13 Abrogating the word of God by your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things ye do.