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Mark 7:1-23

Through My Bible – April 14

Mark 7:1-23 (EHV)

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Mark 7

Commandments and Traditions

1 The Pharisees and some of the experts in the law came from Jerusalem and gathered around Jesus. They saw some of his disciples eating bread with unclean (that is, unwashed) hands. In fact, the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they scrub their hands with a fist, [1] holding to the tradition of the elders. When they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash. [2] And there are many other traditions they adhere to, such as the washing [3] of cups, pitchers, kettles, and dining couches. [4] The Pharisees and the experts in the law asked Jesus, “Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders? Instead they eat bread with unclean hands.”

He answered them, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites. As it is written:

These people honor me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.
They worship me in vain, teaching human rules as if they
    were doctrines. [5]

“You abandon God’s commandment but hold to human tradition like the washing of pitchers and cups, and you do many other such things.” [6] He continued, “You have a fine way of setting aside God’s commandment to keep [7] your own tradition. 10 For example, Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ [8] and ‘Whoever speaks evil of his father or mother must be put to death.’ [9] 11 But you say, ‘If a man tells his father or mother, “Whatever help you might have received from me is corban”’ [10] (which means an offering), 12 then you no longer let him do anything for his father or mother. 13 So you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. You do many things like that.”

14 He called the crowd to him again and said, “Everyone, listen to me and understand. 15 There is nothing outside of a man that can make him unclean by going into him. But the things that come out of a man are what make a man unclean. 16 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!” [11]

17 After he had left the crowd and entered a house, his disciples asked him about this illustration. 18 He said, “Are you lacking in understanding too? Do you not understand that whatever goes into a man from the outside cannot make him unclean? 19 For it does not enter his heart but goes into his stomach and goes out of him into the latrine—in this way all foods are purified.” [12]

20 He continued, “What comes out of a man, that is what makes a man unclean. 21 In fact, from within, out of people’s hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual sins, theft, murder, 22 adultery, greed, wickedness, deceit, unrestrained immorality, envy, slander, arrogance, and foolishness. 23 All these evil things proceed from within and make a person unclean.”


  1. Mark 7:3 Or up to the wrist. This refers to a method of ceremonial washing.
  2. Mark 7:4 Greek baptizo (translated baptize in other contexts)
  3. Mark 7:4 Greek baptismos (translated baptism in other contexts)
  4. Mark 7:4 A few witnesses to the text omit and dining couches.
  5. Mark 7:7 Isaiah 29:13
  6. Mark 7:8 A few witnesses to the text omit the last part of verse 8 (like the washing. . .).
  7. Mark 7:9 Some witnesses to the text read establish.
  8. Mark 7:10 Exodus 20:12; Deuteronomy 5:16
  9. Mark 7:10 Exodus 21:17; Leviticus 20:9
  10. Mark 7:11 Corban is a Hebrew word for an offering devoted to God.
  11. Mark 7:16 A few witnesses to the text omit this verse.
  12. Mark 7:19 Or latrine.” (In this way all foods are purified.) The punctuation in the text indicates Jesus spoke the last sentence of verse 19. The parentheses in this footnote would indicate that the last sentence was an inspired comment by Mark.

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