Matthew 15:3
New International Version
Jesus replied, "And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?

New Living Translation
Jesus replied, “And why do you, by your traditions, violate the direct commandments of God?

English Standard Version
He answered them, “And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?

Berean Study Bible
Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition?

Berean Literal Bible
And answering He said to them, "Why also do you break the commandment of God on account of your tradition?

New American Standard Bible
And He answered and said to them, "Why do you yourselves transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?

New King James Version
He answered and said to them, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition?

King James Bible
But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?

Christian Standard Bible
He answered them, "Why do you break God's commandment because of your tradition?

Contemporary English Version
Jesus answered: Why do you disobey God and follow your own teaching?

Good News Translation
Jesus answered, "And why do you disobey God's command and follow your own teaching?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
He answered them, "And why do you break God's commandment because of your tradition?

International Standard Version
But he answered them, "Why do you also disregard the commandment of God because of your tradition?

NET Bible
He answered them, "And why do you disobey the commandment of God because of your tradition?

New Heart English Bible
And he answered them, "Why do you also disobey the commandment of God because of your tradition?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Yeshua answered and said to them, “Why do you also violate the commandment of God for the sake of your traditions?”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He answered them, "Why do you break the commandment of God because of your traditions?

New American Standard 1977
And He answered and said to them, “And why do you yourselves transgress the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?

Jubilee Bible 2000
But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?

King James 2000 Bible
But he answered and said unto them, Why do you also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?

American King James Version
But he answered and said to them, Why do you also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?

American Standard Version
And he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition?

Douay-Rheims Bible
But he answering, said to them: Why do you also transgress the commandment of God for your tradition? For God said:

Darby Bible Translation
But he answering said to them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God on account of your traditional teaching?

English Revised Version
And he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition?

Webster's Bible Translation
But he answered and said to them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?

Weymouth New Testament
"Why do you, too," He retorted, "transgress God's commands for the sake of your tradition?

World English Bible
He answered them, "Why do you also disobey the commandment of God because of your tradition?

Young's Literal Translation
And he answering said to them, 'Wherefore also do ye transgress the command of God because of your tradition?
Study Bible
Tradition and Worship
2“Why do Your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They do not wash their hands before they eat.” 3Jesus replied, “And why do you break the command of God for the sake of your tradition? 4For God said: ‘Honor your father and mother’ and ‘Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.’…
Cross References
Matthew 15:2
"Why do Your disciples break the tradition of the elders? They do not wash their hands before they eat."

Matthew 15:4
For God said: 'Honor your father and mother' and 'Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.'

Treasury of Scripture

But he answered and said to them, Why do you also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?

Why.

Matthew 7:3-5
And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? …

Mark 7:6-8,13
He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophesied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me…

Colossians 2:8,23
Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ…







Lexicon
[Jesus] replied,
ἀποκριθεὶς (apokritheis)
Verb - Aorist Participle Passive - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 611: From apo and krino; to conclude for oneself, i.e. to respond; by Hebraism to begin to speak.

“And
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 2532: And, even, also, namely.

why
Διὰ (Dia)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1223: A primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; through.

{do} you
ὑμεῖς (hymeis)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Nominative 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

break
παραβαίνετε (parabainete)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 3845: To transgress, violate, depart, desert. From para and the base of basis; to go contrary to, i.e. Violate a command.

the
τὴν (tēn)
Article - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

command
ἐντολὴν (entolēn)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1785: An ordinance, injunction, command, law. From entellomai; injunction, i.e. An authoritative prescription.

of God
Θεοῦ (Theou)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

for the sake of
διὰ (dia)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1223: A primary preposition denoting the channel of an act; through.

your
ὑμῶν (hymōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

tradition?
παράδοσιν (paradosin)
Noun - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3862: An instruction, tradition. From paradidomi; transmission, i.e. a precept; specially, the Jewish traditionary law.
(3) By your tradition.--Better, for the sake of your tradition. Our Lord's answer, it will be noted, is an indirect one, an argumentum ad hominem. He shows that their traditional casuistry was in direct opposition to the "commandment" of God, and the natural inference from that antagonism was that in itself, apart from the commandment, it had no binding authority as a rule of life.

Verse 3. - He answered. Christ does not formally defend his disciples, nor condemn the Pharisees for their ceremonial ablutions, but he turns to a matter of more importance, even a plain breach or evasion of a plain commandment. Ye also. If my disciples transgress a tradition of the ancients, ye too transgress, and that the commandment of God - an error of far graver character. His non-observance of these minutiae showed their unimportance, and called attention to the inward purity which they typified, and which could be maintained without these external ceremonies. At the same time, Jesus does not condemn such symbolical acts, even as he himself washed the disciples' feet before the last Supper. The evil in rabbinical teachings was that it superseded the spiritual view, and placed outward cleansing on a higher level than inward holiness. By (διὰ with accusative); on account of, in order to maintain. Your tradition. Tradition which is emphatically yours and not God's, a human gloss, not a revealed command. Jesus does not accept the assertion that these traditions are derived from the ancients; he gives them a more modern origin. 15:1-9 Additions to God's laws reflect upon his wisdom, as if he had left out something which was needed, and which man could supply; in one way or other they always lead men to disobey God. How thankful ought we to be for the written word of God! Never let us think that the religion of the Bible can be improved by any human addition, either in doctrine or practice. Our blessed Lord spoke of their traditions as inventions of their own, and pointed out one instance in which this was very clear, that of their transgressing the fifth commandment. When a parent's wants called for assistance, they pleaded, that they had devoted to the temple all they could spare, even though they did not part with it, and therefore their parents must expect nothing from them. This was making the command of God of no effect. The doom of hypocrites is put in a little compass; In vain do they worship me. It will neither please God, nor profit themselves; they trust in vanity, and vanity will be their recompence.
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