New International Version
And he continued, "You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe your own traditions!
King James Bible
And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.
Darby Bible Translation
And he said to them, Well do ye set aside the commandment of God, that ye may observe what is delivered by yourselves [to keep].
World English Bible
He said to them, "Full well do you reject the commandment of God, that you may keep your tradition.
Young's Literal Translation
And he said to them, 'Well do ye put away the command of God that your tradition ye may keep;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Full well - Καλως, - a strong irony. How noble is your conduct! From conscientious attachment to your own traditions ye have annihilated the commandments of God!
That ye may keep - But στησητε, that ye may establish, is the reading of D, three others, Syriac, all the Itala, with Cyprian, Jerome, and Zeno. Griesbach thinks it should be received instead of the other. God's law was nothing to these men, in comparison of their own: hear a case in point. "Rabba said, How foolish are most men! They observe the precepts of the Divine law, and neglect the statutes of the rabbins!" Maccoth, fol. 22.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
reject. or, frustrate.
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'He touched his tongue; and looking up to heaven, He sighed, and saith Ephphatha, that is, Be opened.'--Mark vii 33, 34. For what reason was there this unwonted slowness in Christ's healing works? For what reason was there this unusual emotion ere He spoke the word which cleansed? As to the former question, a partial answer may perhaps be that our Lord is here on half-heathen ground, where aids to faith were much needed, and His power had to be veiled that it might be beheld. Hence the miracle is …
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Things which Defile
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(The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a ceremonial washing, holding to the tradition of the elders.
So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, "Why don't your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with defiled hands?"
2 Corinthians 11:4
For if someone comes to you and preaches a Jesus other than the Jesus we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the Spirit you received, or a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it easily enough.
I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people and was extremely zealous for the traditions of my fathers.
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