New International Version
They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.'"
King James Bible
But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
Darby Bible Translation
but in vain do they worship me, teaching [as] teachings commandments of men.
World English Bible
And in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrine rules made by men.'"
Young's Literal Translation
and in vain do they worship Me, teaching teachings -- commands of men.'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
In vain they do worship me, etc. - By the traditions of the elders, not only the word of God was perverted, but his worship also was greatly corrupted. But the Jews were not the only people who have acted thus: whole Christian Churches, as well as sects and parties, have acted in the same way. Men must not mould the worship of God according to their fancy - it is not what they think will do - is proper, innocent, etc., but what God himself has prescribed, that he will acknowledge as his worship. However sincere a man may be in a worship of his own invention, or of man's commandment, yet it profits him nothing. Christ himself says it is in vain. To condemn such, may appear to some illiberal; but whatever may be said in behalf of sincere heathens, and others who have not had the advantages of Divine Revelation, there is no excuse for the man who has the Bible before him.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Eversley, Second Sunday in Lent, 1872. St Matthew xv. 22-28. "And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she and worshipped him, saying, …
Charles Kingsley—All Saints' Day and Other Sermons
The Perseverance of Faith
The Deaf Stammerer Healed and Four Thousand Fed.
Third Withdrawal from Herod's Territory.
The Lord says: "These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. Their worship of me is based on merely human rules they have been taught.
Jesus called the crowd to him and said, "Listen and understand.
They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.'
These rules, which have to do with things that are all destined to perish with use, are based on merely human commands and teachings.
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