Matthew 15:9
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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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Clarke'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


Exodus 20:7 You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that takes his name in vain.

Leviticus 26:16,20 I also will do this to you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes...

1 Samuel 25:21 Now David had said, Surely in vain have I kept all that this fellow has in the wilderness...

Psalm 39:6 Surely every man walks in a vain show: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heaps up riches, and knows not who shall gather them.

Psalm 73:13 Truly I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocence.

Ecclesiastes 5:2-7 Be not rash with your mouth, and let not your heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and you on earth...

Isaiah 1:13-15 Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination to me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies...

Isaiah 58:1-3 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up your voice like a trumpet, and show my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins...

Malachi 3:14 You have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance...

Mark 7:7 However, in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

1 Corinthians 15:2 By which also you are saved, if you keep in memory what I preached to you, unless you have believed in vain.

James 2:20 But will you know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?


Deuteronomy 12:32 What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: you shall not add thereto, nor diminish from it.

Proverbs 30:5,6 Every word of God is pure: he is a shield to them that put their trust in him...

Isaiah 29:13 Why the Lord said, For as much as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honor me...

Colossians 2:18-22 Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels...

1 Timothy 1:4 Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.

1 Timothy 4:1-3,6,7 Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits...

Titus 1:14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth.

Hebrews 13:9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats...

Revelation 22:18 For I testify to every man that hears the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add to these things...

Mother's Love
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
"Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour."--Matthew 15:28. I HAVE frequently spoken to you concerning the faith of this Canaanitish woman, of the way in which Christ tried it, and of the manner in which, at length, he honoured it, and granted all that the suppliant sought. The story is so full of meaning, that one might turn it this way, and that way, and the other way, and always see
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 38: 1892

The Deaf Stammerer Healed and Four Thousand Fed.
^A Matt. XV. 30-39; ^B Mark VII. 32-VIII. 9. ^b 32 And they bring unto him one that was deaf, and had an impediment in his speech [The man had evidently learned to speak before he lost his hearing. Some think that defective hearing had caused the impediment in his speech, but verse 35 suggests that he was tongue-tied]; and they beseech him to put his hand upon him. 33 And he took him aside from the multitude privately, and put his fingers into his ears, and he spat, and touched his tongue [He separated
J. W. McGarvey—The Four-Fold Gospel

Third Withdrawal from Herod's Territory.
Subdivision A. Pharisaic Leaven. A Blind Man Healed. (Magadan and Bethsaida. Probably Summer, a.d. 29.) ^A Matt. XV. 39-XVI. 12; ^B Mark VIII. 10-26. ^b 10 And straightway he entered into the boat with his disciples, ^a and came into the borders of Magadan. ^b into the parts of Dalmanutha. [It appears from the context that he crossed the lake to the west shore. Commentators, therefore, pretty generally think that Magadan is another form of the name Magdala, and that Dalmanutha was either another
J. W. McGarvey—The Four-Fold Gospel

Cross References
Isaiah 29:13
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.

Matthew 15:10
Jesus called the crowd to him and said, "Listen and understand.

Mark 7:7
They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.'

Colossians 2:22
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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