New Living Translation
They noticed that some of his disciples failed to follow the Jewish ritual of hand washing before eating.
King James Bible
And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault.
Darby Bible Translation
and seeing some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is, unwashed, hands,
World English Bible
Now when they saw some of his disciples eating bread with defiled, that is, unwashed, hands, they found fault.
Young's Literal Translation
and having seen certain of his disciples with defiled hands -- that is, unwashed -- eating bread, they found fault;
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(Twelfth Sunday after Trinity.) Mark vii. 34, 35. And looking up to heaven, he sighed, and saith unto him, Ephphatha, that is, Be opened. And straightway his ears were opened, and the string of his tongue was loosed, and he spake plain. Why did the Lord Jesus look up to heaven? And why, too, did he sigh? He looked up to heaven, we may believe, because he looked to God the Father; to God, of whom the glorious collect tells us, that he is more ready to hear than we to pray, and is wont to give more …
Charles Kingsley—Town and Country Sermons
The Deaf and Dumb.
Barriers Broken Down
"Why do your disciples disobey our age-old tradition? For they ignore our tradition of ceremonial hand washing before they eat."
So the Pharisees and teachers of religious law asked him, "Why don't your disciples follow our age-old tradition? They eat without first performing the hand-washing ceremony."
His host was amazed to see that he sat down to eat without first performing the hand-washing ceremony required by Jewish custom.
"No, Lord," Peter declared. "I have never eaten anything that our Jewish laws have declared impure and unclean."
Peter told them, "You know it is against our laws for a Jewish man to enter a Gentile home like this or to associate with you. But God has shown me that I should no longer think of anyone as impure or unclean.
"'No, Lord,' I replied. 'I have never eaten anything that our Jewish laws have declared impure or unclean.'
I know and am convinced on the authority of the Lord Jesus that no food, in and of itself, is wrong to eat. But if someone believes it is wrong, then for that person it is wrong.
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