Jesus Tells What It Means To Be

The Pharisees and some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem went

together to Jesus, because they had seen that some of his disciples ate

their food without washing their hands as the scribes thought necessary.

For the Pharisees and all the Jews always wash their hands up to the

wrists before eating. So the Pharisees and scribes asked him, "Why do

not your disciples obey the old custom instead of eating food with

nwashed hands?" Jesus said to them, "Well did Isaiah prophesy about you

hypocrites: 'This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is

not with me; their worship is worthless, for they teach what are only

commands of men.' You set aside the command of God and follow that of


"Moses said, 'Honor your father and your mother,' and, 'He who speaks

evil of father or mother shall die.' But you say, 'If a man says to his

father or to his mother, What you were to have received from me is given

to God,' you hold that he need not do anything for his father or mother.

In this way you set aside the command of God in favor of the teaching

which you have handed down; and you do many other things like that."

Then calling the crowd to him again, he said to them, "Hear me, all of

you, and understand. Nothing can make a man unclean by going into him

from outside. It is what comes from him that makes him unclean, for from

within, from the heart of man, come evil thoughts, acts of theft,

murder, greed, wickedness, deceit, impure thoughts, envy, slander,

pride, and recklessness. All these evil things come from within, and

they make a man unclean."