Mark 7:3

“For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands oft, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For the Pharises and all the Iewes, except they wash their hands oft, eate not, holding the tradition of the elders.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

(For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they carefully wash their hands, {thus} observing the traditions of the elders;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

(For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands diligently, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders;
- American Standard Version (1901)

Now the Pharisees, and all the Jews, do not take food without washing their hands with care, keeping the old rule which has been handed down to them:
- Basic English Bible

(for the Pharisees and all the Jews, unless they wash their hands diligently, do not eat, holding what has been delivered by the ancients;
- Darby Bible

For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands often eat not, holding the tradition of the elders.
- Webster's Bible

(For the Pharisees and all the Jews--being, as they are, zealous for the traditions of the Elders--never eat without first carefully washing their hands,
- Weymouth Bible

(For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, don't eat unless they wash their hands and forearms, holding to the tradition of the elders.
- World English Bible

The Farisees and alle the Jewis eten not, but thei waisschen ofte her hoondis, holdynge the tradiciouns of eldere men.
- Wycliffe Bible

for the Pharisees, and all the Jews, if they do not wash the hands to the wrist, do not eat, holding the tradition of the elders,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for Mark 7:3


Mr 7:3 Except they wash [their] hands oft, eat not. The duty of washing before meals is not inculcated in the law, but only in the tradition of the scribes. So rigidly did the Jews observe it, that Rabbi Akiba, being imprisoned, and having water scarcely sufficient to sustain life given him, preferred dying of thirst to eating without washing his hands. Tradition of the elders. See PNT "Mt 15:2".

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