Mark 7:4

“And when they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not. And many other things there be, which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots, brasen vessels, and of tables.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And when they come from the market, except they wash, they eate not. And many other things there be, which they haue receiued to hold, as the washing of cups and pots, brasen vessels, and of tables.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

and {when they come} from the market place, they do not eat unless they cleanse themselves; and there are many other things which they have received in order to observe, such as the washing of cups and pitchers and copper pots.)
- New American Standard Version (1995)

and `when they come' from the market-place, except they bathe themselves, they eat not; and many other things there are, which they have received to hold, washings of cups, and pots, and brasen vessels.)
- American Standard Version (1901)

And when they come from the market-place, they take no food till their hands are washed; and a number of other orders there are, which have been handed down to them to keep--washings of cups and pots and brass vessels.
- Basic English Bible

and [on coming] from the market-place, unless they are washed, they do not eat; and there are many other things which they have received to hold, the washing of cups and vessels, and brazen utensils, and couches),
- Darby Bible

And when they come from the market, except they wash, they eat not. And many other things there are, which they have received to hold, as the washing of cups, and pots, and of brazen vessels, and tables.
- Webster's Bible

and when they come from market they will not eat without bathing first; and they have a good many other customs which they have received traditionally and cling to, such as the rinsing of cups and pots and of bronze utensils, and the washing of beds.)
- Weymouth Bible

They don't eat when they come from the marketplace, unless they bathe themselves, and there are many other things, which they have received to hold to: washings of cups, pitchers, bronze vessels, and couches.)
- World English Bible

And whanne thei turnen ayen fro chepyng, thei eten not, but thei ben waisschen; and many other thingis ben, `that ben taken `to hem to kepe, wasschyngis of cuppis, and of watir vessels, and of vessels of bras, and of beddis.
- Wycliffe Bible

and, [coming] from the market-place, if they do not baptize themselves, they do not eat; and many other things there are that they received to hold, baptisms of cups, and pots, and brazen vessels, and couches.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Mark 7:4


7:4 Washing of cups and pots and brazen vessels and couches - The Greek word (baptisms) means indifferently either washing or sprinkling. The cups, pots, and vessels were washed; the couches sprinkled.


People's Bible Notes for Mark 7:4


Mr 7:4 [When they come] from the market, except they wash, they eat not. In the Greek, not the word "nipto", rendered "wash" elsewhere in the passage, but "baptizo", "baptize". Abbott renders it "plunge" and says: ``Apparently, in the ritual of the Pharisees, washing by pouring on water sufficed for those who remained at home, but "immersion" of the hands in water was required of those who had gone abroad.'' Many other things. They not only insisted on washing the hands, because of the tradition, but also, many other things. Geikie says: ``The law of Moses required purifications in certain cases (Le 12:1-5), but the rabbis had preserved the spirit of Leviticus in this as in other things, for they taught that food and drink could not be taken with a good conscience when there was the possibility of ceremonial defilement. If every perceivable precaution had not been taken, the person or the vessel used might have contracted impurity, which would thus be conveyed to the food, and through the food to the body, and by it to the soul. Hence it had been long a custom, and latterly a strict law, that before every meal not only the hands, but even the dishes, couches, and tables, should be scrupulously washed.''

Discussion for Mark 7

  • Kenny
    What come out of a man Is what defines or defiles Him. This is why we need Jesus in our heart that he will rule our through and by the Holy Ghost, Amen.
  • Steve morrow
    MARK 7:7 HOWBEIT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME TEACHING FOR DOCTRINES THE COMMANDMENTS OF MEN ****** MARK 7:9 AND --- HE --- SAID UNTO THEM FULL WELL YOU REJECT THE COMMANDMENT OF GOD THAT YOU MAY KEEP YOUR OWN TRADITION ****** LUKE 6:46 AND WHY CALL YOU ME LORD LORD AND DO NOT THE THINGS WHICH I SAY ****** PHILIPPIANS 2:21 FOR ALL SEEK THEIR OWN NOT THE THINGS WHICH ARE JESUS CHRISTS
  • Brianna to Irene123
    The Bible says that ALL scripture is inspired of God. (2 Timothy 3:16) To say that an emperor wrote Matthew 28:19,20 is saying that 2 Timothy 3:16 is a lie. We know that Jesus and his disciples practiced and taught evangelizing.Remember the words at 2 Peter 1:20,21. Interpretation comes from God.
  • Obbie Beal
    WOW! ... the commandments of men..... the commandment of God.... . WOW!
  • Irene123
    To BSP on 'traditions' - such as the very words of Matt. 28:19. I think you are aware of Acts 2:38. And you probably know that emperor Constantine in 325 a.d. instituted the words of Matt. 28:19 - under pressure of the catholic church. It's all in Wikipedia. And any other encycl. The words of Matt. were never used before 325 a.d. Jesus church of Acts was baptizing long before this; cont.....
  • Skyler
    I love God he is my hero

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