Matthew 15:2

“Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Why do thy disciples transgresse the tradition of the Elders? for they wash not their handes when they eat bread.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Why do Your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Why do your disciples go against the teaching of the fathers? for they take food with unwashed hands.
- Basic English Bible

Why do thy disciples transgress what has been delivered by the ancients? for they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.
- Darby Bible

Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.
- Webster's Bible

Why do your disciples transgress the tradition of the Elders by not washing their hands before meals?
- Weymouth Bible

Why do your disciples disobey the tradition of the elders? For they don't wash their hands when they eat bread.
- World English Bible

Whi breken thi disciplis the tradiciouns of eldere men? for thei waisschen not her hondis, whanne thei eten breed.
- Wycliffe Bible

`Wherefore do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they do not wash their hands when they may eat bread.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 15:2


15:2 The elders - The chief doctors or, teachers among the Jews.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 15:2


Mt 15:2 Why do thy disciples transgress? Not the law of Moses, but the tradition of the elders, which had as much authority with the Pharisees as the written law. The tradition of the elders. Purported to be precepts never written in the Scriptures, but handed down from the times of Moses and the elders by oral means. These precepts were spoken of the "law upon the lip", and have been embodied in the Talmud. They were additions to the written word. See Ga 1:14. For they wash not their hands. The orthodox Jews insisted on washing the hands before eating, not to remove the filth, but less they might have touched something ceremonially unclean. This commandment was purely traditional, but so rigidly did they insist upon observing it that the Rabbi Akiba, imprisoned by the Romans and with scarcely water to sustain life, preferred to use all provided for his ceremonial ablutions, and to die of thirst.

Discussion for Matthew 15

  • A disciple
    "Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up. Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind." In saying this, Jesus has revealed that each and every one of us is accountable first to God; and no amount of obstinate determination to follow ANY form or methodology may take the preeminence over His view of us; notwithstanding howsoever strongly one might protest!
  • Bruce
    Andrea: His Word says: every Creature of God is Good and nothing to be refused,if it be received with Thanksgiving:For it is Sanctified by The Word of God and Prayer. 1Timothy 4:4-6./ Oysters, clams,muscles, shrimp, lobster,any seafood. Cows, pigs, rabbits, muskrat, raccoon, squirrels, whatsoever,but always give Thanks for what you have
  • A disciple
    Andrea; If I may add here, the teaching of the Law in the eating of things designated clean and unclean; is in reference to our walk. "But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean. And the voice spake unto him again the second time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common." Acts 10 (esp. v28) confirms, The Kingdom of God IS NOT Meat and Drink..
  • Andrea McCallum
    To Bruce.
    Are you saying pork shrimp, lobsters etc are allowed as long as God's word is prayed over them?
  • Bruce
    Chad: We who are Born-again can eat what-so-ever:1Timothy 4:4-5: every creature of God is good, nothing to be refused, if it be received with Thanksgiving: For it is Sanctified by The Word of God and Prayer.
  • Chad I
    People often misinterpret verses 1-20 by saying Yeshua allowed the consumption of pork, shellfish and other unclean animals. Yeshua rebuked the Pharisees only for their man made law (tradition) of washing hands which is not found anywhere in the law of Moses.

    13 But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.

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