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 15:2

  • Rev. Tim George for verse 2
    Jesus answered a question with a question. The scribes and pharisees were trying to catch Jesus, but They were the ones who got caught. That which goes into the man is not what defiles the man, but that which comes out of the heart. Keep thy heart with all diligence for out of it are the problems of life.
  • Nkosinathi Ngulube for verse 2
    Tradition is very beautiful and rich but its demands are a source of apathy 'twixt one and God for it is concerned of self righteousness.

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