Matthew 15:9

But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But in vaine they do worship me, teaching for doctrines, the commandements of men.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

'BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.'"
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But in vain do they worship me, Teaching `as their' doctrines the precepts of men.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But their worship is to no purpose, while they give as their teaching the rules of men.
- Basic English Bible

but in vain do they worship me, teaching [as] teachings commandments of men.
- Darby Bible

But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
- Webster's Bible

but it is in vain they worship Me, while they lay down precepts which are mere human rules.'"
- Weymouth Bible

And in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrine rules made by men.'"
- World English Bible

and thei worschipen me `with outen cause, techynge the doctrines and maundementis of men.
- Wycliffe Bible

and in vain do they worship Me, teaching teachings -- commands of men.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 15:9


15:9 Teaching the commandments of men - As equal with, nay, superior to, those of God. What can be a more heinous sin?


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 15:9


Mt 15:9 In vain do they worship me. Quoted from Is 29:13. This worship is all idle, empty, and without profit, because they teach as doctrines the commandments of men. This rebuke to the Pharisees, who had added to the law of Moses many traditional human precepts, applies equally to all modern religionists who have modified or added to the Christianity of Christ and the apostles. Whatever one cannot find in the New Testament is of such a character; observance of saints' days, of Christians, of Lent, the removal of the cup in the Lord's Supper from the laity, infant sprinkling, party creeds and party shibboleths, are all of men and not of God. The devout worshiper should go right to the New Testament for his religion, and reject every ordinance or precept that is not to be found there.

Discussion for Matthew 15

  • 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.
  • Emanuel Fernandes
    let the righteous smite me it SHALL BE A KINDNESS let him reprove me its shall be an excellent oil. You want the brethren to rebuke or do you want chastening from the lord which can lead to sin unto death personally I want to be rebuked if its with scripture not with your philosophy
  • Manuelf324
    What we forget as a bible believer is when we rebuke(not scorn which is different) its because we love that person not hate. Heres a verse most kjv bible believers avoid. Thous shalt not HATE THY BROTHER Thou shalt in any wise REBUKE thy neighbor suffer not sin upon him. If you love the brethren you rebuke them you obey God you rebuke them you dont they will get chastened along with you!
  • A disciple
    "And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding?" It is no secret to anyone who reads the Bible that there are certain kinds of men who will be offended at the directness of the Lord's speech; especially when it exposes sin and hypocrisy. For the men who were chosen to be the Lord's anointed Sent Ones, the rebuke is accepted as a shaming, in order to push them to grow up and be better men.
  • Insight777
    The Jews had laws they followed only in rituals, outward shows of faith. But if their faith required them to actually do its works of charity or forgiveness, they were not interested.
    After all, they do not have to honor their parents or feed the fatherless and widows because they can go to the temple and pay the priests for a helpless animal to be slaughtered in their name and walk out blameless!

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