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

  • 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!
  • Steve morrow
    MATTHEW 15:9 BUT IN VAIN THEY DO WORSHIP ME TEACHING FOR DOCTRINES THE COMMANDMENTS OF MEN CLOSSIANS 2:22 WHICH ALL ARE TO PERISH WITH THE USING AFTER THE COMMANDMENTS OF MEN *****JAME 5:20 LET HIM KNOW THAT HE WHICH CONVERTETH THE SINNER FROM THE ERROR OF HIS WAY SHALL SAVE A SOUL FROM DEATH AND SHALL HIDE A MULTITUDE OF SINS*****EPHESIANS 4:27 NEITHER GIVE PLACE TO THE devil
  • Steve morrow
    *****MATTHEW 15:16 AND JESUS SAID ARE YOU ALSO YET WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING*****
  • Lu2677
    "But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men." Matthew 15:9
  • Irene123
    When I was 18 I had had scoliosis for 2 yrs. I am 75 now. At 18 my left hip was 4 in. higher than my right; my spine was a backward 'S'. In June of '60 the Lord healed me, but I didn't know it was Him for 10 yrs. In '60 I had 'heard' there was a God; that was about it. I 'learned' that much in a mainstream church. So, Jesus does heal without OUR prayers, but I KNOW someone was praying for me.
  • Michele Miller
    Insight777: This is just to help you understand the right meaning of Matthew15:26NIV. "It's not right to take the childrens bread and toss it to their dogs."CHILDREN meansJews. BREAD means the word of God. DOGS means.Gentiles."We" were/are considered unclean to Jews..Jesus wasn't calling her a dog,being mean.He talked to her in a way she could understand.With her answer he was moved,and so healed.

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