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

- 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 15:9

  • Frank moore for verse 9
    I notice the only commandment almost universally denied is the only commandment denoting and honoring Jesus Christ Son of GOD as creator, and thus the only legitimate personage qualified to be our Savior.
  • Dale Harris for verse 9
    Christianity is following the commands and teachings of Jesus Christ, while Churchanity is following the commands and teaching of human church leaders. When church leaders put themselves in place of God and tell their followers to obey their human teachings, rather than the spiritual truths of God from Jesus Christ, then church members are seduced into following false human doctrine and thus false religion. It is following the commands of Jesus, the Son of God, that saves our soul. Following the false beliefs of human church leaders makes our worship of God "in vain" and totally worthless in God's eyes. We must not allow blind human leaders to lead the blind. We must follow the light of the world, namely Jesus Christ and his teachings. He is our savior, not church leaders.
  • Nabeel nazeer for verse 9
    This verse clearly means that worshipping Jesus Christ by anybody is false. Jesus Christ gives a clear statement regarding this. And such worship is in vain. We must only worship the God whom Jesus prayed to. Hoping for a reply.

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