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Mark 7:1–4

Traditions and Commandments

pNow when the Pharisees gathered to him, with some of the scribes qwho had come from Jerusalem, they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands that were rdefiled, that is, unwashed. (For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands properly,1 holding to sthe tradition of tthe elders, and when they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash.2 And there are many other traditions that they observe, such as uthe washing of vcups and pots and copper vessels and dining couches.3)

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Greek unless they wash the hands with a fist, probably indicating a kind of ceremonial washing

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Greek unless they baptize; some manuscripts unless they purify themselves

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Some manuscripts omit and dining couches