15:1 Then Pharisees 1 and experts in the law 2 came from Jerusalem 3 to Jesus and said, 4 15:2 “Why do your disciples disobey the tradition of the elders? For they don’t wash their 5 hands when they eat.” 6 15:3 He answered them, 7 “And why do you disobey the commandment of God because of your tradition? 15:4 For God said, 8 ‘Honor your father and mother’ 9 and ‘Whoever insults his father or mother must be put to death.’ 10 15:5 But you say, ‘If someone tells his father or mother, “Whatever help you would have received from me is given to God,” 11 15:6 he does not need to honor his father.’ 12 You have nullified the word of God on account of your tradition. 15:7 Hypocrites! Isaiah prophesied correctly about you when he said,
15:8 ‘This people honors me with their lips,
but their heart 13 is far from me,
15:9 and they worship me in vain,
teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’” 14
4 tn The participle λέγοντες (legontes) has been translated as a finite verb so that its telic (i.e., final or conclusive) force can be more easily detected: The Pharisees and legal experts came to Jesus in order to speak with him.
5 tc ‡ Although most witnesses read the genitive plural pronoun αὐτῶν (autwn, “their”), it may have been motivated by clarification (as it is in the translation above). Several other authorities do not have the pronoun, however (א B Δ 073 Ë1 579 700 892 1424 pc f g1); the lack of an unintentional oversight as the reason for omission strengthens their combined testimony in this shorter reading. NA27 has the pronoun in brackets, indicating doubts as to its authenticity.
6 tn Grk “when they eat bread.”
7 tn Grk “But answering, he said to them.”
8 tc Most
11 tn Grk “is a gift,” that is, something dedicated to God.
12 tc The logic of v. 5 would seem to demand that both father and mother are in view in v. 6. Indeed, the majority of
tn Grk “he will never honor his father.” Here Jesus is quoting the Pharisees, whose intent is to release the person who is giving his possessions to God from the family obligation of caring for his parents. The verb in this phrase is future tense, and it is negated with οὐ μή (ou mh), the strongest negation possible in Greek. A literal translation of the phrase does not capture the intended sense of the statement; it would actually make the Pharisees sound as if they agreed with Jesus. Instead, a more interpretive translation has been used to focus upon the release from family obligations that the Pharisees allowed in these circumstances.
sn Here Jesus refers to something that has been set aside as a gift to be given to God at some later date, but which is still in the possession of the owner. According to contemporary Jewish tradition, the person who made this claim was absolved from responsibility to support or assist his parents, a clear violation of the Mosaic law to honor one’s parents (v. 4).
13 tn The term “heart” is a collective singular in the Greek text.