“But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.” – Matthew 15:9
Verse 9. But in vain, etc. The Hebrew gives, “And their fear of me is a commandment of men which hath been taught them,” or “learned by rote” (Revised Version). Septuagint, “In vain do they worship me, teaching men’s commandments and doctrines.” Their worship is vitiated at its very root. Commandments of men. This is Christ’s designation of rabbinical traditions (comp. Colossians 2:22).
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