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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Mark 7:1-23

One great design of Christ's coming, was, to set aside the ceremonial law which God made, and to put an end to it; to make way for which he begins with the ceremonial law which men had made, and added to the law of God's making, and discharges his disciples from the obligation of that; which here he doth fully, upon occasion of the offence which the Pharisees took at them for the violation of it. These Pharisees and scribes with whom he had this argument, are said to come from Jerusalem down... read more

William Barclay

William Barclay's Daily Study Bible - Mark 7:14-23

7:14-23 He called the crowd to him again and said, "Listen to me, all of you and understand. There is nothing which goes into a man from outside which can render him unclean; but it is the things which come out of a man which render the man unclean." When he came into the house, away from the crowd, his disciples asked him about this hard saying. He said to them, "So, then, are you too unable to grasp things? Do you not understand that everything that goes into a man from outside cannot... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Mark 7:17

And when he was entered into the house ,.... Very probably at Capernaum, and it may be the house of Simon and Andrew, where he used to be when there: from the people ; being separated from them, having dismissed and left them, when he and his disciples were by themselves alone: his disciples asked him concerning the parable ; that saying of his to the people, which was somewhat dark and intricate to them; that nothing without a man going into him defiled him, but what comes out of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Mark 7:1-23

Ceremonialism and spirituality. The teaching of our Lord Jesus was often in opposition to that of the religious leaders of his age and nation. The Pharisees and scribes were most religious, but their religion was of a bad type. They themselves practiced, and they inculcated upon the people, the observance of religious forms and ceremonies; whilst, generally speaking, they were negligent of the weightier matters of the Law. They laid great stress upon the outward, but they were careless of... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Mark 7:1-23

Externalism versus righteousness. In Mark 7:3 , Mark 7:4 of this chapter we are furnished with an interesting piece of antiquarianism. The daily life of the devout Jew is set before us in its ceremonial aspect; not as Moses had originally ordered it, but as custom and human casuistry had gradually transformed it. The light thrown upon several questions is very searching and full of revelation, viz. the various senses in which baptism seems to have been understood by the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Mark 7:1-23

The ritual and the reality of purification. I. THE MOST NATURAL ACT MAY BE PERVERTED INTO A RITUAL SIN . The disciples were seen eating with unholy hands, that is, unwashed! How this came about we are not told; probably it was a case of necessity: there was no water to be had. Probably it was a choice between going without food and being ritually correct, or being ritually incorrect and supplying the wants of nature. II. THE MEANING AND USE OF RITUAL IS... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Mark 7:1-23

The tradition of men in competition with the commandments of God. Pharisees and scribes of Jerusalem had detected some of the disciples of Jesus eating bread "with defiled, that is, with unwashen, hands." "Holding the tradition of the elders" with great tenacity themselves, they demand of the new Teacher a reason for his disciples' departure from the old paths. It was a favorable opportunity for exposing the error of substituting human for Divine precepts, and for placing the external in... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Mark 7:1-23

Parallel passage: Matthew 15:1-20 .— Exposure of Pharisaism: its errors and evils. I. DOCTRINE OF DEFILEMENT . 1 . Contents of this chapter. This chapter contains three principal sections. The first section treats of defilement ; the second gives an account of a demon being expelled from the daughter of a Syro-phoenician woman; and the third narrates the cure of a deaf mute. The first section, again, contains the following:—The charge of defilement which the... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Mark 7:14-23

The real and the imaginary defilement. The question of "the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes which had come from Jerusalem," yet remains to be answered, Jesus having turned aside to weaken the force of "the tradition of men." The answer is given in the ears of "the multitude." It is simple. "There is nothing from without the man that can defile him:" defilement is of that which proceeds "from within out of the heart of man." The man's heart is the fountain of evil; it is his heart,... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Mark 7:17

Our Lord, having proclaimed this great principle to the multitude in the presence of their teachers, the scribes and Pharisees, returned into the house (the true reading is here εἰς οἶκον , without the article). It means, of course, the house where he was lodging . And then his disciples asked of him the parable . St. Matthew ( Matthew 15:15 ) says that the question was put to him by St. Peter speaking in the name of the other disciples—another instance of the reserve main-rained in... read more

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