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Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Mark 7:1-23

See this passage explained in the notes at Matthew 15:1-20.Mark 7:1Came from Jerusalem - Probably to observe his conduct, and to find matter of accusation against him.Mark 7:2Defiled hands - The hands were considered defiled or polluted unless they were washed previous to every meal.Mark 7:3Except they wash their hands oft - Our word “oft” means frequently, often. The Greek wore translated oft has been rendered various ways. Some have said that it means “up to the wrist” - unless they wash... read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Mark 7:17-23

Mark 7:17-23. When he was entered into the house And was apart from the people; his disciples asked him Namely, Peter, in the name of the rest, (Matthew 15:15,) concerning the parable So they term the declaration which our Lord had just uttered, because it appeared to them to be mysterious and needing explanation, which, that it should, seems very strange. And he saith, Are ye so without understanding So dull of apprehension, so ignorant of the nature of true holiness? see note on... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Mark 7:1-23

69. Teaching about cleansing (Matthew 15:1-20; Mark 7:1-23)A common practice of the Jews in Jesus’ time was the ceremonial washing of hands. They believed that those who came in contact with ‘unclean’ people or things had to pour water over their hands to cleanse themselves. This was not a command of the law of Moses but a tradition of the Pharisees (Mark 7:1-5). Jesus argued that such traditions not only caused people to misunderstand the law, but stopped them from doing the more important... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - Mark 7:17

house. Supply the Ellipsis thus: "house [away] from". His disciples . The third of the three parties addressed in this chapter. See verses: Mark 7:1 , Mark 7:14 , Mark 7:17 . asked = began asking. concerning. Greek. peri. App-104 , as in Mark 7:6 . read more

James Burton Coffman

Coffman Commentaries on the Bible - Mark 7:17

And when he was entered into the house from the multitude, his disciples asked of him the parable. And he saith unto them, Are ye so without understanding also? Perceive ye not, that whatsoever from without goeth into the man, it cannot defile him; because it goeth not into his heart, but into his belly, and goeth out into the draught? This he said, making all meats clean.Parable ... as used here is a broad term meaning any dark saying.It cannot defile ... Here, in the words of Jesus Christ, is... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Mark 7:1-23

3. The controversy with the Pharisees and scribes over defilement 7:1-23 (cf. Matthew 15:1-20)This confrontation played an important part in Jesus’ decision to withdraw from Galilee again (Mark 7:24; cf. Mar_2:1 to Mar_3:6). Along with mounting popularity (Mark 6:53-56) came increasing opposition from the Jewish religious leaders. This section is essentially another block of Jesus’ teaching. It revealed Jesus further and continued the preparation of the disciples for what lay ahead of them. In... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Mark 7:14-23

Jesus’ teaching about the true nature of defilement 7:14-23Jesus continued His response to the critics by focusing on the particular practice that they had objected to (Mark 7:5). The question of what constituted defilement was very important. The Jews had wandered far from God’s will in this matter because of their traditions. read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Mark 7:17

Jesus had finished His response to His critics and His teaching of the multitude. He went into the house nearby with His disciples. There they asked Him a question that indicated that they had not understood what He meant. What He had said was revolutionary when He said it. They probably could not believe that He really meant what He had said. In Mark’s Gospel a house was a common setting where Jesus taught His disciples privately (cf. Mark 9:28; Mark 9:33; Mark 10:10). read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Mark 7:1-37

Eating with Unwashed Hands. the Syrophoenician Woman. Healing of a Deaf Man1-23. Eating with unwashed hands (Matthew 15:1). See on Mt.3, 4. A note added by St. Mark for the benefit of his Gentile readers, who would not be familiar with Jewish customs. St. Matthew’s Jewish readers needed no such explanation. 3. Wash their hands oft] lit. ’wash their hands with the fist.’ The Jewish custom was to wash the hands up to the wrist, and that is probably the meaning here, although it is hard to extract... read more

Charles John Ellicott

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers - Mark 7:1-23

VII.(1-23) Then came together unto him.—See Notes on Matthew 15:1-20. read more

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