Mark 7:2
 
Mark 7:2
(KJV) And when they saw some of his disciples eat bread with defiled, that is to say, with unwashen, hands, they found fault.
(1611 KJV) And when they saw some of his disciples eate bread with defiled (that is to say, with vnwashen) hands, they found fault.
(1568 Bishops Bible) And whe they sawe some of his disciples eate bread with common that is to say, with vnwasshen hands, they founde fault.
(1382 Wycliffe) And whanne thei hadden seen summe of hise disciplis ete breed with vnwaisschen hoondis, thei blameden.
 
Counterfeit Versions
(NIV) saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were "unclean," that is, unwashed.
(NASV) and had seen that some of His disciples were eating their bread with impure hands, that is, unwashed.
(THE MESSAGE) They noticed that some of his disciples weren't being careful with ritual washings before meals.
(AMP) For they had seen that some of His disciples ate with common hands, that is, unwashed [with hands defiled and unhallowed, because they had not given them a ceremonial washing]--
(NLT) They noticed that some of his disciples failed to follow the Jewish ritual of hand washing before eating.
(ESV) they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed.
(CEV) They noticed that some of his disciples ate without first washing their hands.
(NCV) They saw that some of Jesus' followers ate food with hands that were not clean, that is, they hadn't washed them.
(1901 ASV) and had seen that some of his disciples ate their bread with defiled, that is, unwashen, hands.
(HCSB) They observed that some of His disciples were eating their bread with unclean —that is, unwashed—hands.
(NIRV) They saw some of his disciples eating food with "unclean" hands. That means they were not washed.
(RSV) they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands defiled, that is, unwashed.
(NAB-Roman Catholic) they observed that some of his disciples ate their meals with unclean, that is, unwashed, hands.
(NWT-Jehovah’s Witnesses) And when they saw some of his disciples eat their meal with defiled hands, that is, unwashed ones—
 
Textus Receptus - Traditional Text
kai idonteV tinaV twn maqhtwn autou koinaiV cersin tout estin aniptoiV esqiontaV artouV ememyanto
 
Hort-Westcott - Critical Text
kai idonteV tinaV twn maqhtwn autou oti koinaiV cersin tout estin aniptoiV esqiousin touV artouV
 
Corrupted Manuscripts
This verse is corrupted in the following manuscripts:
Aleph 01 - Sinaiticus - Nineteenth Century Counterfeit
A 02 - Alexandrinus - Fifth century
B 03 - Vaticanus - Fourth century
L 019 - Seventh century
036 - (Majuscule) Tenth century
037 - (Majuscule) Ninth Century
 
Manuscripts which agree with the Textus Receptus for this verse
Byzantine Text (450-1450 A.D.)
W 032 - Fourth/fifth century
Theta 038 - Ninth century
1 (Minuscule) - Seventh century
13 (Minuscule) - Eighth century
 
Published Critical Greek Texts with Corruptions
Omit “they found fault”
Greisbach, Johann - 1805
Lachmann, Karl - 1842
Tischendorf, Constantine - 1869
Tregelles, Samuel - 1857
Alford, Henry - 1849 revised in 1871
Wordsworth, Christopher - 1856 revised in 1870
Westcott and Hort - 1881
Nestle - 1927 as revised in seventeenth edition in 1941
Nestle-Aland - 1979 - Twenty Sixth Edition
Nestle-Aland - 1993 - Twenty Seventh Edition
United Bible Societies - 1983 - Fourth Edition
 
Affected Teaching
The disciples had eaten bread but the Pharisees had complained that they did not wash their hands. This was not in reference to dirty hands but the disciples had violated one of the man made requirements started by the Pharisees. The Pharisees had often washed their hands according to the tradition of the elders which we read in verse 3. The disciples had not violated any biblical commandment. (Exo 30:19-20 KJV) For Aaron and his sons shall wash their hands and their feet thereat: {20} When they go into the tabernacle of the congregation, they shall wash with water, that they die not; or when they come near to the altar to minister, to burn offering made by fire unto the LORD: The washing that God required was of those who were ministering in the Tabernacle. So the tradition of the elders continued to lay this law down on anyone. There was no tabernacle at this time and the disciples were not ministering in the Temple, so there was no requirement for them to wash their hands. This is a good example of being legalistic and this is why Jesus chided them in Mark 7. The disciples did not wash, yet the Pharisees had found fault with them because they did not wash. Ceremonial washing before eating was not required. The Pharisees were always looking to find fault with Jesus and His disciples and tried every method they could to entrap them. However, no violation of the law of God had taken place and the Pharisees knew it, yet they found fault with the disciples. The modern versions leave out the fact that the Pharisees found fault with them for violating the law of the Pharisees. They did not care what they got Jesus and His disciples on, because they were out to kill Him. The modern versions fail to indict the Pharisees on legalism and man made tradition.

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