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Matthew 15:3-5 1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

[a]But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?

For God hath commanded, saying, [b]Honor thy father and mother: and he that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.

But ye say, [c]Whosoever shall say to father or mother, By the gift that is offered by me, thou mayest have profit,


  1. Matthew 15:3 Their wicked boldness, in corrupting the commandments of God, and that upon the pretence of godliness, and usurping authority to make laws, is here reproved.
  2. Matthew 15:4 By honor is meant all kinds of duties which children owe to their parents.
  3. Matthew 15:5 The meaning is this: whatsoever I bestow upon the Temple, is to thy profit, for it is as good as if I gave it thee, for (as the Pharisees of our time say) it shall be meritorious for thee: for under this color of religion, they raked all to themselves, as though that he that had given anything to the Temple, had done the duty of a child.
1599 Geneva Bible (GNV)

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