And there are some other things which they have received to hold, washings of cups and pots and brazen vessels and couches."
For [the Scripture] saith in a certain place, "This people honoureth Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me."
And "this people honoureth Me with their lips," it is said, "but their heart is far from Me."
For [the Scripture] saith in a certain place, "This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me."
The Lord warns us in His Gospel, saying, "Ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may establish your own tradition."
These, doubtless, they imitate and follow, who, despising God's tradition, seek after strange doctrines, and bring in teachings of human appointment, whom the Lord rebukes and reproves in His Gospel, saying, "Ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition."
For what can be a more spiritual prayer than that which was given to us by Christ, by whom also the Holy Spirit was given to us? What praying to the Father can be more truthful than that which was delivered to us by the Son who is the Truth, out of His own mouth? So that to pray otherwise than He taught is not ignorance alone, but also sin; since He Himself has established, and said, "Ye reject the commandments of God, that ye may keep your own traditions."
And again the Lord in the Gospel repeals this same saying, and says, "Ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition."
This also the Lord repeats in the Gospel, and says, "Ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may establish your own tradition."
Also the Lord in the Gospel, similarly rebuking and reproving, utters and says, "Ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition."
When, then, on being cursed, I smite (with my tongue, ) how shall I be found to have followed the doctrine of the Lord, in which it has been delivered that "a man is defiled,
and that the Lord Himself in the Gospel has given a compendious answer to every kind of scrupulousness in regard to food; "that not by such things as are introduced into the mouth is a man defiled, but by such as are produced out of the mouth; "
wherein it was absolutely proved that they are ignorant of what is the true circumcision, and what the true Sabbath; and their ever increasing blindness is confuted in this present epistle, wherein I have briefly discoursed concerning their meats, because that in them they consider that they only are holy, and that all others are defiled.
God is not worshipped by the belly nor by meats, which the Lord says will perish, and are "purged" by natural law in the draught.
and especially when, according to Mark, the Saviour said these things "making all meats clean,"
I mean blasphemies, evil-speaking, and if there be any other thing of the like nature.
Perhaps also on this account, when describing the things in this place, Mark says that "He rose up and went into the borders of Tyre, and having entered into the house wished no man to know it."
When Jesus, then, went out from Gennesaret He withdrew indeed from Israel and came, not to Tyre and Sidon, but into "the parts" of Tyre and Sidon, with the result that those of the Gentiles now believe in part; so that if He had visited the whole of Tyre and Sidon, no unbeliever would have been left in it. Now, according to Mark, "Jesus rose up and went into the borders of Tyre,"
from his children, and hand it to dogs? "
of the demons, I shall know the truth for myself by this, by thee laying on hands upon me, and I shall receive my sight. And the apostle having laid his hands upon his eyes, and saying Ephphatha, Jesus,
A power worthy of admiration,
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