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Mark 7:1-4

The Source of Your Pollution

1-4The Pharisees, along with some religion scholars who had come from Jerusalem, gathered around him. They noticed that some of his disciples weren't being careful with ritual washings before meals. The Pharisees—Jews in general, in fact—would never eat a meal without going through the motions of a ritual hand-washing, with an especially vigorous scrubbing if they had just come from the market (to say nothing of the scourings they'd give jugs and pots and pans).

5The Pharisees and religion scholars asked, "Why do your disciples flout the rules, showing up at meals without washing their hands?"