Bible verses about "cleanliness" | Twentieth_Century

Mark 7:2-23

2 They had noticed that some of his disciples ate their food with their hands 'defiled,' by which they meant unwashed. 3 (For the Pharisees, and indeed all strict Jews, will not eat without first scrupulously washing their hands, holding in this to the traditions of their ancestors. 4 When they come from market, they will not eat without first sprinkling themselves; and there are many other customs which they have inherited and hold to, such as the ceremonial washing of cups, and jugs, and copper pans). 5 So the Pharisees and the Teachers of the Law asked Jesus this question--"How is it that your disciples do not follow the traditions of our ancestors, but eat their food with defiled hands?" 6 His answer was: "It was well said by Isaiah when he prophesied about you hypocrites in the words--'This is a people that honor me with their lips, While their hearts are far removed from me; 7 But vainly do they worship me, For they teach but the precepts of men.' 8 You neglect God's commandments and hold to the traditions of men. 9 Wisely do you set aside God's commandments," he exclaimed, "to keep your own traditions! 10 For while Moses said 'Honor thy father and thy mother,' and 'Let him who reviles his father or mother suffer death,' 11 You say 'If a man says to his father or mother "Whatever of mine might have been of service to you is Korban"' (which means 'Given to God')-- 12 Why, then you do not allow him to do anything further for his father or mother! 13 In this way you nullify the words of God by your traditions, which you hand down; and you do many similar things." 14 Then Jesus called the people to him again, and said: "Listen to me, all of you, and mark my words. 15 There is nothing external to a man, which by going into him can 'defile' him; but the things that come out from a man are the things that defile him." 16 OMITTED TEXT 17 When Jesus went indoors, away from the crowd, his disciples began questioning him about this saying. 18 "What, do even you understand so little?" exclaimed Jesus. "Do not you see that there is nothing external to a man, which by going into a man, can 'defile' him, 19 Because it does not pass into his heart, but into his stomach, and is afterwards got rid of?--in saying this Jesus pronounced all food 'clean.' 20 "It is what comes out from a man," he added, "that defiles him, 21 For it is from within, out of the hearts of men, that there come evil thoughts--unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, 22 Greed, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, haughtiness, folly; 23 All these wicked things come from within, and do defile a man." 24 Do not judge by appearances; judge justly."

James 4:17

17 He, then, who knows what is right but fails to do it--that is sin in him.

Philippians 4:8

8 In conclusion, Brothers, wherever you find anything true or honorable, righteous or pure, lovable or praiseworthy, or if 'virtue' and 'honour' have any meaning, there let your thoughts dwell.

Matthew 23:26

26 You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the dish, so that the outside may become clean as well.

Matthew 5:8

8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

2 Corinthians 7:1

1 With these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that pollutes either body or spirit, and, in deepest reverence for God, aim at perfect holiness.

1 John 1:7

7 But, if our lives are lived in the Light, as God himself is in the Light, we have communion with one another, and the Blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

1 John 1:9

9 If we confess our sins, God may be trusted, in his righteousness, to forgive us our sins and purify us from all wickedness.

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