(1) None resist the wisdom of God more than they that should be wisest, and they resist because of their zeal for their own traditions: for men please themselves in superstition more than in any other thing, that is to say, in a worship of God fondly devised by themselves.
(a) Literally, "eat bread": an idiom which the Hebrews use, understanding bread to represent every type of food.
(b) For the Pharisees would not eat their food with unwashed hands, because they thought that their hands were defiled with the common handling of things; (Matthew 15:11-12).
(c) Observing diligently.
(d) That is to say, after coming from civil and worldly affairs they do not eat unless they first wash themselves.
(e) By these words are understood all types of vessels which we use daily.
(f) Why live they not? This is a Hebrew idiom: for among them the "way" is taken for "lifestyle".
(2) Hypocrisy is always joined with superstition.
(3) The more earnest the superstitious are, the more mad they are in promising themselves God's favour because of their deeds.
(4) The deeds of superstitious men not only do not fulfil the law of God (as they blasphemously persuaded themselves) but these deeds utterly take away God's law.
(5) True religion, which is completely contrary to superstition, consists in spiritual worship: and all enemies of true religion, although they seem to have taken deep root, will be plucked up.
(g) Without hope of pardon, he will be put to death.
(h) For that which goes into the draught purges all meats.
(i) All types of craftiness by which men profit themselves at other men's losses.
(k) Corrupted malice.
(6) That which the proud reject when it is offered to them, that same thing the modest and humble sinners as it were voraciously consume.
(l) Into the uttermost coasts of Palestine, which were next to Tyre and Sidon.
(m) By nationality, profane.
(n) A neighbour of or near to Damascus.
(o) "Dog" here signifies a little dog, and he uses this term that he may seem to speak more reproachfully.
(p) As if she said, "It is as thou sayest Lord, for it is enough for the dogs if they can but gather up the crumbs that are under the table; therefore I crave the crumbs and not the children's bread."
(7) As the Father created us to this life in the beginning in his only son, so does he also in him alone renew us into everlasting life.
(q) It was a little country, and it was so called because it consisted of ten cities under the jurisdiction of four surrounding governments; Pliny, book 3, chap. 8.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Mark 7". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/
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