For the Pharisees, and all the Jews, except they wash their hands often, eat not, holding the tradition of the elders.
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Cornelius a Lapide
Often washing: Syr. betilarth, i.e, diligently or carefully; Gr. Ï€Ï…Î³Î¼Î·Ìƒ, zealously; Heb. caph el cabh, i.e, hand to hand, namely, by constant rubbing, as they do who wish to cleanse defiled hands.