Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying,
Christ, no doubt, would exceed all scribes and Pharisees in the love of real cleanliness, inner and outer. But He felt constrained to lay His ban upon the imaginary virtue that was supposed to be inherent in the act of removing imaginary uncleanness. It was supposed that there was a demon called Shibta, which sits upon men's hands during night; and if any person touches his food with unwashed hands, then that demon sits upon his food, and makes it dangerous?
(J. Morison, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying,