As the crowds increased, Jesus said, "This is a wicked generation. It asks for a miraculous sign,1 but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.230For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation.31The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them; for she came from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon's wisdom,3 and now onea greater than Solomon is here.32The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah,4 and now one greater than Jonah is here.
33"No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead he puts it on its stand, so that those who come in may see the light.534Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are bad, your body also is full of darkness.35See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness.36Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be completely lighted, as when the light of a lamp shines on you."
When Jesus had finished speaking, a Pharisee invited him to eat with him; so he went in and reclined at the table.638
But the Pharisee, noticing that Jesus did not first wash before the meal,7 was surprised.
Then the Lord8 said to him, "Now then, you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness.940You foolish people!10 Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also?41But give what is inside [the dish]b to the poor,11 and everything will be clean for you.1242"Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth13 of your mint, rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God.14 You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone.1543"Woe to you Pharisees, because you love the most important seats in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces.1644"Woe to you, because you are like unmarked graves,17 which men walk over without knowing it."45
One of the experts in the law18 answered him, "Teacher, when you say these things, you insult us also."
Jesus replied, "And you experts in the law, woe to you, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not lift one finger to help them.1947"Woe to you, because you build tombs for the prophets, and it was your forefathers who killed them.48So you testify that you approve of what your forefathers did; they killed the prophets, and you build their tombs.2049Because of this, God in his wisdom21 said, 'I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and others they will persecute.'2250Therefore this generation will be held responsible for the blood of all the prophets that has been shed since the beginning of the world,51from the blood of Abel23 to the blood of Zechariah,24 who was killed between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, this generation will be held responsible for it all.2552"Woe to you experts in the law, because you have taken away the key to knowledge. You yourselves have not entered, and you have hindered those who were entering."2653
When Jesus left there, the Pharisees and the teachers of the law began to oppose him fiercely and to besiege him with questions,
waiting to catch him in something he might say.27