Matthew 23:1-9 (New International Version)

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Seven Woes

23:1-7pp -- Mk 12:38,39; Lk 20:45,46 23:37-39pp -- Lk 13:34,35

1 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: 2 "The teachers of the law1 and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat. 3 So you must obey them and do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. 4 They tie up heavy loads and put them on men's shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.2#rl 5 "Everything they do is done for men to see:3 They make their phylacteriesa4 wide and the tassels on their garments5 long; 6 they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues;6 7 they love to be greeted in the marketplaces and to have men call them 'Rabbi.'7 8 "But you are not to be called 'Rabbi,' for you have only one Master and you are all brothers. 9 And do not call anyone on earth 'father,' for you have one Father,8 and he is in heaven.
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