27"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs,1 which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men's bones and everything unclean.28In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.29"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets2 and decorate the graves of the righteous.30And you say, 'If we had lived in the days of our forefathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.'31So you testify against yourselves that you are the descendants of those who murdered the prophets.332Fill up, then, the measure4 of the sin of your forefathers!533"You snakes! You brood of vipers!6 How will you escape being condemned to hell?734Therefore I am sending you prophets and wise men and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify;8 others you will flog in your synagogues9 and pursue from town to town.1035And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel11 to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah,12 whom you murdered between the temple and the altar.1336I tell you the truth, all this will come upon this generation.1437"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you,15 how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings,16 but you were not willing.