Matthew 23:1-12 NIV

A Warning Against Hypocrisy

1 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples:

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      2 “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat.

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      3 So you must be careful to 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, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.

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      5 “Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteriesawide and the tassels on their garments long;

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          6 they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues;

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          7 they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by others.

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          8 “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and you are all brothers.
          9 And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.

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          10 Nor are you to be called instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah.
          11 The greatest among you will be your servant.

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          12 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

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