Seven Woes on the Teachers of the Law and the Pharisees

13 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.a

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    • ¾ 23:13 - Some manuscripts include here words similar to Mark 12:40 and Luke 20:47.
      15 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when you have succeeded, you make them twice as much a child of hell as you are.

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      16 “Woe to you, blind guides! You say, ‘If anyone swears by the temple, it means nothing; but anyone who swears by the gold of the temple is bound by that oath.’

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      17 You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred?

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      18 You also say, ‘If anyone swears by the altar, it means nothing; but anyone who swears by the gift on the altar is bound by that oath.’
      19 You blind men! Which is greater: the gift, or the altar that makes the gift sacred?

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      20 Therefore, anyone who swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it.
      21 And anyone who swears by the temple swears by it and by the one who dwells in it.

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      22 And anyone who swears by heaven swears by God’s throne and by the one who sits on it.

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      23 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.

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