23"1Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites ! For you tithemint and dill and acummin, and have neglected the weightierprovisions of the law : justice and mercy and faithfulness ; but these are the things you should have donewithoutneglecting the others.24"You 2blindguides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel !25"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites ! For 3you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are fullbof robbery and self-indulgence.26"You blindPharisee, first4clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, so that the outside of it may becomecleanalso.27"5Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites ! For you are likewhitewashedtombswhich on the outsideappearbeautiful, but inside they are full of deadmen'sbones and alluncleanness.28"So you, too, outwardlyappearrighteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.29"6Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites ! For you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous,30and say, 'If we had been living in the days of our fathers, we would not have beenpartners with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.'31"So you testify against yourselves, that you 7are csons of those who murdered the prophets.32"Fill up, then, the measure of the guilt of your fathers.33"You serpents, 8you brood of vipers, howdwill you escape the esentence of f9hell ?34"10Therefore , behold, 11I am sending you prophets and wisemen and scribes ; some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will 12scourge in your synagogues, and 13persecute from city to city,35so that upon you may fall the guilt of all the righteousbloodshed on earth, from the blood of righteous14Abel to the blood of Zechariah, the 15son of Berechiah, whom16you murderedbetween the gtemple and the altar.36"Truly I say to you, allthesethings will come upon 17thisgeneration.
37"18Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who 19kills the prophets and stonesthose who are sent to her! Howoften I wanted to gather your childrentogether, 20the way a hengathers her chicksunder her wings, and you were unwilling .38"Behold, 21your house is being left to you desolate !39"For I say to you, from now on you will not see Me until you say, '22BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD !' "