Matthew 23:13-18 NIV

13 "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites!1 You shut the kingdom of heaven in men's faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.a2

References for Matthew 23:13

    • c 23:13 - Some manuscripts "to. 14 Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You devour widows' houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. Therefore you will be punished more severely."
      15 "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert,3 and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell4 as you are.

      References for Matthew 23:15

      16 "Woe to you, blind guides!5 You say, 'If anyone swears by the temple, it means nothing; but if anyone swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.'6

      References for Matthew 23:16

      17 You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred?7

      References for Matthew 23:17

      18 You also say, 'If anyone swears by the altar, it means nothing; but if anyone swears by the gift on it, he is bound by his oath.'