Matthew 23:13-26 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

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    • 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.

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      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

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

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      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.'
      19 You blind men! Which is greater: the gift, or the altar that makes the gift sacred?8

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      20 Therefore, he who swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it.
      21 And he who swears by the temple swears by it and by the one who dwells9 in it.

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      22 And he who swears by heaven swears by God's throne and by the one who sits on it.10

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      23 "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth11 of your spices--mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law--justice, mercy and faithfulness.12 You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.

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      24 You blind guides!13 You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.

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          25 "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish,14 but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.15

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          26 Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.
          27 "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs,16 which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men's bones and everything unclean.

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