Matthew 23:14

Overview - Matthew 23
Christ admonishes the people to follow the good doctrine, not the evil examples, of the Scribes and Pharisees.
His disciples must beware of their ambition.
13 He denounces eight woes against their hypocrisy and blindness,
34 and prophesies of the destruction of Jerusalem.
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Matthew 23:14  (King James Version)
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.

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Josephus says that this sect pretended to a more exact knowledge of the law, on which account the women were subject to them, as pretending to be dear to God.
Exodus 22:22-24 ; Job 22:9 ; 31:16-20 Mark 12:40 ; Luke 20:47 ; 2 Timothy 3:6
Titus 1:10 Titus 1:11 ; 2 Peter 2:14 2 Peter 2:15

That these were long we learn from Bab. Berachoth, where we are told that the very religious prayed nine hours a day.

33-36 ; 11:24 Luke 12:48 ; James 3:1 ; 2 Peter 2:3