46“Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets.
“Beware of these teachers of religious law! For they like to parade around in flowing robes and love to receive respectful greetings as they walk in the marketplaces. And how they love the seats of honor in the synagogues and the head table at banquets.
Beware of the Scribes
And also of the Pharisees; for they are joined together in
Matthew: which desire to walk in long robes:
the rule for the length of a scholar's garment was this
``his flesh must not appear under his garments, as the light
linen garments, and the like, they make in Egypt; nor must his
garments be drawn upon the ground, as the garments of proud men,
but must reach to his heel, and his glove must reach the top of
According to this rule, the garments of the doctors were to be so
long as to cover the whole body, even down to their heels, but were
not to be any longer; and by this it appears their garments were
very long; but they did not always go by this rule; some had their
garments so long as to have a train after them; (See Gill on
23:5) and love greetings in the markets;
or in courts of judicature; they loved to be saluted with the
titles of Rabbi, Master, and the like: and the highest seats
in the synagogues;
which were next to the place where the book of the law was read and
expounded, and where they might be seen by the people: and
the chief rooms at feasts;
the uppermost; (See Gill on Matthew
23:6) and (See Gill on Matthew
F1 Maimon Hilch. Dayot, c. 5. sect. 9. Vid.
T. Bab. Bava Bathra, fol. 57. 2. & Gloss. in ib.