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Mark 12:38

Warning Against the Teachers of the Law

38 As he taught, Jesus said, “Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and be greeted with respect in the marketplaces,

Read Mark 12:38 Using Other Translations

And he said unto them in his doctrine,Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces,
And in his teaching he said, "Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes and like greetings in the marketplaces
Jesus also taught: “Beware of these teachers of religious law! For they like to parade around in flowing robes and receive respectful greetings as they walk in the marketplaces.

What does Mark 12:38 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Mark 12:38

And he said unto them in his doctrine
As he was preaching, not to the Scribes and Pharisees but to the multitude, and to his disciples particularly; and to them in the audience of the people, as appears from ( Matthew 23:1 ) ( Luke 20:45 ) .

Beware of the Scribes;
for though he had just spoken favourably of one of them, this was but a single man, and a singular instance; the body of that set of men, were very bad in their principles and practices, and therefore to be avoided, and that for the reasons following:

which love to go in long clothing;
the Persic version renders it, "who affect to walk in coats and garments conspicuous, and in long robes"; such as were very particular, and different from others, and out of the common way of apparel; and so were observable and taken notice of by others: very likely it may have reference to the common length of their fringes on the borders of their outward garment, which they enlarged beyond others; (See Gill on Matthew 23:5);

and [love] salutations the market places;
or "streets", as the Syriac and Arabic versions render it, in any public places, where there was a resort of men, and they were taken notice with respect, in a public manner. The Syriac Persic supply the word "love", as we do from ( Matthew 23:6 Matthew 23:7 ) , (See Gill on Matthew 23:6), (See Gill on Matthew 23:7).

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