Matthew 23:1-6

A Warning Against Hypocrisy

1 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples:
2 “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat.
3 So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.
4 They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.
5 “Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries[a] wide and the tassels on their garments long;
6 they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues;

Cross References 6

  • 1. Ezra 7:6,25; Nehemiah 8:4
  • 2. Luke 11:46; Acts 15:10; Galatians 6:13
  • 3. Mt 6:1,2,5,16
  • 4. Exodus 13:9; Deuteronomy 6:8
  • 5. Numbers 15:38; Deuteronomy 22:12
  • 6. Luke 11:43; Luke 14:7; Luke 20:46

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. That is, boxes containing Scripture verses, worn on forehead and arm
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