Matthew 23

Pharisaism Exposed

1 1Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to His disciples,
2 saying: "2The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses;
3 therefore all that they tell you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds; for they say things and do not do them.
4 "3They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men's shoulders, but they themselves are unwilling * to move them with so much as a finger.#rl
5 "But they do all their deeds 4to be noticed by men; for they 5broaden their phylacteries and lengthen 6the tassels of their garments.
6 "They 7love the place of honor at banquets and the chief seats in the synagogues,
7 and respectful greetings in the market places, and being called 8Rabbi by men.
8 "But 9do not be called 10Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers.
9 "Do not call anyone on earth your father; for 11One is your Father, He who is in heaven.
10 "Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ.
11 "12But the greatest among you shall be your servant.

Eight Woes

13 "14But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, 15because you shut off the kingdom of heaven from people; for you do not enter in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.
15 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you travel around on sea and land to make one 17proselyte; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of 18hell as yourselves.
16 "Woe to you, 19blind guides, who say, '20Whoever * swears by the temple, that is nothing; but whoever * swears by the gold of the temple is obligated.'
17 "You fools and blind men! 21Which is more important, the gold or the temple that sanctified the gold?
18 "And, 'Whoever * swears by the altar, that is nothing, but whoever * swears by the offering on it, he is obligated.'
19 "You blind men, 22which is more important, the offering, or the altar that sanctifies the offering?#rl
20 "Therefore, whoever swears by the altar, swears both by the altar and by everything on it.
21 "And whoever swears by the temple, swears both by the temple and by Him who 23dwells within it.#rl
22 "And whoever swears by heaven, 24swears both by the throne of God and by Him who sits upon it.
23 "25Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.
24 "You 26blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!
25 "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For 27you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self-indulgence.
26 "You blind Pharisee, first 28clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, so that the outside of it may become clean also.
27 "29Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness.
28 "So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
29 "30Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous,
30 and say, 'If we had been living in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partners with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.'
31 "So you testify against yourselves, that you 31are sons of those who murdered the prophets.
32 "Fill up, then, the measure of the guilt of your fathers.
33 "You serpents, 32you brood of vipers, how will you escape the sentence of 33hell?
34 "34Therefore *, behold, 35I am sending you prophets and wise men and scribes; some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will 36scourge in your synagogues, and 37persecute from city to city,
35 so that upon you may fall the guilt of all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous 38Abel to the blood of Zechariah, the 39son of Berechiah, whom 40you murdered between the temple and the altar.
36 "Truly I say to you, all these things will come upon 41this generation.#rl

Lament over Jerusalem

37 "42Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who 43kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, 44the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling *.
38 "Behold, 45your house is being left to you desolate!
39 "For I say to you, from now on you will not see Me until you say, '46BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD!' "
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