Matthew 23 New American Standard Bible

Jesus Denounces the Scribes and Pharisees

23 1  Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to His disciples , 2  saying : " The 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  " They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men's shoulders , but they themselves are unwilling e to move them with so much as a finger .#rl 5  "But they do all their deeds to be noticed by men ; for they broaden their phylacteries and lengthen the tassels of their garments. 6  "They love the place of honor at banquets and the chief seats in the synagogues , 7  and respectful greetings in the market places , and being called Rabbi by men . 8  "But do not be called Rabbi ; for One is your Teacher , and you are all brothers . 9  "Do not call anyone on earth your father ; for One is your Father , He who is in heaven . 10  "Do not be called leaders ; for One is your Leader , that is, Christ . 11  " But the greatest among you shall be your servant . 12  " Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled ; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted .

13  " But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees , hypocrites , because 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. 14  ["Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees , hypocrites , because you devour widows' houses , and for a pretense you make long prayers ; therefore e you will receive greater condemnation . 15  "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees , hypocrites , because you travel around on sea and land to make one proselyte ; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves . 16  "Woe to you, blind guides , who say , ' Whoever e swears by the temple , that is nothing ; but whoever e swears by the gold of the temple is obligated .' 17  "You fools and blind men ! Which is more important , the gold or the temple that sanctified the gold ? 18  "And, 'Whoever e swears by the altar , that is nothing , but whoever e swears by the offering on it, he is obligated .' 19  "You blind men , which 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 dwells within it.#rl 22  "And whoever swears by heaven , swears both by the throne of God and by Him who sits upon it. 23  " Woe 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 blind guides , who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel ! 25  "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees , hypocrites ! For you 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 clean the inside of the cup and of the dish , so that the outside of it may become clean also . 27  " Woe 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  " Woe 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 are sons of those who murdered the prophets . 32  "Fill up, then , the measure of the guilt of your fathers . 33  "You serpents , you brood of vipers , how will you escape the sentence of hell ?

34  " Therefore e , behold , I am sending you prophets and wise men and scribes ; some of them you will kill and crucify , and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues , and persecute 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 Abel to the blood of Zechariah , the son of Berechiah , whom you murdered between the temple and the altar . 36  "Truly I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation .#rl

Jesus Laments over Jerusalem

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


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