Matthew 23-24 American Standard Version

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Jesus Denounces the Scribes and Pharisees

23 1  Then spake Jesus to the multitudes and to his disciples, 2  saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses seat: 3  all things therefore whatsoever they bid you, [these] do and observe: but do not ye after their works; for they say, and do not. 4  Yea, they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with their finger. 5  But all their works they do to be seen of men: for they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders [of their garments], 6  and love the chief place at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, 7  and the salutations in the marketplaces, and to be called of men, Rabbi. 8  But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your teacher, and all ye are brethren. 9  And call no man your father on the earth: for one is your Father, [even] he who is in heaven. 10  Neither be ye called masters: for one is your master, [even] the Christ. 11  But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. 12  And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be humbled; and whosoever shall humble himself shall be exalted.

13  But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye shut the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye enter not in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering in to enter. 14  [Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows' houses, even while for a pretence ye make long prayers: therefore ye shall receive greater condemnation.] 15  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte; and when he is become so, ye make him twofold more a son of hell than yourselves. 16  Woe unto you, ye blind guides, that say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor. 17  Ye fools and blind: for which is greater, the gold, or the temple that hath sanctified the gold? 18  And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gift that is upon it, he is a debtor. 19  Ye blind: for which is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift? 20  He therefore that sweareth by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon. 21  And he that sweareth by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein. 22  And he that sweareth by the heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon. 23  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye tithe mint and anise and cummin, and have left undone the weightier matters of the law, justice, and mercy, and faith: but these ye ought to have done, and not to have left the other undone. 24  Ye blind guides, that strain out the gnat, and swallow the camel! 25  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye cleanse the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full from extortion and excess. 26  Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first the inside of the cup and of the platter, that the outside thereof may become clean also. 27  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which outwardly appear beautiful, but inwardly are full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. 28  Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but inwardly ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. 29  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, and garnish the tombs of the righteous, 30  and say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we should not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. 31  Wherefore ye witness to yourselves, that ye are sons of them that slew the prophets. 32  Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. 33  Ye serpents, ye offspring of vipers, how shall ye escape the judgment of hell?

34  Therefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: some of them shall ye kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute from city to city: 35  that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of Abel the righteous unto the blood of Zachariah son of Barachiah, whom ye slew between the sanctuary and the altar. 36  Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.

Jesus Laments over Jerusalem

37  O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that killeth the prophets, and stoneth them that are sent unto her! how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! 38  Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. 39  For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed [is] he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

The Destruction of the Temple and Signs before the End

24 1  And Jesus went out from the temple, and was going on his way; and his disciples came to him to show him the buildings of the temple. 2  But he answered and said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down. 3  And as he sat on the mount of Olives, the disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what [shall be] the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?

4  And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man lead you astray. 5  For many shall come in my name, saying, I am the Christ; and shall lead many astray. 6  And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars; see that ye be not troubled: for [these things] must needs come to pass; but the end is not yet. 7  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; and there shall be famines and earthquakes in divers places. 8  But all these things are the beginning of travail. 9  Then shall they deliver you up unto tribulation, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all the nations for my name's sake. 10  And then shall many stumble, and shall deliver up one another, and shall hate one another. 11  And many false prophets shall arise, and shall lead many astray. 12  And because iniquity shall be multiplied, the love of the many shall wax cold. 13  But he that endureth to the end, the same shall be saved. 14  And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world for a testimony unto all the nations; and then shall the end come. 15  When therefore ye see the abomination of desolation, which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place (let him that readeth understand), 16  then let them that are in Judaea flee unto the mountains: 17  let him that is on the housetop not go down to take out things that are in his house: 18  and let him that is in the field not return back to take his cloak. 19  But woe unto them that are with child and to them that give suck in those days! 20  And pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on a sabbath: 21  for then shall be great tribulation, such as hath not been from the beginning of the world until now, no, nor ever shall be. 22  And except those days had been shortened, no flesh would have been saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened. 23  Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is the Christ, or, Here; believe [it] not. 24  For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; so as to lead astray, if possible, even the elect. 25  Behold, I have told you beforehand. 26  If therefore they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the wilderness; go not forth: Behold, he is in the inner chambers; believe [it] not. 27  For as the lightning cometh forth from the east, and is seen even unto the west; so shall be the coming of the Son of man. 28  Wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

The Coming of the Son of Man

29  But immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun shall be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 30  and then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 31  And he shall send forth his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

32  Now from the fig tree learn her parable: when her branch is now become tender, and putteth forth its leaves, ye know that the summer is nigh; 33  even so ye also, when ye see all these things, know ye that he is nigh, [even] at the doors. 34  Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass away, till all these things be accomplished. 35  Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

No Man Knoweth the Day and Hour

36  But of that day and hour knoweth no one, not even the angels of heaven, neither the Son, but the Father only. 37  And as [were] the days of Noah, so shall be the coming of the Son of man. 38  For as in those days which were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, 39  and they knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall be the coming of the Son of man. 40  Then shall two man be in the field; one is taken, and one is left: 41  two women [shall be] grinding at the mill; one is taken, and one is left. 42  Watch therefore: for ye know not on what day your Lord cometh. 43  But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what watch the thief was coming, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken through. 44  Therefore be ye also ready; for in an hour that ye think not the Son of man cometh.

The Unfaithful Servant

45  Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath set over his household, to give them their food in due season? 46  Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. 47  Verily I say unto you, that he will set him over all that he hath. 48  But if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord tarrieth; 49  and shall begin to beat his fellow-servants, and shall eat and drink with the drunken; 50  the lord of that servant shall come in a day when he expecteth not, and in an hour when he knoweth not, 51  and shall cut him asunder, and appoint his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be the weeping and the gnashing of teeth.

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