Matthew 23:1-22 Bible in Basic English

Jesus Denounces the Scribes and Pharisees

23 1  Then Jesus said to the people and to his disciples: 2  The scribes and the Pharisees have the authority of Moses; 3  All things, then, which they give you orders to do, these do and keep: but do not take their works as your example, for they say and do not. 4  They make hard laws and put great weights on men's backs; but they themselves will not put a finger to them. 5  But all their works they do so as to be seen by men: for they make wide their phylacteries, and the edges of their robes, 6  And the things desired by them are the first places at feasts, and the chief seats in the Synagogues, 7  And words of respect in the market-places, and to be named by men, Teacher. 8  But you may not be named Teacher: for one is your teacher, and you are all brothers. 9  And give no man the name of father on earth: because one is your Father, who is in heaven. 10  And you may not be named guides: because one is your Guide, even Christ. 11  But let the greatest among you be your servant. 12  And whoever makes himself high will be made low, and whoever makes himself low will be made high.

13  But a curse is on you, scribes and Pharisees, false ones! because you are shutting the kingdom of heaven against men: for you do not go in yourselves, and those who are going in, you keep back. 14  [] 15  A curse is on you, scribes and Pharisees, false ones! for you go about land and sea to get one disciple and, having him, you make him twice as much a son of hell as yourselves. 16  A curse is on you, blind guides, who say, Whoever takes an oath by the Temple, it is nothing; but whoever takes an oath by the gold of the Temple, he is responsible. 17  You foolish ones and blind: which is greater, the gold, or the Temple which makes the gold holy? 18  And, Whoever takes an oath by the altar, it is nothing; but whoever takes an oath by the offering which is on it, he is responsible. 19  You blind ones: which is greater, the offering, or the altar which makes the offering holy? 20  He, then, who takes an oath by the altar, takes it by the altar and by all things on it. 21  And he who takes an oath by the Temple, takes it by the Temple and by him whose house it is. 22  And he who takes an oath by heaven, takes it by the seat of God, and by him who is seated on it.


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