Matthew 23:23-39 Bible in Basic English

23  A curse is on you, scribes and Pharisees, false ones! for you make men give a tenth of all sorts of sweet-smelling plants, but you give no thought to the more important things of the law, righteousness, and mercy, and faith; but it is right for you to do these, and not to let the others be undone. 24  You blind guides, who take out a fly from your drink, but make no trouble over a camel. 25  A curse is on you, scribes and Pharisees, false ones! for you make clean the outside of the cup and of the plate, but inside they are full of violent behaviour and uncontrolled desire. 26  You blind Pharisee, first make clean the inside of the cup and of the plate, so that the outside may become equally clean. 27  A curse is on you, scribes and Pharisees, false ones! for you are like the resting-places of the dead, which are made white, and seem beautiful on the outside, but inside are full of dead men's bones and of all unclean things. 28  Even so you seem to men to be full of righteousness, but inside you are all false and full of wrongdoing. 29  A curse is on you, scribes and Pharisees, false ones! because you put up buildings for housing the dead bodies of the prophets, and make fair the last resting-places of good men, and say, 30  If we had been living in the days of our fathers, we would not have taken part with them in the blood of the prophets. 31  So that you are witnesses against yourselves that you are the sons of those who put the prophets to death. 32  Make full, then, the measure of your fathers. 33  You snakes, offspring of snakes, how will you be kept from the punishment of hell?

34  For this reason, I send you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: some of them you will put to death and put on the cross, and to some of them you will give blows in your Synagogues, driving them from town to town; 35  So that on you may come all the blood of the upright on the earth, from the blood of upright Abel to the blood of Zachariah, son of Barachiah, whom you put to death between the Temple and the altar. 36  Truly I say to you, All these things will come on this generation.

Jesus Laments over Jerusalem

37  O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, putting to death the prophets, and stoning those who are sent to her! Again and again would I have taken your children to myself as a bird takes her young ones under her wings, and you would not! 38  See, your house is made waste. 39  For I say to you, You will not see me from this time till you say, A blessing on him who comes in the name of the Lord.


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