Matthew 23:1-22 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.

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