Matthew 23-24 New American Standard Bible

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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 !' "

The Destruction of the Temple and Signs before the End

24 1  Jesus came out from the temple and was going away when His disciples came up to point out the temple buildings to Him. 2  And He said to them, "Do you not see all these things ? Truly I say to you, not one stone here will be left upon another , which will not be torn down ." 3  As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives , the disciples came to Him privately e , saying , "Tell us, when will these things happen , and what will be the sign of Your coming , and of the end of the age ?"

4  And Jesus answered and said to them, " See to it that no one misleads you. 5  "For many will come in My name , saying , 'I am the Christ ,' and will mislead many . 6  "You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars . See that you are not frightened , for those things must take place , but that is not yet the end . 7  "For nation will rise against nation , and kingdom against kingdom , and in various places there will be famines and earthquakes . 8  " But all these things are merely the beginning of birth pangs . 9  " Then they will deliver you to tribulation , and will kill you, and you will be hated by all nations because of My name . 10  "At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another . 11  "Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many . 12  "Because lawlessness is increased , most people's love will grow cold . 13  " But the one who endures to the end , he will be saved . 14  "This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations , and then the end will come . 15  "Therefore when you see the ABOMINATION OF DESOLATION which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet , standing in the holy place ( let the reader understand ), 16  then those who are in Judea must flee to the mountains . 17  "Whoever is on the housetop must not go down to get the things out that are in his house . 18  "Whoever is in the field must not turn back e to get his cloak . 19  "But woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days ! 20  "But pray that your flight will not be in the winter , or on a Sabbath . 21  "For then there will be a great tribulation , such as has not occurred since the beginning of the world until now , nor ever e will. 22  "Unless those days had been cut short , no e life would have been saved ; but for the sake of the elect those days will be cut short . 23  " Then if anyone says to you, 'Behold , here is the Christ ,' or 'There He is,' do not believe him. 24  "For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders , so as to mislead , if possible , even the elect . 25  "Behold , I have told you in advance . 26  "So if they say to you, 'Behold , He is in the wilderness ,' do not go out, or, 'Behold , He is in the inner rooms ,' do not believe them. 27  " For just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes even to the west , so will the coming of the Son of Man be. 28  " Wherever e the corpse is, there the vultures will gather .

The Coming of the Son of Man

29  "But immediately after the tribulation of those days THE SUN WILL BE DARKENED , AND THE MOON WILL NOT GIVE ITS LIGHT , AND THE STARS WILL FALL from the sky , and the powers of the heavens will be shaken . 30  "And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky , and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn , and they will see the SON OF MAN COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF THE SKY with power and great glory . 31  "And He will send forth His angels with A GREAT TRUMPET and THEY WILL GATHER TOGETHER His elect from the four winds , from one end of the sky to the other .

32  "Now learn the parable from the fig tree : when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves , you know that summer is near ; 33  so , you too , when you see all these things , recognize that He is near , right at the door . 34  "Truly I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place . 35  " Heaven and earth will pass away , but My words will not pass away .

No Man Knoweth the Day and Hour

36  "But of that day and hour no one knows , not even the angels of heaven , nor the Son , but the Father alone . 37  "For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah . 38  "For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking , marrying and giving in marriage , until the day that Noah entered the ark , 39  and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away ; so will the coming of the Son of Man be. 40  "Then there will be two men in the field ; one will be taken and one will be left . 41  " Two women will be grinding at the mill ; one will be taken and one will be left . 42  "Therefore be on the alert , for you do not know which day your Lord is coming . 43  "But be sure of this , that if the head of the house had known at what time of the night the thief was coming , he would have been on the alert and would not have allowed his house to be broken into. 44  "For this reason you also must be ready ; for the Son of Man is coming at an hour when you do not think He will.

The Unfaithful Servant

45  " Who then is the faithful and sensible slave whom his master put in charge of his household to give them their food at the proper time ? 46  "Blessed is that slave whom his master finds so doing when he comes . 47  "Truly I say to you that he will put him in charge of all his possessions . 48  "But if that evil slave says in his heart , 'My master is not coming for a long time ,' 49  and begins to beat his fellow slaves and eat and drink with drunkards ; 50  the master of that slave will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour which he does not know , 51  and will cut him in pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites ; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth .

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