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Matthew 23


Pharisaism Exposed

Matthew 23:1
  Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to His disciples,
Matthew 23:2
  saying: "The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses;
Matthew 23:3
  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.
Matthew 23:4
  They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men's shoulders, but they themselves are unwilling to move them with so much as a finger.
Matthew 23:5
  But they do all their deeds to be noticed by men; for they broaden their phylacteries and lengthen the tassels of their garments.
Matthew 23:6
  They love the place of honor at banquets and the chief seats in the synagogues,
Matthew 23:7
  and respectful greetings in the market places, and being called Rabbi by men.
Matthew 23:8
  But do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers.
Matthew 23:9
  Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.
Matthew 23:10
  Do not be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ.
Matthew 23:11
  But the greatest among you shall be your servant.
Matthew 23:12
  Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.

Eight Woes

Matthew 23:13
  "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.
Matthew 23:14
  [Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you devour widows' houses, and for a pretense you make long prayers; therefore you will receive greater condemnation.]
Matthew 23:15
  "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.
Matthew 23:16
  "Woe to you, blind guides, who say, 'Whoever swears by the temple, that is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the temple is obligated.'
Matthew 23:17
  You fools and blind men! Which is more important, the gold or the temple that sanctified the gold?
Matthew 23:18
  And, 'Whoever swears by the altar, that is nothing, but whoever swears by the offering on it, he is obligated.'
Matthew 23:19
  You blind men, which is more important, the offering, or the altar that sanctifies the offering?
Matthew 23:20
  Therefore, whoever swears by the altar, swears both by the altar and by everything on it.
Matthew 23:21
  And whoever swears by the temple, swears both by the temple and by Him who dwells within it.
Matthew 23:22
  And whoever swears by heaven, swears both by the throne of God and by Him who sits upon it.
Matthew 23:23
  "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.
Matthew 23:24
  You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!
Matthew 23:25
  "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.
Matthew 23:26
  You blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, so that the outside of it may become clean also.
Matthew 23:27
  "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.
Matthew 23:28
  So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
Matthew 23:29
  "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous,
Matthew 23:30
  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.'
Matthew 23:31
  So you testify against yourselves, that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets.
Matthew 23:32
  Fill up, then, the measure of the guilt of your fathers.
Matthew 23:33
  You serpents, you brood of vipers, how will you escape the sentence of hell?
Matthew 23:34
  "Therefore, 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,
Matthew 23:35
  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.
Matthew 23:36
  Truly I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation.

Lament over Jerusalem

Matthew 23:37
  "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.
Matthew 23:38
  Behold, your house is being left to you desolate!
Matthew 23:39
  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!'"
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