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Matthew Chapter 23  

Pharisees' Character Revealed1Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to his disciples, 2saying, “The experts in the law and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, 3therefore, everything, whatever they tell you, do and observe. But do not do according to their works, for they say things, and do not do them. 4For they tie up loads that are heavy and hard to bear, and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they are unwilling to help move them with their finger. 5And they do all their works in order to be seen by people, for they widen their phylacteries, and lengthen the tassels of their garments, 6and they like the place of honor at the feasts, and the places of honor in the synagogues, 7and the greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by people. 8But you, you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for one is your teacher, and all of you are brothers. 9And do not call anyone on earth your ‘father’, for one is your Father, the heavenly Father. 10Neither be called ‘guides,’ for you have one guide—the Christ. 11But the greatest among you will be your servant. 12And whoever will exalt himself will be humbled, and whoever will humble himself will be exalted. Woes to the Pharisees13“But woe to you, experts in the law and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut the Kingdom of Heaven right in front of people, for you do not enter, neither do you allow the ones entering to enter. 14[Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayers. For that reason you will receive the greater damnation.] 15“Woe to you, experts in the law and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel over the sea and the land to make one proselyte, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of Gehenna as yourselves. 16“Woe to you, you blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever swears by the sanctuary, it is nothing, but whoever swears by the gold of the sanctuary, he is obligated by his oath.’ 17You no-goods and blind men! For which is greater, the gold, or the sanctuary that has made the gold holy? 18You also say, ‘Whoever swears by the altar, it is nothing, but whoever swears by the gift that is on it, he is obligated by his oath.’ 19Blind men! For which is greater, the gift, or the altar that makes the gift holy? 20Therefore the one who swears by the altar, swears by it, and by everything on it. 21And the one who swears by the sanctuary, swears by it, and by the one who dwells in it. 22And the one who swears by heaven, swears by the throne of God, and by the one sitting on it. 23“Woe to you, experts in the law and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law, which are justice, and mercy, and trust. But it is necessary to do those things, and not neglect the other. 24You blind guides, who are straining out the gnat but swallowing the camel! 25“Woe to you, experts in the law and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside they are full of robbery and self indulgence. 26You blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup, so that the outside of it will be clean also. 27“Woe to you, experts in the law and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs that outwardly do indeed appear beautiful, but inwardly are full of dead people’s bones and of every kind of impurity. 28In the same way, outwardly, you also appear righteous to people, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. 29“Woe to you, experts in the law and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets, and decorate the monuments of the righteous, 30and you say, ‘If we had been in the days of our fathers we would not have been partners with them in the blood of the prophets.’ 31Consequently, you testify against yourselves, that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. 32And you—go fill up the measure of your fathers’ sins! 33Snakes! You offspring of vipers! How can you escape the judgment of Gehenna? 34Therefore, Look!, I am sending to you prophets, and wise people, and experts in the law. Some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will whip in your synagogues, and persecute from city to city, 35so that on you will come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of Abel the righteous to the blood of Zechariah son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar. 36Truly I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation. Lament Over Jerusalem37“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, she who keeps on killing the prophets and stoning the ones who have been sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together in the same way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. 38Look!, your house is left to you desolate. 39For I say to you, you will absolutely not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’”a

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From Ps. 118:26.