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[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.] Bible

Matthew 23:14 is omitted in the earliest and best Greek manuscripts of the Western, Alexandrian, and Caesarean text families. Furthermore, when it is included in some Greek manuscripts, different manuscripts have it in different places, which is a clear indication it was added as a harmonization taken from Mark 12:40 or Luke 20:47. If a verse is original, and gets deleted from the manuscripts for some reason, it is always deleted from the same place. However, if a verse it added, sometimes different scribes add it in different places, and that is the case here. Thus, the evidence in the Greek manuscripts supports that Matthew 23:14 is not original in Matthew, so we put the verse in double brackets to show it is almost certainly not original.


Commentary for: Matthew 23:14