Matthew 23

CHAPTER 23

Hypocrisy of the Scribes and Pharisees

Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to his disciples, saying, Upon the chair of Moses sat the scribes and the Pharisees. All then, as much as they should say to you to give heed, you give heed and do! But according to their works do not do! for they speak and do not do. For they bind [2load 1a heavy] and ones hard to bear, and place them upon the shoulders of men; but with their finger they do not want to move them. And all their works they do to be a spectacle to the men. And they widen their phylacteries, and magnify the decorative hems of their cloaks; and are fond of first place in the suppers, and the first seats in the synagogues, and the greetings in the markets, and to be called by the men, Rabbi, Rabbi. But you should not be called, Rabbi; for one is your mentor, the Christ, and all you are brethren. And [6father 1call not 2any of yours 3upon 4the 5earth]; [3one 1for 2there is] -- your father, the one in the heavens. 10 Nor be called mentors; for one is your mentor -- the Christ. 11 And the greater of you will be your servant. 12 And whoever shall exalt himself, shall be humbled; and whoever shall humble himself, shall be exalted.

Woe to the Scribes and Pharisees

13 Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, for you devour the houses of the widows, and as an excuse [2long 1praying]; on account of this you shall receive more extra judgment. 14 Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, for you lock the kingdom of the heavens before men; for you do not enter in, nor the ones entering do you allow to enter. 15 Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, for you lead about the sea and the dry land, to make one convert, and whenever he becomes so, you make him a son of Gehenna -- more double than yourselves. 16 Woe to you [2guides 1blind], the ones saying, Who ever should swear by an oath on the temple, it is nothing; but who ever should swear by an oath on the gold of the temple, he owes. 17 Morons and blind; for what is greater, the gold, or the temple sanctifying the gold? 18 And saying, Who ever should swear by an oath on the altar, it is nothing; but who ever should swear by an oath by the gift offering upon it, he owes. 19 Morons and blind; for which is greater, the gift offering, or the altar sanctifying the gift offering? 20 The one then swearing an oath by the altar, swears an oath by it, and by all the things upon it. 21 And the one swearing an oath by the temple, swears an oath by it, and by the one dwelling in it. 22 And the one swearing an oath by the heaven, swears an oath by the throne of God, and by the one sitting down upon it. 23 Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; for you tithe the mint, and the dill, and the cummin, and leave the heavier matters of the law -- the judgment, and the mercy, and the belief -- these necessary to do, and these are not allowed. 24 [2guides 1Blind], the ones straining the gnat, but [2a camel 1swallowing down]. 25 Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; for you cleanse the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside is full of seizure and intemperance. 26 Blind Pharisee, cleanse first the thing within the cup and the dish, that [2should also become 1their outside] clean. 27 Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; for you are like tombs being whitewashed, ones which outside indeed appear beautiful, but inside are full of bones of the dead and of all uncleanness. 28 So also you from outside indeed appear to men as righteous, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and of lawlessness. 29 Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; for you build the tombs of the prophets, and adorn the memorials of the righteous ones, 30 and you say, If we were in the days of our fathers, [2would not be 1we] their partners in the blood of the prophets. 31 So that you witness against yourselves, that you are sons of the ones murdering the prophets. 32 And you, you fill up the measure of your fathers. 33 Serpents, offspring of vipers, how should you flee from the judgment of Gehenna? 34 On account of this, behold, I send to you prophets and wise men and scribes; and of them you shall kill and crucify, and of them you will whip in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city; 35 so that should come upon you all [2blood 1righteous] having been poured out upon the earth, from the blood of Abel the righteous, unto the blood of Zachariah son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. 36 Amen I say to you that [3shall come 1all 2these things] upon this generation.

Jesus Laments Over Jerusalem

37 Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one killing the prophets, and stoning the ones sent to her. How often I wanted to assemble your children in which manner [2assembles 1a hen] her nestlings under the wings, and you wanted not. 38 Behold, [2is left 3to you 1your house] desolate. 39 For I say to you, In no way should you behold me from now, until whenever you should say, Being blessed is the one coming in the name of the Lord.
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