The Righteous Branch1 a “Woe to the shepherds who destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!” declares the Lord.
Ezekiel 13:1818and say, Thus says the Lord God: Woe to the women b who sew magic bands upon all wrists, and c make veils for the heads of persons of every stature, in d the hunt for souls! Will you hunt down souls belonging to my people and keep your own souls alive?
Ezekiel 34:22 e “Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel; prophesy, and say to them, even to the shepherds, Thus says the Lord God: f Ah, shepherds of Israel g who have been feeding yourselves! h Should not shepherds feed the sheep?
Matthew 23:13-2913“But woe i to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you j shut the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. For you k neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in. ▼
▼Some manuscripts add here (or after verse 12) verse 14: Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows’ houses and for a pretense you make long prayers; therefore you will receive the greater condemnation15Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel across sea and land to make a single m proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a n child of o hell ▼
▼Greek Gehenna; also verse 33as yourselves. 16“Woe to q you r blind guides, who say s ‘If anyone swears by the temple, it is nothing, but if anyone swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.’ 17You blind fools! For which is greater, the gold or t the temple that has made the gold sacred? 18And you say, ‘If anyone swears by the altar, it is nothing, but if anyone swears by u the gift that is on the altar, he is bound by his oath.’ 19You blind men! For which is greater, the gift or v the altar that makes the gift sacred? 20So whoever swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it. 21And whoever swears by the temple swears by it and by w him who dwells in it. 22And whoever swears by x heaven swears by y the throne of God and by z him who sits upon it. 23 aa “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ab you tithe mint and dill and ac cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: ad justice and mercy and faithfulness. ae These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. 24You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing af a camel! 25 ag “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ah you clean the outside of ai the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of aj greed and self-indulgence. 26You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of ak the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean. 27 al “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like am whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and an all uncleanness. 28So you also ao outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of ap hypocrisy and lawlessness. 29 aq “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the monuments of the righteous,
Luke 11:42-4742 ar “But woe to you Pharisees! For as you tithe mint and rue and every herb, and neglect at justice and au the love of God. av These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. 43Woe to you Pharisees! For aw you love the best seat in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces. 44Woe to you! ax For you are like unmarked graves, and people walk over them without knowing it.” 45One of ay the lawyers answered him, “Teacher, in saying these things you insult us also.” 46And he said, “Woe to you az lawyers also! For ba you load people with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers. 47 bb Woe to you! For you build the tombs of the prophets whom your fathers killed.
Luke 11:5252Woe to you bc lawyers! bd For you have taken away the key of be knowledge. You bf did not enter yourselves, and you hindered those who were entering.”
1 Corinthians 9:1616For if I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For bg necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!
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