h[See ver. 1 above]
n[See ver. 6 above]
bb[See ver. 25 above]

Matthew 23

Seven Woes to the Scribes and Pharisees

1Then Jesus a  said to the crowds and to his disciples, 2 b  “The scribes and the Pharisees c  sit on Mosesseat, 3so do and observe whatever they tell you d  but not the works they do. e  For they preach, but do not practice. 4 f  They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear
Some manuscripts omit  hard to bear
and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger.
5 h  They do all their deeds i  to be seen by others. For they make j  their phylacteries broad and k  their fringes long, 6and they l  love the place of honor at feasts and m  the best seats in the synagogues 7and n  greetings in o  the marketplaces and being called p  rabbi
 Rabbi means my teacher, or my master; also verse 8
by others.
8 r  But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are s  all brothers.
Or  brothers and sisters
9 u  And call no man your father on earth, for v  you have one Father, who is in heaven. 10Neither be called instructors, for you have one instructor w  the Christ. 11 x  The greatest among you shall be your servant. 12 y  Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

13But woe z  to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you aa  shut the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. For you ab  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 condemnation
15Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel across sea and land to make a single ad  proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a ae  child of af  hell
Greek Gehenna; also verse 33
as yourselves.

16Woe to ah  you ai  blind guides, who say aj  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 ak  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 al  the gift that is on the altar, he is bound by his oath.’ 19You blind men! For which is greater, the gift or am  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 an  him who dwells in it. 22And whoever swears by ao  heaven swears by ap  the throne of God and by aq  him who sits upon it.

23 ar  Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For as  you tithe mint and dill and at  cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: au  justice and mercy and faithfulness. av  These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. 24You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing aw  a camel!

25 ax  Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ay  you clean the outside of az  the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of ba  greed and self-indulgence. 26You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of bb  the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean.

27 bc  Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like bd  whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and be  all uncleanness. 28So you also bf  outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of bg  hypocrisy and lawlessness.

29 bh  Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the monuments of the righteous, 30saying, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ 31Thus you witness against yourselves that you are bi  sons of those who murdered the prophets. 32 bj  Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers. 33You serpents, bk  you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to bl  hell? 34 bm  Therefore bn  I send you bo  prophets and wise men and bp  scribes bq  some of whom you will kill and crucify, and br  some you will bs  flog in your synagogues and bt  persecute from town to town, 35so that on you may come all bu  the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous bv  Abel to the blood of bw  Zechariah the son of Barachiah,
Some manuscripts omit  the son of Barachiah
whom you murdered between by  the sanctuary and bz  the altar.
36Truly, I say to you ca  all these things will come upon this generation.

Lament over Jerusalem

37 cb  “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that cc  kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have cd  gathered ce  your children together cf  as a hen gathers her brood cg  under her wings, and ch  you were not willing! 38See ci  your house is left to you desolate. 39For I tell you, you will not see me again, until you say cj  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’”

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