Matthew 23


23:1 Then Jesus spoke to the multitude, and to his disciples,
23:2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses's seat.
23:3 All therefore, whatever they bid you observe, [that]
 observe and do: but do not ye according to their works: for
 they say, and do not.
23:4 For they bind heavy burdens, and grievous to be borne, and
 lay [them] on men's shoulders; but they [themselves] will not
 move them with one of their fingers.
23:5 But all their works they do to be seen by men: they make
 broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their
 garments,
23:6 And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats
 in the synagogues,
23:7 And greetings in the markets, and to be called by men,
 Rabbi, Rabbi.
23:8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, [even]
 Christ; and all ye are brethren.
23:9 And call no [man] your father upon the earth: for one is
 your Father who is in heaven.
23:10 Neither be ye called masters: for one is your master,
 [even] Christ.
23:11 But he that is greatest among you, shall be your servant.
23:12 And whoever shall exalt himself, shall be abased; and he
 that shall humble himself, shall be exalted.
23:13 But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees! hypocrites! for ye
 shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in
 [yourselves], neither suffer ye them that are entering, to go
 in.
23:14 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye
 devour widows' houses, and for a pretense make long prayer:
 therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.
23:15 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye
 compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is
 made, ye make him two-fold more the child of hell than
 yourselves.
23:16 Woe to you, [ye] blind guides, who say, Whoever shall
 swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whoever shall swear by
 the gold of the temple, he is a debtor.
23:17 [Ye] fools, and blind: for which is greater, the gold, or
 the temple that sanctifieth the gold?
23:18 And whoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but
 whoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty.
23:19 [Ye] fools, and blind: for which [is] greater, the gift,
 or the altar that sanctifieth the gift?
23:20 Whoever therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by
 it, and by all things upon it.
23:21 And whoever shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and
 by him that dwelleth in it.
23:22 And he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne
 of God, and by him that sitteth upon it.
23:23 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay
 tithe of mint, and anise, and cummin, and have omitted the
 weightier [matters] of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith:
 these ye ought to have done, and not to leave the others
 undone.
23:24 [Ye] blind guides, who strain out a gnat, and swallow a
 camel.
23:25 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make
 clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within
 they are full of extortion and excess.
23:26 [Thou] blind Pharisee, cleanse first that [which is]
 within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be
 clean also.
23:27 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are
 like whitened sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful
 outward, but are within full of dead [men's] bones, and of all
 uncleanness.
23:28 Thus ye also outwardly appear righteous to men, but within
 ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
23:29 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye
 build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchers of
 the righteous,
23:30 And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we
 would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the
 prophets.
23:31 Wherefore ye are witnesses to yourselves, that ye are the
 children of them who killed the prophets.
23:32 Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.
23:33 [Ye] serpents, [ye] generation of vipers, how can ye
 escape the damnation of hell?
23:34 Wherefore behold, I send to you prophets, and wise men,
 and scribes; and [some] of them ye will kill and crucify, and
 [some] of them ye will scourge in your synagogues, and
 persecute [them] from city to city:
23:35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon
 the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel, to the blood of
 Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and
 the altar.
23:36 Verily I say to you, all these things shall come upon this
 generation.
23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, [thou] that killest the prophets,
 and stonest them who are sent to thee, how often would I have
 gathered thy children, even as a hen gathereth her chickens
 under [her] wings, and ye would not!
23:38 Behold, your house is left to you desolate.
23:39 For I say to you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye
 shall say, Blessed [is] he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
 
 

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