Modern Literal Version
[Matthew 23]

     {Mar 12:38-40 & Mat 23:1-39 & Luk 20:45-47 Courts of the Temple, Tues.}

     23:1 Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, 23:2 saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit upon the seat of Moses.23:3Therefore, as many things as they may say for youĎ to keep, keepĎ and doĎ, but doĎ not do them according to their works; for* they say and are not doing. 23:4For* they bind burdensome and unbearable loads, and place them upon men's shoulders, but they are not willing to move them even with their finger. 23:5And they are practicing all their works to be seen by men. And they widen their phylacteries and magnify the hems of their garments, 23:6and they love the foremost-place in the suppers and the foremost seats in the synagogues, 23:7and the greetings in the marketplaces and to be called by men, Rabbi, Rabbi. 23:8 But doĎ not be called Rabbi; for*only one is yourĎ leader, the Christ, and youĎ are all brethren. 23:9Now doĎ not call anyone yourĎ father upon the earth; for*only one is yourĎ Father, the one in the heavens; 23:10nor be called leaders; for*onlyone is yourĎ leaderС the Christ. 23:11But the greater of youĎ will be yourĎ servant. 23:12But whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

     {Footnotes: Mat 23:13 & 23:14 are flipped in various Greek texts.}

     23:13Woe to youĎ, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because youĎ are devouring widows' houses, and praying long prayers for a pretext, because of this, youĎ will be receiving even-more condemnation.

     23:14But woe to youĎ, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because youĎ lock the kingdom of the heavens before men; for* youĎ are not entering in yourselves, nor are youĎ allowing those who are entering in, to enter either.

     23:15Woe to youĎ, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because youĎ go all around the sea and thedry land to make* one Jewish-convert, and whenever he has become one, youĎ are making* him double the son of hell as youĎ are yourselves.

     23:16Woe to youĎ, youĎ blind guides, that say, Whoever swears by the temple, it is nothing, but whoever swears by the gold of the temple, he is obligated. 23:17You are foolish and blind; for* which is greater, the gold, or the temple that makes the gold holy?23:18And, Whoever swears by the altar, it is nothing, but whoever swears by the gift which is upon it, he is obligated. 23:19YouĎ are foolish and blind; for* which is greater, the gift, or the altar that makes the gift holy? 23:20Therefore, he who swears by the altar swears by it, and by all things upon it. 23:21And he who swears by the temple, swears by it, and in the one who has dwelt in it. 23:22And he who has sworn by the heaven, swears by the throne of God, and in the one who is sitting upon it.

     23:23Woe to youĎ, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because youĎ tithe mint and dill and cumin, and yet have left behind the weighty things of the law: justice and mercy and faith. YouĎ ought to do these, and not to have left behind those other things. 23:24YouĎ blind guides, who strain out the gnat and swallow the camel!

     23:25Woe to youĎ, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because youĎ cleanse the outside of the cup and the plate, but they are full from swindling and unrighteousness inside. 23:26Blind Pharisee! First cleanse the cup from within and the plate, in order that the outside of them might also become clean.

     23:27Woe to youĎ, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because youĎ are similar to whitewashed burial chambers, which on the outside indeed appear beautiful, but inside are full of dead men's bones, and full of all uncleanness. 23:28So on the outside youĎ indeed appear also righteous to men, but inside, youĎ are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

     23:29Woe to youĎ, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because youĎ build the burial chambers of the prophets and adorn the tombs of the righteous, 23:30 and say, If we were in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partners with them in the blood of the prophets. 23:31So-then youĎ are testifying to yourselves, that youĎ are sons of those who murdered the prophets. 23:32And youĎ, fillĎup the measure of yourĎ fathers. 23:33Serpents, offspring of vipers! How may youĎ flee from the judgment of hell? 23:34Because of this, behold, I am sending to youĎ prophets and wise men and scribes, and out of them youĎ will be killing and will be crucifying, and some of them youĎ will be scourging in yourĎ synagogues and will be persecuting from city to city, 23:35so*that upon youĎ may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of Abel the righteous{Gen 4:8}to the blood of Zechariah son of Barachiah, whom youĎ murdered between the temple and the altar. {Zec 1:7 (?)}23:36 Assuredly I am saying to youĎ, All these things will be coming upon this generation.

     23:37O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who have been sent to her! How-often I willed to have gathered together your children in the manner a bird gathers together her brood under her wings, and youĎ did not will it! 23:38Behold, yourĎ house is left to youĎ desolate; 23:39for* I say to youĎ, YouĎ may never* see me from now on, until youĎ should say, He who is coming in the name of the Lord has been blessed.{Psa 118:26}

Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1987, 1999, 2013 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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