Matthew 23

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

27 Woe to you*, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you* 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. 28 So on the outside you* indeed appear also righteous to men, but inside, you* are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

29 Woe to you*, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you* build the burial chambers of the prophets and adorn the tombs of the righteous, 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. 31 So, then you* are testifying to yourselves, that you* are sons of those who murdered the prophets. 32 And you*, fill up the measure of your, your* fathers. 33 Serpents, offspring of vipers! How may you* flee from the judgment of hell? 34 Because of this, behold, I am sending to you* prophets and wise men and scribes, and out of them you* will be killing and will be crucifying, and some of them you* will be scourging in your, your* synagogues and will be persecuting from city to city, 35 so *that upon you* 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 you* murdered between the temple and the altar. {Zech 1: 7 (?)} 36 Assuredly I am saying to you*, All these things will be coming upon this generation.

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



{It is best to always read Luke 21 first. See also: Lk 19: 41-44 & Lk 23: 28-31. Mt 24: 1-26, 28 & Mk 13: 1-23 & Lk 21: 5-24 Destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. }



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