Chapter 23Matthew

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1 Then spake :Jesus to the crowds and to his :disciples, 2 saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit on the seat of Moses: 3 all things therefore whatever they tell you, do and keep: but do not after their :works; for they say, and do not. 4 Yea, they bind heavy burdens and lay them on the :shoulders of men; but themselves will not to move them with their :finger. 5 But all their :works they do to be seen of :men: for they broaden their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, 6 and love the chief place at the feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, 7 and the salutations in the markets, and to be called of :men, Rabbei. 8 But be not ye called Rabbei: for one is your :teacher, and all ye are brethren. 9 And call no one your father on the earth: for one is your :Father, the heavenly one. 10 Neither be called masters: for one is your master, the Christ. 11 But the greater among you shall be your minister. 12 And whoever shall exalt himself shall be humbled; and whoever shall humble himself shall be exalted. 13 But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye shut the kingdom of the heavens before :men: for YE enter not in, neither suffer ye those entering in to go in. 15 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass :sea and :land to make one proselyte; and when he is become one, ye make him twofold more a son of geenna than you. 16 Woe to you, blind guides, that say, Whoso shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whoso shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is debtor. 17 Fools and blind: for which is greater, the gold, or the temple that hath sanctified the gold? 18 And, Whoso shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whoso shall swear by the gift :upon it, he is debtor. 19 Blind! for which is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift? 20 Who therefore sweareth by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all the things thereon. 21 And who sweareth by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein. 22 And who sweareth by the heaven, sweareth by the throne of :God, and by the one sitting thereon. 23 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye tithe :mint and :anise and :cummin, and have left the weightier matters of the law: :judgment and :mercy, and :faith; but these ye ought to have done, and not to have left those. 24 Blind guides, straining out the gnat, and swallowing the camel! 25 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye cleanse the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full from extortion and excess. 26 Blind Pharisee, cleanse first the inside of the cup and of the platter, that its :outside become clean also. 27 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like whited sepulchers, which outwardly appear beautiful, but inwardly are full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. 28 Thus ye also outwardly appear righteous unto :men, but inwardly are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness. 29 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the sepulchers of the prophets, and garnish the tombs of the righteous, 30 and say, If we had been in the days of our :fathers, we should not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. 31 So that ye witness to yourselves, that ye are sons of them that slew the prophets. 32 Fill YE also up then the measure of your :fathers. 33 Serpents, offspring of vipers, how shall ye escape the judgment of :geenna? 34 Therefore, lo, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: some of them shall ye kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your :synagogues, and persecute from city to city: 35 that upon you might come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of Abel the righteous unto the blood of Zachariah son of Barachiah, whom ye slew between the sanctuary and the altar. 36 Amen I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this :race. 37 Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that killeth the prophets, and stoneth those sent unto her! how often would I have gathered thy :children together, even as a hen gathereth her :chicks under the wings, and ye would not! 38 Lo, your :house is left unto you. 39 For I say unto you, Ye shall in nowise see me henceforth, till ye shall say,
Blessed who cometh in the Lord’s name.

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