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
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,
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,
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
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
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
23:24 [Ye] blind guides, who strain out a gnat, and swallow a
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
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
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
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
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
23:36 Verily I say to you, all these things shall come upon this
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.