Christ admonisheth the people to follow the good doctrine, not the evil examples of the scribes and Pharisees.
Matthew 23:1 Then spake Iesus vnto ye people and to his disciples, Matthew 23:2 and sayde: The scrybes & Pharises are set downe vpon Moses seate. Matthew 23:3 Therfore whatsoeuer they bid you obserue, that obserue and do, but after their workes shal ye not do, Matthew 23:4 for they saye & do not. For they bynde heuy and intollerable burthens, and laye them vpon mens shulders: But they them selues wil not heaue at them with one of their fyngers.
His disciples must beware of their ambition.
Matthew 23:5 All their workes do they to be sene of men. They set abrode their Philateries, and make large borders vpon their garmentes, Matthew 23:6 and loue to syt vppermost at the table, and to haue the chefe seates in the synagoges, Matthew 23:7 and loue to be saluted in the market, and to be called of me Rabbi. Matthew 23:8 But ye shal not suffre youre selues to be called Rabbi, for one is youre master, euen Christ, and all ye are brethren. Matthew 23:9 And call no man father vpon earth, for one is youre father, which is in heaue. Matthew 23:10 And ye shal not suffre youre selues to be called masters, for one is youre master, namely, Christ. Matthew 23:11 He that is greatest amoge you, shalbe youre seruaunt. Matthew 23:12 For who so exalteth himself, shal be brought lowe: and he that humbleth himself, shalbe exalted.
He denounceth eight woes against their hypocrisy and blindness:
Matthew 23:13 Wo vnto you Scrybes and Pharises, ye ypocrytes, that shut vp the kyngdome of heauen before men: Ye come not in youre selues, nether suffre ye them to enter, that wolde be in. Matthew 23:14 Wo vnto you Scrybes and Pharises, ye ypocrytes, that deuoure wyddowes houses, and that vnder the culoure of prayenge longe prayers, therfore shal ye receaue ye greater damnacion. Matthew 23:15 Wo vnto you Scrybes and Pharises, ye ypocrytes, which compasse see and lode to make one Proselyte: and whan he is become one, ye make of him a childe of hell, two folde more then ye youre selues are. Matthew 23:16 Wo vnto you blyndegydes, which saye: Who so euer sweareth by the temple, that is nothinge: but who so euer sweareth by the golde of the temple, he is giltie. Matthew 23:17 Ye fooles and blynde, whether is greater? the golde, or the teple that sanctifieth the golde? Matthew 23:18 And who so euer sweareth by the altare, that is nothinge: but who so euer sweareth by the offeringe that is vpo it, he is giltye. Matthew 23:19 Ye fooles and blynde, whether is greater? the offeringe, or the altare that sanctifieth the offerynge? Matthew 23:20 Therfore who so sweareth by the altare, sweareth by the same, and by all that is theron: Matthew 23:21 and who so sweareth by the temple, sweareth by the same, and by him that dwelleth therin. Matthew 23:22 And who so sweareth by heauen, sweareth by the seate of God, and by him that sytteth theron. Matthew 23:23 Wo vnto you scrybes and Pharises, ye ypocrytes, which tythe Mynt, Anyse and Commyn, and leaue the waightier matters of the lawe behynde: namely, iudgment, mercy, and fayth. These ought to haue bene done, and not to leaue the other behynde. Matthew 23:24 O ye blynde gydes, which strayne out a gnat, but swalowe vp a Camell. Matthew 23:25 Wo vnto you scrybes and Pharises, ye Ypocrytes, which make cleane the vttersyde of the cuppe and platter, but within are ye full of robbery and excesse. Matthew 23:26 Thou blynde Pharise, clense first the in syde of the cuppe and platter, that the out syde maye be cleane also. Matthew 23:27 Wo vnto you scrybes and Pharises, ye Ypocrites, which be like vnto paynted Sepulcres, that appeare beutyfull outwarde, but within they are full of deed mens bones and all fylthines. Matthew 23:28 Euen so are ye also: Outwarde ye appeare righteous vnto men, but within ye are full of ypocrisye and iniquyte. Matthew 23:29 Wo vnto you scrybes and Pharises, ye ypocrites, which buylde the tombes of the prophetes, and garnysh the sepulcres of the righteous, Matthew 23:30 and saye: Yf we had bene in oure fathers tyme, we wolde not haue bene partakers with them in the bloude of the prophetes. Matthew 23:31 Therfore ye be wytnesses vnto youre selues, that ye are the children of them, which slew the prophetes. Matthew 23:32 Go to, fulfyll ye also the measure of youre fathers. Matthew 23:33 O ye serpentes, O ye generacion of vypers, how wyl ye escape the damnacion of Hell?
and prophesieth of the destruction of Jerusalem.
Matthew 23:34 Therfore beholde, I sende vnto you prophetes and wysemen, and scrybes, and some of them shal ye kyll and crucifye, and some of them shal ye scourge in youre synagoges, and persecute them from cite to cite: Matthew 23:35 that vpon you maye come all the righteous bloude which hath bene shed vpon ye earth, from the bloude of righteous Abel, vnto ye bloude of Zachary ye sonne of Barachias, whom ye slew betwene the temple and the altare. Matthew 23:36 Verely I saye vnto you: All these thinges shal light vpo this generacion. Matthew 23:37 O Ierusalem Ierusalem, thou that slayest the prophetes, and stonest them that are sent vnto the: How oft wolde I haue gathered thy children together, euen as the henne gathereth hir chekens vnder hir wynges, and ye wolde not? Matthew 23:38 Beholde, youre habitacion shalbe left vnto you desolate. Matthew 23:39 For I saye vnto you: Ye shal not se me hence forth, tyll ye saye: Blessed be he, that commeth in the name of the LORDE.