Christ admonisheth the people to follow the good doctrine, not the evil examples of the scribes and Pharisees.
Matthew 23:1 Then spake Iesus to the people, and to his disciples, Matthew 23:2 saying: The Scribes and the Pharises syt in Moses seate. Matthew 23:3 All therfore whatsoeuer they byd you obserue, that obserue and do: but do not ye after theyr workes: Matthew 23:4 for they saye, and do not. Yee, they bynde together heuy burthens and greuous to be borne, & laye them on mennes shoulders: but they them selues wyll not heaue at them with one of their fyngers.
His disciples must beware of their ambition.
Matthew 23:5 All theyr worckes do they for the intent, þt they maye be sene of men. They set abroade their philateries, & make large þe borders of their garmentes, Matthew 23:6 & loue the vppermoste seates at feastes, & to sytt in the chefe place in councels, Matthew 23:7 & gretynges in the markett, and to be called of men, Rabbi. Matthew 23:8 But be not ye called Rabbi. For one is youre master, euen Chryst, and all ye are brethren. Matthew 23:9 And call no man youre father vpon þe erth, for one is your father which is in heauen Matthew 23:10 Nether be ye called masters, for one is youre master, euen Chryst. Matthew 23:11 He that is greatest amonge you, shalbe youre seruaunt. Matthew 23:12 But whosoeuer exalteth him selfe? shalbe brought lowe. And he that humbleth him selfe, shalbe exalted.
He denounceth eight woes against their hypocrisy and blindness:
Matthew 23:13 Wo vnto you Scribes & Pharises, ye ypocrites, for ye shutt vp the kyngdome of heauen before men ye nether go in your selues, nether suffre ye them that come, to enter in. Matthew 23:14 Wo vnto you Scribes, & pharises, ye ypocrites: for ye deuoure wyddowes houses: and that vnder a pretence of longe prayer: therfore shall ye be the sorer punysshed. Matthew 23:15 Wo be vnto you Scrybes and Pharises, ye ypocrytes: for ye compasse see and lande, to make one proselyte: & when he is become one, ye make hym two folde moare the chylde of hell, then ye youre selues are. Matthew 23:16 Wo be vnto you ye blynde gydes, ffor ye saye: whosoeuer doth sweare by the temple: it is nothynge: but whosoeuer sweareth by the golde of the temple, he is gyltye. Matthew 23:17 Ye fooles & blinde: For whether is greater: þe gold, or the temple that sanctifyeth the gold? Matthew 23:18 And whosoeuer sweareth by the aultre, it is nothinge, but whosoeuer sweareth by the gyft that is vpon it, he is giltye, Matthew 23:19 ye foles & blynd for whether is greater? the gyft: or þe altare that sanctifieth þe gyft? Matthew 23:20 Whoso therfore sweareth by the aultre, sweareth by it, and by all thinges that are there on. Matthew 23:21 And whoso sweareth by the temple, sweareth by it, & by hym that dwelleth therin. Matthew 23:22 And he that sweareth by heauen, sweareth by the seate of God, and by hym that sytteth theron. Matthew 23:23 Wo vnto you Scribes & Pharises, ye ypocrites: For ye tyth mynt, and anyse, & commyn, & haue leaft the wayghtier matters of the lawe: iudgement, mercy, & fayth. These ought ye to haue done, & not to leaue þe other vndone. Matthew 23:24 ye blynde gydes, which strayne out agnat, & swalowe a Camell. Matthew 23:25 Wo vnto you Scrybes and pharises, ye ypocrites: for ye make cleane the vtter syde of the cuppe, & of the platter: but within they are full of brybery and excesse. Matthew 23:26 Thou blynde Pharise, clense fyrst that whych is wt in the cup & platter, that the outesyde of them maye be cleane also. Matthew 23:27 Wo vnto you Scrybes & pharises, ye ypocrites: for ye are lyke vnto painted sepulcres which in dede appeare beautifull outwarde but are wythin full of deed mens bones & of all fylthynes. Matthew 23:28 Euen so ye also, outwardlye appere ryghteous vnto men: But wythin, ye are full of faynednesse and iniquyte. Matthew 23:29 Wo vnto you Scribes and Pharises, ye ypocrites: ye buylde the tombes of the Prophetes, and garnysihe the sepulchres of the ryghteous, Matthew 23:30 & saye: yf we had bene in þe dayes of our fathers, we wolde not haue bene parteners wyth them in the bloude of the Prophetes. Matthew 23:31 And so ye be wytnesses vnto youre selues, þt ye are the chyldren of them whych kylled the prophetes. Matthew 23:32 Fulfyll ye lykewyse the measure of your fathers. Matthew 23:33 Ye serpentes, ye generacion of vypers, how wyll ye scape the damnacyon of hell?
and prophesieth of the destruction of Jerusalem.
Matthew 23:34 Wherfore beholde I sende vnto you Prophetes & wyse men, & scrybes, and some of them ye shall kyll & crucifye: & some of them shal ye scourge in youre synagoges, & persecute them from cytie to cytie: Matthew 23:35 þt vpon you maye come all þe ryghteous bloude whych hath bene shedd vpoon the erthe, from the bloude of ryghteous. Abel, vnto þe bloude of Zachary sonne of Barachias, whom ye slewe betwene the temple & þe altare. Matthew 23:36 Uerely I saye vnto you: all these thynges shall come vpon this generacion. Matthew 23:37 O Ierusalem, Ierusalem, thou þt kyllest the prophetes, & stonest them which are sent vnto the: how often wolde. I haue gathered thy chyldren together, euen as the henne gathereth her chyckens vnder her wynges, & ye wolde not? Matthew 23:38 Beholde youre house is left vnto you desolate. Matthew 23:39 For I saye vnto you: ye shall not se me hence forth, tyll that ye saye blessed is he, that commeth in the name of the Lorde.