Christ admonisheth the people to follow the good doctrine, not the evil examples of the scribes and Pharisees.
Matthew 23:1 Then, Jesus spake unto the multitudes and unto his disciples, Matthew 23:2 sayingUpon Moses' seat, have sat down, the Scribes and the Pharisees: Matthew 23:3 All things, therefore, whatsoever they tell you, do and observe,but, according to their works, do ye not, for they, say, and do not, perform. Matthew 23:4 But they bind together heavy burdens, and lay upon men's shoulders, whereas, they, with their finger, are not willing to move them.
His disciples must beware of their ambition.
Matthew 23:5 But, all their works, they do, to be gazed at, by men,for they make broad their amulets, and make large their fringes, Matthew 23:6 And dearly love the first couch in the chief meals, and the first seats in the synagogues, Matthew 23:7 And the salutations in the market-places, and to be called by men, Rabbi. Matthew 23:8 But, ye,do not be called Rabbi,for, one, is your Teacher, and, all ye, are brethren; Matthew 23:9 And, father, be none of you called, upon the earth, for, one, is your Father, the Heavenly; Matthew 23:10 Neither be called leaders, for, your leader, is one, the Christ; Matthew 23:11 And, the greatest of you, shall be to you, a minister; Matthew 23:12 And, whoever shall exalt himself, shall be, abased, and, whoever shall abase himself, shall be, exalted,
He denounceth eight woes against their hypocrisy and blindness:
Matthew 23:13 But alas for you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; because ye are locking up the kingdom of the heavens before men,for, ye, are not entering, neither, them who are entering, suffer ye to enter. Matthew 23:14 [Absent] Matthew 23:15 Alas for you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites: because ye compass sea and dry land, to make one convertand, when it is done, ye make him a son of gehenna, twofold more than ye. Matthew 23:16 Alas for you, blind guides! that sayWhosoever shall swear by the Temple, it is, nothing, but, whosoever shall swear by the gold of the Temple, is bound: Matthew 23:17 Foolish and blind! for which is, greater, The gold, or the Temple that hath hallowed the gold? Matthew 23:18 And, whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is, nothing, but, whosoever shall swear by the gift that is upon it, is bound: Matthew 23:19 Blind! for which is greater, The gift, or the altar that halloweth the gift? Matthew 23:20 He therefore that hath sworn by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all that is upon it; Matthew 23:21 And, he that hath sworn by the Temple, sweareth by it, and by him who dwelleth therein; Matthew 23:22 And, he that hath sworn by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him who sitteth thereupon. Matthew 23:23 Alas for you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; because ye tithe the mint and the anise and the cummin,and have dismissed the weightier matters of the lawthe justice, the mercy, and the faith; whereas, these, it was binding, to do, and, those, not to, dismiss. Matthew 23:24 Blind guides! Straining out the gnat, but, the camel, swallowing. Matthew 23:25 Alas for you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; because ye cleanse the outside of the cup and of the dish,while, within, they are full of plunder and intemperance. Matthew 23:26 Blind Pharisee! cleanse, first, the inside, of the cup [and of the dish], that, the outside thereof, may become, clean. Matthew 23:27 Alas for you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; because ye make yourselves like sepulchres whitewashed, which, outside, indeed, appear, beautiful, but, within, are full, of dead men's bones and all uncleanness, Matthew 23:28 Thus, ye also, outside, indeed, appear to men, righteous, but, within, are full, of hypocrisy and lawlessness. Matthew 23:29 Alas for you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites; because ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, and adorn the monuments of the righteous, Matthew 23:30 and sayIf we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been their partners in the blood of the prophets: Matthew 23:31 So that ye bear witness against yourselves, that ye are, sons, of them who murdered the prophets. Matthew 23:32 And, ye, fill ye up the measure of your fathers! Matthew 23:33 Serpents! broods of vipers! how should ye flee from the judgment of gehenna?
and prophesieth of the destruction of Jerusalem.
Matthew 23:34 For this cause, lo! I, send unto you, prophets and wise men and scribes,some from among them, ye will slay and crucify, And some from among them ye willscourge in your synagogues, and pursue from city to city: Matthew 23:35 That there may come upon youall righteous blood poured out upon the earth, from the blood of Abel the righteous, unto the blood of Zachariah, son of Barachiah, whom ye murdered between the Temple and the altar. Matthew 23:36 Verily, I say unto youAll these things, will have come, upon this generation. Matthew 23:37 Jerusalem! Jerusalem! that slayeth the prophets, and stoneth them that have been sent unto her,how often, would I have gathered thy children, like as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings,and ye would not! Matthew 23:38 Lo! your house is left to you; Matthew 23:39 For I say unto youin no wise, may ye see me, henceforth, until ye say, Blessed, is he that cometh, in the name of the Lord!