Matthew 23 (NIV)

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Matthew 23:1

Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples:

Matthew 23:2

"The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat.

Matthew 23:3

So you must obey them and do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.

Matthew 23:4

They tie up heavy loads and put them on men's shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.

Matthew 23:5

"Everything they do is done for men to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long;

Matthew 23:6

they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues;

Matthew 23:7

they love to be greeted in the marketplaces and to have men call them 'Rabbi.'

Matthew 23:8

"But you are not to be called 'Rabbi,' for you have only one Master and you are all brothers.

Matthew 23:9

And do not call anyone on earth 'father,' for you have one Father, and he is in heaven.

Matthew 23:10

Nor are you to be called 'teacher,' for you have one Teacher, the Christ.

Matthew 23:11

The greatest among you will be your servant.

Matthew 23:12

For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

Matthew 23:13

"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the kingdom of heaven in men's faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to.

Matthew 23:15

"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to win a single convert, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of hell as you are.

Matthew 23:16

"Woe to you, blind guides! You say, 'If anyone swears by the temple, it means nothing; but if anyone swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.'

Matthew 23:17

You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred?

Matthew 23:18

You also say, 'If anyone swears by the altar, it means nothing; but if anyone swears by the gift on it, he is bound by his oath.'

Matthew 23:19

You blind men! Which is greater: the gift, or the altar that makes the gift sacred?

Matthew 23:20

Therefore, he who swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it.

Matthew 23:21

And he who swears by the temple swears by it and by the one who dwells in it.

Matthew 23:22

And he who swears by heaven swears by God's throne and by the one who sits on it.

Matthew 23:23

"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.

Matthew 23:24

You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.

Matthew 23:25

"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.

Matthew 23:26

Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.

Matthew 23:27

"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men's bones and everything unclean.

Matthew 23:28

In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.

Matthew 23:29

"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous.

Matthew 23:30

And you say, 'If we had lived in the days of our forefathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.'

Matthew 23:31

So you testify against yourselves that you are the descendants of those who murdered the prophets.

Matthew 23:32

Fill up, then, the measure of the sin of your forefathers!

Matthew 23:33

"You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?

Matthew 23:34

Therefore I am sending you prophets and wise men and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town.

Matthew 23:35

And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar.

Matthew 23:36

I tell you the truth, all this will come upon this generation.

Matthew 23:37

"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.

Matthew 23:38

Look, your house is left to you desolate.

Matthew 23:39

For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.'"

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