Matthew Chapter 23
1 Then spake Jesus to the multitudeand to his disciples
2 Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Mosesseat
3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observethat observeand dobut do not ye after their worksfor they sayand donot.
4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borneand laythem on men s shouldersbut they themselves will not movethem with one of their fingers.
5 But all their works they do for to be seen of menthey makebroad their phylacteriesand enlarge the borders of theirgarments
6 And love the uppermost rooms at feastsand the chief seats inthe synagogues
7 And greetings in the marketsand to be called of menRabbiRabbi.
8 But be not ye called Rabbifor one is your MasterevenChristand all ye are brethren.
9 And call no man your father upon the earthfor one is yourFatherwhich is in heaven.
10 Neither be ye called mastersfor one is your MasterevenChrist.
11 But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant.
12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abasedand he thatshall humble himself shall be exalted.
13 But woe unto youscribes and Phariseeshypocritesfor yeshut up the kingdom of heaven against menfor ye neither goin yourselvesneither suffer ye them that are entering to goin.
14 Woe unto youscribes and Phariseeshypocritesfor ye devourwidowshousesand for a pretence make long prayerthereforeye shall receive the greater damnation.
15 Woe unto youscribes and Phariseeshypocritesfor yecompass sea and land to make one proselyteand when he ismadeye make him twofold more the child of hell thanyourselves.
16 Woe unto youye blind guideswhich sayWhosoever shallswear by the templeit is nothingbut whosoever shall swearby the gold of the templehe is a debtor
17 Ye fools and blindfor whether is greaterthe goldor thetemple that sanctifieth the gold
18 AndWhosoever shall swear by the altarit is nothingbutwhosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon ithe is guilty.
19 Ye fools and blindfor whether is greaterthe giftor thealtar that sanctifieth the gift
20 Whoso therefore shall swear by the altarsweareth by itandby all things thereon.
21 And whoso shall swear by the templesweareth by itand byhim that dwelleth therein.
22 And he that shall swear by heavensweareth by the throne ofGodand by him that sitteth thereon.
23 Woe unto youscribes and Phariseeshypocritesfor ye paytithe of mint and anise and cumminand have omitted theweightier matters of the lawjudgmentmercyand faith these ought ye to have doneand not to leave the otherundone.
24 Ye blind guideswhich strain at a gnatand swallow a camel.
25 Woe unto youscribes and Phariseeshypocritesfor ye makeclean the outside of the cup and of the platterbut withinthey are full of extortion and excess.
26 Thou blind Phariseecleanse first that which is within thecup and platterthat the outside of them may be clean also.
27 Woe unto youscribes and Phariseeshypocritesfor ye arelike unto whited sepulchreswhich indeed appear beautifuloutwardbut are within full of dead men s bonesand of alluncleanness.
28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto menbutwithin ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
29 Woe unto youscribes and Phariseeshypocritesbecause yebuild the tombs of the prophetsand garnish the sepulchres ofthe righteous
30 And sayIf we had been in the days of our fatherswe wouldnot have been partakers with them in the blood of theprophets.
31 Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselvesthat ye are thechildren of them which killed the prophets.
32 Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.
33 Ye serpentsye generation of vipershow can ye escape thedamnation of hell
34 WhereforebeholdI send unto you prophetsand wise menandscribesand some of them ye shall kill and crucifyand someof them shall ye scourge in your synagoguesand persecutethem from city to city
35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon theearthfrom the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood ofZacharias son of Barachiaswhom ye slew between the templeand the altar.
36 Verily I say unto youAll these things shall come upon thisgeneration.
37 O JerusalemJerusalemthou that killest the prophetsandstonest them which are sent unto theehow often would I havegathered thy children togethereven as a hen gathereth herchickens under her wingsand ye would not
38 Beholdyour house is left unto you desolate.
39 For I say unto youYe shall not see me henceforthtill yeshall sayBlessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.