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Mark 12:38–40

Beware of the Scribes

38 nAnd in his teaching he said, Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes and like greetings in the marketplaces 39 and have the best seats in the synagogues and othe places of honor at feasts, 40 pwho devour widowshouses and qfor a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”

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Mark 12:38–40 — The New International Version (NIV)

38 As he taught, Jesus said, Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, 39 and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets. 40 They devour widowshouses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.”

Mark 12:38–40 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

38 And he said unto them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces, 39 And the chief seats in the synagogues, and the uppermost rooms at feasts: 40 Which devour widowshouses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation.

Mark 12:38–40 — New Living Translation (NLT)

38 Jesus also taught: Beware of these teachers of religious law! For they like to parade around in flowing robes and receive respectful greetings as they walk in the marketplaces. 39 And how they love the seats of honor in the synagogues and the head table at banquets. 40 Yet they shamelessly cheat widows out of their property and then pretend to be pious by making long prayers in public. Because of this, they will be more severely punished.”

Mark 12:38–40 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

38 Then He said to them in His teaching, Beware of the scribes, who desire to go around in long robes, love greetings in the marketplaces, 39 the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts, 40 who devour widowshouses, and for a pretense make long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation.”

Mark 12:38–40 — New Century Version (NCV)

38 Jesus continued teaching and said, “Beware of the teachers of the law. They like to walk around wearing fancy clothes, and they love for people to greet them with respect in the marketplaces. 39 They love to have the most important seats in the synagogues and at feasts. 40 But they cheat widows and steal their houses and then try to make themselves look good by saying long prayers. They will receive a greater punishment.”

Mark 12:38–40 — American Standard Version (ASV)

38 And in his teaching he said, Beware of the scribes, who desire to walk in long robes, and to have salutations in the marketplaces, 39 and chief seats in the synagogues, and chief places at feasts: 40 they that devour widowshouses, and for a pretence make long prayers; these shall receive greater condemnation.

Mark 12:38–40 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

38 And he said to them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, who like to walk about in long robes, and salutations in the marketplaces, 39 and first seats in the synagogues, and first places at suppers; 40 who devour the houses of widows, and as a pretext make long prayers. These shall receive a severer judgment.

Mark 12:38–40 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

38 As he taught, he said, “Watch out for the experts in Moses’ Teachings! They like to walk around in long robes, to be greeted in the marketplaces, 39 and to have the front seats in synagogues and the places of honor at dinners. 40 They rob widows by taking their houses and then say long prayers to make themselves look good. The experts in Moses’ Teachings will receive the most severe punishment.” 

Mark 12:38–40 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

38 He also said in His teaching, Beware of the scribes, who want to go around in long robes, and who want greetings in the marketplaces, 39 the front seats in the synagogues, and the places of honor at banquets. 40 They devour widowshouses and say long prayers just for show. These will receive harsher punishment.”

Mark 12:38–40 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

38 As he taught, he said, Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, 39 and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets! 40 They devour widowshouses and for the sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”

Mark 12:38–40 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

38 And in his teaching he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like walking around in long robes and greetings in the marketplaces 39 and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets, 40 who devour the houses of widows and pray lengthy prayers for the sake of appearance. These will receive more severe condemnation!”

Mark 12:38–40 — New International Reader’s Version (1998) (NIrV)

38 As he taught, he said, “Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in long robes. They like to be greeted in the market places. 39 They love to have the most important seats in the synagogues. They also love to have the places of honor at dinners. 40 They take over the houses of widows. They say long prayers to show off. God will punish those men very much.”

Mark 12:38–40 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

38 In His teaching He was saying: Beware of the scribes who like to walk around in long robes, and like respectful greetings in the market places,

39 and chief seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets,

40 who devour widows houses, and for appearance’s sake offer long prayers; these will receive greater condemnation.”


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