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Matthew 23:13–29

Eight Woes

13 aBut woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, bbecause you shut off the kingdom of heaven 1from 2people; for you do not enter in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.

14 [1Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because ayou devour widows houses, and for a pretense you make long prayers; therefore you will receive greater condemnation.]

15 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because you travel around on sea and land to make one 1aproselyte; and when he becomes one, you make him twice as much a son of 2bhell as yourselves.

16 Woe to you, ablind guides, who say, ‘bWhoever swears by the 1temple, that is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the 1temple is obligated.’

17 You fools and blind men! aWhich is 1more important, the gold or the 2temple that sanctified the gold?

18 And, ‘Whoever swears by the altar, that is nothing, but whoever swears by the 1offering on it, he is obligated.’

19 You blind men, awhich is 1more important, the 2offering, or the altar that sanctifies the 2offering?

20 Therefore, 1whoever swears by the altar, swears both by 2the altar and by everything on it.

21 And 1whoever swears by the 2temple, swears both by 3the temple and by Him who adwells within it.

22 And 1whoever swears by heaven, aswears both by the throne of God and by Him who sits upon it.

23 aWoe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and 1cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others.

24 You ablind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!

25 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For ayou clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full 1of robbery and self-indulgence.

26 You blind Pharisee, first aclean the inside of the cup and of the dish, so that the outside of it may become clean also.

27 aWoe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.

28 So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

29 aWoe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous,

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