Mark 12:38
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New International Version
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,

New Living Translation
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.

English Standard Version
And in his teaching he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes and like greetings in the marketplaces

New American Standard Bible
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,

King James Bible
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,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
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,

International Standard Version
As he taught, he said, "Beware of the scribes! They like to walk around in long robes, to be greeted in the marketplaces,

NET Bible
In his teaching Jesus also said, "Watch out for the experts in the law. They like walking around in long robes and elaborate greetings in the marketplaces,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And in his teaching, he said to them, “Beware of the Scribes who like to walk in robes and love greetings in the streets,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
As he taught, he said, "Watch out for the scribes! They like to walk around in long robes, to be greeted in the marketplaces,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And he said unto them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, who love to go in long clothing and love the salutations in the marketplaces

King James 2000 Bible
And he said unto them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, who love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces,

American King James Version
And he said to them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces,

American Standard Version
And in his teaching he said, Beware of the scribes, who desire to walk in long robes, and to have'salutations in the marketplaces,

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he said to them in his doctrine: Beware of the scribes, who love to walk in long robes, and to be saluted in the marketplace,

Darby Bible Translation
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,

English Revised Version
And in his teaching he said, Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and to have salutations in the marketplaces,

Webster's Bible Translation
And he said to them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, who love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the market-places,

Weymouth New Testament
Moreover in the course of His teaching He said, "Be on your guard against the Scribes who like to walk about in long robes and to be bowed to in places of public resort,

World English Bible
In his teaching he said to them, "Beware of the scribes, who like to walk in long robes, and to get greetings in the marketplaces,

Young's Literal Translation
and he was saying to them in his teaching, 'Beware of the scribes, who will in long robes to walk, and love salutations in the market-places,
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

12:35-40 When we attend to what the Scriptures declare, as to the person and offices of Christ, we shall be led to confess him as our Lord and God; to obey him as our exalted Redeemer. If the common people hear these things gladly, while the learned and distinguished oppose, the former are happy, and the latter to be pitied. And as sin, disguised with a show of piety, is double iniquity, so its doom will be doubly heavy.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 38, 39. - These verses are a condensation of the woes recorded at length by St. Matthew (23.). And he said unto them in his doctrine (ἐν τῇ διδαχῇ αὑτοῦ) - literally, in his teaching - Beware of the scribes which desire (τῶν θελόντων) to walk in long robes (ἐν στολαῖς). The στόλη was a rich robe which reached down to the ankles, and was adorned with fringes. The scribes took pleasure in this kind of display. The salient points in their character were ostentation, avarice, and religious hypocrisy.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And he said unto them in his doctrine,.... As he was preaching, not to the Scribes and Pharisees but to the multitude, and to his disciples particularly; and to them in the audience of the people, as appears from Matthew 23:1.

Beware of the Scribes; for though he had just spoken favourably of one of them, this was but a single man, and a singular instance; the body of that set of men, were very bad in their principles and practices, and therefore to be avoided, and that for the reasons following:

which love to go in long clothing; the Persic version renders it, "who affect to walk in coats and garments conspicuous, and in long robes"; such as were very particular, and different from others, and out of the common way of apparel; and so were observable and taken notice of by others: very likely it may have reference to the common length of their fringes on the borders of their outward garment, which they enlarged beyond others; See Gill on Matthew 23:5;

and love salutations the market places; or "streets", as the Syriac and Arabic versions render it, in any public places, where there was a resort of men, and they were taken notice with respect, in a public manner. The Syriac Persic supply the word "love", as we do from Matthew 23:6; see Gill on Matthew 23:6, Matthew 23:7.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

38. And he said unto them in his doctrine—rather, "in His teaching"; implying that this was but a specimen of an extended discourse, which Matthew gives in full (Mt 23:1-39). Luke says (Lu 20:45) this was "in the audience of all the people said unto His disciples."

Beware of the scribes, which love—or like.

to go in long clothing—(see on [1486]Mt 23:5).

and love salutations in the market-places,

Mark 12:38 Additional Commentaries
Context
Beware of the Scribes
38In 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, 39and chief seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets,…
Cross References
Matthew 23:1
Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples:

Matthew 23:7
they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called 'Rabbi' by others.

Mark 12:39
and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets.

Luke 11:43
"Woe to you Pharisees, because you love the most important seats in the synagogues and respectful greetings in the marketplaces.

Luke 20:45
While all the people were listening, Jesus said to his disciples,
Treasury of Scripture

And he said to them in his doctrine, Beware of the scribes, which love to go in long clothing, and love salutations in the marketplaces,

said.

Mark 4:2 And he taught them many things by parables, and said to them in his doctrine,

Beware.

Matthew 10:17 But beware of men: for they will deliver you up to the councils, …

Matthew 23:1-7 Then spoke Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples…

Luke 20:45-47 Then in the audience of all the people he said to his disciples…

which.

Matthew 6:5 And when you pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites are…

Luke 11:43 Woe to you, Pharisees! for you love the uppermost seats in the synagogues, …

Luke 14:7-11 And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when he marked …

3 John 1:9 I wrote to the church: but Diotrephes, who loves to have the preeminence …

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