Matthew 23:28
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New International Version
In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.

New Living Translation
Outwardly you look like righteous people, but inwardly your hearts are filled with hypocrisy and lawlessness.

English Standard Version
So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

New American Standard Bible
"So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

King James Bible
Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
In the same way, on the outside you seem righteous to people, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

International Standard Version
In the same way, on the outside you look righteous to people, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

NET Bible
In the same way, on the outside you look righteous to people, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
So also you from the outside appear to the children of men as righteous, and from within are filled with evil and hypocrisy.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So on the outside you look as though you have God's approval, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

King James 2000 Bible
Even so you also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

American King James Version
Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but within you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

American Standard Version
Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but inwardly ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

Douay-Rheims Bible
So you also outwardly indeed appear to men just; but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

Darby Bible Translation
Thus also *ye*, outwardly ye appear righteous to men, but within are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

English Revised Version
Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but inwardly ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thus ye also outwardly appear righteous to men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

Weymouth New Testament
The same is true of you: outwardly you seem to the human eye to be good and honest men, but, within, you are full of insincerity and disregard of God's Law.

World English Bible
Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

Young's Literal Translation
so also ye outwardly indeed do appear to men righteous, and within ye are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

23:13-33 The scribes and Pharisees were enemies to the gospel of Christ, and therefore to the salvation of the souls of men. It is bad to keep away from Christ ourselves, but worse also to keep others from him. Yet it is no new thing for the show and form of godliness to be made a cloak to the greatest enormities. But dissembled piety will be reckoned double iniquity. They were very busy to turn souls to be of their party. Not for the glory of God and the good of souls, but that they might have the credit and advantage of making converts. Gain being their godliness, by a thousand devices they made religion give way to their worldly interests. They were very strict and precise in smaller matters of the law, but careless and loose in weightier matters. It is not the scrupling a little sin that Christ here reproves; if it be a sin, though but a gnat, it must be strained out; but the doing that, and then swallowing a camel, or, committing a greater sin. While they would seem to be godly, they were neither sober nor righteous. We are really, what we are inwardly. Outward motives may keep the outside clean, while the inside is filthy; but if the heart and spirit be made new, there will be newness of life; here we must begin with ourselves. The righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees was like the ornaments of a grave, or dressing up a dead body, only for show. The deceitfulness of sinners' hearts appears in that they go down the streams of the sins of their own day, while they fancy that they should have opposed the sins of former days. We sometimes think, if we had lived when Christ was upon earth, that we should not have despised and rejected him, as men then did; yet Christ in his Spirit, in his word, in his ministers, is still no better treated. And it is just with God to give those up to their hearts' lusts, who obstinately persist in gratifying them. Christ gives men their true characters.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous,.... By making broad their phylacteries, enlarging the borders of their garments, praying long prayers, compassing sea and land to make one proselyte, paying tithes of all manner of herbs, and cleansing the outside of the cup and platter, and doing all their works, prayers, fastings, and alms deeds, to be seen of men. This is the accommodation of the above simile; by reason of these things they looked like whited sepulchres, outwardly beautiful: so these appeared outwardly righteous, they looked like righteous persons, and were not; they were what Hagar, as the Jews say, charged her mistress with being; for so they interpret these words, "her mistress was despised in her eyes", Genesis 16:4 (b),

"She said, this Sarah is not secretly, what she is openly; she appears , "as if she was righteous" and she is not righteous.

The same they say of (c) Leah. This was a misrepresentation; but the representation Christ gives of these men, is right; they were of that sort of the Pharisees, which they call "the dyed", or "coloured" ones: it is said of Jannai the king, that he should say to those of his family (d),

"Do not be afraid of them that are Pharisees, (that are truly so,) nor of them that are not Pharisees; but of them that are, "dyed", for they are like to Pharisees; for their works are as the works of Zimri, (adulterers, as these were,) and they expect the reward as Phinehas.

The gloss upon it is,

"the Pharisees hated him, because he had slain many of their wise men, and was turned Sadducee; and when he was dying, his wife was afraid of them, lest they should take away the kingdom from her sons, and she desired him to seek their favour for her; but he said unto her, do not be afraid of the Pharisees, for they are "righteous", and will not render evil to thee, nor to thy sons; for they have not sinned against them; nor of them that are not Pharisees, for they are their friends; but of "the dyed ones": as if he had said, their appearance is not according to their nature, but they are dyed without,

, "and their inside is not as their outside": for their works are as the work of Zimri, for they are ungodly; and they expect the reward as Phinehas, saying to men, to honour them as Phinehas.

But this outward show and appearance of righteousness, was only "unto men", not unto God: they did not appear so to him, who is the searcher of hearts, and knows what is in man, and knew all the secret wickedness that was in them; for though they imposed upon, and deceived men, they could not deceive God; nor was their iniquity hid from Christ, who adds, "but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity": and which was evident from their ambition and vain glory, in desiring the uppermost rooms at feasts, the chief places in the synagogue, greetings in the markets, and titles of honour and grandeur; from their avarice and cruel oppression of the widows, and fatherless, under a pretence of long prayers; from their neglecting the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith, and practising extortion and excess: that saying of their's (e), may be applied to themselves,

"every disciple of a wise man, , "whose inside is not as his outside", is no disciple of a wise man.

And it is expressly ascribed by some of their writers to one sort of the Pharisees, of whom they say (f),

"they are desirous to appear to men to be holy, but their inside is not as their outside;

which is much the same Christ here says of them. What our Lord charges these men with, is owned by their own doctors; they say (g), that "the iniquity of those that were under the first temple, was open and manifest, but the iniquity of those that were under the second temple, was not open.

But as the gloss says,

"the children of the second temple, , "were secretly wicked".

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Matthew 23:28 Additional Commentaries
Context
Woes to Scribes and Pharisees
27"Woe 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"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous,…
Cross References
Proverbs 26:26
Their malice may be concealed by deception, but their wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.

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 the bones of the dead and everything unclean.

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.

Galatians 2:13
The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray.
Treasury of Scripture

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