Matthew 23:33
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New International Version
"You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?

New Living Translation
Snakes! Sons of vipers! How will you escape the judgment of hell?

English Standard Version
You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to hell?

Berean Study Bible
You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape the sentence of hell?

Berean Literal Bible
Serpents! Offspring of vipers! How shall you escape from the sentence of Gehenna?

New American Standard Bible
"You serpents, you brood of vipers, how will you escape the sentence of hell?

King James Bible
Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
"Snakes! Brood of vipers! How can you escape being condemned to hell?

International Standard Version
You snakes, you children of serpents! How can you escape being condemned to hell?

NET Bible
You snakes, you offspring of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Snakes! Offspring of vipers! How will you escape from the judgment of Gehenna?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"You snakes! You poisonous snakes! How can you escape being condemned to hell?

New American Standard 1977
“You serpents, you brood of vipers, how shall you escape the sentence of hell?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the judgment of hell?

King James 2000 Bible
You serpents, you generation of vipers, how can you escape the judgment of hell?

American King James Version
You serpents, you generation of vipers, how can you escape the damnation of hell?

American Standard Version
Ye serpents, ye offspring of vipers, how shall ye escape the judgment of hell?

Douay-Rheims Bible
You serpents, generation of vipers, how will you flee from the judgment of hell?

Darby Bible Translation
Serpents, offspring of vipers, how should ye escape the judgment of hell?

English Revised Version
Ye serpents, ye offspring of vipers, how shall ye escape the judgment of hell?

Webster's Bible Translation
Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?

Weymouth New Testament
O serpents, O vipers' brood, how are you to escape condemnation to Gehenna?

World English Bible
You serpents, you offspring of vipers, how will you escape the judgment of Gehenna?

Young's Literal Translation
'Serpents! brood of vipers! how may ye escape from the judgment of the gehenna?
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Study Bible
Woes to Scribes and Pharisees
32Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers’ sins. 33You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape the sentence of hell? 34Because of this, I am sending you prophets and wise men and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify, and others you will flog in your synagogues and persecute in town after town.…
Cross References
Isaiah 20:6
"So the inhabitants of this coastland will say in that day, 'Behold, such is our hope, where we fled for help to be delivered from the king of Assyria; and we, how shall we escape?'"

Matthew 3:7
But when John saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his place of baptism, he said to them, "You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?

Matthew 5:22
But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, 'Raca,' will be subject to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, 'You fool!' will be subject to the fire of hell.

Matthew 12:34
You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good. For out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks.

Matthew 23:32
Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers' sins.

Luke 3:7
Then John said to the crowds coming out to be baptized by him, "You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?
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You serpents, you generation of vipers, how can you escape the damnation of hell?

serpents.

Matthew 3:7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, …

Matthew 12:34 O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? …

Matthew 21:34,35 And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to …

Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your …

Psalm 58:3-5 The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as …

Isaiah 57:3,4 But draw near here, you sons of the sorceress, the seed of the adulterer …

Luke 3:7 Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, …

John 8:44 You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you …

2 Corinthians 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through …

Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, …

how.

Matthew 23:14 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you devour widows' …

Hebrews 2:3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the …

Hebrews 10:29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose you, shall he be thought worthy, …

Hebrews 12:25 See that you refuse not him that speaks. For if they escaped not …

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