Then Jesus, in His teaching, said, in the hearing of all the people, to the multitudes and to His disciples, "Beware of the scribes. The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat. All, therefore, whatsoever they bid you, do and observe; but do not ye according to their works, for they say and do not. But they bind heavy and oppressive burdens, and lay them upon men's shoulders; but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger. But all their works they do to be seen by men; for they make broad their phylacteries and enlarge their fringes, and delight to walk in flowing robes, and love the first place at the feasts and the chief seats in the synagogues, and the salutations in the market places, and to be called of men, 'Rabbi." But be not ye called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and all ye are brethren. "And call no one your father on the earth; for One is your Father, the One in the heaven. Neither be ye called masters; for One is your Master, the Christ: but the greater of you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself, shall be humbled; and whosoever shall humble himself, shall be exalted.
"But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for ye do not enter in, neither do ye let others to go in. These are they who devour widow's houses, and for a pretense make long prayers: these shall receive greater condemnation.
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he has become so, ye make him twofold more a son of hell than yourselves.
"Woe to you, ye blind guides, who say, 'Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is bound." Ye fools and blind! For which is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctified the gold? And ye say, 'Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gift that is on it, he is bound." Ye blind! For which is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift? He, therefore, that sweareth by the altar, sweareth by it and all the things that are upon it. And he that sweareth by the temple, sweareth by it and by Him Who dwelleth in it. And he that sweareth by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God and by Him who sitteth upon it.
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because ye pay tithes of mint and dill and cummin, and have left undone the weightier matters of the law, justice and mercy and faith; these ye ought to have done, and not to have left those undone. Blind guides, who filter out the gnat, but swallow the camel!
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because ye cleanse the outside of the cup and of the dish, but within they are full of rapacity and excess. Blind Pharisees! Cleanse first the inside of the cup and of the dish, that its outside may also become clean.
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because ye are like whitewashed sepulchres, that outwardly, indeed, appear beautiful, but within are full of bones of the dead and of all uncleanness. So ye also outwardly, indeed, appear righteous to men, but within are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because ye build the sepulchres of the prophets and decorate the tombs of the righteous; and ye say, 'If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets." So then ye bear witness to yourselves, that ye are sons of those who murdered the prophets: and ye fill ye up the measure of your fathers! Serpents! Offspring of vipers! How can ye escape the condemnation of hell?
"Therefore, behold, I send to you prophets and wise men, and scribes: some of them ye will kill and crucify, and some of them ye will scourge in your synagogues, and will persecute from city to city; so that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of Abel, the righteous, to the blood of Zachariah, son of Barachiah, whom ye murdered between the temple and the altar. Verily I say to you, all these things shall come upon this generation."