Jesus Dining With a Pharisee Pronounces
Interwoven Gospels

Now as Jesus was speaking, a Pharisee asketh Him to dine with him, so He entered and reclined at table. But when the Pharisee saw it, he wondered that He had not first bathed Himself before dinner. Then the Lord said to him, "Now ye, the Pharisees, cleanse the outside of the cup and of the dish; but your inside is full with rapacity and wickedness. Ye foolish ones, did not He Who made the outside, make the inside also?

"Nevertheless give as alms the things within, and behold all things are clean to you. But woe to you Pharisees! For you pay tithes of mint, and rue, and every herb; and ye pass by judgment and the love of God. But these things ye ought to have done, and not to leave those undone. Woe to you Pharisees! For ye love the uppermost seat in the synagogues and the salutations in the marketplaces. Woe to you! For ye are as the unseen graves, and the men that walk over them know it not."

Then one of the students of the law, answering, saith to Him, "Teacher, in saying these things, Thou denounceth us also." And He said, "Woe to you also! For you load men with burdens grievous to bear, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers. Woe to you! For ye build the tombs of the prophets, and your fathers killed them. Therefore, ye are witnesses and consent to the works of your fathers; because they indeed killed them, and ye build their tombs. For this reason also the Wisdom of God said, 'I will send to them prophets and apostles, and some of them they will kill and persecute;' that the blood of all the prophets which hath been shed from the foundation of the world may be required of this generation: from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zachariah, who perished between the altar and the holy house; yea, I say to you, it shall be required of this generation. Woe to you! For ye took away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and those who were entering in ye hindered."

And as He went out thence, the scribes and the Pharisees began to press Him hard, and to question Him artfully about many things, lying in wait for Him, to catch something out of His mouth so that they might accuse Him.

Adapted from The Interwoven Gospels © Books for Living, Inc. Digital Edition by V. Gilbert Beers, © 2009 Bible Studio, LLC. Used by Permission.

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