Matthew 23
Tyndale New Testament
1Then spake Iesus to the people, and to his disciples, 2saying: The scribes and the pharises sit in Moses' seat, 3whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do: but after their works do not: for they say, and do not. 4Yea and they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders: but they themselves will not heave them with one finger. 5All their works they do, for to be seen of men. They set abroad their phylacteries, and make large borders on their garments, 6and love to sit uppermost at feasts, and to have the chief seats in the synagogues, 7and greetings in the markets and to be called of men Rabbi. 8But ye shall not suffer yourselves to be called Rabbi, for one is your master, that is to wit Christ, and all ye are brethren. 9And call ye no man your father upon the earth, for one is your father, and he is in heaven. 10Be not called masters, for one is your master, and he is Christ. 11He that is greatest among you, shall be your servant. 12But whosoever exalteth himself, shall be brought low. And he that submiteth himself, shall be exalted.

13Woe be unto you scribes and pharises dissemblers, for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven before men: ye yourselves go not in, neither suffer ye them that come to enter in. 14Woe be unto you scribes and pharises, for ye devour widows' houses, and that under a colour of praying long prayers, wherefore ye shall receive greater damnation.

15Woe be unto you scribes and pharises hypocrites, for ye compass sea and land, to bring one into your belief: and when ye have brought him ye make him two fold more the child of hell, than ye yourselves are.

16Woe be unto you blind guides, for ye say: whosoever swear by the temple, it is nothing: but whosoever swear by the gold of the temple, he is debtor. 17Ye fools and blind? whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold. 18And whosoever sweareth by the altar it is nothing: but whosoever sweareth by the offering that lieth on the altar is debtor. 19Ye fools and blind: whether is greater the offering, or the altar which sanctifieth the offering? 20whosoever therefore sweareth by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all that thereon is. 21And whosoever sweareth by the temple sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein. 22And he that sweareth by heaven, sweareth by the seat of God, and by him that sitteth thereon.

23Woe be to you scribes and pharises dissemblers, for ye tithe mint, annise, and cummin, and leave the weightier matters of the law undone: judgement, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to have left the other undone. 24Ye blind guides, which strain out a gnat, and swallow a camel.

25Woe be to you scribes and pharises hypocrites, for ye make clean the outer side of the cup, and of the platter: but within they are full of bribery and excess. 26Thou blind pharise, cleanse first, that which is within the cup and the platter, that the outside may also be clean.

27Woe be to you scribes, and pharises hypocrites, for ye are like unto painted tombs which appear beautiful outwards: but are within full of dead men's bones and of all filthiness. 28So are ye, for outward ye appear righteous unto men, when within ye are full of dissimulation and iniquity.

29Woe be unto you scribes and pharises hypocrites, for ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchers of just men, 30and say: If we had been in our fathers' time, we would not have been partners with them in the blood of the prophets. 31So are ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them, which killed the prophets. 32Fulfil ye likewise the measure of your fathers: 33yea serpents and generation of vipers, how shall ye scape the damnation of hell?

34Wherefore behold I send unto you, prophets wise men and scribes, and of them some shall ye kill and crucify, and some shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute from city to city, 35that all righteous blood may fall upon you, which was shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel, unto the blood of Zacharias the son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar: 36Verily I say unto you, all these things shall light upon this generation.

37Hierusalem, Hierusalem which killest prophets, and stonest them which are sent to thee: how often would I have gathered thy children togedder, as the hen gathereth her chickens under her wings? but ye would not? 38behold your habitation shall be left unto you desolate. 39For I say unto you, ye shall not see me henceforth, till that ye say: blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

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