Matthew 23 ©
Christ exhorteth to observe the doctrine, but not to follow the evil examples, of the scribes and Pharisees; and particularly not to imitate their ambition: he pronounceth various woes against them for their blindness and hypocrisy: and prophesieth the destruction of Jerusalem.
Saying, bThe scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat:
And greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.
Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ.
And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is 1guilty.
Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon.
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! bfor ye *pay tithe of mint and 2anise and *cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and *platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.
Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
¶Wherefore, behold, oI send unto you prophets, and wise men, and pscribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye *scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:
sO Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, thow often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and uye would not!
Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.