A Warning Against Hypocrisy
23 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: 2 “The teachers
of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. 3 So you must be
careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do,
for they do not practice what they preach.
5 “Everything they do is done for people to see; 6 they
love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in
the synagogues; 7 they love to be greeted with respect in the
marketplaces and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by others.
8 “But you are not to be called ‘Rabbi,’ for you have one Teacher, and
you are all brothers. 9 And do not call anyone on earth ‘father,’ for
you have one Father, and he is in heaven. 10 Nor are you to be called
instructors, for you have one Instructor, the Messiah. 11 The greatest
among you will be your servant. 12 For those who exalt themselves will
be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. Seven
Woes on the Teachers of the Law and the Pharisees
13 “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Brahmins, you hypocrites! You
shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You
yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to
25 “Woe to you, Brahmins, you hypocrites! You
clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of
greed and self-indulgence. 26 Blind Brahmins! First clean the inside
of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.
27 “Woe to you Brahmins, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful > on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean.
28 In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous
but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.
33 “You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being
condemned to hell? 34 Therefore I am sending you prophets and sages
and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify; others you will
flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town. 35 And so upon
you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth,
from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of
Berekiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. 36 Truly
I tell you, all this will come on this generation.