10.17 Again Jesus Denounced Hypocrisy
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Sep 27 10.17 Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and his disciples, “Beware of scribes! Scribes and Pharisees occupy Moses’ seat, so obey and do all they say.
But don’t follow their example, for they don’t practice what they teach. They lay heavy burdens on men’s shoulders, but are unwilling to lift a finger to help.1 They want men to see their works, so they enlarge their phylacteries and lengthen their garment fringes. They love front seats at banquets and synagogues. They love greetings in markets and being called ‘Master.’ Don’t be called ‘Master,’ for One is your Master and you are all brothers. Call no one on earth ‘Father,’ for your one Father is in heaven. Neither be called ‘Teachers’, for your one Teacher is Christ. The greatest among you will be your servant. Those priding themselves will be humbled; those humbling themselves will be exalted.”2
Sep 28 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees. You hypocrites shut the heavenly kingdom in men’s faces. You don’t enter and you prevent others from entering.3
Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites. You devour widows’ houses and, for show, say lengthy prayers. Your punishment will be more severe.
Woe to you scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites. You comb sea and land for a convert, only to make him twice a child of hell as yourselves.
Woe to you, blind leaders who say, To swear by God’s temple is nothing, but whoever swears by the gold in the temple is bound. To swear by the altar is nothing, but whoever swears by the gift on it is bound.’ Blind fools. Which is greater, the gold or the temple sanctifying it; the gift or the altar sanctifying it? Whoever swears by the altar, swears by everything on it; whoever swears by the temple, swears by it and by Him who lives there; whoever swears by heaven, swears by God’s throne and by Him who occupies it.
Sep 29 Woe to scribes and Pharisees. You hypocrites pay tithe on garden herbs, but forget the law basics of justice,4 mercy and faith, these you should do without neglecting the other. Blind leaders, you strain out the gnat and swallow the camel.
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees. You clean the outside of the cup and plate, but inside are filled with greed and indiscipline. Blind Pharisees, first clean the inside that the outside may also be clean.
Sep 30 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees. You hypocrites are like whitewashed tombs, outwardly beautiful but inside filled with dead men’s bones and decay. Outwardly, you appear righteous, but inwardly you are hypocritical and lawless.
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees. You hypocrites build tombs for the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous, and say, ‘If we lived in our forefathers’ days, we wouldn’t have joined in shedding the blood of prophets.’ Therefore, you witness5 that you yourselves are children of those who murdered the prophets. Thus you fill up the cup of your forefathers’ sins.6
Oct 1 You snakes, breed7 of vipers. How will you escape hell? Therefore I’m sending you prophets, wise men and scribes, some of whom you will kill and crucify and flog in your synagogues and persecute from city to city. Thus upon you may fall all the blood of the righteous shed on earth, from the blood of Abel8 to Zechariah Berekiah, whom you killed between the temple and the altar. Truly these things will come upon this generation.
Jerusalem, Jerusalem! You kill the prophets9 and stone those sent to you. How often I would have gathered your children together, like a hen gathers her chicks, but you refused. Behold, your house is left deserted and, truly, you won’t see me until you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.’”