Woes to the Pharisees and Lawyers
And as He spoke, a certain Pharisee asked Him to dine with him. So He went in and sat down to eat.
d When the Pharisee saw it, he marveled that He had not first washed before dinner.
e Then the Lord said to him, "Now you Pharisees make the outside of the cup and dish clean, but f your inward part is full of greed and wickedness.
"Foolish ones! Did not g He who made the outside make the inside also?
h "But rather give alms of such things as you have; then indeed all things are clean to you.
i "But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and j pass by justice and the k love of God. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.
l "Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the best seats in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces.
m "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! n For you are like graves which are not seen, and the men who walk over them are not aware of them."
Then one of the lawyers answered and said to Him, "Teacher, by saying these things You reproach us also."
And He said, "Woe to you also, lawyers! o For you load men with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers.
p "Woe to you! For you build the tombs of the prophets, and your fathers killed them.
"In fact, you bear witness that you approve the deeds of your fathers; for they indeed killed them, and you build their tombs.
"Therefore the wisdom of God also said, q 'I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they will kill and persecute,'
"that the blood of all the prophets which was shed from the foundation of the world may be required of this generation,
r "from the blood of Abel to s the blood of Zechariah who perished between the altar and the temple. Yes, I say to you, it shall be required of this generation.
t "Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter in yourselves, and those who were entering in you hindered."
And as He said these things to them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to assail Him vehemently, and to cross-examine Him about many things,
lying in wait for Him, and u seeking to catch Him in something He might say, that they might accuse Him.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
"Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread."
Now when they saw some of His disciples eat bread with defiled, that is, with unwashed hands, they found fault.
For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands in a special way, holding the tradition of the elders.
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence.
Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled.
Then God said, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.
So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; When you see the naked, that you cover him, And not hide yourself from your own flesh?
Therefore, O king, let my advice be acceptable to you; break off your sins by being righteous, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor. Perhaps there may be a lengthening of your prosperity.
Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys.
And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by unrighteous mammon, that when you fail, they may receive you into an everlasting home.
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.
Will the LORD be pleased with thousands of rams, Ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?
But I know you, that you do not have the love of God in you.
They love the best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues.
Then He said to them in His teaching, "Beware of the scribes, who desire to go around in long robes, love greetings in the marketplaces.
The best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts.
So He told a parable to those who were invited, when He noted how they chose the best places, saying to them:
Beware of the scribes, who desire to go around in long robes, love greetings in the marketplaces, the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts.
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness.
For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; Their inward part is destruction; Their throat is an open tomb; They flatter with their tongue.
For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous.
Which of the prophets did your fathers not persecute? And they killed those who foretold the coming of the Just One, of whom you now have become the betrayers and murderers.
Wisdom calls aloud outside; She raises her voice in the open squares.
Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes: some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city.
Now Cain talked with Abel his brother; and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother and killed him.
2 Chronicles 36:16
But they mocked the messengers of God, despised His words, and scoffed at His prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against His people, till there was no remedy.
2 Chronicles 24:20
Then the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, who stood above the people, and said to them, "Thus says God: 'Why do you transgress the commandments of the LORD, so that you cannot prosper? Because you have forsaken the LORD, He also has forsaken you.'
2 Chronicles 24:21
So they conspired against him, and at the command of the king they stoned him with stones in the court of the house of the LORD.
But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.
Then they sent to Him some of the Pharisees and the Herodians, to catch Him in His words.