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Mattithyahu 23

1  Then יהושע spoke to the crowds and to His talmidim,

2  saying, "The scribes and the Pharisees sit on the seat of Mosheh.

3  "Therefore, whatever he says to you to guard, guard and do. But do not do according to their works, for they say, and do not do.

4  "For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men's shoulders, but with their finger they do not want to move them.

5  "And they do all their works to be seen by men, and they make their t'fillen wide and lengthen the tsitsit of their garments,

6  and they love the best place at feasts, and the best seats in the congregations,

7  and the greetings in the market-places, and to be called by men, ‘Rabbi, Rabbi.'

8  "But you, do not be called ‘Rabbi,' for One is your Teacher, ha'Mashiaḥ, and you are all brothers.

9  "And do not call none on earth your father, for One is your Father, He who is in the shamayim.

10  "Neither be called leaders, for One is your Leader, ha'Mashiaḥ.

11  "But the greatest among you shall be your servant.

12  "And whoever exalts himself shall be humbled, and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted.

13  "But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you shut up the reign of the shamayim before men, for you do not go in, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.

14  "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you eat up widows' houses, and for a show make long prayers. Because of this you shall receive greater judgment.

15  "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you go about the land and the sea to win one convert, and when he is won, you make him a son of Gehenna twofold more than yourselves.

16  "Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever swears by the Mishkan, it does not matter, but whoever swears by the gold of the Mishkan, is bound by oath.'

17  "Fools and blind! For which is greater, the gold or the Mishkan that makes the gold qodesh?

18  "And, ‘Whoever swears by the altar, it does not matter, but whoever swears by the gift that is on it, is bound by oath.'

19  "Fools and blind! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that makes the gift qodesh?

20  "He, then, who swears by the altar, swears by it and by all that is upon it.

21  "And he who swears by the Mishkan, swears by it and by Him who is dwelling in it.

22  "And he who swears by the shamayim, swears by the throne of Elohim and by Him who is sitting upon it.

23  "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you tithe the mint and the anise and the cumin, and have neglected the weightier of the Torah: the Right-Ruling and the compassion and the belief. These need to have been done, without neglecting the others.

24  "Blind guides - straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel!

25  "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are filled with plunder and unrighteousness.

26  "Blind Pharisee, first clean the inside of the cup and dish, so that the outside of them becomes clean too.

27  "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you are like whitewashed tombs which outwardly indeed look well, but inside are filled with dead men's bones and all uncleanness.

28  "So you too outwardly indeed appear righteous to men, but inside you are filled with hypocrisy and lawlessness.

29  "Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the Neḇi'im and decorate the monuments of the righteous,

30  and say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have taken part with them in the blood of the neḇi'im.'

31  "Thus you bear witness against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the neḇi'im -

32  and you fill up the measure of your fathers!

33  "Serpents, brood of adders! How would you escape the judgment of Gehenna?

34  "Because of this, see, I send you neḇi'im, and wise men, and scholars. Some of them you shall kill and impale, and some of them you shall flog in your congregations and persecute from city to city,

35  so that on you should come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of righteous Heḇel to the blood of Zeḵaryah, son of Bereḵyah, whom you murdered between the Mishkan and the altar.

36  "Truly, I say to you, all this shall come upon this generation.

37  "Yerushalayim, Yerushalayim, killing the neḇi'im and stoning those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, but you would not!

38  "See! Your house is left to you laid waste,

39  for I say to you, from now on you shall by no means see Me, until you say, ‘Baruḵ is He who is coming in the Name of יהוה!' "