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1THEN Jesus addressed the crowds and his disciples.

2"The scribes and the Pharisees speak with the authority of Moses," he told them,

3"so you must do what they tell you and follow their instructions. But you must not imitate their lives! For they preach but do not practise.

4They pile up backbreaking burdens and lay them on other men's shouldersyet they themselves will not raise a finger to move them.

5Their whole lives are planned with an eye to effect. They increase the size of their phylacteries and lengthen the tassels of their robes;

6they love seats of honour at dinner parties and front places in the synagogues.

7They love to be greeted with respect in public places and to have men call them 'rabbi!'

8Don't you ever be called 'rabbi'you have only one teacher, and all of you are brothers.

9And don't call any human being 'father'for you have one Father and he is in Heaven.

10And you must not let people call you 'leaders'you have only one leader, Christ!

11The only 'superior' among you is the one who serves the others.

12For every man who promotes himself will be humbled, and every man who learns to be humble will find promotion.

13"But alas for you, you scribes and Pharisees, playactors that you are! You lock the doors of the kingdom of Heaven in men's faces; you will not go in yourselves neither will you allow those at the door to go inside.

15"Alas for you, you scribes and Pharisees, playactors! You scour sea and land to make a single convert, and then you make him twice as ripe for destruction as you are yourselves.

16"Alas for you, you blind leaders! You say, 'If anyone swears by the Temple it amounts to nothing, but if he swears by the gold of the Temple he is bound by his oath.'

17You blind fools, which is the more important, the gold or the Temple which sanctifies the gold?

18And you say, 'If anyone swears by the altar it doesn't matter, but if he swears by the gift placed on the altar he is bound by his oath.'

19Have you no eyeswhich is more important, the gift, or the altar which sanctifies the gift?

20Any man who swears by the altar is swearing by the altar and whatever is offered upon it;

21and anyone who swears by the Temple is swearing by the Temple and by him who dwells in it;

22and anyone who swears by Heaven is swearing by the throne of God and by the One who sits upon that throne.

23"Alas for you, scribes and Pharisees, you utter frauds! For you pay your tithe on mint and dill and cummin, and neglect the things which carry far more weight in the Lawjustice, mercy and good faith. These are the things you should have observedwithout neglecting the others.

24You are blind leaders, for you filter out a mosquito yet swallow a camel.

25"What miserable frauds you are, you scribes and Pharisees! You clean the outside of the cup and the dish, while the inside is full of greed and selfindulgence.

26Can't you see, Pharisee? First wash the inside of a cup, and then you can clean the outside.

27"Alas for you, you hypocritical scribes and Pharisees! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look fine on the outside but inside are full of dead men's bones and all kinds of rottenness.

28For you appear like good men on the outsidebut inside you are a mass of pretense and wickedness.

29"What miserable frauds you are, you scribes and Pharisees! You build tombs for the prophets, and decorate monuments for good men of the past,

30and then say, 'If we had lived in the times of our ancestors we should never have joined in the killing of the prophets.'

31Yes, 'your ancestors'[that] shows you to be sons indeed of those who murdered the prophets.

32Go ahead then, and finish off what your ancestors tried to do!

33You serpents, you viper's brood, how do you think you are going to avoid being condemned to the fires of destruction?

34Listen now to the reason why I send you prophets and wise and learned men; some of these you will kill and crucify, others you will flog in your synagogues and hunt from town to town.

35So that on your hands is all the innocent blood spilt on this earth, from the blood of Abel the good to the blood of Zachariah, Barachiah's son, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar.

36Yes, I tell you that all this will be laid at the doors of this generation.

37"Oh, Jerusalem, Jerusalem! You murder the prophets and stone the messengers that are sent to you. How often have I longed to gather your children round me like a bird gathering her brood together under her wingsand you would never have it.

38Now all you have left is your housedesolate.

39I tell you that you will never see me again till the day when you cry, 'Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!'"

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