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43 Woe to you Pharisees! You love the seat of honor in synagogues and greetings in marketplaces.(A) 44 Woe to you! You are like unseen graves[a] over which people unknowingly walk.”(B)

45 Then one of the scholars of the law[b] said to him in reply, “Teacher, by saying this you are insulting us too.”(C)

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  1. 11:44 Unseen graves: contact with the dead or with human bones or graves (see Nm 19:16) brought ritual impurity. Jesus presents the Pharisees as those who insidiously lead others astray through their seeming attention to the law.
  2. 11:45 Scholars of the law: see note on Lk 10:25.