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Matthew 23:2-5 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

“The scribes and the Pharisees are seated in the chair of Moses.[a] Therefore do whatever they tell you, and observe it. But don’t do what they do,[b] because they don’t practice what they teach. They tie up heavy loads that are hard to carry[c] and put them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves aren’t willing to lift a finger[d] to move them. They do everything[e] to be observed by others: They enlarge their phylacteries[f] and lengthen their tassels.[g]


  1. Matthew 23:2 Perhaps a special chair for teaching in synagogues, or a metaphorical phrase for teaching with Moses’ authority
  2. Matthew 23:3 Lit do according to their works
  3. Matthew 23:4 Other mss omit that are hard to carry
  4. Matthew 23:4 Lit lift with their finger
  5. Matthew 23:5 Lit do all their works
  6. Matthew 23:5 Small leather boxes containing OT texts, worn by Jews on their arms and foreheads
  7. Matthew 23:5 Other mss add on their robes

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