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35 so that on you will come the guilt of all the blood of the righteous shed on earth, from the blood of righteous [a]Abel to the blood of Zechariah [the priest], the son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar.(A) 36 I assure you and most solemnly say to you, [the judgment for] all these things [these vile and murderous deeds] will come on this generation.(B)

Lament over Jerusalem

37 [b]O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who murders the prophets and stones [to death] those [messengers] who are sent to her [by God]! How often I wanted to gather your children together [around Me], as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling.(C)

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  1. Matthew 23:35 I.e. the first and last martyrs recorded in the Hebrew text.
  2. Matthew 23:37 The nation of Israel personified.