Whose Son Is the Messiah?(A)

41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 42 “What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?”

“The son of David,”(B) they replied.

43 He said to them, “How is it then that David, speaking by the Spirit, calls him ‘Lord’? For he says,

44 “‘The Lord said to my Lord:
    “Sit at my right hand
until I put your enemies
    under your feet.”’[a](C)

45 If then David calls him ‘Lord,’ how can he be his son?” 46 No one could say a word in reply, and from that day on no one dared to ask him any more questions.(D)

A Warning Against Hypocrisy(E)(F)

23 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: “The teachers of the law(G) and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them.(H)

“Everything they do is done for people to see:(I) They make their phylacteries[b](J) wide and the tassels on their garments(K) long; they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues;(L) they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by others.(M)


  1. Matthew 22:44 Psalm 110:1
  2. Matthew 23:5 That is, boxes containing Scripture verses, worn on forehead and arm

Whose Son Is the Messiah?(A)(B)

35 While Jesus was teaching in the temple courts,(C) he asked, “Why do the teachers of the law say that the Messiah is the son of David?(D) 36 David himself, speaking by the Holy Spirit,(E) declared:

“‘The Lord said to my Lord:
    “Sit at my right hand
until I put your enemies
    under your feet.”’[a](F)

37 David himself calls him ‘Lord.’ How then can he be his son?”

The large crowd(G) listened to him with delight.

Warning Against the Teachers of the Law

38 As he taught, Jesus said, “Watch out for the teachers of the law. They like to walk around in flowing robes and be greeted with respect in the marketplaces, 39 and have the most important seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets.(H) 40 They devour widows’ houses and for a show make lengthy prayers. These men will be punished most severely.”

Read full chapter


  1. Mark 12:36 Psalm 110:1

Bible Gateway Recommends