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Matthew 23:1-7 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Pharisaism Exposed

23 Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to His disciples, saying: The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses; therefore all that they tell you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds; for they say things and do not do them. They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves are unwilling to move them with so much as a finger. But they do all their deeds to be noticed by men; for they broaden their [a]phylacteries and lengthen the tassels of their garments. They love the place of honor at banquets and the chief seats in the synagogues, and respectful greetings in the market places, and being called Rabbi by men.

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 23:5 I.e. small cases containing Scripture texts worn on the left arm and forehead for religious purposes
New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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Matthew 23:1-7 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Pharisaism Exposed

23 Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to His disciples, saying: “The scribes and Pharisees have seated themselves in Moses’ chair [of authority as teachers of the Law]; so practice and observe everything they tell you, but do not do as they do; for they preach [things], but do not practice them. The scribes and Pharisees tie up [a]heavy loads [that are hard to bear] and place them on men’s shoulders, but they themselves will not lift a finger [to make them lighter]. They do all their deeds to be seen by men; for they make their [b]phylacteries (tefillin) wide [to make them more conspicuous] and make their [c]tassels long. They love the place of distinction and honor at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues [those on the platform near the scrolls of the Law, facing the congregation], and to be greeted [with respect] in the market places and public forums, and to have people call them Rabbi.

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 23:4 I.e. detailed instructions of rabbinic interpretations of the Law.
  2. Matthew 23:5 Small cases containing Scripture passages, worn on the left arm and the forehead.
  3. Matthew 23:5 Tassels (tzitzit) were worn on the garments of all Jewish males, according to the Law.
Amplified Bible (AMP)

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