Personal Relationships

21 (A)You have heard that [a]the ancients were told, ‘(B)You shall not commit murder’ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be [b]liable to (C)the court.’

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 5:21 Lit it was said to the ancients
  2. Matthew 5:21 Or guilty before

27 (A)You have heard that it was said, ‘(B)You shall not commit adultery’;

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38 (A)You have heard that it was said, ‘(B)An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’

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43 (A)You have heard that it was said, ‘(B)You shall love your neighbor (C)and hate your enemy.’

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16 “Woe to you, (A)blind guides, who say, ‘(B)Whoever swears by the [a]temple, that is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the [b]temple is obligated.’ 17 You fools and blind men! (C)Which is [c]more important, the gold or the [d]temple that sanctified the gold? 18 And, ‘Whoever swears by the altar, that is nothing, but whoever swears by the [e]offering on it, he is obligated.’ 19 You blind men, (D)which is [f]more important, the [g]offering, or the altar that sanctifies the [h]offering? 20 Therefore, [i]whoever swears by the altar, swears both by [j]the altar and by everything on it. 21 And [k]whoever swears by the [l]temple, swears both by [m]the temple and by Him who (E)dwells within it. 22 And [n]whoever swears by heaven, (F)swears both by the throne of God and by Him who sits upon it.

23 (G)Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and [o]cummin, and have neglected the weightier provisions of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness; but these are the things you should have done without neglecting the others. 24 You (H)blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!

25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For (I)you clean the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside they are full [p]of robbery and self-indulgence. 26 You blind Pharisee, first (J)clean the inside of the cup and of the dish, so that the outside of it may become clean also.

27 (K)Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

29 (L)Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous, 30 and say, ‘If we had been living in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partners with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ 31 So you testify against yourselves, that you (M)are [q]sons of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Fill up, then, the measure of the guilt of your fathers. 33 You serpents, (N)you brood of vipers, how [r]will you escape the [s]sentence of [t](O)hell?

34 (P)Therefore, behold, (Q)I am sending you prophets and wise men and scribes; some of them you will kill and crucify, and some of them you will (R)scourge in your synagogues, and (S)persecute from city to city, 35 so that upon you may fall the guilt of all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous (T)Abel to the blood of Zechariah, the (U)son of Berechiah, whom (V)you murdered between the [u]temple and the altar. 36 Truly I say to you, all these things will come upon (W)this generation.

Lament over Jerusalem

37 (X)Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who (Y)kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, (Z)the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling. 38 Behold, (AA)your house is being left to you desolate! 39 For I say to you, from now on you will not see Me until you say, ‘(AB)Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’”

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 23:16 Or sanctuary
  2. Matthew 23:16 Or sanctuary
  3. Matthew 23:17 Lit greater
  4. Matthew 23:17 Or sanctuary
  5. Matthew 23:18 Or gift
  6. Matthew 23:19 Lit greater
  7. Matthew 23:19 Or gift
  8. Matthew 23:19 Or gift
  9. Matthew 23:20 Lit he who
  10. Matthew 23:20 Lit it
  11. Matthew 23:21 Lit he who
  12. Matthew 23:21 Or sanctuary
  13. Matthew 23:21 Lit it
  14. Matthew 23:22 Lit he who
  15. Matthew 23:23 Similar to caraway seeds
  16. Matthew 23:25 Or as a result of
  17. Matthew 23:31 Or descendants
  18. Matthew 23:33 Lit would
  19. Matthew 23:33 Or judgment
  20. Matthew 23:33 Gr Gehenna
  21. Matthew 23:35 Or sanctuary

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