25 (A)“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For (B)you clean the outside of (C)the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of (D)greed and self-indulgence. 26 You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of (E)the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean.

27 (F)“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like (G)whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people's bones and (H)all uncleanness. 28 So you also (I)outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of (J)hypocrisy and lawlessness.

29 (K)“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the monuments of the righteous, 30 saying, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ 31 Thus you witness against yourselves that you are (L)sons of those who murdered the prophets. 32 (M)Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers. 33 You serpents, (N)you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to (O)hell? 34 (P)Therefore (Q)I send you (R)prophets and wise men and (S)scribes, (T)some of whom you will kill and crucify, and (U)some you will (V)flog in your synagogues and (W)persecute from town to town, 35 so that on you may come all (X)the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous (Y)Abel to the blood of (Z)Zechariah the son of Barachiah,[a] whom you murdered between (AA)the sanctuary and (AB)the altar. 36 Truly, I say to you, (AC)all these things will come upon this generation.

Lament over Jerusalem

37 (AD)“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that (AE)kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have (AF)gathered (AG)your children together (AH)as a hen gathers her brood (AI)under her wings, and (AJ)you were not willing! 38 See, (AK)your house is left to you desolate. 39 For I tell you, you will not see me again, until you say, (AL)‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’”

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  1. Matthew 23:35 Some manuscripts omit the son of Barachiah

Cast Your Burden on the Lord

To the choirmaster: with (A)stringed instruments. A Maskil[a] of David.

55 (B)Give ear to my prayer, O God,
    and hide not yourself from my plea for mercy!
Attend to me, and answer me;
    I am restless (C)in my complaint and I (D)moan,
because of the noise of the enemy,
    because of the oppression of the wicked.
For they (E)drop trouble upon me,
    and in anger they bear a grudge against me.

My heart is in anguish within me;
    (F)the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
Fear and trembling come upon me,
    and (G)horror (H)overwhelms me.
And I say, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove!
    I would fly away and be at rest;
(I)yes, I would wander far away;
    I would lodge in the wilderness; Selah
I would hurry to find a shelter
    from (J)the raging wind and tempest.”

Destroy, O Lord, (K)divide their tongues;
    for I see (L)violence and strife in the city.
10 Day and night they go around it
    on its walls,
and (M)iniquity and trouble are within it;
11     ruin is in its midst;
(N)oppression and fraud
    do not depart from its marketplace.

12 For it is not an enemy who taunts me—
    then I could bear it;
it is not an adversary who (O)deals insolently with me—
    then I could hide from him.
13 (P)But it is you, a man, my equal,
    my companion, my familiar friend.
14 We used to take sweet counsel together;
    within God's house we walked in (Q)the throng.
15 Let death steal over them;
    let them go down to Sheol (R)alive;
    for evil is in their dwelling place and in their heart.

16 But I call to God,
    and the Lord will save me.
17 (S)Evening and (T)morning and at (U)noon
    I (V)utter my complaint and moan,
    and he hears my voice.
18 He redeems my soul in safety
    from the battle that I wage,
    for (W)many are arrayed against me.
19 God will give ear and humble them,
    he who is (X)enthroned from of old, Selah
because they do not (Y)change
    and do not fear God.

20 My companion[b] (Z)stretched out his hand against his friends;
    he violated his covenant.
21 His (AA)speech was (AB)smooth as butter,
    yet war was in his heart;
his words were softer than oil,
    yet they were (AC)drawn swords.

22 (AD)Cast your burden on the Lord,
    and he will sustain you;
(AE)he will never permit
    the righteous to be moved.

23 But you, O God, (AF)will cast them down
    into (AG)the pit of destruction;
men of (AH)blood and treachery
    shall not (AI)live out half their days.
But I will (AJ)trust in you.


  1. Psalm 55:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
  2. Psalm 55:20 Hebrew He

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