1 Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples,
2 saying: The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat.
3 Therefore whatever they tell you to observe, that observe and do, but do not do
according to their works; for they say, and do not do.
4 For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they
themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
5 But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and
enlarge the borders of their garments.
6 They love the chief places at feasts, the chief seats in the synagogues,
7 greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called by men, Rabbi, Rabbi.
8 But you, do not be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, the Christ, and you are all
9 Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in Heaven.
10 Nor be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ.
11 But he who is greater among you shall be your servant.
12 And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be
13 But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of
Heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are
entering to go in.
14 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you devour widows' houses, and
for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive more abundant
15 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one
proselyte, and when he becomes one, you make him twice more a son of Gehenna than
16 Woe to you, blind guides, who say, Whoever swears by the temple, it is nothing; but
whoever swears by the gold of the temple is a debtor.
17 Fools and blind! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that sanctifies the gold?
18 And, Whoever swears by the altar, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gift that is
on it is a debtor.
19 Fools and blind! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that sanctifies the gift?
20 Therefore he who swears by the altar, swears by it and by all things on it.
21 He who swears by the temple, swears by it and by Him who dwells in it.
22 And he who swears by Heaven, swears by the throne of God and by Him who sits on
23 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you pay tithe of mint and anise
and cumin, and have disregarded the weightier matters of the law: judgment and mercy
and faith. It is necessary to do these, and not to leave the others undone.
24 Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!
25 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cleanse the outside of the cup
and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and self-indulgence.
26 Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them
may be clean also.
27 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs
which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men's bones and all
28 Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of
hypocrisy and lawlessness.
29 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the
prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous,
30 and say, If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers
with them in the blood of the prophets.
31 Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves that you are sons of those who
murdered the prophets.
32 Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers.
33 Serpents! Offspring of vipers! How will you escape the condemnation of Gehenna?
34 Therefore, behold, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes: some of them you
will kill and crucify, and some of them you will scourge in your synagogues and
persecute from city to city,
35 in order that on you may come all the righteous blood poured out upon the earth,
from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you
murdered between the temple and the altar.
36 Truly, I say to you, All these things will come upon this generation.
37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her, how often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!
38 Behold, your house is left to you desolate.
39 For I say to you: You shall see Me no more till you say, Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!