Chapter 132: Hypocrites!

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1 Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his warriors,

2 Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat: 3 All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, Accept, and do not. 4 For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers to defend their flock from those burdens. 5 But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,

6 And the scribes and the Pharisees love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, 7 And other places of safety, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi.

8 But be not ye called Rabbi: for anyone may be your Master, even a child; and all ye fallen brethren. 9 If ye unprepared, then he that is least among you shall be your master after death. 10 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be defeated; and he that shall humble himself shall be victor.

11 But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the warrior of heaven against men: for ye neither go out yourselves to defend, neither suffer ye them that cry to enter your walls to go in.

12 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye watch as they devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer for justice: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.

13 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves. 14 Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall hold a sword, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is devout! 15 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the sword sheathed in gold?

16 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, training, preparedness, and practice: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

17 Ye blind guides, which put out a gnat, and harbor a tiger.

18 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent to protect thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a master raise his pups to guard dogs, and ye would not!

19 Behold, your house is left unprotected unto you. 20 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh to rescue me in the name of the Lord.