Modern Literal Version
[Matthew 23]


     23:1 Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, 23:2 saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit on the seat of Moses. 23:3 Therefore as many things as they may say for you* to observe, do and observe; but do not do them according to their works; for* they say and do notdo. 23:4 For* they bind burdensome and unbearable loads and place them on men's shoulders; but they are not willing to move them even with their finger. 23:5 And they do all their works to be seen by men. And they widen their phylacteries and magnify the hems of their garments, 23:6 and they love the foremost-places in the suppers and the foremost seats in the synagogues, 23:7 and the greeting in the marketplaces and to be called by men, Rabbi, Rabbi. 23:8 But do not be called Rabbi; for* only one is your* leader, the Christ and you* are all brethren. 23:9 And do not callanyone your* father on the earth; for* only one is your* Father, who is in heaven; 23:10 nor be called leaders; for* only one is your* leaderС the Christ. 23:11 But the greatest of you* will be your*minister. 23:12 And whoever elevates himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be elevated.


     23:13 {F} Woe to you*, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you* devour widows' houses, even while you* make long prayers for a pretense; because of this you* will receive even-more condemnation.

     23:14 {F} But woe to you*, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you* shut the kingdom of heaven before men can enter; for* you* do not enter in yourselves, nor do you* allow those who are entering in to enter.

     23:15 Woe to you*, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you* go all around the sea and thedry land to make one proselyte, and whenever he has become one, you* make him twice as muchthe son of hell as you* are yourselves.

     23:16 Woe to you*, you* blind guides, that say, Whoever swears by the temple, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the temple, he is obligated. 23:17 You* are foolish and blind; for*which is greater, the gold or the temple that sanctifies the gold? 23:18 And, Whoever swears by the altar, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gift which is on it, he is obligated. 23:19 You* arefoolish and blind; for* which is greater, the gift or the altar that sanctifies the gift? 23:20 Therefore he who swears by the altar, swears by it and by all things on it. 23:21 And he who swears by the temple, swears by it and by him who dwells in it. 23:22 And he who swears by the heaven, swears by the throne of God and by him who is sitting on it.

     23:23 Woe to you*, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you* tithe mint and dill and cumin and yet have left behind the weighty things of the law: justice and mercy and faith. You* ought to do these and not to have left behind those other things either. 23:24 You* blind guides, who strain out the gnat and swallow the camel!

     23:25 Woe to you*, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you* cleanse the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full from extortion and unrighteousness. 23:26 Blind Pharisee! First clean the cup from within and the plate, that* the outside of them may also become clean.

     23:27 Woe to you*, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you* are similar to whitewashed burial chambers, which on the outside indeed appear beautiful, but inside are full of dead men's bones and full of all uncleanness. 23:28 Even so on the outside you* also appear righteous to men, but inside you* are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

     23:29 Woe to you*, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you* build the burial chambers of the prophets and adorn the tombs of the righteous, 23:30 and say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we might not have been partners with them in the blood of the prophets. 23:31 So-then you*testify to yourselves, that you* are sons of those who murdered the prophets. 23:32 You* fill up then the measure of your* fathers. 23:33 You* serpents, you* offspring of vipers, how may you* escape from the judgment of hell? 23:34 Therefore, behold, I send to you* prophets and wise men and scribes and out of them you* will kill and crucify, and some of them you* will scourge in your*synagogues and persecute from city to city, 23:35 so *that upon you* may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, from the blood of Abel the righteous {Gen. 4:8} to the blood of Zechariah son of Barachiah, whom you* murdered between the temple and the altar. {2 Chr. 24:20-21 (?)} 23:36Truly* I say to you*, All these things will come upon this generation.


     23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who have been sent to her! How many times I willed to have gathered your children together, in the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings and you* did not will it! 23:38 Behold, your* house is left to you*desolate; 23:39 for* I say to you*, You* may never* see me from now on, until you* should say, He who is coming in the name of the Lord is blessed. {Ps. 118:26}


    {Footnotes: Mt 23:13 & 23:14 are flipped in various translations.}



Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1987, 1999, 2013 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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