Modern Literal Version
[Matthew 23]

     {Mk 12:38-40 & Mt 23:1-39 & Lk 20:45-47 Courts of the Temple, Tues.}

     23:1 Then Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples, 23:2 saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit upon the seat of Moses.23:3 Therefore, as many things as they may say for you* to keep, keep and do, but do not do them according to their works; for* they say and are not doing. 23:4 For* they bind burdensome and unbearable loads, and place them upon menМs shoulders, but they are not willing to move them even with their finger. 23:5 And they are doing 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-place 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 Now do not call anyone your* father upon the earth; for*only one is your* Father, who is in the heavens; 23:10 nor be called leaders; for*onlyone is your* leaderС the Christ. 23:11 But the greater of you* will be your* servant. 23:12 But whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will beexalted.

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

     23:13Woe to you*, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you* devour widowsМ houses, and when* you* are praying long prayers for a pretext, because of this, you* will receive even-more condemnation.

     23:14But woe to you*, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you* lock the kingdom of the heavens before men; for* you* are not entering in yourselves, nor are you* allowing those who are entering in, to enter either.

     23:15 Woe to you*, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you* go all around the sea and thedry land to make* one Jewish-convert, and whenever he has become one, you* are making* him double the 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. 23:17You* 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 upon it, he is obligated. 23:19You* are foolish 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 upon 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 upon 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 they are full from swindling and unrighteousness inside. 23:26Blind Pharisee! First cleanse the cup from within and the plate, that* the outside of them might 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 menМs bones, and full of all uncleanness. 23:28 So on the outside you* indeed appear also 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 would not have been partners with them in the blood of the prophets. 23:31 So-then you*are testifying to yourselves, that you* are sons of those who murdered the prophets. 23:32 And you*, fill up the measure of your* fathers. 23:33 Serpents, offspring of vipers! How may you* flee from the judgment of hell? 23:34 Because of this, behold, I am sending 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, 23:35so*that upon you* may come all the righteous blood shed upon 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. {Zech 1:7 (?)}23:36 Assuredly 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-often I willed to have gathered your children together in the manner a bird gathers her brood 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 has been blessed. {Ps. 118:26}

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