Matthew 23:2

“Saying, The Scribes and the Pharises sit in Moses seate:”

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Other Translations

Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat:
- King James Version

saying: "The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses seat:
- American Standard Version (1901)

The scribes and the Pharisees have the authority of Moses;
- Basic English Bible

saying, The scribes and the Pharisees have set themselves down in Moses' seat:
- Darby Bible

Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses's seat.
- Webster's Bible

The Scribes, He said, "and the Pharisees sit in the chair of Moses.
- Weymouth Bible

saying, "The scribes and the Pharisees sat on Moses' seat.
- World English Bible

and seide, On the chayere of Moises, scribis and Farisees han sete.
- Wycliffe Bible

saying, `On the seat of Moses sat down the scribes and the Pharisees;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 23:2


23:2 The scribes sit in the chair of Moses - That is, read and expound the law of Moses, and are their appointed teachers.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 23:2


Mt 23:2 The scribes and the Pharisees. Associated because almost all the scribes were of the sect of Pharisees. The scribes, the Jewish scholars, the theologians and lawyers, would naturally be of the religious sect. Sit in the Moses' seat. Are the expounders of the law of Moses.

Discussion for Matthew 23

  • A disciple
    From the day that the Lord Jesus came into this world, the devil's seed was after Him to destroy Him; and throughout His Ministry He was pursued by hateful and hostile hypocrites, who were deaf as an adder, and would never humble themselves to receive His good and wholesome teaching. In the last few days Jesus has come right to Jerusalem to speak to their face, and it cost Him His life. We follow!
  • Irene123
    Rev. Kerns; I like what you said; Ps. 68:11; "When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Lord shall raise up a standard against him." Isa. 69:19
  • Reverend Robert L. Kerns
    There is only One Father and He is the Heavenly Father and the Creator of Heaven and earth and the fullness thereof. The Bible tells us in the book of Timothy to " Study to shew ourselves approved of God. Rightfully dividing the Word of Truth ". Reminder, The Word of God is to be discussed not argued over. It doesn't matter how we may think or feel, God's Word will always stand.
  • Rennagade
    And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. That means no man period!!!!!
  • Irene123
    v. 9 - Jesus here is speaking of pastors, preachers, ministers of Christ, of which some are referred to as - 'father'. He's NOT referring to our earthly fathers who sired us. Isa. 1:18, "Come now, let us REASON together, ..... "; The Lord Jesus isn't unreasonable; He's appealing to our common sense.
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    The Pharisees had some tongue lashing from Jesus in this chapter. Much deserved. The generations of vipers Christ referred to abound till today and growing by the numbers. As Christ predicted, the love of many shall wax cold. We are in the end times indeed.

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