Matthew 23:2

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

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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

  • Steve morrow
    MATTHEW 23:28 even so you also outwardly appear righteous unto men but within you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity JAMES 3:17 but the wisdom that is from above is first pure then peaceable gentle and easy to be entreated full of mercy --- AND GOOD FRUITS --- without partiality and without hypocrisy
  • A disciple
    "..but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not...But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in." In the Sermon on the Mount, all of our character and conduct both toward God and men is supposed to be a reflection of our Father, that men may see!
  • A disciple
    BSP; That is such a profound statement! Hypocrisy is "stage-playing," giving an outward appearance intended to conceal one's true motives, nature, or actions. That then is become a false and spurious "religion" based on deceit and fraud, driven by pride, envy and selfishness. Our religion is as David describes in the 5th Psalm; of setting in order before Him, and allowing no place for the devil.
  • BSP
    Verses 25 and 26- the Pharisees were only focused on their outward appearance. We want to make sure that we are clean inside and out.
  • Joseph Mosley
    When Jesus said for us" call no man father save your father witch is in heaven. He was talking about religious father like Catholics call there priests father. He also said that we should not refer to religious leaders as rabbi because it means teacher and we only have one teacher and that is God.
  • Ren
    @Pearl when I was young we called ours dad not father. That was not allowed at our house. We were told you have only one Father and he is the one above.

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