Matthew 23:29

“Woe vnto you Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, because ye build the tombes of the Prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,”

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Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,
- King James Version

"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, and garnish the tombs of the righteous,
- American Standard Version (1901)

A curse is on you, scribes and Pharisees, false ones! because you put up buildings for housing the dead bodies of the prophets, and make fair the last resting-places of good men, and say,
- Basic English Bible

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, for ye build the sepulchres of the prophets and adorn the tombs of the just,
- Darby Bible

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchers of the righteous,
- Webster's Bible

Alas for you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, for you repair the sepulchres of the Prophets and keep in order the tombs of the righteous,
- Weymouth Bible

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets, and decorate the tombs of the righteous,
- World English Bible

Wo to you, scribis and Farisees, ipocritis, that bilden sepulcris of profetis, and maken faire the birielis of iust men,
- Wycliffe Bible

`Wo to you, Scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, and adorn the tombs of the righteous,
- Youngs Literal Bible

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People's Bible Notes for Matthew 23:29


Mt 23:29,30 Ye build the tombs of the prophets, etc. They honored the prophets and saints by building monuments to them, instead of following their teaching, or imitating their lives. Even Herod the Great, a monster of wickedness, rebuilt the tomb of David.

Discussion for Matthew 23

  • 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.
  • A disciple
    Pearl; Honoring our father and mother is one of the Ten Commandments. Jesus condemned the hypocrites for teaching that by one's keep of religious observance he would be exempt from honoring his parents. I believe that Jesus is here referring to Titles, as if any man could be our Supreme Leader, or Master over the other's life and faith; for only our Father in heaven and Christ have those roles.
  • Pearl Nicholas
    Call no man father yet we all our parents mother and father. Is this wrong? Also in the Catholic church, a priest is called father.

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