Matthew 23:3

“All therefore whatsoeuer they bid you obserue, that obserue and doe, but doe not ye after their workes: for they say, and doe not.”

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Other Translations

All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, [that] observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.
- King James Version

therefore all that they tell you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds; for they say {things} and do not do {them.}
- New American Standard Version (1995)

all things therefore whatsoever they bid you, `these' do and observe: but do not ye after their works; for they say, and do not.
- American Standard Version (1901)

All things, then, which they give you orders to do, these do and keep: but do not take their works as your example, for they say and do not.
- Basic English Bible

all things therefore, whatever they may tell you, do and keep. But do not after their works, for they say and do not,
- Darby Bible

All therefore, whatever they bid you observe, that observe and do: but do not ye according to their works: for they say, and do not.
- Webster's Bible

Therefore do and observe everything that they command you; but do not imitate their lives, for though they tell others what to do, they do not do it themselves.
- Weymouth Bible

All things therefore whatever they tell you to observe, observe and do, but don't do their works; for they say, and don't do.
- World English Bible

Therfor kepe ye, and do ye alle thingis, what euer thingis thei seien to you. But nyle ye do aftir her werkis; for thei seien, and don not.
- Wycliffe Bible

all, then, as much as they may say to you to observe, observe and do, but according to their works do not, for they say, and do not;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 23:3

23:3 All things therefore - Which they read out of the law, and enforce therefrom.

People's Bible Notes for Matthew 23:3

Mt 23:3 Whatsoever they bid you observe, [that] observe and do. While in Moses' seat, presenting the law of Moses. He has elsewhere taught that the traditions they added were to be rejected (Mt 15:3-6). Do not ye after their works. Do not follow their examples. The law of Moses was still in force, for the Christian dispensation was not ushered in until Christ died, and hence was still to be obeyed, but the wicked example of its teachers was to be rejected.

Discussion for Matthew 23

  • BSP
    Verses 1-3~Jesus told his disciples to listen to the things the Pharisees told them, but not according to their deeds. We may get instruction and we may not want to listen because they aren’t doing what they tell us to do but if the instruction is in line with what Jehovah God wants we need to listen.
  • A disciple
    When a man desires the office of an overseer, and seeks to be a good and faithful teacher of God's word; he desires a good thing; and with his commitment the Holy Spirit will work to convict and to testify the grace of God in Jesus Christ. But too often happens if one falls from his first love, or fails the grace of God and sins, that man hides his sins and is unwilling to surrender his position.
  • BSP
    Verse 13~It is important that our teachings are in line with God's Word because it means not only our lives, but the lives of others as well.
  • BSP
    Verse 10: We must not follow men, but we have one Leader and Master and that is Christ.
  • 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!

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