Matthew 23:4

“For they binde heauie burdens, and grieuous to be borne, and lay them on mens shoulders, but they themselues will not mooue them with one of their fingers.”

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Other Translations

For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay [them] on men's shoulders; but they [themselves] will not move them with one of their fingers.
- King James Version

"They tie up heavy burdens and lay them on men's shoulders, but they themselves are unwilling to move them with {so much as} a finger.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Yea, they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with their finger.
- American Standard Version (1901)

They make hard laws and put great weights on men's backs; but they themselves will not put a finger to them.
- Basic English Bible

but bind burdens heavy and hard to bear, and lay them on the shoulders of men, but will not move them with their finger.
- Darby Bible

For they bind heavy burdens, and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
- Webster's Bible

Heavy and cumbrous burdens they bind together and load men's shoulders with them, while as for themselves, not with one finger do they choose to lift them.
- Weymouth Bible

For they bind heavy burdens that are grievous to be borne, and lay them on men's shoulders; but they themselves will not lift a finger to help them.
- World English Bible

And thei bynden greuouse chargis, and that moun not be borun, and putten on schuldris of men; but with her fyngur thei wolen not moue hem.
- Wycliffe Bible

for they bind together burdens heavy and grievous to be borne, and lay upon the shoulders of men, but with their finger they will not move them.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 23:4


23:4 #Luke 11:46|.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 23:4


Mt 23:4 They bind heavy burdens. By the traditions they added to the laws. The law itself was a heavy yoke (Ac 15:10), but the traditions so strenuously insisted on added to this yoke. See notes on Mt 15:1-6.

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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