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
    NOWHERE ??? MATTHEW 23:28 EVEN SO YOU OUTWARDLY APPEAR RIGHTEOUS UNTO MEN BUT WITHIN YOU ARE FULL OF HYPOCRISY AND INIQUITY ---- a disciple and all --- how many times as GOD spoken --- WOE UNTO YOU --- PSALM 12:4 WHO HAVE SAID WITH OUR TONGUE WILL WE PREVAIL OUR LIPS ARE OUR OWN --- WHO IS LORD OVER US --- is there courage enough to not erase GODS RIGHTEOUSNESS ; GODLINESS ; HOLINESS AND TRUTH
  • Steve morrow
    MATTHEW 23:10 neither be you called masters for one is your master even CHRIST JOHN 14:24 he that loveth ME not keepeth not MY sayings and the word which you hear is not mine but THE FATHERS which sent ME MATTHEW 10:37 he that loveth father or mother more than ME is not worthy of ME and he that loveth son or daughter more than ME is not worthy of ME***JOHN 14:15 IF YOU LOVE ME KEEP MY COMMANDMENTS
  • 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.

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