“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.”
King James Version (KJV)
23:13 Wo to you - Our Lord pronounced eight blessings upon the mount: he pronounces eight woes here; not as imprecations, but solemn, compassionate declarations of the misery, which these stubborn sinners were bringing upon themselves. Ye go not in - For ye are not poor in spirit; and ye hinder those that would be so.
Mt 23:13 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees. Eight woes are given. They have been contrasted with the nine Beatitudes of Mt 5:3-11. Hypocrites. Literally, actors. Ye shut up the kingdom of heaven. By false teaching that prevents men from accepting Christ. Both their example and false teaching shut the door.