Matthew 23:2

“Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat:

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Saying, The Scribes and the Pharises sit in Moses seate:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

saying: "The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses seat:
- American Standard Version (1901)

The scribes and the Pharisees have the authority of Moses;
- Basic English Bible

saying, The scribes and the Pharisees have set themselves down in Moses' seat:
- Darby Bible

Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses's seat.
- Webster's Bible

The Scribes, He said, "and the Pharisees sit in the chair of Moses.
- Weymouth Bible

saying, "The scribes and the Pharisees sat on Moses' seat.
- World English Bible

and seide, On the chayere of Moises, scribis and Farisees han sete.
- Wycliffe Bible

saying, `On the seat of Moses sat down the scribes and the Pharisees;
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 23:2


23:2 The scribes sit in the chair of Moses - That is, read and expound the law of Moses, and are their appointed teachers.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 23:2


Mt 23:2 The scribes and the Pharisees. Associated because almost all the scribes were of the sect of Pharisees. The scribes, the Jewish scholars, the theologians and lawyers, would naturally be of the religious sect. Sit in the Moses' seat. Are the expounders of the law of Moses.

Discussion for Matthew 23

  • 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.
  • A disciple
    From the day that the Lord Jesus came into this world, the devil's seed was after Him to destroy Him; and throughout His Ministry He was pursued by hateful and hostile hypocrites, who were deaf as an adder, and would never humble themselves to receive His good and wholesome teaching. In the last few days Jesus has come right to Jerusalem to speak to their face, and it cost Him His life. We follow!
  • Irene123
    Rev. Kerns; I like what you said; Ps. 68:11; "When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Lord shall raise up a standard against him." Isa. 69:19

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