Matthew 23:3

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 (KJV)

Other Translations

All therefore whatsoeuer they bid you obserue, that obserue and doe, but doe not ye after their workes: for they say, and doe not.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

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

  • 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
  • Reverend Robert L. Kerns
    There is only One Father and He is the Heavenly Father and the Creator of Heaven and earth and the fullness thereof. The Bible tells us in the book of Timothy to " Study to shew ourselves approved of God. Rightfully dividing the Word of Truth ". Reminder, The Word of God is to be discussed not argued over. It doesn't matter how we may think or feel, God's Word will always stand.

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