Matthew 23:5

But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But all their workes they doe, for to be seene of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"But they do all their deeds to be noticed by men; for they broaden their phylacteries and lengthen the tassels {of their garments.}
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But all their works they do to be seen of men: for they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders `of their garments',
- American Standard Version (1901)

But all their works they do so as to be seen by men: for they make wide their phylacteries, and the edges of their robes,
- Basic English Bible

And all their works they do to be seen of men: for they make broad their phylacteries and enlarge the borders [of their garments],
- Darby Bible

But all their works they do to be seen by men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,
- Webster's Bible

And everything they do they do with a view to being observed by men; for they widen their phylacteries and make the tassels large,
- Weymouth Bible

But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad, enlarge the fringes of their garments,
- World English Bible

Therfor thei don alle her werkis `that thei be seen of men; for thei drawen abrood her filateries, and magnifien hemmes.
- Wycliffe Bible

`And all their works they do to be seen by men, and they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the fringes of their garments,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 23:5


23:5 Their phylacteries - The Jews, understanding those words literally, It shall he as a token upon thy hand, and as frontlets between thine eyes, #Exod 13:16|. And thou shalt bind these words for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes, #Deut 6:8|; used to wear little scrolls of paper or parchment, bound on their wrist and foreheads, on which several texts of Scripture were writ. These they supposed, as a kind of charm, would preserve them from danger. And hence they seem to have been called phylacteries, or preservatives. The fringes of their garments - Which God had enjoined them to wear, to remind them of doing all the commandments, #Num 15:38|. These, as well as their phylacteries, the Pharisees affected to wear broader and larger than other men. #Mark 12:38|.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 23:5


Mt 23:5 To be seen of men. Instead of touching the burdens with their little finger, by an effort to keep the law in its spirit, their whole object was to appear holy before men. They make broad their phylacteries. A band was drawn over the forehead, or around the arm, and to this was attached a small calfskin box, in which were placed passages of Scripture. For this they quoted Ex 13:16. The passages worn so ostentatiously were Ex 12:2-10 13:11-21 De 6:4-9 11:18-21. To make them "broad" was to enlarge the case contain the Scripture, so as to make it more conspicuous. Enlarge the borders. The fringes worn to remind them "of doing all the commandments", as enjoined in Nu 15:38. To enlarge these would make them more conspicuous.

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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