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

  • 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.
  • Rennagade
    And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. That means no man period!!!!!
  • Irene123
    v. 9 - Jesus here is speaking of pastors, preachers, ministers of Christ, of which some are referred to as - 'father'. He's NOT referring to our earthly fathers who sired us. Isa. 1:18, "Come now, let us REASON together, ..... "; The Lord Jesus isn't unreasonable; He's appealing to our common sense.
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    The Pharisees had some tongue lashing from Jesus in this chapter. Much deserved. The generations of vipers Christ referred to abound till today and growing by the numbers. As Christ predicted, the love of many shall wax cold. We are in the end times indeed.
  • Bruce
    Jambita: Yes! Most churches today are in a sea of darkness. They don't know their lost headed for the lake of fire. They have a lot of social activities and functions. They think they are looking great for Christ,but have spiritual anorexia. They don't know the father is calling John 6:44, washed 1John 1:9, will be Baptized with the Holy Ghost and fire Matthew 3:11, Will know! 2 Corinthians 5:17.

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