Jesus Condemns Those Who Pretend
The common people were listening to Jesus eagerly. As he taught he said,
"Be on your guard against the scribes, who like to walk about in long
robes and to have the people bow to them in the market-places. They like
to sit in the front seats in the synagogue and in the best places at
feasts. These, who use up the property of widows and then to cover their
guilt make long prayers, will receive the greater condemnation."
He also said, "Woe to you scribes! For you load men with burdens heavy
to bear, which you yourselves do not touch with one of your fingers. Woe
to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You shut in men's faces the
door to the Kingdom of God; for you neither enter yourselves nor let
those enter who wish to come in.
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you carefully pay to
the Temple the tenth part of what grows in your garden, but you do not
show justice, mercy, and faithfulness. Blind guides, who strain out the
gnat and swallow the camel!
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you make clean the
outside of the cup and the plate, and then fill them with your greed and
selfishness. Blind Pharisee! first make clean the inside of the cup,
that the outside as well may become clean.
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like
whitewashed tombs, beautiful outside, but inside full of dead men's
bones and filth. So you yourselves appear upright, but inside you are
full of hypocrisy and sin."