Matthew 23:1-22 NIRV

1Jesus spoke to the crowds and to his disciples. 2"The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat," he said. 3"So you must obey them. Do everything they tell you. But don't do what they do. They don't practice what they preach. 4They tie up heavy loads and put them on other people's shoulders. But they themselves aren't willing to lift a finger to move them. 5"Everything they do is done for others to see. On their foreheads and arms they wear little boxes that hold Scripture verses. They make the boxes very wide. And they make the tassels on their coats very long. 6"They love to sit down in the place of honor at dinners. They also love to have the most important seats in the synagogues. 7They love to be greeted in the market places. They love it when people call them 'Rabbi.' 8"But you shouldn't be called 'Rabbi.' You have only one Master, and you are all brothers. 9Do not call anyone on earth 'father.' You have one Father, and he is in heaven. 10You shouldn't be called 'teacher.' You have one Teacher, and he is the Christ. 11The most important person among you will be your servant. 12Anyone who lifts himself up will be brought down. And anyone who is brought down will be lifted up. 13-14"How terrible it will be for you, teachers of the law and Pharisees! You pretenders! You shut the kingdom of heaven in people's faces. You yourselves do not enter. And you will not let those enter who are trying to. 13-14"How terrible it will be for you, teachers of the law and Pharisees! You pretenders! You shut the kingdom of heaven in people's faces. You yourselves do not enter. And you will not let those enter who are trying to. 15"How terrible for you, teachers of the law and Pharisees! You pretenders! You travel everywhere to win one person to your faith. Then you make him twice as much a son of hell as you are. 16"How terrible for you, blind guides! You say, 'If anyone takes an oath in the name of the temple, it means nothing. But anyone who takes an oath in the name of the gold of the temple must keep the oath.' 17You are blind and foolish! Which is more important? Is it the gold? Or is it the temple that makes the gold holy? 18"You also say, 'If anyone takes an oath in the name of the altar, it means nothing. But anyone who takes an oath in the name of the gift on it must keep the oath.' 19You blind men! Which is more important? Is it the gift? Or is it the altar that makes the gift holy? 20"So anyone who takes an oath in the name of the altar takes an oath in the name of it and of everything on it. 21And anyone who takes an oath in the name of the temple takes an oath in the name of it and of the One who lives in it. 22And anyone who takes an oath in the name of heaven takes an oath in the name of God's throne and of the One who sits on it.