Mattithyahu (Matthew) 23:1-22 TS2009

1Then יהושע spoke to the crowds and to His taught ones, 2saying, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on the seat of Mosheh. 3Therefore, whatever they#Four of eleven available Shem Toḇ texts read “he says”, referring to Mosheh, instead of “they say”, referring to the Pharisees. say to you to guard, guard and do. But do not do according to their works, for they say, and do not do. 4“For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders, but with their finger they do not wish to move them. 5And they do all their works to be seen by men, and they make their t’fillen#See Explanatory Notes - "T’fillen". wide and lengthen the tzitzit#See Explanatory Notes - "Tzitzit" and Num. 15:37-41; Deu. 22:12 of their garments, 6and they love the best place at feasts, and the best seats in the congregations, 7and the greetings in the market-places, and to be called by men, ‘Rabbi, Rabbi.’#Rabbi - A Semitic term literally meaning “My Great One.” 8“But you, do not be called ‘Rabbi,’ for One is your Teacher, the Messiah, and you are all brothers. 9“And do not call anyone on earth your father, for One is your Father, He who is in the heavens. 10“Neither be called leaders, for One is your Leader, the Messiah. 11“But the greatest among you shall be your servant. 12“And whoever exalts himself shall be humbled, and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted. 13“But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you shut up the reign of the heavens before men, for you do not go in, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in. 14“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you eat up widows’ houses, and for a show make long prayers. Because of this you shall receive greater judgment. 15“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you go about the land and the sea to win one convert, and when he is won, you make him a son of GĕHinnom twofold more than yourselves. 16“Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever swears by the Dwelling Place, it does not matter, but whoever swears by the gold of the Dwelling Place, is bound by oath.’ 17Fools and blind! For which is greater, the gold or the Dwelling Place that sets the gold apart?” 18“And, ‘Whoever swears by the slaughter-place, it does not matter, but whoever swears by the gift that is on it, is bound by oath.’ 19Fools and blind! For which is greater, the gift or the slaughter-place that sets the gift apart?” 20“He, then, who swears by the slaughter-place, swears by it and by all that is upon it. 21“And he who swears by the Dwelling Place, swears by it and by Him who is dwelling in it. 22“And he who swears by the heaven, swears by the throne of Elohim and by Him who is sitting upon it.