(118) Jesus Warns Against Pharisaism
Now as He spoke, a certain Pharisee asked Him to eat with him; so He went in and sat down to eat. When the Pharisee saw that Jesus did not first wash before dinner, he was very surprised. So the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees will clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. You foolish people. Did not He who made the outside make the inside also? Give what you have to those in need, then everything will indeed be clean for you.
“But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint, rue, and all kinds of herbs, yet overlook justice and the love of God. You ought to tithe, but you must not neglect these other things.
“Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the front seats in the synagogues and greetings in the markets.
“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like hidden graves, which men walk over without being aware of them.”
Then one of the lawyers answered Him, saying, “Master, when you say such things, you insult us too.”
To this, He said, “Woe to you lawyers also! For you load men down with burdens hard to bear, while you yourselves will not lift a finger to relieve them.
“Woe to you. For you build tombs for the prophets, and it was your fathers who killed them. In fact, you are witnesses and approve the deeds of your fathers; for they killed them, and you build their tombs. So said the wisdom of God, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will slay and persecute,’ that the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who perished between the altar and the temple. Yes, I tell you, it shall be charged against this generation.
“Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You yourselves did not enter, and those who were coming in you hindered.”
As He said these things to them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to fiercely oppose Him, trying to provoke Him to say many things. For they were just waiting to catch Him in something He said, so that they might accuse Him.
(118) Jesus Warns Against Pharisaism
Luke 11:37-54, KJV
37 And as he spake, a certain Pharisee besought him to dine with him: and he went in, and sat down to meat. 38 And when the Pharisee saw it, he marvelled that he had not first washed before dinner. 39 And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness. 40 Ye fools, did not he that made that which is without make that which is within also? 41 But rather give alms of such things as ye have; and, behold, all things are clean unto you. 42 But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. 43 Woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye love the uppermost seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets. 44 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them. 45 Then answered one of the lawyers, and said unto him, Master, thus saying thou reproachest us also. 46 And he said, Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers. 47 Woe unto you! for ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, and your fathers killed them. 48 Truly ye bear witness that ye allow the deeds of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and ye build their sepulchres. 49 Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute: 50 That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation; 51 From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation. 52 Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered. 53 And as he said these things unto them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to urge him vehemently, and to provoke him to speak of many things: 54 Laying wait for him, and seeking to catch something out of his mouth, that they might accuse him.
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