Hypocrisy Ascribed to Prophet Jesus Christ (May there be Peace upon Him)

What sorrow awaits you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For, you illegitimately grab the homes of widows; and prolong your prayers, only for deception. Your punishment will be even more… What sorrow awaits you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For, you give a tenth of your mint, dill, and cumin (as obligatory charity on your harvest), but have neglected the more important matters of the law: justice, mercy, and faithfulness. These are the things you should have practiced, without neglecting the others. You blind guides! You strain your drinks so you won’t accidentally swallow any gnats but you deliberately swallow whole elephants! What sorrow awaits you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For, you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but within you are full of extortion and unrighteousness. You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean. What sorrow await you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For, you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness. So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to people, but inwardly you are full of insincerity and disregard of God’s law.


Taken from “The Seven Woes’ ascribed to Prophet Jesus Christ in The New Testament (The Gospel of Matthew 23:1-39)

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