New Living Translation

Matthew 23

Jesus Criticizes the Religious Leaders

1Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees are the official interpreters of the law of Moses.[a] So practice and obey whatever they tell you, but don’t follow their example. For they don’t practice what they teach. They crush people with unbearable religious demands and never lift a finger to ease the burden.

“Everything they do is for show. On their arms they wear extra wide prayer boxes with Scripture verses inside, and they wear robes with extra long tassels.[b] And they love to sit at the head table at banquets and in the seats of honor in the synagogues. They love to receive respectful greetings as they walk in the marketplaces, and to be called ‘Rabbi.’[c]

“Don’t let anyone call you ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one teacher, and all of you are equal as brothers and sisters.[d] And don’t address anyone here on earth as ‘Father,’ for only God in heaven is your Father. 10 And don’t let anyone call you ‘Teacher,’ for you have only one teacher, the Messiah. 11 The greatest among you must be a servant. 12 But those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.

13 “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you shut the door of the Kingdom of Heaven in people’s faces. You won’t go in yourselves, and you don’t let others enter either.[e]

15 “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you cross land and sea to make one convert, and then you turn that person into twice the child of hell[f] you yourselves are!

16 “Blind guides! What sorrow awaits you! For you say that it means nothing to swear ‘by God’s Temple,’ but that it is binding to swear ‘by the gold in the Temple.’ 17 Blind fools! Which is more important—the gold or the Temple that makes the gold sacred? 18 And you say that to swear ‘by the altar’ is not binding, but to swear ‘by the gifts on the altar’ is binding. 19 How blind! For which is more important—the gift on the altar or the altar that makes the gift sacred? 20 When you swear ‘by the altar,’ you are swearing by it and by everything on it. 21 And when you swear ‘by the Temple,’ you are swearing by it and by God, who lives in it. 22 And when you swear ‘by heaven,’ you are swearing by the throne of God and by God, who sits on the throne.

23 “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are careful to tithe even the tiniest income from your herb gardens,[g] but you ignore the more important aspects of the law—justice, mercy, and faith. You should tithe, yes, but do not neglect the more important things. 24 Blind guides! You strain your water so you won’t accidentally swallow a gnat, but you swallow a camel![h]

25 “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are so careful to clean the outside of the cup and the dish, but inside you are filthy—full of greed and self-indulgence! 26 You blind Pharisee! First wash the inside of the cup and the dish,[i] and then the outside will become clean, too.

27 “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs—beautiful on the outside but filled on the inside with dead people’s bones and all sorts of impurity. 28 Outwardly you look like righteous people, but inwardly your hearts are filled with hypocrisy and lawlessness.

29 “What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you build tombs for the prophets your ancestors killed, and you decorate the monuments of the godly people your ancestors destroyed. 30 Then you say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our ancestors, we would never have joined them in killing the prophets.’

31 “But in saying that, you testify against yourselves that you are indeed the descendants of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Go ahead and finish what your ancestors started. 33 Snakes! Sons of vipers! How will you escape the judgment of hell?

34 “Therefore, I am sending you prophets and wise men and teachers of religious law. But you will kill some by crucifixion, and you will flog others with whips in your synagogues, chasing them from city to city. 35 As a result, you will be held responsible for the murder of all godly people of all time—from the murder of righteous Abel to the murder of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you killed in the Temple between the sanctuary and the altar. 36 I tell you the truth, this judgment will fall on this very generation.

Jesus Grieves over Jerusalem

37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me. 38 And now, look, your house is abandoned and desolate.[j] 39 For I tell you this, you will never see me again until you say, ‘Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!’[k]

Notas al pie

  1. 23:2 Greek and the Pharisees sit in the seat of Moses.
  2. 23:5 Greek They enlarge their phylacteries and lengthen their tassels.
  3. 23:7 Rabbi, from Aramaic, means “master” or “teacher.”
  4. 23:8 Greek brothers.
  5. 23:13 Some manuscripts add verse 14, What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! You shamelessly cheat widows out of their property and then pretend to be pious by making long prayers in public. Because of this, you will be severely punished. Compare Mark 12:40 and Luke 20:47.
  6. 23:15 Greek of Gehenna; also in 23:33.
  7. 23:23 Greek tithe the mint, the dill, and the cumin.
  8. 23:24 See Lev 11:4, 23, where gnats and camels are both forbidden as food.
  9. 23:26 Some manuscripts do not include and the dish.
  10. 23:38 Some manuscripts do not include and desolate.
  11. 23:39 Ps 118:26.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

馬太福音 23

譴責律法教師和法利賽人

1隨後,耶穌對百姓和門徒說: 「律法教師和法利賽人坐在摩西的位子上講授律法。 你們要遵行他們的教導,但不要效法他們的行為,因為他們言行不一。 他們捆好重擔放在別人肩上,而自己連一根指頭也不肯動!

「他們的所作所為是為了給人看的,他們把額上佩戴的經文盒子加寬了,又將衣裳的穗邊加長了。 他們喜歡宴席中的上座和會堂裡的首位。 他們喜歡別人在街市上問候他們,稱呼他們為老師[a] 但你們不要讓別人稱呼你們為老師,因為你們只有一位老師,你們彼此都是弟兄。 不要稱呼地上的人為父親,因為你們只有一位父親,祂在天上。 10 不要讓人稱你們為導師,因為你們只有一位導師——基督。 11 你們當中誰最偉大,誰就要作你們的僕人。 12 自高的人必遭貶抑,謙卑的人必得尊榮。

13 「虛偽的律法教師和法利賽人啊,你們有禍了!因為你們當著人們的面關閉天國之門,自己不進去,也不讓別人進去。

14 「虛偽的律法教師和法利賽人啊,你們有禍了!因為你們侵吞寡婦的財產,還假意做冗長的禱告。因此,你們會受到更嚴厲的刑罰。[b]

15 「虛偽的律法教師和法利賽人啊,你們有禍了!因為你們走遍海洋和陸地去引人入教,等人入了教,卻使他淪為地獄之子,比你們還壞兩倍。

16 「瞎眼的嚮導啊,你們有禍了!你們說,『指著聖殿發誓,不算數;但是指著聖殿裡的金子發誓,就要遵守誓言。』 17 無知的瞎子啊!金子重要呢?還是使金子神聖的聖殿重要呢? 18 你們又說,『指著祭壇發誓不算數,但是指著壇上的供物發誓,就要遵守誓言。』 19 瞎眼的人啊!供物重要呢?還是使供物神聖的祭壇重要呢? 20 其實指著祭壇發誓,就是指著祭壇和壇上的一切東西發誓。 21 指著聖殿發誓,就是指著聖殿和住在裡面的上帝發誓。 22 指著天發誓,就是指著上帝的寶座和坐在寶座上的那位發誓。

23 「虛偽的律法教師和法利賽人啊,你們有禍了!你們把薄荷、茴香、芹菜獻上十分之一,卻忽略了律法中更重要的事——公正、憐憫、信實。後者是你們本該做的,前者也不可忽略。 24 瞎眼的嚮導啊!你們濾出蚊蟲,卻吞下駱駝。

25 「虛偽的律法教師和法利賽人啊,你們有禍了!你們洗淨杯盤的外面,裡頭卻盛滿了貪婪和放縱。 26 瞎眼的法利賽人啊!要先洗淨杯盤的裡面,好讓外面也乾淨。[c]

27 「虛偽的律法教師和法利賽人啊,你們有禍了!你們好像粉飾的墳墓,外表好看,裡面卻裝滿了死人的骨頭和各樣污穢之物。 28 你們虛有公義的外表,內心卻充滿了各種的虛偽和罪惡。

29 「虛偽的律法教師和法利賽人啊,你們有禍了!你們為先知建墓,為義人修碑,並且說, 30 『如果我們活在我們祖先的時代,絕不會和他們一起去殺害先知。』 31 這樣,你們自己證明自己是殺害先知之人的後代。 32 去填滿你們祖先的罪惡吧! 33 你們這些蛇,這些毒蛇的後代啊,你們怎能逃脫地獄的刑罰呢?

34 「看啊,我派先知、智者和律法教師到你們當中,有的會遭到你們的殺害,被你們釘在十字架上;有的會在會堂裡被你們鞭打,被你們從這城追到那城。 35 因此,所有義人在地上所流的血,就是從義人亞伯的血,直到你們在聖所和祭壇之間所殺的巴拉加的兒子撒加利亞的血,都要歸到你們身上。 36 我實在告訴你們,這一切的罪責都要歸到這個世代。

為耶路撒冷哀歎

37 「耶路撒冷啊!耶路撒冷啊!你常殺害先知,又用石頭打死派到你那裡的使者。我多次想要招聚你的兒女,像母雞將小雞聚集在翅膀底下,可是你們卻不肯。 38 看啊!你們的家園將一片荒涼。 39 我告訴你們,從現在起,直到你們說『奉主名來的當受稱頌』那天之前,你們再也見不到我了。」

Notas al pie

  1. 23·7 老師」希臘文是「拉比」,特指猶太教的老師。
  2. 23·14 有些古卷無:「虛偽的律法教師和法利賽人啊,你們有禍了!因為你們侵吞寡婦的財產,還假意做冗長的禱告。因此,你們會受到更嚴厲的刑罰。」
  3. 23·26 意思是:「裡面的思想先乾淨了,外在的言行才會真正乾淨。」