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What did Jesus say about Hypocrites

What did Jesus say about Hypocytes

Jesus spoke about hypocrites on multiple occasions, particularly criticizing the scribes and Pharisees for their hypocrisy. Here are some relevant Bible verses:

  • Matthew 23:13: “But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. For you neither enter yourselves nor allow those who would enter to go in” .
  • Matthew 23:27-28: “Woe to 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 also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness” .
  • Matthew 23:23: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cumin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others” .

Three Main Takeaways:

  1. Integrity in Faith and Action: Jesus’ critique emphasizes the importance of aligning one’s actions with their proclaimed beliefs. It’s not enough to appear righteous outwardly; true righteousness involves inward purity and integrity.
  2. Justice, Mercy, and Faithfulness: The emphasis on these virtues over ritualistic practices underscores the value of genuine relationships with God and others over mere religious formalities. It’s a call to focus on the heart of God’s law.
  3. Accessibility of God’s Kingdom: Jesus condemns the leaders for not only failing to enter the kingdom themselves but also hindering others. This highlights the responsibility of religious leaders to guide others towards truth and salvation, not away from it.


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