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What did Jesus say about Lawyers

What Did jesus say about Lawyers

Jesus’ statements about lawyers, in the context of the New Testament, are predominantly found in His interactions and critiques of the scribes and Pharisees. These groups, particularly the scribes, were closely associated with the law—both its interpretation and application. While “lawyers” as we understand the term today (professionals practicing civil law) were not present in the same form in ancient Jewish society, the scribes and Pharisees fulfilled a similar role in religious law. Jesus’ critiques were often aimed at their interpretations and applications of the Law of Moses, as well as their attitudes and behaviors which He saw as hypocritical.

Relevant Bible Verses

  1. Luke 11:46 (ESV): Jesus said, “And he said, “Woe to you lawyers also! For you load people with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers.”
  2. Luke 11:52 (ESV): “Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter yourselves, and you hindered those who were entering.”
  3. Matthew 23:2-4 (ESV): “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, so do and observe whatever they tell you, but not the works they do. For they preach, but do not practice. They tie up heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to move them with their finger.”

Three Main Takeaways

  1. Critique of Hypocrisy and Legalism: Jesus criticizes the scribes and Pharisees, often considered the “lawyers” of their time, for their hypocrisy and legalism. They focused on minutiae of the law while neglecting its weightier matters—justice, mercy, and faithfulness (Matthew 23:23). This critique calls for a reevaluation of one’s focus on outward religious practices versus inner transformation and adherence to the spirit of the law.
  2. Burden versus Support: The lawyers of Jesus’ time were accused of burdening people with stringent interpretations of the law without offering support or understanding (Luke 11:46). This highlights the importance of religious and legal leaders being sources of support and guidance, rather than oppressors, to their communities.
  3. Access to Knowledge and Faith: By accusing the lawyers of taking away the key of knowledge (Luke


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