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Matthew 23:3-7 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Therefore do whatever they tell you, and observe it. But don’t do what they do,[a] because they don’t practice what they teach. They tie up heavy loads that are hard to carry[b] and put them on people’s shoulders, but they themselves aren’t willing to lift a finger[c] to move them. They do everything[d] to be observed by others: They enlarge their phylacteries[e] and lengthen their tassels.[f] They love the place of honor at banquets, the front seats in the synagogues, greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by people.


  1. Matthew 23:3 Lit do according to their works
  2. Matthew 23:4 Other mss omit that are hard to carry
  3. Matthew 23:4 Lit lift with their finger
  4. Matthew 23:5 Lit do all their works
  5. Matthew 23:5 Small leather boxes containing OT texts, worn by Jews on their arms and foreheads
  6. Matthew 23:5 Other mss add on their robes

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