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Jesus & the Kingdom

(Category 14 of 16)

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Woe to the Scribes and Pharisees


1 Then Jesus spoke to the multitudes and to His disciples,
2 saying: a“The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’seat.
3 “Therefore whatever they tell you 1to observe, that observe and do, but do not do according to their works; for athey say, and do not do.
4 a“For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
5 “But all their works they do to abe seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments.
6 a“They love the 1best places at feasts, the best seats in the synagogues,
7 “greetings in the marketplaces, and to be called by men, ‘Rabbi, Rabbi.’
8 a“But you, do not be called ‘Rabbi’; for One is your 1Teacher, 2the Christ, and you are all brethren.
9 “Do not call anyone on earth your father; afor One is your Father, He who is in heaven.
10 “And do not be called teachers; for One is your Teacher, the Christ.
11 “But ahe who is greatest among you shall be your servant.
12 a“And whoever exalts himself will be 1humbled, and he who humbles himself will be 2exalted.
13 “But awoe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in.
14 1“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! aFor you devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. Therefore you will receive greater condemnation.

CHAPTER 23 References

2 aNeh. 8:4, 8
3 a[Rom. 2:19] 1NU omits to
4 aLuke 11:46
5 a[Matt.
6:1–6, 16–18] 6 aLuke 11:43;
20:46 1Or
place of honor
8 a[James 3:1] 1Leader 2NU
omits the
9 a[Mal. 1:6] 11 aMatt.
20:26, 27
12 aLuke
14:11; 18:14
1put down
2lifted up
13 aLuke 11:52
14 aMark
12:40 1NU
omits v. 14.
15 1Gr.
16 aMatt.
15:14; 23:24
b[Matt. 5:33,
34] 17 aEx. 30:29
1NU sanctified
19 aEx. 29:37
20 1Swears an
21 a1 Kin. 8:13
1M dwelt
22 aMatt. 5:34
23 aLuke
11:42; 18:12
b[Hos. 6:6] 25 aLuke
11:39 1M unrighteousness
27 aActs 23:3
29 aLuke
11:47, 48 1decorate
31 a[Acts 7:51,
52] 32 a[1 Thess.
2:16] 33 aMatt. 3:7;
12:34 1offspring

15 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel land and sea to win one proselyte, and when he is won, you make him twice as much a son of 1hell as yourselves.
16 “Woe to you, ablind guides, who say, b‘Whoever swears by the temple, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the temple, he is obliged to perform it.’
17 “Fools and blind! For which is greater, the gold aor the temple that 1sanctifies the gold?
18 “And, ‘Whoever swears by the altar, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gift that is on it, he is obliged to perform it.
19 “Fools and blind! For which is greater, the gift aor the altar that sanctifies the gift?
20 “Therefore he who 1swears by the altar, swears by it and by all things on it.
21 “He who swears by the temple, swears by it and by aHim who 1dwells in it.
22 “And he who swears by heaven, swears by athe throne of God and by Him who sits on it.
23 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! aFor you pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin , and bhave neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.
24 “Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!
25 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! aFor you cleanse the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of extortion and 1self-indulgence.
26 “Blind Pharisee, first cleanse the inside of the cup and dish, that the outside of them may be clean also.
27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! aFor you are like whitewashed tombs which indeed appear beautiful outwardly, but inside are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness.
28 “Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
29 a“Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets and 1adorn the monuments of the righteous,
30 “and say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.’
31 “Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves that ayou are sons of those who murdered the prophets.
32 a“Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers’guilt.
33 “Serpents, abrood1 of vipers! How can you escape the condemnation of hell?

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34 a“Therefore, indeed, I send you prophets, wise men, and scribes: bsome of them you will kill and crucify, and csome of them you will scourge in your synagogues and persecute from city to city,
35 a“that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on the earth, bfrom the blood of righteous Abel to cthe blood of Zechariah, son of Berechiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar.
36 “Assuredly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation.

Jesus Laments over Jerusalem

37 a“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets band stones those who are sent to her! How often cI wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks dunder her wings, but you were not willing!
38 “See! Your house is left to you desolate;
39 “for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, a‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ ”

Jesus Predicts the Destruction of the Temple


1 Then aJesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple.
2 And Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, anot one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.”

The Signs of the Times and the End of the Age

3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, athe disciples came to Him privately, saying, b“Tell us,when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”
4 And Jesus answered and said to them: a“Take heed that no one deceives you.
5 “For amany will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ band will deceive many.
6 “And you will hear of awars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for 1all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
7 “For anation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be bfamines, 1pestilences, and earthquakes in various places.
8 “All these are the beginning of sorrows.
9 a“Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake.
10 “And then many will be of-

34 aLuke 11:49
bActs 7:54–60;
22:19 c2 Cor.
11:24, 25
35 aRev. 18:24
bGen. 4:8
c2 Chr. 24:20,
37 aLuke
13:34, 35
b2 Chr. 24:20,
21; 36:15, 16
cDeut. 32:11,
12 dPs. 17:8;
39 aPs. 118:26

CHAPTER 24 References

1 aMark 13:1
2 aLuke 19:44
3 aMark 13:3
b[1 Thess.
5:1–3] 4 a[Col. 2:8,
18] 5 aJohn 5:43
bMatt. 24:11
6 a[Rev. 6:2–4] 1NU omits all
7 aHag. 2:22
bRev. 6:5, 6
1NU omits
9 aMatt. 10:17
11 a2 Pet. 2:1
b[1 Tim. 4:1] 12 a[2 Thess.
2:3] 13 aMatt. 10:22
14 aMatt. 4:23
bRom. 10:18
15 aMark
13:14 bDan.
9:27; 11:31;
12:11 cDan.
19 aLuke 23:29
21 aDan. 9:26
22 aIs. 65:8, 9
1chosen ones’
23 aLuke 17:23
24 a[2 Thess.
2:9] b[2 Tim.
2:19] 27 aLuke 17:24
28 aLuke 17:37
29 a[Dan. 7:11] bEzek. 32:7
30 a[Dan. 7:13,
14] bZech.


fended, will betray one another, and will hate one another.
11 “Then amany false prophets will rise up and bdeceive many.
12 “And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow acold.
13 a“But he who endures to the end shall be saved.
14 “And this agospel of the kingdom bwill be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.

The Great Tribulation

15 a“Therefore when you see the babomination of desolation,’spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” c(whoever reads, let him understand),
16 “then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.
17 “Let him who is on the housetop not go down to take anything out of his house.
18 “And let him who is in the field not go back to get his clothes.
19 “But awoe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days!
20 “And pray that your flight may not be in winter or on the Sabbath.
21 “For athen there will be great tribulation, such as has not been since the beginning of the world until this time, no, nor ever shall be.
22 “And unless those days were shortened, no flesh would be saved; abut for the 1elect’s sake those days will be shortened.
23 a“Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here is the Christ!’ or ‘There!’ do not believe it.
24 “For afalse christs and false prophets will rise and show great signs and wonders to deceive, bif possible, even the elect.
25 “See, I have told you beforehand.
26 “Therefore if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the desert!’ do not go out; or ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms!’ do not believe it.
27 a“For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
28 a“For wherever the carcass is, there the eagles will be gathered together.

The Coming of the Son of Man

29 a“Immediately after the tribulation of those days bthe sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
30 a“Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, band then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of

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Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
31 a“And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His 1elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

The Parable of the Fig Tree

32 “Now learn athis parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near.
33 “So you also, when you see all these things, know athat 1it is near— at the doors!
34 “Assuredly, I say to you, athis generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.
35 a“Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.

No One Knows the Day or Hour

36 a“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of 1heaven, bbut My Father only.
37 “But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
38 a“For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark,
39 “and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
40 a“Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left.
41 “Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left.
42 a“Watch therefore, for you do not know what 1hour your Lord is coming.
43 a“But know this, that if the master of the house had known what 1hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.
44 a“Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

The Faithful Servant and the Evil Servant

45 a“Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food 1in due season?
46 a“Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing.
47 “Assuredly, I say to you that ahe will make him ruler over all his goods.
48 “But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master ais delaying 1his coming,’
49 “and begins to beat his fellow

31 a[1 Cor.
15:52] 1chosen
32 aLuke 21:29
33 a[James
5:9] 1Or He
34 a[Matt.
10:23; 16:28;
23:36] 35 aLuke 21:33
36 aActs 1:7
bZech. 14:7
1NU adds nor
the Son
38 a[Gen.
6:3–5] 40 aLuke 17:34
42 aMatt. 25:13
1NU day
43 aLuke 12:39
1Lit. watch of
the night
44 a[1 Thess.
5:6] 45 aLuke
12:42–46 1at
the right time
46 aRev. 16:15
47 aMatt.
25:21, 23
48 a[2 Pet.
3:4–9] 1NU
omits his
50 aMark
51 aMatt. 8:12;

servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards,
50 “the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is anot aware of,
51 “and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites. aThere shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

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Praise to the LORD for His Love and Faithfulness

A Psalm. A Song for the Sabbath day.

1 IT is agood to give thanks to the LORD, And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High;
2 To adeclare Your lovingkindness in the morning, And Your faithfulness every night,
3 aOn an instrument of ten strings, On the lute, And on the harp, With harmonious sound.
4 For You, LORD, have made me glad through Your work; I will triumph in the works of Your hands.

5 aO LORD, how great are Your works! bYour thoughts are very deep.
6 aA senseless man does not know, Nor does a fool understand this.
7 When athe wicked 1spring up like grass, And when all the workers of iniquity flourish, It is that they may be destroyed forever.

PSALM 92 References

1 aPs. 147:1
2 aPs. 89:1
3 a1 Chr. 23:5
5 aPs. 40:5;
[Rev. 15:3] bPs. 139:17,
18; [Is. 28:29;
Rom. 11:33,
34] 6 aPs. 73:22
7 aJob 12:6;
Ps. 37:1, 2;
Jer. 12:1, 2;
[Mal. 3:15] 1sprout
8 a[Ps. 83:18] 9 aPs. 68:1
10 aPs. 89:17
bPs. 23:5
11 aPs. 54:7
12 aNum. 24:6;
Ps. 52:8; Jer.
17:8; Hos.
14:5, 6
14 1Full of oil
or sap, lit. fat
15 a[Deut.
32:4] b[Rom.

8 aBut You, LORD, are on high forevermore.
9 For behold,Your enemies, O LORD, For behold,Your enemies shall perish; All the workers of iniquity shall abe scattered.

10 But amy 1horn You have exalted like a wild ox; I have been banointed with fresh oil.
11 aMy eye also has seen my desire on my enemies; My ears hear my desire on the wicked Who rise up against me.

12 aThe righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
13 Those who are planted in the house of the LORD Shall flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be 1fresh and 2flourishing,
15 To declare that the LORD is upright; aHe is my rock, and bthere is no unrighteousness in Him.




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