Matthew 23:27-28 Jesus Makes A Poem About Hypocrites

Jul 12, 2013
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In Matthew 23:27-28 Jesus creates a poem out of two wordplays.
“Hypocrites” החנפים
“Filthy” מטונפים
“Sepulcher” קבר
“Within” קרב
Matthew 23:27 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites {“Hypocrites” (החנפים)}! For you are like whitewashed tombs {“Sepulcher” (קבר)} which outwardly appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness {“Filthy” (מטונפים)}. 28 Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside {“Within” (קרב)} you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
J. Clontz – Editor of The Comprehensive New Testament