Beware of False Teachers

Matthew 15:1-20  Then Pharisees and scribes came to Jesus from Jerusalem and said,  (2)  “Why do your disciples break the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat.”  (3)  He answered them, “And why do you break the commandment of God for the sake of your tradition?  (4)  For God commanded, ‘Honor your father and your mother,’ and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’  (5)  But you say, ‘If anyone tells his father or his mother, “What you would have gained from me is given to God,”  (6)  he need not honor his father.’ So for the sake of your tradition you have made void the word of God.  (7)  You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, when he said:  (8)  “‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me;  (9)  in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’”  (10)  And he called the people to him and said to them, “Hear and understand:  (11)  it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.”  (12)  Then the disciples came and said to him, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?”  (13)  He answered, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up.  (14)  Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.”  (15)  But Peter said to him, “Explain the parable to us.”  (16)  And he said, “Are you also still without understanding?  (17)  Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is expelled?  (18)  But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person.  (19)  For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander.  (20)  These are what defile a person. But to eat with unwashed hands does not defile anyone.”

Matthew 16:6-12  Jesus said to them, “Watch and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”  (7)  And they began discussing it among themselves, saying, “We brought no bread.”  (8)  But Jesus, aware of this, said, “O you of little faith, why are you discussing among yourselves the fact that you have no bread?  (9)  Do you not yet perceive? Do you not remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many baskets you gathered?  (10)  Or the seven loaves for the four thousand, and how many baskets you gathered?  (11)  How is it that you fail to understand that I did not speak about bread? Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”  (12)  Then they understood that he did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

Matthew 20:17-19  And as Jesus was going up to Jerusalem, he took the twelve disciples aside, and on the way he said to them,  (18)  “See, we are going up to Jerusalem. And the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn him to death  (19)  and deliver him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified, and he will be raised on the third day.”

Matthew 23:1-36  Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples,  (2)  “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat,  (3)  so do and observe whatever they tell you, but not the works they do. For they preach, but do not practice.  (4)  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.  (5)  They do all their deeds to be seen by others. For they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long,  (6)  and they love the place of honor at feasts and the best seats in the synagogues  (7)  and greetings in the marketplaces and being called rabbi by others.  (8)  But you are not to be called rabbi, for you have one teacher, and you are all brothers.  (9)  And call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father, who is in heaven.  (10)  Neither be called instructors, for you have one instructor, the Christ.  (11)  The greatest among you shall be your servant.  (12)  Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.  (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.  (15)  Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you travel across sea and land to make a single proselyte, and when he becomes a proselyte, you make him twice as much a child of hell as yourselves.  (16)  “Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘If anyone swears by the temple, it is nothing, but if anyone swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.’  (17)  You blind fools! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that has made the gold sacred?  (18)  And you say, ‘If anyone swears by the altar, it is nothing, but if anyone swears by the gift that is on the altar, he is bound by his oath.’  (19)  You blind men! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that makes the gift sacred?  (20)  So whoever swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it.  (21)  And whoever swears by the temple swears by it and by him who dwells in it.  (22)  And whoever swears by heaven swears by the throne of God and by him who sits upon it.  (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.  (24)  You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel!  (25)  “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you clean the outside of the cup and the plate, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.  (26)  You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and the plate, that the outside also may be clean.  (27)  “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.  (28)  So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.  (29)  “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the monuments of the righteous,  (30)  saying, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’  (31)  Thus you witness against yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets.  (32)  Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers.  (33)  You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to hell?  (34)  Therefore I send you prophets and wise men and scribes, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues and persecute from town to town,  (35)  so that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah the son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar.  (36)  Truly, I say to you, all these things will come upon this generation.

Mark 7:1-13  Now when the Pharisees gathered to him, with some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem,  (2)  they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed.  (3)  (For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands properly, holding to the tradition of the elders,  (4)  and when they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash. And there are many other traditions that they observe, such as the washing of cups and pots and copper vessels and dining couches.)  (5)  And the Pharisees and the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat with defiled hands?”  (6)  And he said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written, “‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me;  (7)  in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’  (8)  You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.”  (9)  And he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition!  (10)  For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’  (11)  But you say, ‘If a man tells his father or his mother, “Whatever you would have gained from me is Corban”’ (that is, given to God)—  (12)  then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother,  (13)  thus making void the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And many such things you do.”

Mark 8:14-21  Now they had forgotten to bring bread, and they had only one loaf with them in the boat.  (15)  And he cautioned them, saying, “Watch out; beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and the leaven of Herod.”  (16)  And they began discussing with one another the fact that they had no bread.  (17)  And Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why are you discussing the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened?  (18)  Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember?  (19)  When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” They said to him, “Twelve.”  (20)  “And the seven for the four thousand, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” And they said to him, “Seven.”  (21)  And he said to them, “Do you not yet understand?”

Mark 10:33-34  saying, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death and deliver him over to the Gentiles.  (34)  And they will mock him and spit on him, and flog him and kill him. And after three days he will rise.”

Mark 12:38-40  And in his teaching he said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes and like greetings in the marketplaces  (39)  and have the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts,  (40)  who devour widows' houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”

Luke 9:22  saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.”

Luke 9:22  saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.”
 

Luke 11:37-54  While Jesus was speaking, a Pharisee asked him to dine with him, so he went in and reclined at table.  (38)  The Pharisee was astonished to see that he did not first wash before dinner.  (39)  And the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees cleanse the outside of the cup and of the dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness.  (40)  You fools! Did not he who made the outside make the inside also?  (41)  But give as alms those things that are within, and behold, everything is clean for you.  (42)  “But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and every herb, and neglect justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others.  (43)  Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the best seat in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces.  (44)  Woe to you! For you are like unmarked graves, and people walk over them without knowing it.”  (45)  One of the lawyers answered him, “Teacher, in saying these things you insult us also.”  (46)  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.  (47)  Woe to you! For you build the tombs of the prophets whom your fathers killed.  (48)  So you are witnesses and you consent to the deeds of your fathers, for they killed them, and you build their tombs.  (49)  Therefore also the Wisdom of God said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and persecute,’  (50)  so that the blood of all the prophets, shed from the foundation of the world, may be charged against this generation,  (51)  from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who perished between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, it will be required of this generation.  (52)  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.”  (53)  As he went away from there, the scribes and the Pharisees began to press him hard and to provoke him to speak about many things,  (54)  lying in wait for him, to catch him in something he might say.

Luke 13:10-17  Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath.  (11)  And behold, there was a woman who had had a disabling spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not fully straighten herself.  (12)  When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your disability.”  (13)  And he laid his hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and she glorified God.  (14)  But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the people, “There are six days in which work ought to be done. Come on those days and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day.”  (15)  Then the Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger and lead it away to water it?  (16)  And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?”  (17)  As he said these things, all his adversaries were put to shame, and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him.

Luke 20:45-47  And in the hearing of all the people he said to his disciples,  (46)  “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love greetings in the marketplaces and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts,  (47)  who devour widows' houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.”