MATTHEW 23:27

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Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.

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Matthew 23:27 Translation & Meaning

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Woe Οὐαὶ Woe Woe
unto you, ὑμῖν To (with or by) you unto you
scribes γραμματεῖς A professional writer scribes
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
Pharisees, Φαρισαῖοι A separatist, i.e., exclusively religious; a Pharisean, i.e., Jewish sectary Pharisees
hypocrites! ὑποκριταί An actor under an assumed character (stage-player), i.e., (figuratively) a dissembler ("hypocrite" hypocrites
for ὅτι Demonstrative, that (sometimes redundant); causative, because for
ye are like unto παρομοιάζετε To resemble are like
whited κεκονιαμένοις To whitewash whited
sepulchres, τάφοις A grave (the place of interment) sepulchres
which οἵτινες Which some, i.e., any that; also (definite) which same which
indeed μὲν Properly, indicative of affirmation or concession (in fact); usually followed by a contrasted clause with G1161 (this one, the former, etc.) indeed
appear φαίνονται To lighten (shine), i.e., show (transitive or intransitive, literal or figurative) appear
beautiful ὡραῖοι Belonging to the right hour or season (timely), i.e., (by implication) flourishing (beauteous (figuratively)) beautiful
outward, ἔξωθεν External(-ly) outward
but δὲ But, and, etc but
are γέμουσιν To swell out, i.e., be full are
within ἔσωθεν From inside; also used as equivalent to G2080 (inside) within
full γέμουσιν To swell out, i.e., be full full
of ὀστέων A bone of
dead νεκρῶν Dead (literally or figuratively; also as noun) dead
men's (No Greek definition. English implied.)
bones, ὀστέων A bone bones
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
of ἀκαθαρσίας Impurity (the quality), physically or morally of
all πάσης All, any, every, the whole all
uncleanness. ἀκαθαρσίας Impurity (the quality), physically or morally uncleanness

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  • 25  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.

  • 26  Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

  • 27  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.

  • 28  Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

  • 29  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,




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