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A Pharisee asked him to dine with him,
and entering he sat down.
But the Pharisee seeing was surprised
that he did not first wash before the dinner.

The Lord said to him,
"Now you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish,
but inside you are full of greed and corruption.
Did not the one who made the outside also make the inside?
Yet give the inner things as charity,
and look, everything is clean for you.

"But woe to you Pharisees,
because you tithe the mint and the rue and every herb,
and pass by justice and the love of God;
and these are necessary to do, not passing by those either.

"Woe to you, Pharisees,
because you love the best seat in the synagogues
and the greetings in the marketplaces.

"Woe to you, because you are like unmarked graves,
and the people walking over do not know it."

One of the lawyers answered him, "Teacher,
by saying these things you insult us also."

He said, "Woe to you lawyers also,
because you took the key of knowledge;
you yourselves did not enter,
and you hindered the ones entering.
For you are like a dog sleeping in the manger of the oxen;
neither does he eat nor does he let the oxen eat."

As he went out from there,
the scholars and the Pharisees began to be terribly hostile
and to interrogate him about numerous things,
lying in wait for him to catch something from his mouth.

While a crowd of thousands was gathering,
stepping on each other,
he began to say to his disciples first,
"Beware yourselves of the yeast of the Pharisees,
which is hypocrisy."

Someone from the crowd said to him, "Teacher,
tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me."

But he said to him, "Human,
who appointed me a judge or divider over you?"
He turned to his disciples and said to them,
"I am not a divider, am I?"

He said to them, "See that you guard against every greed,
for a person's life does not consist of
the abundance of his possessions."

He told to them a parable:
"The land of a certain wealthy person yielded well,
and he reasoned within himself saying, 'What should I do?
for I have nowhere I may store my fruit.'
Then he said, 'I will do this:
I will tear down my barns and build larger ones;
there I will store all my grain and goods,
and I will say to my soul, "Soul,
you have many goods laid up for many years;
rest, eat, drink, be merry."'
But God said to him, 'Fool,
this night they demand back your soul from you;
and the things you prepared, whose will they be?'

"Thus is the one treasuring for himself,
and not being wealthy in God.
Fear not, little flock;
for your Father is pleased to give you the sovereignty.
Sell your possessions and give charity;
make yourselves purses that do not get old,
inexhaustible treasure in heaven,
where a thief does not come near nor does a moth destroy;
for where your treasure is, there also will be your heart.

"I came to throw fire on the earth,
and I wish it were already kindled.
But I have to be baptized with a baptism,
and how I am absorbed until it be completed.
Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth?
No, I tell you, but rather division.
For there will be from now on five in one house divided;
three will be divided against two and two against three,
father against son and son against father,
mother against daughter and daughter against the mother,
mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law
and daughter-in-law against the mother-in-law."

He also said to the crowds,
"When you see a cloud rising in the west,
immediately you say that a rainstorm is coming,
and so it occurs;
and when a south wind is blowing,
you say that it will be hot, and it occurs.
Hypocrites, you know how to examine
the face of the earth and of heaven,
but do you not know how to examine this time?"

57. On the Pharisees Harmony 57 * Interpretation 57
58. Healing on the Sabbath Harmony 58 * Synthesis 58 * Interpretation 58

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