Matthew 23

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Matthew 23 is the twenty-third chapter in the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament section of the Christian Bible and consists almost entirely of the accusations of Jesus against the Pharisees. The chapter is also known as the "Seven Woes" or Woes of the Pharisees. In it, Jesus harshly accuses the Pharisees of hypocrisy and perjury.

Other Gospels[edit]

Luke 11:37-54 parallels Matthew 23, but Luke's version has six, not seven, accusations, and is thus known as the "Six Woes." His version is also shorter than Matthew's.


The "anise" mentioned in some translations is dill (A. graveolens), rather than this plant. The Pharisees apparently grew it in order to pay some tithes.[1]




Preceded by
Matthew 22
Chapters of the New Testament
Gospel of Matthew
Succeeded by
Matthew 24