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11 The greatest among you will be the one who always serves others from the heart. 12 Remember this: If you have a lofty opinion of yourself and seek to be honored, you will be humbled. But if you have a modest opinion of yourself and choose to humble yourself, you will be honored.”

Jesus Pronounces Seven Woes

13 “Great sorrow awaits[a] you religious scholars and you Pharisees—such frauds and pretenders! You do all you can to keep people from experiencing the reality of heaven’s kingdom realm.[b] Not only do you refuse to enter in, you also forbid anyone else from entering in!

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 23:13 Or “woe.”
  2. Matthew 23:13 The Hebrew Matthew is “You have hidden the keys of knowledge and shut the kingdom of heaven from the children of men.”

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