Gospel of Matthew
Gospel of Matthew Hypocrisy Quotes
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So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. (NRSV 6:2)
Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. (KJV 6:2)
Jesus is not a fan of showoffs. Here's a question: does this mean that when we make a donation to that friend of ours who's running a marathon to support the American Cancer Society, we're supposed to do it anonymously? Or does this rule only apply to religious stuff?
"And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward." (NRSV 6:5)
And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. (KJV 6:5)
You can see that hypocrisy, according to Matthew's Jesus, means putting on a show when participating in any act of religious devotion. How's that different from how we think of hypocrisy today?
And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. (NRSV 6:16)
Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. (KJV 6:16)
It seems like the hypocrites always want to be the center of attention so that others can praise them for their piety. Here's the thing: their intentions are the exact opposite of piety. And Jesus won't let them off easy.