It’s not right to pick and choose what constitutes a godly life (v. 23) as we are tempted to do sometimes. God’s word is a package deal—take the whole thing!

Scripture: Matthew 23:23-28

ESV Text: Matthew 23:23-28


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 23
23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. 24 Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel. 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.(KJV)


Hymn: TLH 408:
Jesus Christ, my Pride and Glory

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. Jesus Christ, my pride and glory, 
He, the true and living Light, 
Strengthens me with glorious might. 
Christ, revealed in sacred story, 
Whom I now as Lord confess, 
Teaches me true holiness. 

2. Let me live to priase Thee ever, 
Jesus, thou my heart’s Delight, 
Thou who leadest me aright. 
Let me cling to Thee forever, 
All the fleshly lusts deny 
And the devil’s hosts defy. 

3. Grant me, Lord, Thy Holy Spirit 
That in all I follow Him 
Lest the light of faith grow dim. 
Let me ever trust Thy merit, 
Let Thy blessing me attend, 
From all evil me defend. 

4. From all pain and imperfection, 
Gracious Lord, deliver me, 
Heaven’s glory let me see. 
Keep me under Thy direction 
That the grace thou gavest me 
I may praise eternally. 


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