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Matthew 5:20 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 15:3-9 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

He answered them, “And why do you break God’s commandment because of your tradition? For God said:[a]

Honor your father and your mother;[b] and,
The one who speaks evil of father or mother
must be put to death.[c]

But you say, ‘Whoever tells his father or mother, “Whatever benefit you might have received from me is a gift committed to the temple”— he does not have to honor his father.’[d] In this way, you have revoked God’s word[e] because of your tradition. Hypocrites! Isaiah prophesied correctly about you when he said:

These people[f] honor Me with their lips,
but their heart is far from Me.
They worship Me in vain,
teaching as doctrines the commands of men.[g]


  1. Matthew 15:4 Other mss read commanded, saying
  2. Matthew 15:4 Ex 20:12; Dt 5:16
  3. Matthew 15:4 Ex 21:17; Lv 20:9
  4. Matthew 15:6 Other mss read then he does not have to honor his father or mother
  5. Matthew 15:6 Other mss read commandment
  6. Matthew 15:8 Other mss add draw near to Me with their mouths, and
  7. Matthew 15:9 Is 29:13 LXX

Romans 2:17-23 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Jewish Violation of the Law

17 Now if[a] you call yourself a Jew, and rest in the law, boast in God, 18 know His will, and approve the things that are superior, being instructed from the law, 19 and if you are convinced that you are a guide for the blind, a light to those in darkness, 20 an instructor of the ignorant, a teacher of the immature, having the full expression[b] of knowledge and truth in the law— 21 you then, who teach another, don’t you teach yourself? You who preach, “You must not steal”—do you steal? 22 You who say, “You must not commit adultery”—do you commit adultery? You who detest idols, do you rob their temples? 23 You who boast in the law, do you dishonor God by breaking the law?


  1. Romans 2:17 Other mss read Look
  2. Romans 2:20 Or the embodiment

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