English Standard Version
They do all their deeds to be seen by others. For they make their phylacteries broad and their fringes long,
King James Bible
But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,
American Standard Version
But all their works they do to be seen of men: for they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments ,
And all their works they do for to be seen of men. For they make their phylacteries broad, and enlarge their fringes.
English Revised Version
But all their works they do for to be seen of men: for they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,
Webster's Bible Translation
But all their works they do to be seen by men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments,
Weymouth New Testament
And everything they do they do with a view to being observed by men; for they widen their phylacteries and make the tassels large,
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CommentaryVincent's Word Studies
To be seen (πρὸς τὸ θεαθῆναι)
See Matthew 6:1, where the same word occurs. The scribes and Pharisees deport themselves with a view to being contemplated as actors in a theatre; so that men may fix their gaze upon them admiringly.
Phylacteries - Borders of their garments (φυλακτήρια - κράσπεδα)
Phylacteries, called by the Rabbis tephillin, prayer-fillets, were worn on the left arm, toward the heart, and on the forehead. They were capsules containing on parchment these four passages of Scripture: Exodus 13:1-10; Exodus 13:11-16; Deuteronomy 6:4-9; Deuteronomy 11:13-21. That for the head was to consist of a box with four compartments, each containing a slip of parchment inscribed with one of the four passages. Each of these slips was to be tied up with well-washed hair from a calf's tail; lest, if tied with wool or thread, any fungoid growth should ever pollute them. The phylactery of the arm was to contain a single slip, with the same four passages written in four columns of seven lines each. The black leather straps by which they were fastened were wound seven times round the arm and three times round the hand. They were reverenced by the Rabbis as highly as the scriptures, and, like them, might be rescued from the flames on a Sabbath. They profanely imagined that God wore the tephillin.
The Greek word transcribed phylacteries in our versions is from φυλάσσω, to watch or guard. It means originally a guarded post, a fort; then, generally, a safeguard or preservative, and therefore an amulet. Sir J. Cheke renders guards. They were treated as such by the Rabbis. It is said, for instance, that the courtiers of a certain king, intending to kill a Rabbi, were deterred by seeing that the straps of his phylacteries shone like bands of fire. It was also said that they prevented all hostile demons from injuring any Israelite. See on Matthew 9:20, for borders.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
And it shall be to you as a sign on your hand and as a memorial between your eyes, that the law of the LORD may be in your mouth. For with a strong hand the LORD has brought you out of Egypt.
"Speak to the people of Israel, and tell them to make tassels on the corners of their garments throughout their generations, and to put a cord of blue on the tassel of each corner.
You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
"You shall therefore lay up these words of mine in your heart and in your soul, and you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes.
"You shall make yourself tassels on the four corners of the garment with which you cover yourself.
"Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.
"Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.
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