New Living Translation
"The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees are the official interpreters of the law of Moses.
King James Bible
Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat:
Darby Bible Translation
saying, The scribes and the Pharisees have set themselves down in Moses' seat:
World English Bible
saying, "The scribes and the Pharisees sat on Moses' seat.
Young's Literal Translation
saying, 'On the seat of Moses sat down the scribes and the Pharisees;
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
23:2 The scribes sit in the chair of Moses - That is, read and expound the law of Moses, and are their appointed teachers.
LibraryAmong the People, and with the Pharisees
It would have been difficult to proceed far either in Galilee or in Judaea without coming into contact with an altogether peculiar and striking individuality, differing from all around, and which would at once arrest attention. This was the Pharisee. Courted or feared, shunned or flattered, reverently looked up to or laughed at, he was equally a power everywhere, both ecclesiastically and politically, as belonging to the most influential, the most zealous, and the most closely-connected religions …
Alfred Edersheim—Sketches of Jewish Social Life
The General Service to a Prophet.
Liberty of Conscience Threatened
Of the Power of Making Laws. The Cruelty of the Pope and his Adherents, in this Respect, in Tyrannically Oppressing and Destroying Souls.
Indeed, he loves his people; all his holy ones are in his hands. They follow in his steps and accept his teaching.
This Ezra was a scribe who was well versed in the Law of Moses, which the LORD, the God of Israel, had given to the people of Israel. He came up to Jerusalem from Babylon, and the king gave him everything he asked for, because the gracious hand of the LORD his God was on him.
"And you, Ezra, are to use the wisdom your God has given you to appoint magistrates and judges who know your God's laws to govern all the people in the province west of the Euphrates River. Teach the law to anyone who does not know it.
Ezra the scribe stood on a high wooden platform that had been made for the occasion. To his right stood Mattithiah, Shema, Anaiah, Uriah, Hilkiah, and Maaseiah. To his left stood Pedaiah, Mishael, Malkijah, Hashum, Hashbaddanah, Zechariah, and Meshullam.
So practice and obey whatever they tell you, but don't follow their example. For they don't practice what they teach.
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