Matthew 23:29–36 (ESV)
OF 7 Woes
29 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you build the tombs of the prophets and decorate the monuments
of the righteous, 30 saying, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have taken part with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.’ 31 Thus you witness against
yourselves that you are sons of those who murdered the prophets. 32 Fill up, then, the measure of your fathers. 33 You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to
hell? 34 Therefore I send you prophets and wise men and scribes, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues and persecute from town to town, 35 so that
on you may come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah the son of Barachiah, whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar. 36 Truly, I say to you, all these
things will come upon this generation.
As Jesus pronounces this seventh and climactic
woe, He completes His denunciation. The charge shifts from hypocrisy and defective observance to rejection of the prophets and violence against them.
I pray: O Lord, help me to learn and honor the prophets of the past and to see You as the source of their prophecies. You alone are God. There are no other gods. Amen.