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There was one group of people who always seemed to be on the receiving end of Jesus’s more stern rebukes.

Paths of Wisdom Steve Midgley
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That group was made up of those who talked a good game, but failed to live it out. For example: ‘These people honour me with their lips but their hearts are far from me’ (Matthew 15.8). ‘Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean’ (Matthew 23.27).