|Matthew 23:29-35 |
29 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build tombs for the prophets and decorate the graves of the righteous,
30 And say, 'If we had lived in the days of our forefathers, we would not have been partakers with them in shedding the blood of the prophets.'
31 Therefore you are witnesses against yourselves, that you are the children of those who killed the prophets.
32 Fill up then, the measure of the sins of your forefathers.
33 You serpents, you offspring of vipers, how can you escape the damnation of hell?
34 Therefore, behold, I send to you prophets, and wise men, and scribes; and some of them you will kill and crucify; and some of them you will flog in your synagogues, and persecute from city to city.
35 So that upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berechiah, whom you killed between the temple and the altar. [As the Jews killed the prophets, thinking them evil; as the Jews killed Jesus and Stephen, thinking them evil; as the Roman Catholics tortured and killed 9,000,000 souls in their inquisitions, thinking them evil; so did the Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Baptists, and Congregationalists imprison tens of thousands, seize property of tens of thousands, and kill a thousand early Quakers — thinking them evil.]