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Matthew 23:2

    Matthew 23:2 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Saying The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses seat:

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    The scribes and the Pharisees have the authority of Moses;

    Webster's Revision

    saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses seat:

    World English Bible

    saying, "The scribes and the Pharisees sat on Moses' seat.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses' seat:

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 23:2

    The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat - Εκαθισαν. - They sat there formerly by Divine appointment: they sit there now by Divine permission. What our Lord says here refers to their expounding the Scriptures, for it was the custom of the Jewish doctors to sit while they expounded the law and prophets, (Matthew 5:1; Luke 4:20-22), and to stand up when they read them.

    By the seat of Moses, we are to understand authority to teach the law. Moses was the great teacher of the Jewish people; and the scribes, etc., are here represented as his successors.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 23:2

    Scribes and Pharisees - See the notes at Matthew 3:7.

    Moses' seat - Moses was the great legislator of the Jews. By him the Law was given. The office of explaining that Law among the Jews devolved on the scribes and Pharisees. In the synagogues they sat while expounding the Law, and rose when they read it. By "sitting in the seat of Moses" we are to understand authority to teach the Law; or, as he taught the nation by giving the Law, so they taught it by explaining it.

    Wesley's Notes on Matthew 23:2

    23:2 The scribes sit in the chair of Moses - That is, read and expound the law of Moses, and are their appointed teachers.