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In the midst of dire warnings, see the love of Jesus. His enemies were a “brood of vipers,” yet He would send them teachers (v. 34) and He longed to gather them.

BibleGateway: Matthew 23:29-39

ESV Text: Matthew 23:29-39

KJV Text:

The section starts at about 3:30 and ends at about 5:8

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29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, 30 And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. 31 Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. 32 Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. 33 Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?

     34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city: 35 That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. 36 Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation. 37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! 38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. 39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 419:
O’er Jerusalem Thou Weepest

— Organ Audio

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1. O’er Jerusalem Thou weepest 
In compassion, dearest Lord. 
Love divine, of love the deepest, 
O’er Thine erring Israel poured, 
Crieth out in bitter moan: 
“O loved city, hadst thou known 
This thy day of visitation, 
Thou wouldst not reject salvation.” 

2. By the love Thy tears are telling, 
O Thou Lamb for sinners slain, 
Make my heart Thy temple-dwelling, 
Purged from every guilty stain. 
Oh, forgive, forgive, my sin! 
Cleanse me, cleanse me, Lord, within! 
I am Thine since Thou hast sought me, 
Since Thy precious blood hath bought me. 

3. O Thou Lord of my salvation, 
Grant my soul Thy blood-bought peace. 
By Thy tears of lamentation 
Bid my faith and love increase. 
Grant me grace to love Thy Word, 
Grace to keep the message heard, 
Grace to own Thee as my Treasure, 
Grace to love Thee without measure.