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Mt 23:27 Strong Concordance Woe [3759] unto you [5213], scribes [1122] and [2532] Pharisees [5330], hypocrites [5273]! for [3754] ye are like [3945] unto whited [2867] sepulchres [5028], which [3748] indeed [3303] appear [5316] beautiful [5611] outward [1855], but [1161] are within [2081] full [1073] of dead [3498] men's bones [3747], and [2532] of all [3956] uncleanness [167].
  King James Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness.

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A Commentary, Critical, Practical, and Explanatory on the Old and New Testaments, by Robert Jamieson, A.R. Fausset and David Brown [1882]
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like whited sepulchres--or, whitewashed sepulchres. (Compare Act 23:3). The process of whitewashing the sepulchres, as LIGHTFOOT says, was performed on a certain day every year, not for ceremonial cleansing, but., as the following words seem rather to imply, to beautify them.

which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness--What a powerful way of conveying the charge, that with all their fair show their hearts were full of corruption! (Compare Psa 5:9; Rom 3:13). But our Lord, stripping off the figure, next holds up their iniquity in naked colors.

Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets--that is "ye be witnesses that ye have inherited, and voluntarily served yourselves heirs to, the truth-hating, prophet-killing, spirit of your fathers." Out of pretended respect and honor, they repaired and beautified the sepulchres of the prophets, and with whining hypocrisy said, "If we had been in their days, how differently should we have treated these prophets?" While all the time they were witnesses to themselves that they were the children of them that killed the prophets, convicting themselves daily of as exact a resemblance in spirit and character to the very classes over whose deeds they pretended to mourn, as child to parent. In Luk 11:44 our Lord gives another turn to this figure of a grave: "Ye are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them." As one might unconsciously walk over a grave concealed from view, and thus contract ceremonial defilement, so the plausible exterior of the Pharisees kept people from perceiving the pollution they contracted frown coming in contact with such corrupt characters.
 
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44 Woe [3759] unto you [5213], scribes [1122] and [2532] Pharisees [5330], hypocrites [5273]! for [3754] ye are [2075] as [5613] graves [3419] which [3588] appear not [82], and [2532] the men [444] that walk [4043] over [1883] them are [1492] not [3756] aware [1492] of them.
13 Their [846] throat [2995] is an open [455] sepulchre [5028]; with their [846] tongues [1100] they have used deceit [1387]; the poison [2447] of asps [785] is under [5259] their [846] lips [5491]:
9 For there is no faithfulness [03559] in their mouth [06310]; their inward [07130] part is very wickedness [01942]; their throat [01627] is an open [06605] sepulchre [06913]; they flatter [02505] with their tongue [03956].
3 Then [5119] said [2036] Paul [3972] unto [4314] him [846], God [2316] shall [3195] smite [5180] thee [4571], thou whited [2867] wall [5109]: for [2532] sittest [2521] thou [4771] to judge [2919] me [3165] after [2596] the law [3551], and [2532] commandest [2753] me [3165] to be smitten [5180] contrary to the law [3891]?
16 And whosoever toucheth [05060] one that is slain [02491] with a sword [02719] in the open [06440] fields [07704], or a dead body [04191], or a bone [06106] of a man [0120], or a grave [06913], shall be unclean [02930] seven [07651] days [03117].
28 And [2532] when he [846] was come [2064] to [1519] the other side [4008] into [1519] the country [5561] of the Gergesenes [1086], there met [5221] him [846] two [1417] possessed with devils [1139], coming [1831] out of [1537] the tombs [3419], exceeding [3029] fierce [5467], so that [5620] no [3361] man [5100] might [2480] pass [3928] by [1223] that [1565] way [3598].
16 And whosoever toucheth [05060] one that is slain [02491] with a sword [02719] in the open [06440] fields [07704], or a dead body [04191], or a bone [06106] of a man [0120], or a grave [06913], shall be unclean [02930] seven [07651] days [03117].