Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!The word
woe is a warning of severe judgment to come. See Isaiah 5:8-23 and Habakkuk 2:5-20. In Jesus’ mind,
hypocritedescribes the evil of religious unbelievers (Job 13:16; Isa. 9:17; Matt. 7:5; 15:7-9; 22:18-20).
You shut up the kingdom of heaven against men.These religious leaders encouraged hypocrisy in their followers, and persecuted true believers.