Explanation of Scripture read by Orthodox Christians on the 11th Wednesday after Pentecost 2 Corinthians 3:4-11 Matthew 23:29-39

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"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." (Mat 23:29-32)

What is Jesus most ptobebly referring to when he says: "Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers"?


"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." (Matthew 23:35)

Who was Zacharias? Describe the circumstances of his death, and a miracle that occured as a testament against his murder.

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