THIS GENERATION WILL HAVE TO ANSWER FOR EVERY PROPHET’S BLOOD, FROM THE BLOOD OF ABEL TO THE BLOOD OF ZECHARIAH.
Jesus said to the lawyers: “Alas for you who build the tombs of the prophets, the men your ancestors killed! In this way you both witness what your ancestors did and approve it; they did the killing, you do the building.
“And that is why the Wisdom of God said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles; some they will slaughter and persecute, so that this generation will have to answer for every prophet’s blood that has been shed since the foundation of the world, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was murdered between the altar and the sanctuary.’ Yes, I tell you, this generation will have to answer for it all.
“Alas for you lawyers who have taken away the key of knowledge! You have not gone in yourselves, and have prevented others going in who wanted to.”
When he left the house, the scribes and the Pharisees began a furious attack on him and tried to force answers from him on innumerable questions, setting traps to catch him out in something he might say.
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R. Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.