v 5. Everything they do is for show.
That is the meaning of hypocrisy – playacting to give a good impression. So Jesus goes on with a series of dire warnings: some translations preface each one with the words ‘Woe to you …’ When you read them you discover the meaning of hypocrisy and how deep it runs in some people. Jesus’ denunciations become stronger and stronger … ‘Blind guides .. For you are like whitewashed tombs … Snakes! Sons of vipers! (v 33)
Confronting hypocrisy, Jesus doesn’t mince His words: it really is that bad.