Then he began to reproach the towns where most of his mighty deeds had been done, since they had not repented. “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would long ago have repented in sackcloth and ashes. But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. And as for you, Capernaum:
‘Will you be exalted to heaven?
You will go down to the netherworld.’
For if the mighty deeds done in your midst had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”Matthew 11:20-24
3 Replies to “Woe to You, Chorazin! Woe to You, Bethsaida!”
These WOE passages seem harsh coming from Christ. Perhaps the use of the “woe” word has special meaning which I’ll need to look up. Yet I know that Christ did not mince words but spoke truth. That’s what got him arrested! I will take a positive note on these woes. May I realize God’s mighty deeds in creation and especially in creating me in the image and likeness of the Divine.
The words are more disarming coming from flowers and a snail!