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The Woes Of Revelation
The English word "woe" originated from an old Anglo-Saxon word which was based on the sound made by a grieving person; hence the word came to mean mourning or suffering. Some English translations use "woe" to translate the New Testament Greek word, pronounced oo-ah-ee, which also originated from a wail made by a sorrowing person; hence it too came to mean mourning or suffering.
Jesus Christ warned the Pharisees, the corrupt "lawyers" who violated the Law (see Violence) that they were supposed to be upholding, as a warning to all hypocrites, of the woes that they are bringing upon themselves.
"11:39 And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness. 11:40 Ye fools, did not he that made that which is without make that which is within also?" (Luke 11:39-40 KJV)
"Woe unto you also, ye lawyers!"
The Messiah then continued with the "woes" that they were going to experience - and why.
11:42 But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of Herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
Fact Finder: In the time just before Christ's return, what will be the "three woes" upon all of those who refuse to repent?