Then came together to him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes, which came from Jerusalem.…
Some time ago a lady showed me a small seedling acacia, remarking, "I cannot make this plant out; it doesn't do well at all; it doesn't grow a bit, though I water it well, and attend to it carefully." I looked at the plant, and soon discovered the cause. The little plant had a tap root, as all seedlings have, and this tap root should have been inserted in the soil, where it would soon have struck out its lateral rootlets; but, instead of this, the plant was upside down, the leading root being in the soil, and the tap root exposed to the sun and air. It was impossible that the plant could grow or even live. It is thus with some people's religion.
(Sword and Trowel.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Then came together unto him the Pharisees, and certain of the scribes, which came from Jerusalem.
WEB: Then the Pharisees, and some of the scribes gathered together to him, having come from Jerusalem.