Matthew 15:14
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New International Version
Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit."

New Living Translation
so ignore them. They are blind guides leading the blind, and if one blind person guides another, they will both fall into a ditch."

English Standard Version
Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.”

New American Standard Bible
"Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit."

King James Bible
Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Leave them alone! They are blind guides. And if the blind guide the blind, both will fall into a pit."

International Standard Version
Leave them alone. They are blind guides of the blind. If one blind person leads another blind person, both will fall into a ditch."

NET Bible
Leave them! They are blind guides. If someone who is blind leads another who is blind, both will fall into a pit."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Let them alone. They are blind guides of the blind; but if a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into a pit.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Leave them alone! They are blind leaders. When one blind person leads another, both will fall into the same pit."

Jubilee Bible 2000
Let them alone; they are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into a pit.

King James 2000 Bible
Let them alone: they are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

American King James Version
Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

American Standard Version
Let them alone: they are blind guides. And if the blind guide the blind, both shall fall into a pit.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let them alone: they are blind, and leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into the pit.

Darby Bible Translation
Leave them alone; they are blind leaders of blind: but if blind lead blind, both will fall into a ditch.

English Revised Version
Let them alone: they are blind guides. And if the blind guide the blind, both shall fall into a pit.

Webster's Bible Translation
Let them alone: they are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leadeth the blind, both will fall into the ditch.

Weymouth New Testament
Leave them alone. They are blind guides of the blind; and if a blind man leads a blind man, both will fall into some pit."

World English Bible
Leave them alone. They are blind guides of the blind. If the blind guide the blind, both will fall into a pit."

Young's Literal Translation
let them alone, guides they are -- blind of blind; and if blind may guide blind, both into a ditch shall fall.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

15:10-20 Christ shows that the defilement they ought to fear, was not from what entered their mouths as food, but from what came out of their mouths, which showed the wickedness of their hearts. Nothing will last in the soul but the regenerating graces of the Holy Spirit; and nothing should be admitted into the church but what is from above; therefore, whoever is offended by a plain, seasonable declaration of the truth, we should not be troubled at it. The disciples ask to be better taught as to this matter. Where a weak head doubts concerning any word of Christ, an upright heart and a willing mind seek for instruction. It is the heart that is desperately wicked, Jer 17:9, for there is no sin in word or deed, which was not first in the heart. They all come out of the man, and are fruits of that wickedness which is in the heart, and is wrought there. When Christ teaches, he will show men the deceitfulness and wickedness of their own hearts; he will teach them to humble themselves, and to seek to be cleansed in the Fountain opened for sin and uncleanness.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 14. - Let them alone. Do not trouble yourselves about them; let them be offended, if they will. Blind leaders of the blind. Both teachers and taught are alike ignorant of the truth. The people had no spiritual light, and, applying to their appointed pastors, they learned nothing profitable from them; for these were as much in the dark as themselves. It was evident, then, that the rabbis ought not to be followed unreservedly. If the blind. A proverbial saying. Comp. Horat., 'Epp.,' I, 17:3 -

"... ut si
Caecus iter monstrare velit."
And the Greek adage, Μήτε τυφλὸν ὁδηγόν, μήτε ἐκνόητον σύμβουλον. Nosgen calls attention to the order of the words, Τυφλὸς δὲ τυφλὸν ἐὰν ὁδηγῇ, "Blind blind if he lead," which, while it substantiates the advice, "Let them alone," forcibly expresses the fatal result of this guidance. The ditch (βόθυνον); a pitfall (comp. Isaiah 24:17, 18, Septuagint, where it is used as the translation of the Hebrew pachath, a pit in which wild animals are taken). The "ditch" in one sense is unbelief in Christ, to which rabbinical teaching undoubtedly led. In another sense it adumbrates the ruin in which these false principles would involve the Jewish polity and people. It is obvious that the rejection of the Messiah drew down the punishment which has made the Hebrew nation an astonishment to all the world.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Let them alone,.... Have nothing to say, or do with them; do not mind their anger and resentment, their reproaches and reflections, nor trouble yourselves at the offence they have taken; if they will go, let them go; they are a worthless generation of men, who are not to be regarded, hearkened to, nor to be pleased; it matters not what they say of me, and of my doctrine:

they be blind leaders of the blind; the people that hearken to them, and are followers of them, are "blind", as to any true sense of themselves, their state, and condition by nature; as to any spiritual, saving knowledge of God; as to any acquaintance with the Messiah, and the method of salvation by him; as to the Spirit of God, and the work of grace, regeneration, and sanctification upon the soul; as to the Scriptures of truth, and doctrines of the Gospel; and the "leaders" of them were as "blind" as they: by whom are meant the Scribes and Pharisees, the learned doctors and rabbins of the Jewish nation; who thought themselves very wise and knowing, yet they were blind also; and none more than they. It was an old tradition (g) among the Jews,

"that there should be "blind teachers" at the time when God should have his tabernacle among them.''

This was predicted, in Isaiah 42:19 and all such leaders and teachers are blind, who, notwithstanding their natural abilities, and acquired parts, are in a state of unregeneracy; and have nothing more than what they have from nature, or have attained to at school; and as apparently all such are, who lead men from Christ, to mere morality, and to a dependence upon their own righteousness for justification, which was the darling principle of the blind leaders in the text.

And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch; of ignorance and error, immorality and profaneness, distress, if not despair, temporal ruin and destruction; which was notoriously verified in the Jewish people, and their guides: and of eternal damnation, the lake which burns with fire and brimstone; what else can be expected?

(g) Midrash Tillim in Psal. cxlvi apud Grotium in loc.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

14. Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch—Striking expression of the ruinous effects of erroneous teaching!

Matthew 15:14 Additional Commentaries
Context
What Defiles a Man
13But He answered and said, "Every plant which My heavenly Father did not plant shall be uprooted. 14"Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit." 15Peter said to Him, "Explain the parable to us."…
Cross References
Isaiah 9:16
Those who guide this people mislead them, and those who are guided are led astray.

Isaiah 31:3
But the Egyptians are mere mortals and not God; their horses are flesh and not spirit. When the LORD stretches out his hand, those who help will stumble, those who are helped will fall; all will perish together.

Matthew 23:16
"Woe to you, blind guides! You say, 'If anyone swears by the temple, it means nothing; but anyone who swears by the gold of the temple is bound by that oath.'

Matthew 23:24
You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.

Luke 6:39
He also told them this parable: "Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit?

John 9:39
Jesus said, "For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind."
Treasury of Scripture

Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

Let.

Hosea 4:17 Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone.

1 Timothy 6:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the …

they.

Matthew 23:16-24 Woe to you, you blind guides, which say, Whoever shall swear by the …

Isaiah 9:16 For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are …

Isaiah 42:19 Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? …

Isaiah 56:10 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb …

Malachi 2:8 But you are departed out of the way; you have caused many to stumble …

Luke 6:39 And he spoke a parable to them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall …

And if.

Jeremiah 5:31 The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their …

Jeremiah 6:15 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? no, they were …

Jeremiah 8:12 Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? no, they were …

Ezekiel 14:9,10 And if the prophet be deceived when he has spoken a thing, I the …

Micah 3:6,7 Therefore night shall be to you, that you shall not have a vision; …

2 Peter 2:1,17 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there …

Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that worked …

Revelation 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and fornicators, and murderers, …

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