Matthew 23:17
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New International Version
You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred?

New Living Translation
Blind fools! Which is more important--the gold or the Temple that makes the gold sacred?

English Standard Version
You blind fools! For which is greater, the gold or the temple that has made the gold sacred?

Berean Study Bible
You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes it sacred?

Berean Literal Bible
Foolish and blind! For which is greater, the gold, or the temple having sanctified the gold?

New American Standard Bible
"You fools and blind men! Which is more important, the gold or the temple that sanctified the gold?

King James Bible
Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Blind fools! For which is greater, the gold or the sanctuary that sanctified the gold?

International Standard Version
You blind fools! What is more important, the gold or the sanctuary that made the gold holy?

NET Bible
Blind fools! Which is greater, the gold or the temple that makes the gold sacred?

New Heart English Bible
You blind fools. For which is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctified the gold?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Fools and blind men! Which is greater, gold, or The Temple, which sanctifies the gold?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You blind fools! What is more important, the gold or the temple that made the gold holy?

New American Standard 1977
“You fools and blind men; which is more important, the gold, or the temple that sanctified the gold?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Ye fools and blind, for which is greater, the gold or the temple that sanctifies the gold?

King James 2000 Bible
You fools and blind: for which is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifies the gold?

American King James Version
You fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifies the gold?

American Standard Version
Ye fools and blind: for which is greater, the gold, or the temple that hath sanctified the gold?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Ye foolish and blind; for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?

Darby Bible Translation
Fools and blind, for which is greater, the gold, or the temple which sanctifies the gold?

English Revised Version
Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that hath sanctified the gold?

Webster's Bible Translation
Ye fools, and blind: for which is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?

Weymouth New Testament
"Blind fools! Why, which is greater? --the gold, or the Sanctuary which has made the gold holy?

World English Bible
You blind fools! For which is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifies the gold?

Young's Literal Translation
Fools and blind! for which is greater, the gold, or the sanctuary that is sanctifying the gold?
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
23:13-33 The scribes and Pharisees were enemies to the gospel of Christ, and therefore to the salvation of the souls of men. It is bad to keep away from Christ ourselves, but worse also to keep others from him. Yet it is no new thing for the show and form of godliness to be made a cloak to the greatest enormities. But dissembled piety will be reckoned double iniquity. They were very busy to turn souls to be of their party. Not for the glory of God and the good of souls, but that they might have the credit and advantage of making converts. Gain being their godliness, by a thousand devices they made religion give way to their worldly interests. They were very strict and precise in smaller matters of the law, but careless and loose in weightier matters. It is not the scrupling a little sin that Christ here reproves; if it be a sin, though but a gnat, it must be strained out; but the doing that, and then swallowing a camel, or, committing a greater sin. While they would seem to be godly, they were neither sober nor righteous. We are really, what we are inwardly. Outward motives may keep the outside clean, while the inside is filthy; but if the heart and spirit be made new, there will be newness of life; here we must begin with ourselves. The righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees was like the ornaments of a grave, or dressing up a dead body, only for show. The deceitfulness of sinners' hearts appears in that they go down the streams of the sins of their own day, while they fancy that they should have opposed the sins of former days. We sometimes think, if we had lived when Christ was upon earth, that we should not have despised and rejected him, as men then did; yet Christ in his Spirit, in his word, in his ministers, is still no better treated. And it is just with God to give those up to their hearts' lusts, who obstinately persist in gratifying them. Christ gives men their true characters.
Study Bible
Woes to Scribes and Pharisees
16Woe to you, blind guides! You say, ‘If anyone swears by the temple, it means nothing; but if anyone swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.’ 17You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes it sacred? 18And you say, ‘If anyone swears by the altar, it means nothing; but if anyone swears by the gift on it, he is bound by his oath.’…
Cross References
Exodus 30:29
"You shall also consecrate them, that they may be most holy; whatever touches them shall be holy.

Matthew 23:18
And you say, 'If anyone swears by the altar, it means nothing; but if anyone swears by the gift on it, he is bound by his oath.'

Matthew 23:19
You blind men! Which is greater: the gift, or the altar that makes it sacred?

Hebrews 2:11
For both the One who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are of the same family. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers.
Treasury of Scripture

You fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifies the gold?

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Psalm 94:8 Understand, you brutish among the people: and you fools, when will you be wise?

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Matthew 23:19 You fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar …

Exodus 30:26-29 And you shall anoint the tabernacle of the congregation therewith, …

Numbers 16:38,39 The censers of these sinners against their own souls, let them make …

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