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

New Living Translation
How blind! For which is more important--the gift on the altar or the altar that makes the gift sacred?

English Standard Version
You blind men! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that makes the gift sacred?

Berean Study Bible
You blind men! Which is greater: the gift, or the altar that makes it sacred?

Berean Literal Bible
Blind! For which is greater, the gift, or the altar sanctifying the gift?

New American Standard Bible
"You blind men, which is more important, the offering, or the altar that sanctifies the offering?

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

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Blind people! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that sanctifies the gift?

International Standard Version
You blind men! Which is more important, the gift or the altar that makes the gift holy?

NET Bible
You are blind! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that makes the gift sacred?

New Heart English Bible
You blind men. For which is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifies the gift?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Fools and blind men! Which is greater, the gift or the altar that sanctifies the gift?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You blind men! What is more important, the gift or the altar that makes the gift holy?

New American Standard 1977
“You blind men, which is more important, the offering or the altar that sanctifies the offering?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Ye fools and blind, for which one is greater, the gift or the altar that sanctifies the gift?

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

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

American Standard Version
Ye blind: for which is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Ye blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift?

Darby Bible Translation
[Fools and] blind ones, for which is greater, the gift, or the altar which sanctifies the gift?

English Revised Version
Ye blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift?

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

Weymouth New Testament
"You are blind! Why, which is greater? --the offering, or the altar which makes the offering holy?

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

Young's Literal Translation
Fools and blind! for which is greater, the gift, or the altar that is sanctifying the gift?
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
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.’ 19You blind men! Which is greater: the gift, or the altar that makes it sacred? 20So then, he who swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it.…
Cross References
Exodus 29:37
"For seven days you shall make atonement for the altar and consecrate it; then the altar shall be most holy, and whatever touches the altar shall be holy.

Haggai 2:12
If a man carries holy meat in the fold of his garment, and touches bread with this fold, or cooked food, wine, oil, or any other food, will it become holy?'" And the priests answered, "No."

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

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 23:20
So then, he who swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it.
Treasury of Scripture

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Exodus 29:37 Seven days you shall make an atonement for the altar, and sanctify …

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