Matthew 23:24
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English Standard Version
You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel!

King James Bible
Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.

American Standard Version
Ye blind guides, that strain out the gnat, and swallow the camel!

Douay-Rheims Bible
Blind guides, who strain out a gnat, and swallow a camel.

English Revised Version
Ye blind guides, which strain out the gnat, and swallow the camel.

Webster's Bible Translation
Ye blind guides, who strain out a gnat, and swallow a camel.

Weymouth New Testament
You blind guides, straining out the gnat while you gulp down the camel!

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Vincent's Word Studies

Strain at (διυλίξοντες)

διά, thoroughly or through, and ὑλίζω, to filter or strain. Strain at is an old misprint perpetuated. Hence the Rev. correctly, as Tynd., strain out. Insects were ceremonially unclean (Leviticus 11:20, Leviticus 11:23, Leviticus 11:41, Leviticus 11:42), so that the Jews strained their wine in order not to swallow any unclean animal. Moreover, there were certain insects which bred in wine. Aristotle uses the word gnat (κώνωπα) of a worm or larva found in the sediment of sour wine. "In a ride from Tangier to Tetuan I observed that a Moorish soldier who accompanied me, when he drank, always unfolded the end of his turban and placed it over the mouth of his bota, drinking through the muslin to strain out the gnats, whose larvae swarm in the water of that country" (cited by Trench, "On the Authorized Version").

Swallow (καταπίνοντες)

The rendering is feeble. It is drink down (κατά); gulp. Note that the camel was also unclean (Leviticus 11:4).

Matthew 23:24 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Matthew 7:4 Or how will you say to your brother, Let me pull out the mote out of your eye; and, behold, a beam is in your own eye?

Matthew 15:2-6 Why do your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread...

Matthew 19:24 And again I say to you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle...

Matthew 27:6-8 And the chief priests took the silver pieces, and said, It is not lawful for to put them into the treasury...

Luke 6:7-10 And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him...

John 18:28,40 Then led they Jesus from Caiaphas to the hall of judgment: and it was early; and they themselves went not into the judgment hall...

Cross References
Isaiah 9:16
for those who guide this people have been leading them astray, and those who are guided by them are swallowed up.

Matthew 15:14
Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit."

Matthew 23:16
"Woe to you, blind guides, who say, 'If anyone swears by the temple, it is nothing, but if anyone swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.'

Revelation 12:16
But the earth came to the help of the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed the river that the dragon had poured from his mouth.

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