Matthew 23:20
New International Version
Therefore, anyone who swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it.

New Living Translation
When you swear ‘by the altar,’ you are swearing by it and by everything on it.

English Standard Version
So whoever swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it.

Berean Study Bible
So then, he who swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it.

Berean Literal Bible
Therefore the one having sworn by the altar swears by it and by all things that are upon it.

King James Bible
Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon.

New King James Version
Therefore he who swears by the altar, swears by it and by all things on it.

New American Standard Bible
Therefore, the one who swears by the altar, swears both by the altar and by everything on it.

NASB 1995
“Therefore, whoever swears by the altar, swears both by the altar and by everything on it.

NASB 1977
“Therefore he who swears by the altar, swears both by the altar and by everything on it.

Amplified Bible
Therefore, whoever swears [an oath] by the altar, swears both by it and by everything [offered] on it.

Christian Standard Bible
Therefore, the one who takes an oath by the altar takes an oath by it and by everything on it.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Therefore, the one who takes an oath by the altar takes an oath by it and by everything on it.

American Standard Version
He therefore that sweareth by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Whoever swears therefore by the altar swears by it and by everything that is upon it.

Contemporary English Version
Anyone who swears by the altar also swears by everything on it.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He therefore that sweareth by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things that are upon it:

English Revised Version
He therefore that sweareth by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon.

Good News Translation
So then, when a person swears by the altar, he is swearing by it and by all the gifts on it;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
To swear an oath by the altar is to swear by it and by everything on it.

International Standard Version
Therefore, the one who swears an oath by the altar swears by it and by everything on it.

Literal Standard Version
He therefore who swore by the altar, swears by it, and by all things on it;

NET Bible
So whoever swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it.

New Heart English Bible
He therefore who swears by the altar, swears by it, and by everything on it.

Weymouth New Testament
He who swears by the altar swears both by it and by everything on it;

World English Bible
He therefore who swears by the altar, swears by it, and by everything on it.

Young's Literal Translation
'He therefore who did swear by the altar, doth swear by it, and by all things on it;

Additional Translations ...
Context
Woes to Scribes and Pharisees
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. 21And he who swears by the temple swears by it and by the One who dwells in it.…

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

Matthew 23:21
And he who swears by the temple swears by it and by the One who dwells in it.


Treasury of Scripture

Whoever therefore shall swear by the altar, swears by it, and by all things thereon.









Verse 20. - Sweareth by it, etc. One can see what an inveterate evil our Lord was denouncing, when he takes such pains to point out its absurdities, which seem to us self-evident. The oath by the altar involves the notion of the victim as well as the altar; one cannot be separated from the other; and, of course, implies him to whom the offering is made.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Greek
So then,
οὖν (oun)
Conjunction
Strong's 3767: Therefore, then. Apparently a primary word; certainly, or accordingly.

he who
(ho)
Article - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

swears
ὀμόσας (omosas)
Verb - Aorist Participle Active - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's 3660: A prolonged form of a primary, but obsolete omo, for which another prolonged form omoo is used in certain tenses; to swear, i.e. Take oath.

by
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

the
τῷ (tō)
Article - Dative Neuter Singular
Strong's 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

altar
θυσιαστηρίῳ (thysiastēriō)
Noun - Dative Neuter Singular
Strong's 2379: An altar (for sacrifice). From a derivative of thusia; a place of sacrifice, i.e. An altar.

swears
ὀμνύει (omnyei)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 3660: A prolonged form of a primary, but obsolete omo, for which another prolonged form omoo is used in certain tenses; to swear, i.e. Take oath.

by
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

it
αὐτῷ (autō)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative Neuter 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

and
καὶ (kai)
Conjunction
Strong's 2532: And, even, also, namely.

by
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

everything
πᾶσι (pasi)
Adjective - Dative Neuter Plural
Strong's 3956: All, the whole, every kind of. Including all the forms of declension; apparently a primary word; all, any, every, the whole.

on
ἐπάνω (epanō)
Preposition
Strong's 1883: From epi and ano; up above, i.e. Over or on.

it.
αὐτοῦ (autou)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Neuter 3rd Person Singular
Strong's 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.


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