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?
Darby Bible Translation
Fools and blind ones, for which is greater, the gift, or the altar which sanctifies the gift?
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?
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
The altar that sanctifieth the gift - The altar, dedicated to God, gave all the value or holiness to the offering, and must therefore be the greatest or of the most importance. If, therefore, either bound to the fulfillment of an oath, it must be the altar.
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"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.
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."
"You fools and blind men! Which is more important, the gold or the temple that sanctified the gold?
"And, 'Whoever swears by the altar, that is nothing, but whoever swears by the offering on it, he is obligated.'
"Therefore, whoever swears by the altar, swears both by the altar and by everything on it.
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