New International Version
You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.
King James Bible
Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.
Darby Bible Translation
Blind guides, who strain out the gnat, but drink down the camel.
World English Bible
You blind guides, who strain out a gnat, and swallow a camel!
Young's Literal Translation
'Blind guides! who are straining out the gnat, and the camel are swallowing.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel. - This clause should be thus translated: Ye strain out the gnat, but ye swallow down the camel. In the common translation, Ye strain At a gnat, conveys no sense. Indeed, it is likely to have been at first an error of the press, At for Out, which, on examination, I find escaped in the edition of 1611, and has been regularly continued since. There is now before me, "The Newe Testament, (both in Englyshe and in Laten), of Mayster Erasmus translacion, imprynted by Wyllyam Powell, dwellynge in Flete strete: the yere of our Lorde M.CCCCC.XLVII. the fyrste yere of the kynges (Edwd. VI). moste gracious reygne." in which the verse stands thus: "Ye blinde gides, which strayne out a gnat, and swalowe a cammel." It is the same also in Edmund Becke's Bible, printed in London 1549, and in several others. - Clensynge a gnatte. - MS. Eng. Bib. So Wickliff. Similar to this is the following Arabic proverb: He eats an elephant and is choked by a gnat.
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LibraryThe Morality of the Gospel.
Is stating the morality of the Gospel as an argument of its truth, I am willing to admit two points; first, that the teaching of morality was not the primary design of the mission; secondly, that morality, neither in the Gospel, nor in any other book, can be a subject, properly speaking, of discovery. If I were to describe in a very few words the scope of Christianity as a revelation,  I should say that it was to influence the conduct of human life, by establishing the proof of a future state …
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First Attempts on Jerusalem.
On Attending the Church Service
Machinations of the Enemies of Jesus.
Those who guide this people mislead them, and those who are guided are led astray.
Leave them; they are blind guides. If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit."
"Woe to you, blind guides! You say, 'If anyone swears by the temple, it means nothing; but anyone who swears by the gold of the temple is bound by that oath.'
But the earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing the river that the dragon had spewed out of his mouth.
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