New Living Translation
How blind! For which is more important--the gift on the altar or the altar that makes the gift sacred?
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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LibraryAmong the People, and with the Pharisees
It would have been difficult to proceed far either in Galilee or in Judaea without coming into contact with an altogether peculiar and striking individuality, differing from all around, and which would at once arrest attention. This was the Pharisee. Courted or feared, shunned or flattered, reverently looked up to or laughed at, he was equally a power everywhere, both ecclesiastically and politically, as belonging to the most influential, the most zealous, and the most closely-connected religions …
Alfred Edersheim—Sketches of Jewish Social Life
The General Service to a Prophet.
Liberty of Conscience Threatened
Of the Power of Making Laws. The Cruelty of the Pope and his Adherents, in this Respect, in Tyrannically Oppressing and Destroying Souls.
Purify the altar, and consecrate it every day for seven days. After that, the altar will be absolutely holy, and whatever touches it will become holy.
'If one of you is carrying some meat from a holy sacrifice in his robes and his robe happens to brush against some bread or stew, wine or olive oil, or any other kind of food, will it also become holy?' " The priests replied, "No."
Blind fools! Which is more important--the gold or the Temple that makes the gold sacred?
And you say that to swear 'by the altar' is not binding, but to swear 'by the gifts on the altar' is binding.
When you swear 'by the altar,' you are swearing by it and by everything on it.
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