Matthew 23:17
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New International Version
You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred?

King James Bible
Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?

Darby Bible Translation
Fools and blind, for which is greater, the gold, or the temple which sanctifies the gold?

World English Bible
You blind fools! For which is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifies the gold?

Young's Literal Translation
Fools and blind! for which is greater, the gold, or the sanctuary that is sanctifying the gold?

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Whosoever shall swear by the gold - The covetous man, says one, still gives preference to the object of his lust; gold has still the first place in his heart. A man is to be suspected when he recommends those good works most from which he receives most advantage.

Is bound thereby, i.e. to fulfill his oath.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Ye fools.

Psalm 94:8 Understand, you brutish among the people: and you fools, when will you be wise?

or.

Matthew 23:19 You fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifies the gift?

Exodus 30:26-29 And you shall anoint the tabernacle of the congregation therewith, and the ark of the testimony...

Numbers 16:38,39 The censers of these sinners against their own souls, let them make them broad plates for a covering of the altar...

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The 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, [49] I should say that it was to influence the conduct of human life, by establishing the proof of a future state
William Paley—Evidences of Christianity

First Attempts on Jerusalem.
Jesus, almost every year, went to Jerusalem for the feast of the passover. The details of these journeys are little known, for the synoptics do not speak of them,[1] and the notes of the fourth Gospel are very confused on this point.[2] It was, it appears, in the year 31, and certainly after the death of John, that the most important of the visits of Jesus to Jerusalem took place. Many of the disciples followed him. Although Jesus attached from that time little value to the pilgrimage, he conformed
Ernest Renan—The Life of Jesus

On Attending the Church Service
"The sin of the young men was very great." 1 Sam. 2:17. 1. The corruption, not only of the heathen world, but likewise of them that were called Christians, has been matter of sorrow and lamentation to pious men, almost from the time of the apostles. And hence, as early as the second century, within a hundred years of St. John's removal from the earth, men who were afraid of being partakers of other men's sins, thought it their duty to separate from them. Hence, in every age many have retired from
John Wesley—Sermons on Several Occasions

Machinations of the Enemies of Jesus.
Jesus passed the autumn and a part of the winter at Jerusalem. This season is there rather cold. The portico of Solomon, with its covered aisles, was the place where he habitually walked.[1] This portico consisted of two galleries, formed by three rows of columns, and covered by a ceiling of carved wood.[2] It commanded the valley of Kedron, which was doubtless less covered with debris than it is at the present time. The depth of the ravine could not be measured, from the height of the portico; and
Ernest Renan—The Life of Jesus

Cross References
Exodus 30:29
You shall consecrate them so they will be most holy, and whatever touches them will be holy.

Matthew 23:18
You also say, 'If anyone swears by the altar, it means nothing; but anyone who swears by the gift on the altar is bound by that oath.'

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

Hebrews 2:11
Both the one who makes people holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers and sisters.

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