New American Standard Bible
"Let them alone; they are blind guides of the blind. And if a blind man guides a blind man, both will fall into a pit."
King James Bible
Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.
Darby Bible Translation
Leave them alone; they are blind leaders of blind: but if blind lead blind, both will fall into a ditch.
World English Bible
Leave them alone. They are blind guides of the blind. If the blind guide the blind, both will fall into a pit."
Young's Literal Translation
let them alone, guides they are -- blind of blind; and if blind may guide blind, both into a ditch shall fall.'
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Let them alone - That is, do not be troubled at their rage.
Be not anxious about it. This result is to be expected. They are greatly attached to their traditions, and you are not to wonder that they are indignant. They lead, also, the blind. They have a vast influence over the multitude, and it is to be expected that they will be enraged at any doctrines that go to lessen their authority or influence. By commanding them "to let them alone," Christ does not mean that they were to be suffered to remain in error without any attempt to refute or correct them, for this he was doing then; but he meant to charge his disciples not to mind them or to regard their opposition - it was to be expected.
If the blind lead the blind ... - This was a plain proposition. A blind man, attempting to conduct blind men, would fall into every ditch that was in the way. So with religious teachers. If these Pharisees, themselves ignorant and blind, should be suffered to lead the ignorant multitude, both would be destroyed. This was another reason for confuting their errors, or for rooting up the plants which God had not planted. He wished, by doing it, to save the deluded multitude.
God often suffers one man to lead many to ruin. A rich and profligate man, an infidel, a man of learning, a politician, or a teacher, is allowed to sweep multitudes to ruin. This is not unjust, for those who are led are not compelled to follow such people. They are free in choosing such leaders, and they are answerable for being led to ruin.
LibraryOn the Words of the Gospel, Matt. xv. 21,"Jesus Went Out Thence, and Withdrew into the Parts of Tyre and Sidon. And Behold, a Canaanitish Woman,"
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For those who guide this people are leading them astray; And those who are guided by them are brought to confusion.
Now the Egyptians are men and not God, And their horses are flesh and not spirit; So the LORD will stretch out His hand, And he who helps will stumble And he who is helped will fall, And all of them will come to an end together.
"Woe to you, blind guides, who say, 'Whoever swears by the temple, that is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the temple is obligated.'
"You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!
And He also spoke a parable to them: "A blind man cannot guide a blind man, can he? Will they not both fall into a pit?
And Jesus said, "For judgment I came into this world, so that those who do not see may see, and that those who see may become blind."
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