New American Standard Bible
you, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that one shall not steal, do you steal?
King James Bible
Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal?
Darby Bible Translation
thou then that teachest another, dost thou not teach thyself? thou that preachest not to steal, dost thou steal?
World English Bible
You therefore who teach another, don't you teach yourself? You who preach that a man shouldn't steal, do you steal?
Young's Literal Translation
Thou, then, who art teaching another, thyself dost thou not teach?
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Thou therefore ... - He who is a teacher of others may be expected to be learned himself. They ought to be found to be possessed of superior knowledge; and by this question the apostle impliedly reproves them for their ignorance. The form of a question is chosen because it conveys the truth with greater force. He puts the question as if it were undeniable that they were grossly ignorant; compare Matthew 23:3, "They say, and do not," etc.
That preachest - This word means to proclaim in any manner, whether in the synagogue, or in any place of public teaching.
Dost thou steal? - It cannot be proved, perhaps, that the Jews were extensively guilty of this crime. It is introduced partly, no doubt, to make the inconsistency of their conduct mere apparent. We expect a man to set an example of what he means by his public instruction.
Observe that the apostle singled out an individual who had condemned others for transgressions, in which he himself indulged. This man owned so much spiritual light that he knew right from wrong, and he diligently used his knowledge to judge others, condemning them for their transgressions. As for himself, he preferred the shade, where no fierce light might beat on his own conscience and disturb his unholy peace. His judgment was spared the pain of dealing with his home offenses by being set to work …
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 29: 1883
Tendencies of Religious Thought in England, 1688-1750.
Note to the Following Treatise 1. The Following Letter
Seances Historiques De Geneve --The National Church.
"For you hate discipline, And you cast My words behind you.
You have seen many things, but you do not observe them; Your ears are open, but none hears.
therefore all that they tell you, do and observe, but do not do according to their deeds; for they say things and do not do them.
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