New International Version
You blind men! Which is greater: the gift, 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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CommentaryClarke'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
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 …
William Paley—Evidences of Christianity
First Attempts on Jerusalem.
On Attending the Church Service
Machinations of the Enemies of Jesus.
For seven days make atonement for the altar and consecrate it. Then the altar will be most holy, and whatever touches it will be holy.
If someone carries consecrated meat in the fold of their garment, and that fold touches some bread or stew, some wine, olive oil or other food, does it become consecrated?'" The priests answered, "No."
You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred?
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.'
Therefore, anyone who swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it.
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