New Living Translation
When you swear 'by the altar,' you are swearing by it and by everything on it.
King James Bible
Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon.
Darby Bible Translation
He therefore that swears by the altar swears by it and by all things that are upon it.
World English Bible
He therefore who swears by the altar, swears by it, and by everything on it.
Young's Literal Translation
'He therefore who did swear by the altar, doth swear by it, and by all things on it;
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
23:20 He that sweareth by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon - Not only by the gift, but by the holy fire, and the sacrifice; and above all, by that God to whom they belong; inasmuch as every oath by a creature is an implicit appeal to God.
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.
How blind! For which is more important--the gift on the altar or the altar that makes the gift sacred?
And when you swear 'by the Temple,' you are swearing by it and by God, who lives in it.
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