16"Woe to you, blind guides!1 You say, 'If anyone swears by the temple, it means nothing; but if anyone swears by the gold of the temple, he is bound by his oath.'217You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred?318You also say, 'If anyone swears by the altar, it means nothing; but if anyone swears by the gift on it, he is bound by his oath.'19You blind men! Which is greater: the gift, or the altar that makes the gift sacred?4#rl
20Therefore, he who swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it.21And he who swears by the temple swears by it and by the one who dwells5 in it.#rl
22And he who swears by heaven swears by God's throne and by the one who sits on it.623"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth7 of your spices--mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law--justice, mercy and faithfulness.8 You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.