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Matthew 23:16-26 (New International Version)

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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.'2 17 You blind fools! Which is greater: the gold, or the temple that makes the gold sacred?3 18 You 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.' 19 You blind men! Which is greater: the gift, or the altar that makes the gift sacred?4 20 Therefore, he who swears by the altar swears by it and by everything on it. 21 And he who swears by the temple swears by it and by the one who dwells5 in it. 22 And he who swears by heaven swears by God's throne and by the one who sits on it.6 23 "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. 24 You blind guides!9 You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel. 25 "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish,10 but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence.11 26 Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.
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