Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you cross sea and land to make a single convert, and you make the new convert twice as much a child of hell b as yourselves.
"Woe to you, blind guides, who say, "Whoever swears by the sanctuary is bound by nothing, but whoever swears by the gold of the sanctuary is bound by the oath.'
You blind fools! For which is greater, the gold or the sanctuary that has made the gold sacred?
And you say, "Whoever swears by the altar is bound by nothing, but whoever swears by the gift that is on the altar is bound by the oath.'
How blind you are! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that makes the gift sacred?
So whoever swears by the altar, swears by it and by everything on it;
and whoever swears by the sanctuary, swears by it and by the one who dwells in it;
and whoever swears by heaven, swears by the throne of God and by the one who is seated upon it.
"Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint, dill, and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faith. It is these you ought to have practiced without neglecting the others.
You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel!
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