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Matthew 23:16

    Matthew 23:16 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor!

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Woe to you, you blind guides, which say, Whoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor!

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Woe unto you, ye blind guides, that say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    A curse is on you, blind guides, who say, Whoever takes an oath by the Temple, it is nothing; but whoever takes an oath by the gold of the Temple, he is responsible.

    Webster's Revision

    Woe unto you, ye blind guides, that say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor.

    World English Bible

    "Woe to you, you blind guides, who say, 'Whoever swears by the temple, it is nothing; but whoever swears by the gold of the temple, he is obligated.'

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor.

    Definitions for Matthew 23:16

    Woe - An expression of grief or indignation.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 23:16

    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.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 23:16

    Whosoever shall swear ... - See the notes at Matthew 5:33-37.

    The temple - See the notes at Matthew 21:12.

    It is nothing - It amounts to nothing - it is not binding.

    The gold of the temple - Either the golden vessels in the temple - the candlestick, etc.; or the gold with which the doors and other parts of the temple were covered; or the gold in the treasury. This, it seems, they considered far more sacred than any other part of the temple, but it is not known why.

    He is a debtor - He is bound to keep his oath. He is guilty if he violates it.

    Wesley's Notes on Matthew 23:16

    23:16 Wo to you, ye blind guides - Before he had styled them hypocrites, from their personal character: now he gives them another title, respecting their influence upon others. Both these appellations are severely put together in the 23d and Mt 23:23,25. 25th verse s; and this severity rises to the height in the 33d verse . The gold of the temple - The treasure kept there. He is bound - To keep his oath.