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Matthew 23:17

    Matthew 23:17 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    You fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifies the gold?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Ye fools and blind: for which is greater, the gold, or the temple that hath sanctified the gold?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    You foolish ones and blind: which is greater, the gold, or the Temple which makes the gold holy?

    Webster's Revision

    Ye fools and blind: for which is greater, the gold, or the temple that hath sanctified the gold?

    World English Bible

    You blind fools! For which is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifies the gold?

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that hath sanctified the gold?

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 23:17

    The temple that sanctifieth the gold - To sanctify is to make holy. The gold had no holiness but what it derived from the temple. If in any other place, it would be no more holy than any other gold. It was foolish, then, to suppose that that was more holy than the temple, from which it received all the sanctity which it possessed.