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Matthew 23:17 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Ye fools and blind: for which is greater, the gold, or the temple that hath sanctified the gold?
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— [Ye] fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “You fools and blind men! Which is more important, the gold or the temple that sanctified the gold?
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— [Ye] fools, and blind: for which is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Fools and blind, for which is greater, the gold, or the temple which sanctifies the gold?
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Foolish and blind! for which is, greater, The gold, or the Temple that hath hallowed the gold?
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Fools and blind! for which [is] greater, the gold, or the sanctuary that is sanctifying the gold?
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Ye foolish and blind: for whether is greater, the gold or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Ye fooles and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the Temple that sanctifieth the gold?
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— You senseless and blind! for which is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— Ye fools, and blind: for which is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
[Ye] fools 3474
{3474} Prime
μωρός
moros
{mo-ros'}
Probably form the base of G3466; dull or stupid (as if shut up), that is, heedless, (morally) blockhead, (apparently) absurd.
and 2532
{2532} Prime
καί
kai
{kahee}
Apparently a primary particle, having a copulative and sometimes also a cumulative force; and, also, even, so, then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words.
blind: 5185
{5185} Prime
τυφλός
tuphlos
{toof-los'}
From G5187; opaque (as if smoky), that is, (by analogy) blind (physically or mentally).
for 1063
{1063} Prime
γάρ
gar
{gar}
A primary particle; properly assigning a reason (used in argument, explanation or intensification; often with other particles).
whether 5101
{5101} Prime
τίς
tis
{tis}
Probably emphatic of G5100; an interrogitive pronoun, who, which or what (in direct or indirect questions).
is 2076
{2076} Prime
ἐστί
esti
{es-tee'}
Third person singular present indicative of G1510; he (she or it) is; also (with neuter plural) they are.
z5748
<5748> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - No Voice Stated (See G5799)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 1612
greater, 3187
{3187} Prime
μείζων
meizon
{mide'-zone}
Irregular comparative of G3173; larger (literally or figuratively, specifically in age).
the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
gold, 5557
{5557} Prime
χρυσός
chrusos
{khroo-sos'}
Perhaps from the base of G5530 (through the idea of the utility of the metal); gold; by extension a golden article, as an ornament or coin.
or 2228
{2228} Prime

e
{ay}
A primary particle of distinction between two connected terms; disjunctive, or; comparative, than.
the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
temple 3485
{3485} Prime
ναός
naos
{nah-os'}
From a primary word ναίω [[naio]] (to dwell); a fane, shrine, temple.
that sanctifieth 37
{0037} Prime
ἁγιάζω
hagiazo
{hag-ee-ad'-zo}
From G0040; to make holy, that is, (ceremonially) purify or consecrate; (mentally) to venerate.
z5723
<5723> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 2549
the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
gold? 5557
{5557} Prime
χρυσός
chrusos
{khroo-sos'}
Perhaps from the base of G5530 (through the idea of the utility of the metal); gold; by extension a golden article, as an ornament or coin.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

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Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Matthew 23:13-33.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Matthew 23:17

[Ye] fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that (r) sanctifieth the gold?

(r) Causes the gold which is dedicated to a holy use to be considered holy.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
Ye fools:

Psalms 94:8 Understand, ye brutish among the people: and [ye] fools, when will ye be wise?

or:

Matthew 23:19 [Ye] fools and blind: for whether [is] greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift?
Exodus 30:26-29 And thou shalt anoint the tabernacle of the congregation therewith, and the ark of the testimony, ... And thou shalt sanctify them, that they may be most holy: whatsoever toucheth them shall be holy.
Numbers 16:38-39 The censers of these sinners against their own souls, let them make them broad plates [for] a covering of the altar: for they offered them before the LORD, therefore they are hallowed: and they shall be a sign unto the children of Israel. ... And Eleazar the priest took the brasen censers, wherewith they that were burnt had offered; and they were made broad [plates for] a covering of the altar:
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