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15 “How terrible it will be for you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to make a single convert, and when this happens you make him twice as fit for[a] hell[b] as you are.

16 “How terrible it will be for you, blind guides! You say, ‘Whoever swears an oath by the sanctuary is excused,[c] but whoever swears an oath by the gold of the sanctuary must keep his oath.’[d] 17 You blind fools! What is more important, the gold or the sanctuary that made the gold holy?

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  1. Matthew 23:15 Lit. twice as much a son of
  2. Matthew 23:15 Lit. Gehenna; a Gk. transliteration of the Heb. for Valley of Hinnom
  3. Matthew 23:16 Lit. is nothing
  4. Matthew 23:16 Lit. owes a debt

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