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15 “Woe to you, experts in the law[a] and you Pharisees, hypocrites! You cross land and sea to make one convert,[b] and when you get one,[c] you make him twice as much a child of hell[d] as yourselves!

16 “Woe to you, blind guides, who say, ‘Whoever swears by the temple is bound by nothing.[e] But whoever swears by the gold of the temple is bound by the oath.’ 17 Blind fools! Which is greater, the gold or the temple that makes the gold sacred?

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  1. Matthew 23:15 tn Or “scribes.” See the note on the phrase “experts in the law” in 2:4.
  2. Matthew 23:15 tn Or “one proselyte.”
  3. Matthew 23:15 tn Grk “when he becomes [one].”
  4. Matthew 23:15 tn Grk “a son of Gehenna.” Expressions constructed with υἱός (huios) followed by a genitive of class or kind denote a person belonging to the class or kind specified by the following genitive (L&N 9.4). Thus the phrase here means “a person who belongs to hell.”sn See the note on the word hell in 5:22.
  5. Matthew 23:16 tn Grk “Whoever swears by the temple, it is nothing.”

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