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You blind guides, who are straining out the gnat but swallowing the camel! Bible

“gnat ... camel.” The illustration combines the figures hyperbole (exaggeration) and hypocatastasis (comparison by implication; see commentary on Revelation 20:2). The “gnat” is the small things, while the “camel” represents the big things. The illustration was made more emotionally graphic to the Jews because the camel was an unclean animal and could not be eaten at all. For Jesus to imply that the Jews swallowed a camel would have been extremely offensive to them.


Commentary for: Matthew 23:24