- Jesus (Matthew 15:14)
This is another recurring reproof in Jesus’ Spectacular Diatribe against the "scribes and Pharisees".
Numerous times in his speech, Jesus refers to these religious leaders as "blind"—not physically blind, mind*.
In 23:23–4, Jesus accuses the scribes and Pharisees of following the minutia of the Jewish religious law to a tee, but missing the big picture stuff—justice, mercy, and faithfulness. How could these people spiritually lead Israel?
“You blind guides!” Jesus illustrates. Then, switching to a soup metaphor, He adds “You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.”