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The Art of the Insult According to Scripture

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15th August 2015
“You blind fools!”
- Jesus
Matthew 23:17
“If the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.”
- 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.”

* Jesus met a few of these people, too. The encounters tended to end with them not being blind, though [e.g.].

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