Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
Matthew 23:23 (KJV)
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone. Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.
Matthew 23:23-4 (KJV)
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law, justice and mercy and faith; these you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel.
Matthew 23:23-4 (RSV)
Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because you give the tenth of the mint and the dill and the cumin, but you have disregarded the weightier matters of the Law, namely justice and mercy and faithfulness, These things it was binding to do, yet not to disregard the other things. Blind guides, who strain out the gnat but gulp down the camel.
Matthew 23:23-4 (NWT)
Search the KJV electronically for cumin and you will not find it. In that version of the Bible, it is spelled "cummin." Zohary comments that the plant is undoubtedly native to the Middle East, but so long cultivated that it has not been positively identified in the wild state (ZOH). However, all three versions above seem to agree on the cumin and the mint, such that I confidently include them in my biblical garden. In biblical times, cumin was used as a medicine and an appetite stimulant. Philips notes that cumin (Cuminum) was the materia medica of the ancient world, almost paralleling black cumin's (Nigella) role in the Muslim world as the medicine for every disease except death. Among Mediterranean people, they used to speak of "cummin-splitters," or avaricious individuals perhaps more greedy than today's hair splitters.
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