Robertson's Word Pictures of the New TestamentMatthew 23:24
- Strain out the gnat (diulizontev ton kwnwpa).
- By filtering through (dia), not the "straining at" in swallowing so crudely suggested by the misprint in the A.V.
- Swallow the camel (thn de kamhlon katapinontev).
- Gulping or drinking down the camel. An oriental hyperbole like that in 19:24. See also 5:29,30; 17:20; 21:21. Both insects and camels were ceremonially unclean (Leviticus 11:4,20,23,42). "He that kills a flea on the Sabbath is as guilty as if he killed a camel" (Jer. Shabb. 107).