Robertson's Word Pictures of the New TestamentMatthew 23:25
- From extortion and excess (ex arpaghv kai akrasiav).
- A much more serious accusation. These punctilious observers of the external ceremonies did not hesitate at robbery (arpagev) and graft (akrasiav), lack of control. A modern picture of wickedness in high places both civil and ecclesiastical where the moral elements in life are ruthlessly trodden under foot. Of course, the idea is for both the outside ektov and the inside (entov) of the cup and the platter (fine side dish). But the inside is the more important. Note the change to singular in verse 26 as if Jesus in a friendlier tone pleads with a Pharisee to mend his ways.