Matthew 15:7-9
You hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,…

As the strength of sin lies in the inward frame of the heart, so the strength of worship in the inward complexion and temper of the soul. Shadows are not to be offered instead of substance. God asks for the heart in worship, and commands outward ceremonies, as subservient to inward worship, and goads and spears unto it. What value had the offering of the human nature of Christ been, if he had not had a Divine nature to qualify Him to be the Priest? And what is the oblation of our bodies, without a priestly act of the spirit in the presentation of it? To offer a body with a sapless spirit, is a sacrilege of the same nature with that of the Israelities when they offered dead beasts. One sound sacrifice is better than a thousand rotten ones.


Parallel Verses
KJV: Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,

WEB: You hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy of you, saying,

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