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Men strain at gnats and swallow camels

This is hypocrisy, the behaviour of those who speak loudly against small offences while committing, much greater offences at the same time. Jesus says to the scribes and Pharisees : ‘Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel. ‘ To ‘strain a gnat ‘ is to filter the wine after finding a gnat in it.