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By Stephen R. Kaufman

I've been struggling to understand the following passage:

(KJV, Matt 12:5-7) Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?  But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.  But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.

It seems to me that the "guiltless" refers to the priests, but I don't see why they should be considered "guiltless."  The "guiltless" ones who are actually condemned are the animal victims of sacrifices, I would think.

Any thoughts?

Steve

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