“Only in Matt. 23:24, a small two-winged stinging fly of the” “genus Culex, which includes mosquitoes. Our Lord alludes here to” “the gnat in a proverbial expression probably in common use, “who” “strain out the gnat;” the words in the Authorized Version,” “strain at a gnat, being a mere typographical error, which has” been corrected in the Revised Version. The custom of filtering wine for this purpose was common among the Jews. It was founded “on Lev. 11:23. It is supposed that the “lice,” Ex. 8:16 (marg.” “R.V., “sand-flies”), were a species of gnat.”

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