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Easton's Bible Dictionary

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Only in Matthew 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 Leviticus 11:23 . It is supposed that the "lice," Exodus 8:16 (marg. RSV, "sand-flies"), were a species of gnat.

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Easton, Matthew George. Entry for 'Gnat'. Easton's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​ebd/​g/gnat.html. 1897.
 
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