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Matthew 23:23 ; Luke 11:42 ; a garden herb well known. The law did not oblige the Jews to give the tithe of this sort of herbs; it only required it of those things which could be comprehended under the name of income or revenue. But the Pharisees, desirous of distinguishing themselves by a more scrupulous and literal observance of the law than others, gave the tithes "of mint, anise, and cummin," Matthew 23:23 . Christ reproved them because that, while they were so precise in these lesser matters, they neglected the more essential commandments of the law, and substituted observances, frivolous and insignificant, in the place of justice, mercy, and truth.

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Watson, Richard. Entry for 'Mint'. Richard Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary. 1831-2.

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the Week of Proper 23 / Ordinary 28
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