In other words, they (teachers of law. religous peole, clergy) were extremely picky about the "little things" (imagine going through your spice rack every week and taking out a tenth of everything in it to give to God, as Jesus described them doing), but foolishly careless regarding the "big things," overlooking weightier matters of true importance; specifically justice, mercy and faith.
A modern comparison comes to mind: being obsessive about the air pressure in your car's tires, but never checking the oil level in the engine. You're straining out a gnat (your car's "rolling resistance" is perfect!) but swallowing a camel (burning the motor up through negligence).
The way Returning Officers applying 62,63 .... ignoring real issue of corruption of billions but asking of Kalams and Ayas.
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