(Gr. karphos, something dry, hence a particle of wood or chaff, etc.). A slight moral defect is likened to a mote (Mt 7:3-5; Lu 6:41-42).
The word chosen by Wyclif and Tindale, and accepted by all the subsequent versions as the tr of Gr. karphos in Mt 7:3-5; Lu 6:41-42 bis. The root of karphos is karph
Any small particle or splinter. It is used to illustrate small failings in contrast to larger faults, called 'beams.' The Lord Jesus was exposing the hypocrisy of those who see and magnify small faults in others, and pass over greater ones in themselves, Mt 7:3-5; Lu 6:41-42.