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This may be an ABBA doublet: Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they [the pigs] trample them underfoot and [the dogs] turn to attack you. "Matthew"/Jesus was alluding to this passage of Torah: ESV Exodus 22:29 You shall not delay to offer from the fullness of your harvest and from the outflow of ...
I have always felt that what this passage meant was not to waste your wisdom on fools, lest they turn and trample you under foot. I find this fits the ignorance that surrounds people on a daily basis and punishes us for wasting our gifts on those who do not have the capacity to understand.
From an Eastern perspective, I was taught that the reference to "If Thine Eye Be Single, Thy Whole Body Shall Be Full Of Light" is literal not a metaphor. You are taking what is literal as a metaphor. The light of God is overwhelming and is seen at the Third or Single Eye.
The Sermon on the Mount begins with the beatitudes, the first of which sets the context for the whole sermon. Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. -- Matthew 5:3 Who are the poor in spirit? Well, anyone who is spiritually needy, of course. Those who know they're lives are becalmed and need some "wind" in their sails to ...
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