1

Mark 7:22 thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness.

What is an evil eye?

1

The "evil eye" is a very eastern idiom that includes more than one single idea as shown by the distinction made in the list of Mark 7:22. It includes the following:

  • Envy and covetousness - see Matt 20:15, "your eye is envious"; Prov 28:22, "A man with an evil eye hastens after riches"
  • Moral shortsightedness - Prov 28:22, "A man with an evil eye ... does not consider the poverty to come upon him"
  • Thinking evil in many situations, Titus 2:15, "Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled."

That is, the "evil eye" is a perverted outlook that seeks to turn every opportunity, even by unfair and dishonest means, to the advantage of the person. It was this depraved mind that Christ came to change:

Rom 12:2, 9 - Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind ... Love must be sincere. Detest what is evil; cling to what is good.

0

Mark 7:22 New International Version

adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly.

envy,
ὀφθαλμὸς (ophthalmos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 3788: The eye; fig: the mind's eye. From optanomai; the eye; by implication, vision; figuratively, envy.

"Evil eye" is a figure of speech for envy.

Similar usage is found in Proverbs 28:22:

New American Standard Bible

A man with an evil eye hastens after wealth And does not know that want will come upon him.

New King James Version

A man with an evil eye hastens after riches, And does not consider that poverty will come upon him.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.