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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
¶ Giue not that which is holy vnto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearles before swine: lest they trample them vnder their feete, and turne againe and rent you.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan
"Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.
- New American Standard Version (1995)
Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast your pearls before the swine, lest haply they trample them under their feet, and turn and rend you.
- American Standard Version (1901)
Do not give that which is holy to the dogs, or put your jewels before pigs, for fear that they will be crushed under foot by the pigs whose attack will then be made against you.
- Basic English Bible
Give not that which is holy to the dogs, nor cast your pearls before the swine, lest they trample them with their feet, and turning round rend you.
- Darby Bible
Give not that which is holy to dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
- Webster's Bible
Give not that which is holy to the dogs, nor throw your pearls to the swine; otherwise they will trample them under their feet and then turn and attack you.
- Weymouth Bible
Don't give that which is holy to the dogs, neither throw your pearls before the pigs, lest perhaps they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.
- World English Bible
Nile ye yyue hooli thing to houndis, nethir caste ye youre margaritis bifore swyne, lest perauenture thei defoulen hem with her feet, and the houndis be turned, and al to-tere you.
- Wycliffe Bible
`Ye may not give that which is [holy] to the dogs, nor cast your pearls before the swine, that they may not trample them among their feet, and having turned -- may rend you.
- Youngs Literal Bible
7:6 Here is another instance of that transposition, where of the two things proposed, the latter is first treated of. Give not - to dogs - lest turning they rend you: Cast not - to swine - lest they trample them under foot. Yet even then, when the beam is cast out of thine own eye, Give not - That is, talk not of the deep things of God to those whom you know to be wallowing in sin. neither declare the great things God hath done for your soul to the profane, furious, persecuting wretches. Talk not of perfection, for instance, to the former; not of your experience to the latter. But our Lord does in nowise forbid us to reprove, as occasion is, both the one and the other.
Mt 7:6 Give not that which is holy unto dogs. The dog was regarded an unclean animal by the Jewish law. They probably represent snarling, scoffing opposers. The characteristic of dogs is brutality. To try to instill holy things into such low, unclean, and sordid brutal minds is useless. Neither cast ye your pearls before swine. The swine were also unclean. They would have no use for pearls, and perhaps would rush upon those who scattered the pearls. So, too, there are men so dull, imbruted and senseless, as to reject the pearls of truth. It is our duty to help and to try to save others, but we must use common sense.
Robert Of Springfield's comment on 2015-05-08 18:28:25:
My take is that Jesus was concerned that we would be wasting our precious time and energy fooling around with the wasted. Jesus was clear in his preference instead in helping those that truly need our help. He realized that our resources in our lives are limited. Money. Health. Time. Energy.
Olufunke Usalo's comment on 2015-03-03 00:20:15:
I strongly believe this bible verse is broad and can be used in various contest as you are able to explain. do not cast your pearls before the swine is the part I find very interesting. As a single lady it constantly reminds me of who I am in Christ. I must and should not cast my pearls meaning my virtues before the swine, meaning pigs in short words men that are not worthy of having you. This verse is also a virtue checklist. This is my personal understanding as it applies to my life
Jerry's comment on 2015-02-21 11:20:19:
I tend to go with the idea that he was referring to those who having been once enlightened to the Word of God and have now rejected it, are not to again share the precious Word with them again. Seems logical since this scripture was preceded by instructions on judgement not to be imposed on others, at your peril. The Bible also speaks of a group not to be prayed for. There is no contradiction in the Word. I suggest the two groups of people referred to are the same, valid today as then.
MockingBird's comment on 2015-02-06 09:36:02:
Jesus revered to the lost world : those that are without Christ : Not born again : as dogs. Yuk !!! I believe that God is saying here that what you and God have shared personally is not to be given out to the lost of the world. Even what God has required of you to do and give to Him. It is none of there business. We are only to tell the dogs : lost of the world what God has provided for them through Jesus Christ : That is that they do not have to go to hell and they can be saved through Jesus Christ . They only need to know they have a loving God that will save them and upon receiving Him that God will love them through all they face down the road. When I first got saved , this confused me to. But I think I have a better understanding now. Still have a lot to see in these words : I will never stop learning.
Barry Shephard's comment on 2014-12-13 08:42:20:
I had a family of filthy pigs , who abused their children both violently, and sexually. I was very upset to see my church deliver a large basket of food to them. Was I wrong?
MARY SMITH's comment on 2014-05-06 11:52:45:
I WILL KEEP PONDERING AND PRAYING ABOUT THIS SCRIPTURE. THE WORD OF GOD TELLS US TO WITNESS AND WARN ALL THAT THEY NEED TO BE SAVED OR THEY WILL PERISH.
Makini's comment on 2014-04-28 23:46:47:
the emphasis of dogs and swine turning again to rend you is emphasis of being attacked trying to help someone who does not want it and in turn shows their disapproval by doing such. The mindset is "Just save your breath and strength lest you lose it by wasting it. " Things that are not wasted are used for the good, therefore there is profit in not wasting and the lack thereof when you waste. you have no fruit with those who do not have a desire to hear the things of God. There is no return on that investment in other words. Don 't put your money there lest your account becomes depleted.
Royce Bishop's comment on 2014-02-04 07:57:23:
...in Christian love; Jesus being God, said exactly what He meant to say..(What Jesus meant to say).
Nancy Esther Ingunza's comment on 2014-01-16 09:28:19:
What Jesus meant to say in Mat. 7:6 was: Do not reveal your holy secrets to the wicked (whoever they are) least they will trample them under their feet, and turn again and rent you."
Albtrue's comment on 2013-03-16 20:02:44:
Everything must be said or done according to its perspective. In Matthew 7, Give not that which is Holy [the Gospel, tithes, God’s time for evangelizing, etc..] unto the dogs; judge not that you be not judged, etc… Meaning don’t be a fool. Don’t give that which God has Blessed you with to false prophets, or gentiles, or those that refuse the gospel. Yet how would you know that they are false prophets. You will know them by the fruits they bear [the things they do]. Neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet and turn again and rend you. But how will you know that they are swine. By sincerely praying to God for and receiving the Holy Spirit [Luke 11:13].This does not say, we shouldn’t evangelize, not pay tithes, etc..; because we should. Yet after we have done that which we are commanded to do and find out they are “false prophets; refusers of the gospel, etc…”, then we are to go and give that which is Holy to those who will or have accepted the Gospel, and practice the word of God. There is more to the interpretation of Matthew 7:6, and the whole chapter 7, but I believe the general concept [ideal] is there.
Jeffery Browning's comment on 2013-01-10 12:40:31:
We did this as part of class one day, and it always confused me.
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