Matthew 7:6

Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

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

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 7:6


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.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 7:6


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.

Discussion for Matthew 7

  • Ivy
    What matters to God is that we do His will (Matthew 7:21).
    Matthew 7:23 also reveals that God hates sin; let us strive to do away with sin and be perfect as God is perfect (Matthew 5:48).
    Yes, we can be perfect for we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.
    God supplies the strength for every command.
  • Irene123
    V. 6 - " ..... cast not your pearls before swine ..... "; when one once witnesses to someone who rejects and/or scoffs - do not waste God's word on them again, BUT - pray, pray for them that their hearts will be touched and their eyes opened.
  • Brianna
    Vs. 12 The Golden rule. The Mosaic Law was full of hundred of commandments. Yet, this one sentence spoken by Jesus sums up about half of them. Jesus was truly The Great Teacher. He taught with simplicity, yet it was powerful. Let us imitate his example.
  • Angela
    You don't judge others by their sin you judge them by their fruit . does what they say line up with God's word. Know your word so you will not be deceived . Don't judge others by their dress if some one in church. Offends you don't judge look at your self first . You don't know what people go through in their lives. They might just be having a bad day. Smile give hugs and Love
  • Irene123
    You are quite the 'naysayer'. Being a Christian we are to lift each other up. Jesus' church of Acts ch. 2 - is still here. You just told people there is no hope by saying there are no churches that preach truth anymore. I've got a feeling you've been in 'contact' with His church ....... ? The one that preaches Acts 2:38 for salvation.
  • Daniel
    Mt 7:21ff teaches about being careful thinking that we can perform miracles yet neglect the main purpose which is to exposit God's word with full respect and truth. Many of us are driven by miracle performers who don't even dare to prepare or study God's word. Good preaching does not exist anymore in churches. Lets go back to basics.