ESV - 6 Do not give dogs what is holy, and do not throw your pearls before pigs, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you.
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"Do not cast your pearls before swine" is a portion of the Sermon on the Mount, and to understand its meaning, we have to understand its context and placement within the sermon. Christ had just fin...
Swine is used figuratively of three classes: 1. Indiscreet women (Prov. 11:22) 2. Deceived people (Mt. 7:6) 3. Backsliders (2Pet. 2:20- 22) The idea here is NOT to force truth upon rebels who reject it, or give holy things to faultfinders, mote hunters, evil speakers. Dogs are used figuratively of nine classes: 1. Homosexuals (Dt. 23:18) 2. Anyone despised (1Sam. 17:43; 24:14; 2Sam. 9:8; 16:9; 2Ki. 8:13) 3. Satanic powers (Ps. 22:20) 4. Wicked men (Ps. 22:16; 59:6, 14) 5. False prophets (Isa. 56:10; Php. 3:2) 6. Deceived people (Mt. 7:6; Rev. 22:15) 7. Fools (Prov. 26:11) 8. Gentiles (Mt. 15:26- 27 Mk. 7:27- 28) 9. Backsliders (2Pet. 2:20- 22
I like to relate this verse to purity. Think of your "pearls" as your virginity, and men who aren't your husband as "swine/pigs". Jesus doesn't want you throwing your "pearls" to the "pigs" because they won't cherish them, and will eventually hurt you.
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