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What did Jesus mean when He said to 'not cast your pearls before swine'?


Matthew 7:6

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.

Clarify (1) Share Report Asked July 01 2013 Mini Anonymous (via GotQuestions)

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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
"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...

July 01 2013 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Eced7a1f c81d 42f4 95ea 9d5719dce241 Singapore Moses Messenger of God, CEO in IT industry, Astronaut, Scientist
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

July 03 2014 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

1524277970 Alisha Meadows
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.

October 28 2014 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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