Luke 14:35
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New International Version
It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out. "Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear."

New Living Translation
Flavorless salt is good neither for the soil nor for the manure pile. It is thrown away. Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!"

English Standard Version
It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

Berean Study Bible
It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile, and it is thrown out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear."

Berean Literal Bible
It is fit neither for soil nor for manure; they cast it out. The one having ears to hear, let him hear."

New American Standard Bible
"It is useless either for the soil or for the manure pile; it is thrown out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear."

King James Bible
It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
It isn't fit for the soil or for the manure pile; they throw it out. Anyone who has ears to hear should listen!"

International Standard Version
It's suitable neither for the soil nor for the manure pile. People throw it away. Let the person who has ears to hear, listen!"

NET Bible
It is of no value for the soil or for the manure pile; it is to be thrown out. The one who has ears to hear had better listen!"

New Heart English Bible
It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile. It is thrown out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“It is not fit for land nor is it fit for manure, but they cast it outside. Whoever has an ear that hears, let him hear.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
It's not any good for the ground or for the manure pile. People throw it away. "Let the person who has ears listen!"

New American Standard 1977
“It is useless either for the soil or for the manure pile; it is thrown out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
It is neither good for the land, nor for the dunghill; it is cast out. He that has ears to hear, let him hear.

King James 2000 Bible
It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dung hill; but men cast it out. He that has ears to hear, let him hear.

American King James Version
It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that has ears to hear, let him hear.

American Standard Version
It is fit neither for the land nor for the dunghill: men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Douay-Rheims Bible
It is neither profitable for the land nor for the dunghill, but shall be cast out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Darby Bible Translation
It is proper neither for land nor for dung; it is cast out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

English Revised Version
It is fit neither for the land nor for the dunghill: men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Webster's Bible Translation
It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill, but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Weymouth New Testament
Neither for land nor dunghill is it of any use; they throw it away. Listen, every one who has ears to listen with!"

World English Bible
It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile. It is thrown out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear."

Young's Literal Translation
neither for land nor for manure is it fit -- they cast it without. He who is having ears to hear -- let him hear.'
Study Bible
Good Salt
34Salt is good, but if the salt loses its savor, with what will it be seasoned? 35It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile, and it is thrown out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
Cross References
Matthew 11:15
He who has ears, let him hear.

Mark 4:23
If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear."

Luke 8:8
Still other seed fell on good soil, where it sprang up and produced a crop--a hundredfold." As Jesus said this, He called out, "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."

Luke 13:8
Sir,' the man replied, 'leave it alone again this year, until I dig around it and fertilize it.
Treasury of Scripture

It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that has ears to hear, let him hear.

but.

John 15:6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; …

He.

Luke 8:8 And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bore fruit an hundred …

Luke 9:44 Let these sayings sink down into your ears: for the Son of man shall …

Matthew 11:15 He that has ears to hear, let him hear.

Matthew 13:9 Who has ears to hear, let him hear.

Revelation 2:7,11,17,29 He that has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit said to the churches; …

(35) It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill.--The illustration, differing as it does from that in Matthew 5:13 and Mark 9:50, proves the independence of the saying as here recorded. A new use of salt, distinct from that of preserving food, or its symbolic meaning in sacrifice, is brought before us, and becomes the ground-work of a new parable. The use is obviously a lower and humbler one than the others. The salt serves, mingling with the dung-hill, to manure and prepare the ground for the reception of the seed. Bear this in mind, and the interpretation of the parable, connected, as it thus is, with that of the Fig-tree (see Note on Luke 13:8), is obvious. A corrupt church cannot even exercise an influence for good over the secular life of the nation which it represents. The religious man whose religion has become an hypocrisy cannot even be a good citizen, or help others forward in the duties of their active life by teaching or example. The church and the individual man are alike fit only to be "cast out"--to become, i.e., a by-word and proverb of reproach. Our Lord's sense, if we may so speak, of the depth and fulness of the meaning of His words, is shown by His emphatic reproduction of the words that had accompanied His first parable, "He that hath ears to hear, let him hear."

It is neither fit for the land,.... For the manuring of it, when it has lost its savour and spirit; otherwise it makes land fruitful, if too much is not used, and especially fixed salts have this use; though Pliny says (o),

"every place in which salt is found, it is barren and brings forth nothing.''

Nor yet for the dunghill; to mix with dung, and help it, that it may be the more serviceable for the earth; and just such useless things, are a mere external profession of religion, and professors of it, and ministers of the word, without the grace of God; they are of no use, but hurtful to the church, and to the world; these phrases are left out in the Persic and Ethiopic versions:

but men cast it out; into the streets, as entirely useless: and so such graceless professors and ministers, are to be cast out of the churches of Christ now, and will be excluded the kingdom of heaven hereafter:

he that hath ears to hear, let him hear; this being a point of great importance and consequence; See Gill on Matthew 11:15.

(o) Nat. Hist. l. 31. c. 7. 14:25-35 Though the disciples of Christ are not all crucified, yet they all bear their cross, and must bear it in the way of duty. Jesus bids them count upon it, and then consider of it. Our Saviour explains this by two similitudes; the former showing that we must consider the expenses of our religion; the latter, that we must consider the perils of it. Sit down and count the cost; consider it will cost the mortifying of sin, even the most beloved lusts. The proudest and most daring sinner cannot stand against God, for who knows the power of his anger? It is our interest to seek peace with him, and we need not send to ask conditions of peace, they are offered to us, and are highly to our advantage. In some way a disciple of Christ will be put to the trial. May we seek to be disciples indeed, and be careful not to grow slack in our profession, or afraid of the cross; that we may be the good salt of the earth, to season those around us with the savour of Christ.
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