Matthew 7:6
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English Standard Version
“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.

King James Bible
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.

American Standard Version
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.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Give not that which is holy to dogs; neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest perhaps they trample them under their feet, and turning upon you, they tear you.

English Revised Version
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.

Webster's Bible Translation
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.

Weymouth New Testament
"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.

Matthew 7:6 Parallel
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Vincent's Word Studies

That which is holy (τὸ ἅγιον)

The holy thing, as of something commonly recognized as sacred. The reference is to the meat offered in sacrifice. The picture is that of a priest throwing a piece of flesh from the altar of burnt-offering to one of the numerous dogs which infest the streets of Eastern cities.

Pearls before swine (μαργαρίτας ἔμπροσθεν τῶν χοίρων)

Another picture of a rich man wantonly throwing handfuls of small pearls to swine. Swine in Palestine were at best but half-tamed, the hog being an unclean animal. The wild boar haunts the Jordan valley to this day. Small pearls, called by jewellers seed-pearls, would resemble the pease or maize on which the swine feed. They would rush upon them when scattered, and, discovering the cheat, would trample upon them and turn their tusks upon the man who scattered them.

Turn (στραφέντες)

The Rev. properly omits again. The word graphically pictures the quick, sharp turn of the boar.

Rend (ῥήξωσιν)

Lit., break; and well chosen to express the peculiar character of the wound made by the boar's tusk, which is not a cut, but a long tear or rip.

Matthew 7:6 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

that.

Matthew 10:14,15 And whoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when you depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet...

Matthew 15:26 But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs.

Proverbs 9:7,8 He that reproves a scorner gets to himself shame: and he that rebukes a wicked man gets himself a blot...

Proverbs 23:9 Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of your words.

Proverbs 26:11 As a dog returns to his vomit, so a fool returns to his folly.

Acts 13:45-47 But when the Jews saw the multitudes, they were filled with envy, and spoke against those things which were spoken by Paul...

Philippians 3:2 Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.

Hebrews 6:6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again to repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh...

Hebrews 10:29 Of how much sorer punishment, suppose you, shall he be thought worthy, who has trodden under foot the Son of God...

2 Peter 2:22 But it is happened to them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again...

cast.

Proverbs 11:22 As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.

turn.

Matthew 22:5,6 But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise...

Matthew 24:10 And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.

2 Corinthians 11:26 In journeys often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by my own countrymen, in perils by the heathen...

2 Timothy 4:14,15 Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works...

Cross References
Proverbs 9:8
Do not reprove a scoffer, or he will hate you; reprove a wise man, and he will love you.

Proverbs 23:9
Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, for he will despise the good sense of your words.

Proverbs 26:4
Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest you be like him yourself.

Matthew 7:5
You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.

Matthew 15:26
And he answered, "It is not right to take the children's bread and throw it to the dogs."

Revelation 22:15
Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.

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