And why behold you the mote that is in your brother's eye, but consider not the beam that is in your own eye?…
I have got a piece of plate, probably two hundred years old, for the table at meal time. On the silver is embossed a representation of the mote and the beam; a man with a spiked log sticking into his eye is trying hard to pick a tiny grain out of the eye of another. Perhaps you may think it most inappropriate to have such a group and subject on a piece of plate before one's eyes commonly. But I do not think so. It is when families meet, or guests assemble round the board, that the characters of neighbours are most freely talked over.
(Baring Gould, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?