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But if your eye is evil,a your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! Bible
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The “evil eye” is a stingy, greedy, covetous, envious eye, not, as popularly taught, an eye that brings evil.

“But if your eye is evil, your whole body will be full of darkness” The “evil eye” is a Semitic idiom for being greedy, stingy and selfish. In contrast to the “evil eye,” which is greedy, stingy, selfish, the “good eye,” or a “single eye,” is generous. This statement of Jesus is a serious warning to people who are stingy and greedy. It may be hard for a greedy, selfish person to change, but it can be done, and it will yield great reward. [For more on idioms involving the good eye, see commentary on Prov. 22:9. For more on the idiom of the evil eye, see commentary on Prov. 28:22].


Commentary for: Matthew 6:23