“who is stingy.” The Hebrew text reads, “a man with an evil eye.” The “evil eye” is a Semitic idiom for being greedy, stingy, and selfish. The greedy, selfish man says to you, “Eat all you want,” but they don’t really mean it. They are closely watching to see how much they are going to have to give up or pay. Biblically, an evil eye is greedy or stingy; while a “good eye,” or a “single eye,” is generous.
[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.]