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What is Jesus parable of the speck and the eye?

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May 07, 2008 12:29PM

This parable is found in Matthew 7 and also in Luke 6:41-46. In the KJV, a mote is a splinter and the beam is a plank of wood. It is teaching the principle of ensuring that we've dealt with our own problem first before we approach someone else about theirs. Another's sin may well be miniscule compared to our own overlooked sin. We are no help to others in overcoming their sin if we are suffering the same problem and fail to see it. Also note that the idea is to help remove the problem, rather than to merely see it. Too often people are approached out of a prideful and judgmental motive rather than a genuine desire to help end the problem, hence Jesus' use of the term 'hypocrites'.

3 And why behold the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but consider not the beam that is in thine own eye? 4 Or how will thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye. === ===