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(Persian). “Suffering is the necessary consequence of sin, just as when you eat a sour fruit a stomach complaint ensues. “Put your hand in the fire, whether willingly or no, you will get burnt." (Bengalese). “Doing with this hand and receiving the reward with that." (Telugu). “When anyone has learned to steal, he must also learn hanging." (Malabar). “As you give, so you will get; as you sow, so you will reap.' (Hindustani). “He who sows in this world, in the other would reap.” (Osmanli). “As we sow,

so it comes up." (Marathi). Wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be

gathered together. (Matt. xxiv : 28).
See Job xxxix : 27–30; Ezek. xxxix : 17; Hab. i : 8;

Luke xvii : 37.
By “the eagle” is meant "carrion vultures,"

which were included among eagles by the ancients. "Where the corpse is, there will the vulture be."

(Bengalese). "The carrion which the eagle has

left feeds the crow.” (Latin). "Only decaying food has the power to charm their

(vultures') palates, though it is said that under stress of hunger these birds attack and kill defenceless small birds and animals by piercing their eyes. Putrid matter, the choicest item in the vulture's menu, is earnestly sought and eagerly devoured by them. This is generally supposed to be due to lack of strength in claws incapable of tearing flesh that has not been

weakened by decay.”—Margaret Coulson Walker. Whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have

abundance; but whosoever hath not, from him shall
be taken away even that which he hath. (Matt. xiii :
See Matt. xxv : 29; Mark iv : 25; Luke viii : 18;

xix : 26.

“Who hath the head hath the shoes." (Hindi). Why beholdest thou the mote in thy brother's eye, but

considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye. (Matt. vii : 3).

See Luke vi : 41, 42.

See also Quotation Proverbs: The kettle re

proached the kitchen spoon, 'Thou blackee,' he said, “Thou babbler'” and “He who has done eating will say, 'He who eats at night is a sor




The habit of fault-finding is so common that

hundreds of proverbs closely allied to this old saying are used under various forms in all parts

of the world. A few are here given: “A pig came up to a horse and said, 'Your feet are

crooked and your hair is worth nothing.' (Russian). “The sieve says to the needle, 'You have a hole in your tail.' (Bengalese).' "Let everyone sweep the snow from his own door, and not busy himself with the frost on his neighbour's

“The crow mocks the pig for his black

(Chinese). “The ass said to the cock, 'Big-headed.' (Modern Greek). “They know not their own defects who search for the defects of others.' (Sanskrit). “Chase flies away from your own head.” “With a mote in the eye one cannot see the Himalayas.” (Japanese). “Though he sees the splinter in people's eyes he does not see the beam that is in his own eyes.” (Osmanli). “The pan says to the pot, ‘Keep off or you'll smutch me. (Italian). “The raven bawls hoarsely to the crow, 'Get out, blackmoor.'” (Spanish). “Death said to the man with his throat cut, “How ugly you look.' (Catalan): “One ass nicknamed another ‘Long ears. (German). “He sees the speck in another's eyes but not the film on his own,” or “The blind of one eye perceives not the film on her own eye, but sees the speck on another's," or The one-eyed woman does not see the speck on her own eye, but can distinguish the cataract on another's." (Hindustani). “Take the pestle-made of wood and very heavy-from your own eye, then take the mote-a tiny blade of spear grass—from another's." (Marathi). “The pot calls the kettle black.' “The frying-pan says to the kettle, ‘Avaunt, Blackbrows.'' (English). "The mortar complaining to the drum.” (Telugu). “The sieve with a thousand hole finds with the sūp,”-a basket used in sifting grain. (Behar). "The mud laughs at the puddle." (Mauritius Creole). "Crookid carlin,' quoth

the cripple to his wife.” (Scotch). "That our Lord used familiar proverbs so often, is a

hint to preachers that they should always keep in mind; for such simplicity and naturalness were the very soul of His addresses-His words about 'pulling the mote out of the eye' and 'the blind leading the blind,' in St. Luke's version of the sermon, were both in the same way proverbs of His day. “It is written that in the days when men judged their judges, if a judge said to another, 'Cast the mote out of thine eye,' he would answer, 'Cast you out the beam from your own eye.

So says the Talmud.”—Cunningham Geikie, D.D. "All laws of optics notwithstanding, they see

through the massive beam in their own eye, and
in spite of it, if not indeed by means of it, detect,
discern, demonstrate, and denounce the tiny
splinter that lurks in the eye of a brother. The
beam acts as a magnifying glass, and the splinter
is magnified accordingly. They see through that
glass darkly; but the darkness is not to them a

darkness that may be felt."- Francis Jacox.
In other men we faults can spy,
And blame the mote that dims their eye;
Each little speck and error find;
To our own stronger error,


John Gay.

With what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged; and

with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured unto you. (Matt. vii : 2).

See Markiv :24; Luke vi :38.




A double-minded man is a post in the mud swinging to and

fro. (Telugu).

See James i :8;iv : 8; Matt. v : 24.
The proverb is applied not only to men who vacil-

late but to those who seek personal advantage by

trying to follow two opposite courses of action.
“The word of an unstable man is a bundle of

water." (Telugu). “Riding two horses at the
sanie time.” (Arabian). “Who stands hesitating
between two mosques returns without prayer.
(Turkish). “Do not embark in two boats, for
you will be spilt and thrown on your back."

All seek their own object. (Sanskrit).

See Phil. ii :21; I Cor. x :24, 33; xiii : 5.
A match will set fire to a large building. (Marathi).

See James iii : 5.
“A little fire burns up a great deal of corn. (Eng.

lish). “Of a spark of fire a heap of coals is
kindled.” (Hebrew). “More than one war has
been kindled by a single word.” (Arabian).
“A little stone may upset a large cart." (Italian,

As a man's heart is so does he speak. (Sanskrit).
See Matt. xiii : 34, 35; Luke vi :

“That which is in the mind is spoken." (Persian).
“If better were within, better would come out."

(English). “As we are inwardly, so shall we appear outwardly." (Marathi). "As the life is,

so will be the language." (Greek). As is the king, so will the virtue be. (Telugu).

The reference being not to the king's virtue, but to

the virtue of his subjects. See Isa. xxiv : 2; Jer. v:31; Hos. iv :9. "Such a king, such a people." (Latin). “Like

king, like law; like law, like people.' (Portuguese). "As the king, so are his people.” (San

A woman spins even while she talks. (Hebrew).

See I Sam. xxv.
Abigail sought her own interests while she talked

with David.
The proverb is not intended to teach feminine

industry so much as shrewdness. Blind with both eyes open. (Bengalese).

See Mark viii : 18; Rom. xi : 8.
This proverb is used not so much in referring to

people who lack spiritual discernment as in ad-
ministering reproof to those who, in excess of
anger or excitement, do not realize what they

are saying or doing.
Bread in one hand, a stone in the other. (German).

See Matt. vii :7; Luke xi : 11.
Can water be divided by a stroke? (Tamil).

See II Ki. ii : 8, 14; Exod. xiv 16, 21; Josh. iii : 13,

16. Day and night are one to the Ruler. (Telugu).

The reference is to God, the Supreme Ruler.

See Ps. cxxxix : 12; Heb. iv : 13. Do not think today of what you are to eat tomorrow.


See Matt. vi :25-34; Luke xii : 22–30.
See Contradicting Proverbs: “Never put off till

tomorrow what you can do today."

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