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Luke 14:35

35 It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out. “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”

Read Luke 14:35 Using Other Translations

It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear."
Flavorless salt is good neither for the soil nor for the manure pile. It is thrown away. Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand!”

What does Luke 14:35 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Luke 14:35

It is neither fit for the land
For the manuring of it, when it has lost its savour and spirit; otherwise it makes land fruitful, if too much is not used, and especially fixed salts have this use; though Pliny says F15,

``every place in which salt is found, it is barren and brings forth nothing.''

Nor yet for the dunghill;
to mix with dung, and help it, that it may be the more serviceable for the earth; and just such useless things, are a mere external profession of religion, and professors of it, and ministers of the word, without the grace of God; they are of no use, but hurtful to the church, and to the world; these phrases are left out in the Persic and Ethiopic versions:

but men cast it out;
into the streets, as entirely useless: and so such graceless professors and ministers, are to be cast out of the churches of Christ now, and will be excluded the kingdom of heaven hereafter:

he that hath ears to hear, let him hear;
this being a point of great importance and consequence; (See Gill on Matthew 11:15).


FOOTNOTES:

F15 Nat. Hist. l. 31. c. 7.
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