Wherewith shall it — shall what? A.D. 1690), reports that he found lumps of rock-salt there which had become partially flavourless, but I am not aware that this has been confirmed by recent travellers. They are the substance to which the saltness inheres. It has. Indeed. The meaning rather is that the disciples are like salt among the people of the world, and the thought of its uniqueness is in mind. This question the Saviour answers by pronouncing it unanswerable. In, on, among. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have … Verb - Present Indicative Active - 2nd Person Plural. 6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. of men. They are being trained up by Jesus in order to be the world’s source of true wisdom. Matthew 5:3 "Blessed [are] the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." The parable finds its interpretation in Hebrews 6:1-6. Rock salt was used at that time. Therefore the virtue of the merits of Christ delivers us from the corruption of sin; but the care and labour of the apostles preserves us from again returning to it. It sprang up quickly because the soil was shallow. You are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his flavor, with which shall it be salted? Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. From moros; to become insipid; figuratively, to make as a simpleton. The question is more curious than important, and does not affect the ideal case represented in our Lord's words. They are rather to reveal the saltiness that God has put within them. It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. “If other men are tasteless in the sight of God, to you shall be given the salt which imparts a relish to them: but if you have lost your taste, where shall you obtain the remedy which you ought to supply to others?”. And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the … that the salt which had become unfit for sacrificial use in the store-house was sprinkled in wet weather upon the slopes and steps of the temple to prevent the feet of the priests from slipping, and we may accordingly see in our Lord’s words a possible reference to this practice. Likewise the Christian who does not obey God has no preserving value (see Revelation 3:16). We should note in passing that they are not told to ‘become salt’. Christ declares what sort of men he wishes the teachers of his Church to be. Verb - Present Infinitive Middle or Passive. Ten men who worshipped God would have saved the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 18:32). 5:17 ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that # (1 John 3:15) whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. Salt have lost its savour — If the living body to which this gracious saltness inheres doth lose that quality, whereby shall the quality be restored? ("Agamemnon", "Hom. 34, that this comparison is taken from agriculture. 13 “You are the salt of the earth. The lives of true disciples will shed the truth among men by example and teaching, and thus contribute to the salvation of their souls. ye. From the manner in which it is gathered, much earth and other impurities are necessarily collected with it. 4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Od. Christ’s disciples are to be saviours of others. A man, one of the human race. It is not the mere want of a certain character, but the want of it in those whose profession and appearance were fitted to beget expectation of finding it. ‘It is from then on good for nothing.’ Once men have lost the salt of a truly godly life they may witness all they like, but they will achieve nothing lasting. Our Lord skillfully pursues his metaphor, by saying, that other things when they lose their original qualities, are still useful after they have become corrupted: but that salt becomes even hurtful, and communicates barrenness even to dunghills. From aner and ops; man-faced, i.e. Such salt is fit for nothing but to be trodden upon as the soil of the ground. They are the substance to which the saltness inheres. 5 Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:. What, alas! The elect of God. Matthew Saint Jerome, Bible Foundation and On-Line Book Initiative, Ed. & Physically: hospitals & schools, generosity]. Thus, before the flood (Genesis 6:11-12); after the flood (Genesis 8:21); in the days of David (Psalms 14:2-3); in the days of Isaiah (Isaiah 1:5-6); and in the days of Paul (Ephesians 2:1-3; see also Job 14:4; Job 15:15-16; John 3:6; compared with Romans 8:8; Titus 3:2-3). Since it is the will of God that the earth shall be salted by his own word, it follows, that whatever is destitute of this salt is, in his estimation, tasteless, how much soever it may be relished by men. cattle, wild beasts, and creeping things; creates man in his own image, blesses him; Slide4-6 Jesus uses 2 important elements in their day (salt & light) to. Mat Mt). This warning is useful, not only to ministers, but to the whole flock of Christ. salt. Compare Mark 9:50. Belongs to former clause, as well, by Figure of speech Ellipsis, App-6. Wherewith shall it be salted? b, expressing a real contingency; for, if the salt is stored on the bare earth, or is exposed to the air or sun, it does lose its savour and is fit for no place but the streets (see Thomson"s The Land and the Book, Lond., 1869, p. 381). The point of the case lies in the supposition-that if it should lose it, the consequence would be as here described. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? The meaning is, If that Christianity on which the health of the world depends, does in any age, region, or individual, exist only in name, or if it contain not those saving elements for want of which the world languishes. No man will allow it to be thrown on to his field, and the only place for it is in the street, and there it is cast, to be trodden under foot of men.”, [Note: Eugene P. Deatrick, "Salt, Soil, Savor," Biblical Archaeologist25 (1962):44-45. Figure of speech Metaphor. It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. Bible App for Kids. Dr. Thomson (The Land And The Book, vol. kosmos, the inhabited earth, i.e, humankind). 14 … A primary verb; to throw. ii, p. 44) says: “Indeed, it is a well-known fact that the salt of this country, when in contact with the ground, or exposed to rain and sun, does become insipid and useless. So with Christians. Representing the kingdom of Matthew 5:3 with Matthew 4:17. are = represent. The answer is, That is but the first and partial effect of their Christianity upon the world: though the great proportion would dislike and reject the truth, a small but noble band would receive and hold it fast; and in the struggle that would ensue, one and another even of the opposing party would come over to His ranks, and at length the Gospel would carry all before it. And it thus both kept things edible and made them enjoyable. [Note: Eugene P. Deatrick, "Salt, Soil, Savor," Biblical Archaeologist25 (1962):44-45.] [13] "You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt has lost its flavor, with what will it be salted? seems to show that the benedictions were addressed to them. Not a particle of the grace of God remains, or the loser would not be quite good for nothing. It is the opening verse of the Sermon on the Mount, and the section of the sermon known as the Beatitudes. 3 Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. (14) The light of the world.--In its highest or truest sense the word belongs to Christ, and to Him only (John 1:9; John 8:12).The comparison to the "candle" or "lamp" in Matthew 5:15 shows, indeed, that even here the disciples are spoken of as shining in the world with a derived brightness flowing to them from the Fount of light.. A city that is set on an hill. Now he addresses his apostles, styling them the salt of the earth, meant to preserve men from the corruption of sin, and to make them relish the truths of salvation. Dr. Thomson (vol. Salt of the earth; means of its preservation, by your holy doctrine, prayers, and example. How sad then if they cease to do His will and become foolish. The doctrinal bearings of the figure need not be pressed. ii, p. 44) says: “Indeed, it is a well-known fact that the salt of, when in contact with the ground, or exposed to rain and sun, does become insipid and useless. There is no replacement for salt. See App-118. The general reference to this antiseptic action of salt is (as in Colossians 4:6, and possibly in the symbolic act of Elisha, 2 Kings 2:21) enough to give an adequate meaning to the words, but the special reference to the sacrificial use of salt in Mark 9:49 (see Note there) makes it probable enough that there was some allusion to that thought also here. it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Salt preserves, Christ’s disciples preserve the world from utter corruption.—Salt seasons food and prevents insipidity; Christians are to give a spiritual seasoning to what is made ‘stale, flat, and unprofitable’ by ‘earthly’ minds; comp. however, been pointed out that such salts were used in strengthening the flat roofs of houses, with the result that people would then trample it under foot. If Catholic Online has given you $5.00 worth of knowledge this year, take a minute to donate. if the disciples of Christ cease to be an influence for good--cease to practice the principles taught by their Master, they will finally be rejected and trodden upon by the Judge. Compare Different Versions of this Verse. Contracted from a primary word; soil; by extension a region, or the solid part or the whole of the terrene globe. ‘The earth’ refers to society as it exists. God will use disciples either as vessels unto honor or as vessels unto dishonor (cf. 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