(κάρφος, something dry), any small dry particle, as of chaff, wood, etc. (Mt 7:3-5; Lu 6:41-42). Small faults or errors in others, discovered through the magnifying medium of prejudice, are likened by our Lord in these passages to a speck or splinter in the eye, which the censorious are fond of detecting, though guilty of more serious offences themselves, aptly compared to a beam (δοκός) (see Winckler, in Animadvers. Philol. 3:803 sq.). The proverb was a familiar one with-the Hebrews (see Buxtorf, Lex. Rabb. col. 2080). SEE EYE.

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