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The Parable of the Mote and the Beam

The Parable of the Mote and the Beam

Domenico Fetti (1591/1592-1623). The Metropolitan Museum of New York. New York. Ca. 1621

The parable of the Mote and the Beam is told in Matthew. Jesus told that one should not judge others in order not be judged, because the judgements one gives are the judgements one would get and the standard used would be used on you. He asked: ‘why do you observe the splinter in your brother’s eye and do not notice the great log in your own?’ And how dare you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the splinter out of your eye’, when look, there is a great log in your own? Hypocrite! Take the log out of your own eye first, and then you will see clearly enough to take the splinter out of your brother’s eye.

Domenico Fetti’s ‘The Parable of the Mote and the Beam’ is a rare example of this parable.

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