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34 “Salt is good for seasoning. But if salt were to lose its flavor,[a] how could it ever be restored? 35 It will never be useful again, not even fit for the soil or the manure pile![b] If you have ears opened by the Spirit, then hear the meaning of what I have said and apply it to yourselves.”

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Footnotes

  1. Luke 14:34 Or “become foolish.” Both Greek and Aramaic use a word that can mean “foolish.” If salt that has lost its flavor is foolish, then the salt that keeps its flavor is equal to wisdom. Rabbinical literature equates salt with wisdom. (Eduard Schweizer,” The Good News According to Matthew, Atlanta: John Knox Press, 1975.) After speaking of salt, Jesus, in Matthew 5:13-15, goes on to refer to lighting a lamp. It was a common practice in the time of Jesus to put salt on the wick of a lamp to increase its brightness. The “salt” of wisdom will make our light shine even brighter. (W. A. Elwell and P.W. Comfort, Tyndale Bible Dictionary, Tyndale reference library, Wheaton, Ill.: Tyndale House, 2001, 797–798.)
  2. Luke 14:35 Followers of Jesus who are unwilling to pay the price of discipleship are like worthless salt, unable to affect anything or anyone.

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