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Proverbs 7:2 - Exposition

Keep my commandments, and live (see on Proverbs 4:4 ). As the apple of thine eye ; literally, the little man ( ishon, diminutive of ish ) of the eye ; so called from the miniature reflection of objects seen in the pupil, specially of the person who looks into another's eye. It is a proverbial expression for anything particularly precious and liable to be injured unless guarded with scrupulous care (comp. Psalms 17:8 , Zechariah 2:8 ). Similarly the Greeks called this organ κόρη , "damsel" or "puppet," and the Latin, pupilla.

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