On Tuesday, December 9, 2014, President Obama told us that “the good book says don’t throw stones at glass houses, or make sure we’re looking at the log in our eye before we are pointing out the mote in other folks eyes.”
What is it with this guy? He’s got the first saying wrong, plus, oh wait, it’s NOT from the Bible.
The earliest known use of the idea is in Geoffrey Chaucer’s ‘Troilus and Criseyde’ (1385), which would put it … oh … 1300 years after the last New Testament book was penned.
To his (very small) credit, the second part of his bumbling statement is kinda, sorta from the Bible.
“Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove that splinter from your eye,’ while the wooden beam is in your eye? You hypocrite, remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye” (Matthew 7:3-5).
It’s a little hard to fathom how the “smartest man on the planet” managed to render Jesus’ teaching about “removing the log” (confessing and repenting of our sins) before presuming to “remove the splinter” (correct the sins of another) as,
“Make sure we’re looking at the log in our eye before we are pointing out the mote in other folks eyes.”
Of course, he can get away with any number of idiotic statements here on Earth, because his followers are all either complicit or illiterate. But this baloney isn’t going to fly with the Lord of the good book he so glibly mangles. Jesus introduced the log/splinter/eye thing with this chilling admonition:
“The measure with which you measure will be measured out to you” (Matthew 7:2).