The basic idea of the “evil eye” in the OT, then, is greed or covetousness.
Those whom Jesus portrays as in moral darkness (v. 23b), then, are those who view and treat others selfishly, especially in the material realm
evil eye” often has a dual agenda: a generous exterior masking a greedy heart.
Those with a “single eye” have no greed to mask: they view others, rather, as people whom they can selflessly serve
which strongly feature self-giving service and devotion. Only with such a selfless outlook will we have the moral clarity to see life’s issues rightly (and thus find true joy!)
covetousness and narcissism blind and leave us in the profoundest moral darkness.
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