Discern “Pearl Tramplers”!
If we cast our pearls before swine, the pearls will be trampled underfoot, and then the swine will turn and try to destroy us. We do not usually think of pigs as ferocious animals, but the swine that Jesus referred to would have been wild scavengers — unclean animals according to the Levitical Law.
In the ancient Hebrew understanding, a pearl refers to “wise sayings” such as those in the Book of Proverbs. These “gems of wisdom” are precious and need to be valued and wisely used. Solomon warns, “Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words” (Proverbs 23:9).