pearls before swine

Pearls are lovely, shiny, valuable things, well suited to clutching. What you shouldn’t do with your pearls, under any circumstances, is cast them away. But if you were interested in getting rid of your pearls, it’d be good to give them to someone who really wants them, or maybe sell them for a bit of hard cash. Throwing them in front of pigs would just be plain silly. What are pigs going to do with pearls?

pearls before swine

Although the saying had been around for a while before then, the advice to not throw pearls before swine was popularised by Jesus. At the time, pigs were considered unclean animals, and so a particularly stark contrast to the pretty pearls.

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