Do not throw your pearls before swine. Matthew 7:6

This is sometimes a difficult verse to understand. To me, it is saying, Don't expect dogs to treat something holy because they are just dogs, they can't be expected to act in any way other than as dogs.

Pigs are pigs, they wallow in the mud. They don't need pearls and wouldn't know how to treat them, so they would "trample them underfoot" and then be angry it wasn't something to eat.
We can't expect people to act in a way that isn't in their nature or that hasn't been taught. I believe it is a call to meet people where they are and not expect them to be different than their nature.
How might you help someone new to the Word of God understand this verse?
I'd love someone to help me come up with a better explanation.


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