New American Standard Bible
"Therefore, salt is good; but if even salt has become tasteless, with what will it be seasoned?
King James Bible
Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?
Darby Bible Translation
Salt then is good, but if the salt also has become savourless, wherewith shall it be seasoned?
World English Bible
Salt is good, but if the salt becomes flat and tasteless, with what do you season it?
Young's Literal Translation
The salt is good, but if the salt doth become tasteless, with what shall it be seasoned?
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Salt is good - It is useful. It is good to preserve life and health, and to keep from putrefaction.
His savour - Its saltness. It becomes tasteless or insipid.
Be seasoned - Be salted again.
Fit for the land - Rather, it is not fit "for land," that is, it will not bear fruit of itself. You cannot sow or plant on it.
Nor for the dunghill - It is not good for manure. It will not enrich the land,
Cast it out - They throw it away as useless.
He that hath ears ... - See Matthew 11:15. You are to understand that he that has not grace in his heart; who merely makes a profession of religion, and who sustains the same relation to true piety that this insipid and useless mass does to good salt, is useless in the church, and will be rejected. "Real" piety, true religion, is of vast value in the world. It keeps it pure, and saves it from corruption, as salt does meat; but a mere "profession" of religion is fit for nothing. It does no good. It is a mere encumbrance, and all such professors are fit only to be cast out and rejected. All such "must" be rejected by the Son of God, and cast into a world of wretchedness and despair. Compare Matthew 7:22-23; Matthew 8:12; Matthew 23:30; Matthew 25:30; Revelation 3:16; Job 8:13; Job 36:13.
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Which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?'--LUKE xiv. 28. Christ sought for no recruits under false pretences, but rather discouraged than stimulated light-hearted adhesion. His constant effort was to sift the crowds that gathered round Him. So here great multitudes are following Him, and how does He welcome them? Does He lay Himself out to attract them? Luke tells us that He turned and faced the following …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions Of Holy Scripture
On the Words of the Gospel, Luke xiv. 16, "A Certain Man Made a Great Supper," Etc.
The Writings of St. Augustin.
Epistle xxxiii. To Mauricius Augustus.
"You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.
"Salt is good; but if the salt becomes unsalty, with what will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another."
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