The Apple of My Eye

@AnneEJ (5014)
Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
April 16, 2016 8:39am CST
We often hear this expression used, referring to our children or close family. It means something very precious or dear to us. Phrase is originally from the Bible, and is mentioned in several books of the Old Testament. God referred to Israel as "the apple of His eye", signifying how precious they were to Him. It literally means, "little man of the eye" and refers to the reflection of oneself we see in the eyes of another person. The pupil was believed to be a round, solid object, comparable to an apple. Since it was very essential to vision, it was considered precious. As we look into the eyes of our children, and other loved ones, we see our love reflected there. As we seek God's face, He sees His love reflected in us, and counts us as precious in His sight.
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@amadeo (65798)
• United States
16 Apr 16
Not here.Never used when I was raising my children.All of them were apple of my eyes.Wonder where this phrase come from?
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@AnneEJ (5014)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
16 Apr 16
It originated in the Scriptures.
@marlina (73885)
• Canada
16 Apr 16
Thanks for the explanation of this phrase.
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@AnneEJ (5014)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
16 Apr 16
You are welcome. I came across it in my reading this morning and decided to look it up.
@Juliaacv (30291)
• Canada
16 Apr 16
Thank you for this discussion @Anne I love it when you explain an old saying for us. I, like many, have long used this expression, but I never really knew the meaning until now. And it means a lot more now.
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@LadyDuck (157275)
• Switzerland
16 Apr 16
I never heard this phrase, we say "the light of my eyes", no mention to apples.
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@AnneEJ (5014)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
16 Apr 16
In the Bible, it refers to the apple of my eye.
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@LadyDuck (157275)
• Switzerland
17 Apr 16
@AnneEJ May be that this is the English translation, not the Italian translation.
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• Aberdeen, Scotland
16 Apr 16
This is a nice saying, I didn't realise that it was from the Bible
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@AnneEJ (5014)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
16 Apr 16
Yes it is there several times. We used to sing a song in church, "Keep me Jesus as the apply of your eye, Hide me under the shadow of thy wing.
@Shavkat (62551)
• Philippines
16 Apr 16
I think it depends on people associated with us. For me, if I am being inspired by someone or people in groups; then I considered them an apple of my eyes.
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@AnneEJ (5014)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
16 Apr 16
Whatever is precious to us could be described that way
@dodo19 (32873)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
16 Apr 16
I've heard this expression quite often. I never knew it was from the bible. I just learned something. Thanks for sharing.
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@AnneEJ (5014)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
16 Apr 16
You are welcome. I always knew partly what it meant but I was glad I looked it up and saw the reason behind it.
@saurabhrmp (1669)
• Hyderabad, India
17 Apr 16
Usually person want to see good reflection in his loved one's eyes.
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@AnneEJ (5014)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
18 Apr 16
That is true
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• Hyderabad, India
19 Apr 16
@AnneEJ ; But now people becomes back-biting. They will show something good in front of you and do bad things when you are not present.
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@MarymargII (9743)
• Toronto, Ontario
17 Apr 16
Well that's very profound and true- I had no idea of the origin of that saying- and I may add we should all strive to be the apple of God's eye.
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@AnneEJ (5014)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
18 Apr 16
Yes and I hope that other people see His love reflected in me.
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• Toronto, Ontario
19 Apr 16
@AnneEJ You are full of Faith so I'm sure they do.
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@LdeL0318 (6467)
• Philippines
16 Apr 16
That was true.
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@AnneEJ (5014)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
18 Apr 16
Thank you
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@LdeL0318 (6467)
• Philippines
18 Apr 16
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@DianneN (78056)
• United States
16 Apr 16
It's an expression I've used many times in referring to my sons and my grandchildren. I never knew where that expression originated until now. How apt!
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@AnneEJ (5014)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
16 Apr 16
I am sure your children and grandchildren are very precious to you.
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@DianneN (78056)
• United States
17 Apr 16
@AnneEJ You, of all people, know they are, as I'm sure yours are to you.
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@SIMPLYD (79665)
• Philippines
18 Apr 16
When we seek God , the more that we hunger for Him . I love the feeling .
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@AnneEJ (5014)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
18 Apr 16
Yes that is true, We had wonderful services yesterday, presence of the Lord was in our midst in a special way.
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@Macarrosel (7572)
• Philippines
17 Apr 16
This is a very well done discussion and very informative too. Now I know the bible version of the meaning of the phrase.
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@AnneEJ (5014)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
18 Apr 16
Glad you enjoyed reading it.
@Tampa_girl7 (25690)
• United States
17 Apr 16
What a lovely discussion.
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@AnneEJ (5014)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
18 Apr 16
Thank you.
@Susan2015 (20580)
• United States
17 Apr 16
Once in a while I did hear that growing up.
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@AnneEJ (5014)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
18 Apr 16
Yes it is a common expression
@Corbin5 (106234)
• United States
16 Apr 16
Thank you for the explanation of the origin of that phrase that is often used. I am blessed to have an only child, our son, who is the apple of my eye. That son is a dream come true.
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@AnneEJ (5014)
• Dollard-Des-Ormeaux, Quebec
16 Apr 16
I think we all feel that way about our children.
@Lucky15 (33386)
• Philippines
17 Apr 16
Now i learned more than just using thephrase
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