Pro 22:9 Whoever has a good eye will be blessed, for he shares his bread with the poor.
Pro 28:22 He who hastens after wealth has an evil eye and does not know that poverty will come upon him.
In the ancient world, particularly in the culture that influences the writers of the Bible, the eye was in a metaphorical and literal sense thought ot be connected to the inner life of man. By inner life, I mean the world of thought, emotions, and intentions: the heart and soul.
One of the results of the good eye is sharing bread with the poor, which leads to happiness. What are the assumed traits of the good eye?
- A belief that there is enough supported by one’s hard work (see Proverbs 6:6-9) and God’s providence.
- A desire to receive a blessing like Abraham (Genesis 12).
- A desire to bless others like Abraham (Genesis 12).