if you want to experience what he meant
saying- 45; you are what you do.
Grapes are not harvested from thorns,
nor are figs gathered from thistles,
for they do not produce fruit.
A good man brings forth good from his storehouse;
an evil man brings forth evil things from his evil storehouse,
which is in his heart,
and says evil things.
For out of the abundance of the heart he brings forth evil things.
Quispel (2004) explained that the 'thorn' was likely the 'akanthos', or wild vine, from
which no wine could be made, whereas thistles produce a fig-like fruit, which is, however,
no use to man. Knowing this, the comparison figures with even more subtlety:
it is by their deeds that different people, who look very similar from the outside,
distinguish themselves from each other.
The spoken thoughts of a man do not guarantee his deeds,
but from a man's deed one surely knows what goes on in his heart!
Man is compared to things in nature when it comes to what he produces in terms of good or evil.
As to a fruit tree, there is a simple relation between the tree and its fruit. So with man:
he brings forth according to the nature of his being, which is according to what he stored
earlier. Storing is related to earlier gathering, and looking at the saying this way
may suggest again a similarity with the doctrine of karma.
For out of the abundance of the heart he brings forth evil things:
the human mind is like an unbridled horse that needs to be tamed!
Seeking the kingdom,
you should store good things,
while bringing your restless mind under control.
Matthew 7:16; Luke 6:43.