Thinking about the famous quote and common idiom “the apple of my eye” one can’t help but think of the once popular Stevie Wonder song: “You are the sunshine of my life… you are the apple of my eye“. Do you know where the phrase “the apple of the eye” comes from?
Well, if you guessed Bible, then your right! The idea that someone or something is a most prized possession, like the apple that is the best in the bunch, is found in the Bible five times. This is how God sees His chosen ones, and this is how we should see God and His Word. We are His prize and He is ours.
“He found him in a desert landAnd in the wasteland, a howling wilderness; He encircled him, He instructed him, He kept him as the apple of His eye.” -Deuteronomy 32:10 NKJV
“Keep me as the apple of Your eye; Hide me under the shadow of Your wings.” – Psalm 17:8 NKJV
“Keep my commands and live, And my law as the apple of your eye.” – Proverbs 7:2 NKJV
“For thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye’.” – Zechariah 2:8 NKJV
“Their heart cried unto the LORD, O wall of the daughter of Zion, let tears run down like a river day and night: give thyself no rest; let not the apple of thine eye cease.” – Lamentations 2:18 KJV