E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Eye of a Needle.
Lady Duff Gordon, writing from Cairo, says: Yesterday I saw a camel go through the eye of a needlei.e. a low arched door of an enclosure. He must kneel and bow his head to go through, and thus the rich man must humble himself (Wood: Bible Animals, p. 243). Lord Nugent, in his Travels, informs us that when at Hebron he was directed to go out by the Needles Eye, or small gate of the city.