Etymology in the Bible

As I was sitting down to write my devotion I got distracted. I know this is hard to believe. My attention span can be pretty short sometimes. Ask my kids. Call it squirreling, being distracted, saying I like shiny objects, they all apply.

Anyway, I got distracted by looking up the core of some words, and where they came from. One thing leads to another and I found myself exploring some basic phrases we use every day. Well guess what? A lot of them came from the Bible.

Walk the straight and narrow: “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it (Matthew 7:13-14)

Turn the other cheek: “But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.” (Matthew 5:39)

A wolf in sheep’s clothing: “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” (Matthew 7:15 )

The apple of one’s eye: In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye. (Deuteronomy 32:10)

A drop in the bucket: Surely the nations are like a drop in the bucket; they are regarded as dust on the scales; he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust ( Isaiah 40:15)

While I got off task today I had a wonderful time. I learned a lot as well. It was just fun.

I hope you learned something as well- have fun, see if you can find other modern day sayings in a 2,000 year old book.

Maureen Herzog

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