Five Phrases You Probably Didn’t Know Came From The Bible
Pearls Before Swine – January 21, 2016
Matthew 7:6, “Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.”
This week’s Inspirational Thoughts are covering5 phrases that are commonly used today that most people do not realize came from the Bible, or at least don’t know where they came from in the Bible. So far, I’ve shared with you the biblical origins of three phrases, “A drop in the bucket,” “There’s a right time for everything,” and “The kiss of death.” All three of those came from the Bible, and if you missed any of those you can find them on my daily blog @ www.johnmarkcaton.com.
Another phrase that came from the Scripture is“Casting your pearls before swine.” In Matthew 7:6 Jesus said, “… do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.” The King James Version used the Old English term for pigs, which is swine. The meaning of the phrase, as we use it today, is that of doing a good deed to a thankless person. While I guess most of us are not going to throw any literal pearls before any actual swine, we probably will find ourselves surrounded by some thankless people.
The best take away today might be this, just make sure you are not the swine! If someone does something or says something good to you, do not just trample them under foot. Say thank you, and return the favor. Remember that you are blessed NOT entitled
Think about it, and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D