Five Phrases You Probably Didn’t Know Came From The Bible
Gird Your Loins – January 29, 2016

1 Peter 1:13, Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ…

This week’s blogs focus on 5  commonly-used phrases or words that most people do not realize originated from the Bible.  If you missed the previous words, you can find them on my daily blog, www.johnmarkcaton.com. Today’s phrase is “gird your loins” which means to prepare for something strenuous.

That phrase comes straight from the Bible, and it is found in both the Old and the New Testaments. In Biblical times, long robes were worn on a daily basis. However, when people were preparing for strenuous activities or perhaps even battles, they would gather up the bottoms of their robes and tuck them into their belts. In other words, they would “gird their loins.” In the New Testament, Peter told believers to “gird up their loins of their minds.” That is kind of an awkward statement, but it gets the point across. It is tough world, and we must all be prepared  for the battles ahead. Sometimes the toughest battle you might face may be the battle going on within your own mind. This mental/emotional battle is not an easy battle, and like those who wore robes during biblical times, you must gather up your loose or bad thoughts, or you  might trip over them and fall flat on your face. So be prepared today for whatever lies ahead of you; gird your loins with Scripture, prayer and worship.

Think about it…and have a blessed weekend!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D