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A fly in the ointment

This week’s phrase is from Ecclesiastes 10:1: Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour. An tiny imperfection which spoils … Continue reading

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Eat drink and be merry

This week’s phrase is from Ecclesiastes 8:15: Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him of his labour … Continue reading

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For everything there is a season

This week’s phrase is from Ecclesiastes 3:1: To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: The NIV gives a good modern day translation for this one: There is a time for everything…

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There’s nothing new under the sun

This week’s phrase is from Ecclesiastes 1:9: The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. Self-explanatory really … Continue reading

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A soft answer turns away wrath

This week’s phrase is from Proverbs 15:1: A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. Speaking gently will not cause another to be angry.

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A two-edged sword

This week’s phrase is from Proverbs 5:4: But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword. Double the trouble!

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Woe is me

This week’s phrase is from Psalm 120:5: Woe is me, that I sojourn in Mesech, that I dwell in the tents of Kedar! To express a sense of grief.

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At his wits end

This week’s phrase is from Psalm 107:27: They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end. To be perplexed

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Three score and ten

This week’s phrase is from Psalm 90:10: The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, … Continue reading

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From strength to strength

this week’s phrase is from Psalm 84:7: They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion. To go from a position of strength, to an ever stronger position of strength.

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Bite the dust

This week’s phrase is from Psalm 72:9: They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust. To perish, to die.

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Weighed in the balance

This week’s phrase is from Job 31:6: “Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity.” May I be judged.

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A broken heart

This week’s phrase is from Psalm 34:18: The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. To be in deep anguish…

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Tender mercies

This week’s phrase is from Psalm 25:6: Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old. Great compassion!

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My cup runneth over

This week’s phrase is from Psalm 23:5 (probably the most well-known Psalm): Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. I have what I need in … Continue reading

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