Month: June 2011

Put words in one’s mouth

This week’s phrase comes from 2 Samuel 14:3:

And come to the king, and speak on this manner unto him. So Joab put the words in her mouth.

The phrase is used to mean the same thing today – to make someone say what you want them to say!

Coat of many colours

This week’s phrase is from Genesis 37:3

Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.

A rather expensive flash item… Likely to make people envious of you!

Let my people go

This week’s phrase is from Exodus 5:1:

“And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness.”

Generally used when a release from captivity is desired.

The promised land

This week’s phrase is from Exodus 12:25:

And it shall come to pass, when ye be come to the land which the LORD will give you, according as he hath promised, that ye shall keep this service.

Just as in the Old Testament, today the phrase is used to signify a goal. So to reach the promised land is to have achieved your goal.