“Don’t hide your light under a bushel!” is the sort of thing you might say to someone who’s being a bit bashful about their obvious talents.
The saying goes back to a rather comical word-picture of Jesus, where he pictures someone lighting a candle and then sticking it under a big measuring jar, and hoping it will still light up a dark room. He said it to encourage his followers to let their light shine out, so that other people could find the way back to God. Here are his original words, in the old King James version of the Bible…
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The salt of the earth… on the straight and narrow… a baptism of fire… many everyday sayings started with Jesus. Here are 30 of them. We’ve gathered the best known modern sayings and included some notes on what they mean and where you can find them in the accounts of Jesus’ life.
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