Everyday sayings of Jesus

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A millstone around your neck



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You might use this phrase today to talk about the annoying thing which stops you achieving what you need to do. Or to talk about a person who is wrecking your life in some way. “He’s like a millstone around her neck!”

It’s a powerful image, and it comes from a short saying of Jesus, where he says, basically, that you’d be better off dead rather than causing other people to sin. Jesus often used quite extreme words to make a strong point, and this is one of his unforgettable images…

If anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck.
Mark 9:42

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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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arrow Index of sayings

arrow A baptism of fire

arrow The blind leading the blind

arrow Casting your pearls before swine

arrow Coming back from the dead

arrow Counting the cost

arrow A crown of thorns

arrow A den of thieves

arrow Do to others as you would have them do to you

arrow Doubting Thomas

arrow Falling on stony ground

arrow Going the extra mile

arrow A good samaritan

arrow Having a cross to bear

arrow Hiding your light under a bushel

arrow Jesus wept!

arrow Killing the fatted calf

arrow The kiss of Judas

arrow Left hand doesn't know what right hand is doing

arrow Man cannot live by bread alone

arrow A millstone around your neck

arrow Moving mountains

arrow On the straight and narrow

arrow The prodigal returns

arrow The salt of the earth

arrow Separating the sheep from the goats

arrow Sweating blood

arrow Thirty pieces of silver

arrow Turning the other cheek

arrow Until kingdom come

arrow A wolf in sheep's clothing

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