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…
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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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