Keeping on the straight and narrow is about resisting the temptation to do something wrong, or making sure you don’t fall into bad habits.
The saying is a slight mistranslation from the words of Jesus as they appeared in the old King James version of the Bible (first published in 1611). There, Jesus says, “strait is the gate and narrow the way” which leads to life. “Strait” is an old English word which means “narrow”, but it’s become “straight” in the modern saying. Here’s the full saying of Jesus from the King James 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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