Everyday sayings of Jesus

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Casting your pearls before swine



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What pearls and what swine are we talking about here? The pearls are your pearls of wisdom, of course – whether it’s a brilliant joke or a sage piece of advice falling from your lips. And the swine, the pigs, are the ungrateful and unappreciative people you’re offering them to. The people who don’t laugh at your jokes or who yawn as you’re offering your great thoughts to them.

Jesus was the master of sayings that were colourful and shocking, and this blunt saying of his has caught people’s imaginations for centuries. This is how he said it (in the old King James version of the Bible)...

Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
Matthew 7:6

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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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