Posted by ESC on March 17, 2003
In Reply to: Lights & bushels posted by ESC on March 17, 2003
: : I am curious as to the derivation of the expression: "hiding his light under a bushel". Can anyone enlighten me?
: It's from the Bible.
: Matthew 5:15
: Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
: Luke 11:33
: No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light.
"Bushel" is interpreted different ways depending on the translation. See http://www.biblegateway.com/cgi-bin/bible
15 Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a peck measure, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house.
15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.