Posted by Bruce Kahl on March 16, 2005
In Reply to: Blood is Thicker Than Water posted by Warren on March 15, 2005
: I have always understood this to mean that friends are closer than relatives. Water is when we are born--when a woman breaks her water for birth,thus our family is connected by water, and blood is when we make a covenant with a friend. The mingling of blood by a cut for "blood-brothers" (sister's) is well known. Jesus said,"There is a friend that is closer than a brother (family)." and, "There is no greater gift than a man lay down his life (blood) for his friends." We are married to friends, not family. In fact, we are supposed to leave our birth family in order to start our own. So it seems to be a very misunderstood phrase most of the time.
I don't think you are correct on this since the rest of the world defines the saying the other way around:
1 entry found for blood is thicker than water.
blood is thicker than water
Family ties are closer than other relationships. For example, Nancy will drop everything to help her sister; blood is thicker than water. Alluding to the fact that water evaporates without leaving a mark whereas blood leaves a stain, this proverb was first recorded about 1412.