In Reply to: Credit when credit is due posted by Nora Bali on November 17, 2008 at 16:43:
: I'd appreciate if you could explain the origin of: "Credit when credit is due"! It seems that its used in so many contexts - but how did it start?
Generally the phrase is "give credit where credit is due" and the credit is esteem or honor. Romans 13:7 (King James Version) says:
"Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour."
not exactly the same wording, but the same idea.