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Re: Origin of phrase

Posted by Bruce Kahl on June 07, 2001

In Reply to: Origin of phrase posted by jeff wingfield on June 07, 2001

: What is the origin of: "the ox is in the ditch"?

Book of Luke
Chapter 14

14:1
And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, that they watched him.

14:2
And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy.

14:3
And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day?

14:4
And they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go;

14:5
And answered them, saying, Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the sabbath day?

14:6
And they could not answer him again to these things.