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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

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Book of Luke
Chapter 14

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.

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

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

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

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

And they could not answer him again to these things.

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