“You’re the apple of my eye…” This is a phrase we’ve all heard and immediately know the meaning of. What may be less known is that it is found in a prayer of King David to God in Psalm 17:8. The English language is rich with lyrical imagery and anecdotes borne of ancient poetry and historical writings. Interestingly, many of us probably don’t realize how often we indirectly refer to Scripture as we use many common sayings.
Ram in the bush. Here’s another popular one. Just about everyone has been stuck in some sort of situation with seemingly no way out. But then… An unexpected blessing comes to the rescue. Maybe a $20 dollar bill tucked in the ashtray when our wallet smiles back with emptiness. Or a friend happens to call just as we need an unexpected ride to the airport. Well, although a more dire situation arose with Abraham and his son Isaac, this is where this saying comes from. Instead of Isaac’s life being sacrificed at the hand of his father, God allowed a ram caught in the bushes to be his substitute.
She’s a Jezebel. Hopefully no woman will ever receive this moniker. Jezebel was a wicked woman in Old Testament Scripture. She was the wife of King Ahab who would have put the angry feminist movement to shame. Jezebel was a controlling Baal worshipper, bent on murderous revenge. She forged her husband’s signature in a document that lured an unsuspecting man to a gathering, in which he was publicly stoned to death. She also plotted against God’s great prophet Elijah, to kill him too. Tragically, Jezebel was thrown from a window and trampled to death, where only her skull, feet, and palms of her hands remained. What a way to go.
I’m lovesick… For everyone who has been in love, you know the feeling. You can’t eat. Can’t sleep. Can’t sit still. Can’t stop thinking about them. The sky is bluer. Flowers are prettier, and every corny song sounds angelic. Well, science tells us that love releases high levels of feel-good hormones dopamine and serotonin, and the bonding hormone oxytocin. A brain bathed in adrenaline is what makes the heart race when you hear his voice, or the palms sweat when you see her walk into the room. What a wonderful high for the deeply enamored.
The master of romance, King Solomon, so pierced the heart of his beloved that she pleaded, “Sustain me with cakes of raisins, refresh me with apples, for I am lovesick.” – Song of Solomon 2:5. Now, that’s a woman truly bitten by the lovebug! Only the wisdom of a perfect God could build something so intricate and great into the human mind.
Discover more intriguing modern-day sayings with obscure Biblical origins in tomorrow’s article.