3 – Salt of the Earth

Fifty common expressions that originated from the Bible that influence our language today.

Salt of the Earth – “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men” (Matthew 5:13).

The dictionary defines this phrase as “an individual or group considered as representative of the best or noblest elements of society.” It speaks of one who is thoroughly decent. It speaks of a person of great value, in fact, the Roman soldiers were often paid in “salt” (the word “salary” is derive from the word “salt), hence the expression, “worth his salt.”

The expression has given birth to at least one film (1954) two documentaries (2004 and 2014; numerous songs (The Rolling Stones, Ricky Skaggs and Texas in July) and an album by the Soul Searchers. It also became the theme of Rebecca Manley Pippert’s book, “Out of the Saltshaker and into the World.”

The word “salt” is used nearly 50 times in the Bible and noted for its preserving and flavour-enhancing qualities (Leviticus 2:13); Colossians 4:6). Even today, a person without these qualities is called “unsavoury.”

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