4 – A Drop in the Bucket

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

A Drop in the Bucket – “Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing” (Isaiah 40:15).

This expression is used to convey the idea of something negligible or insignificant compared to the need. It is the name of a humanitarian organization, providing clear drinking water in Africa; an educational program; an internet musical hit, performed by Ron Pope in 2005; a 2009 film documentary; and the title of at least two books, one about maple sugar by Muriel Follett and the other about medical missions, by Delores Edwards.

While the original phrase expresses our insignificance in comparison to God, today the emphasis is although our actions may appear small, together they become significant. As one person said, “You may not be able to change the world but you can change the world for one person.”

The phrase “a drop in the bucket,” was first “super-sized” into “a drop in the ocean” by The Edinburgh Weekly Journal in July, 1802.

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