10 – From Strength to Strength

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

From Strength to Strength – “They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God” (Psalm 84:7).

The phrase means to progress from one success to another; to be on a roll or continual improvement.

According to the Google Ngram chart, an online search engine that charts the frequencies of words and phrases, the expression, “from strength to strength,” is growing in popularity. It has become an indispensable cliché for successful sport teams, businesses and public policies.

It was a favorite phrase of Sir Pelham Wodehouse (English author and humorist); the name of Australian, Sara Henderson’s bestselling autobiography and the theme of Edward Naylor’s hymn (1934), albums covers by Colcannon (Irish group), Julie Silver (Jewish folk guitarist) and The Angel (Hip Hop). It even began a slogan for Peugeot cars with their famous lion logo, “The lion leaps from strength to strength.”

It is also a Jewish blessing for important occasions, “May you go from strength to strength.”

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