“Eat drink and be merry.” Who said that? (and don’t guess Dave Matthews)

04 Feb

“Eat drink and be merry.” Who said that? (and don’t guess Dave Matthews)

Where did the saying, “Eat, drink and be merry.” come from?  Plus more “Conversation Kickers” for you to use.

There are so many pithy (concise and forcefully expressive) sayings that are used in everyday conversation.  Most of us use them, but most of us have no idea of the source from where they originate.  It’s interesting that many of these sayings are found in the words of the Bible, long pre-dating the time when the sayings came into use.  This proves that the Bible has always had great influence on man’s life and relationships…and still does, even in our day.  The fact that so many of these saying are still in use underscores the timeless relevance of God’s Word.

We thought we’d share some of them with you so that the next time you hear one of these sayings you can point them to the source!  That’s why we’re calling them a, “conversation kicker”!  Use them to turn a conversation to something important.  God bless and Stay Bold!

 

“Can a leopard change its spots?” was asked by the prophet Jeremiah

A proverbial question, asking if a person or creature can really change its innate being.

Jeremiah 13:23  Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil. 

“Dog returns to its vomit” is a proverb from the wisdom of King Solomon.

This has a meaning of returning to unpleasant things or bad habits or behaviors.

Proverbs 26:11  As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.

“Eat, drink and be merry” comes NOT from the words of Shakespeare or Dave Matthews.  These words were spoken long before by the writer of Ecclesiastes and by Jesus Himself  when He told a parable about a rich farmer.

The literal meaning is to find happiness by indulging in pleasures of food, drink and merriment.

Ecclesiastes 8:15  Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him of his labour the days of his life, which God giveth him under the sun.

Luke 12:19  And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.

Carl Kerby

Carl Kerby is an inspiring, motivating and highly respected Christian speaker. With more than 20 years of ministry experience, Carl shares his extensive knowledge and understanding of God’s creation in his presentations, outreach events, books and other resources as the President and founding board member of Reasons for Hope, Inc.