April 2009

Using and Explaining Adages

An adage is a statement of generally accepted truth that is substantiated through its long use and by experience. “Seeing is believing” is one example. The Bible has many phrases that have also become adages that were once common knowledge in American society. They are less well known today because of society’s secular turn and the many Bible translations now available eliminating the consistency of King James English. When using an adage, explain its original context and how it is used or not used in society today. This week’s lesson included “A prophet has no honor in his own country” and “Unless you . . . see . . . signs and wonders you will never believe.”