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Allusion #5

The Bible
Pearls before Swine

Background: In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus admonished his followers to “cast not your pearls before swine.” That is, his followers were to deliver their message to those who would appreciate it, not to those incapable of appreciating something of value. Swine, or pigs, would be unable to appreciate pearls if the jewels were given to them.  

Today’s Definition: To “cast one’s pearls before swine” is to offer something precious to someone, or a group of people, who are unable to appreciate the value of what they are being given.  

Sentences: When he makes a profound point that we students just do not understand, our teacher sometimes shakes his head and mutters, “Pearls before swine.” 

I gave my sister a rare, expensive first edition of To Kill a Mockingbird, and she simply said, “I’ve read that book.” I realized I was casting my pearls before swine. 

Grammatical Concept:
Use, label, and underline adjectives out of order in your original sentence.

 Original Sentence: _________________________________________________




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