means state or condition of worth, hence the term “his
worship,” meaning his worthyship.
“Thou shalt have worship in the presence of
them that sit at meat with thee” (Luke xiv. 10) means
“Thou shalt have worth-ship [value or
appreciation].” In the marriage service the man says to the
woman, “With my body I thee worship, and with all my worldly
goods I thee endow”- that is, I confer on you my rank and
dignities, and endow you with my wealth; the worthship attached to my
person I share with you, and the wealth which is mine is thine
Never worship the gods unshod. So taught
Pythagoras, and he meant in a careless and slovenly manner.
(See Iamblichus: Protreptics, symbol 3.) The Jews
took off their shoes when they entered holy ground (Exodus iii. 5).
This custom was observed by the ancient Egyptians. Mahometans and
Brahmins enter holy places bare-footed; indeed, in British India,
inferiors take off their shoes when they enter the room of a British
officer, or the wife of an officer. The idea is that shoes get covered
with dust, and holy ground must not be defiled by dirt.
Apology, i. 62.)
The command given to the disciples by Christ was to shake off
the dust of their feet when they left a city which would not receive
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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