Prepare oneself for action, as in I’m girding up my loins for that crucial interview. This expression comes from the Bible (Proverbs 31:17) and originally alluded to tucking up the traditional long robe into a girdle (that is, a belt) so it will not hamper physical activity. [
What are your loins?
loins, the parts of the body between the hips and the lower ribs, especially regarded as the seat of physical strength and generative power. the genital and pubic area; genitalia.
What is the origin of the phrase gird your loins?
The idiom gird one’s loins is derived from the Bible. People who lived during the time that the Bible was written wore flowing tunics. If a person had to take part in a difficult physical activity it was necessary to tie up the flowing fabric and tuck it in his girdle or substantial belt.
What is gird in the Bible?
: to prepare for action Both sides are girding for battle. gird one’s loins. : to prepare for action : muster up one’s resources.
How do I gird my loins?
(Note: In this case, loins does not refer to the genitals, as with Nabokov’s “light of my life, fire of my loins.”) So, “to gird your loins” means, literally, to wrap a belt around your waist so that your clothes don’t flop around.
What’s another word for loins?
What is another word for loins?
What does fire of my loins mean?
To put it in short it means to be aroused sexually. Burning also refers to being passionate, hot, excited. Someone’s loins are the front part of their body between their waist and legs, especially their sexual parts. It is somewhat old fashioned.
What does it mean to gird your loins with truth?
What that means is that, like a belt, truth keeps your clothes on. If you lie, you expose yourself to ridicule. Truth keeps you together in integrity. If your loins are prepared, you are ready for battle.
What does take up your cross mean?
It means to lay our “ego strength” aside. Taking up our cross means, instead, picking up those weaknesses that we so often try to run away from in life. Taking up our cross means carrying around those places where we are vulnerable, places where we are maybe even exposed to embarrassment and shame.
What does gird thyself mean?
to get ready to do something or deal with something: We girded ourselves for the fray (= prepared for action or trouble).
What do loins symbolize?
As indicated by the “loincloth” garment, in the King James Version of the Bible, “loins” are the minimum one must cover one’s body to be respectful of the law. The “fruit” of one’s loins refers to offspring, and “fruit of my loins” also appears in the King James Version.