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 Sword of the Spirit (The).Sword and Cloak Plays. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
¶ Sword (phrases and proverbs).
 
At swords’ point. In deadly hostility, ready to fight each other with swords.   1
   Poke not fire with a sword. This was a precept of Pythagoras, meaning add not fuel to fire, or do not irritate an angry man by sharp words which will only increase his rage. (See Iamblichus Protreptics, symbol ix.)   2
   To put to the sword. To slay.   3
   Your tongue is a double-edged sword.   4
   You first say one thing and then the contrary; your argument cuts both ways. The allusion is to the double-edged sword out of the mouth of the Son of Man—one edge to condemn, and the other to save. (Rev. i. 16.)   5
   Yours is a Delphic swordit cuts both ways. Erasmus says a Delphic sword is that which accommodates itself to the pro or con. of a subject. The reference is to the double meanings of the Delphic oracles, called in Greek Delphik muchaira.   6
 


 Sword of the Spirit (The).Sword and Cloak Plays. 

 
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