cast the first stone


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cast the first stone

Fig. to make the first criticism; to be the first to attack. (From a biblical quotation.) Well, I don't want to be the one to cast the first stone, but she sang horribly. John always casts the first stone. Does he think he's perfect?
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cast the first stone

Also, throw the first stone. Be quick to blame, criticize, or punish, as in She's always criticizing her colleagues, casting the first stone no matter what the circumstances . The term comes from the New Testament (John 8:7), where Jesus defends an adulteress against those who would stone her, saying "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her." Also see people who live in glass houses; pot calling the kettle black.
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When Jesus suggests that only a man without sin should feel entitled to cast the first stone, he knows full well that, if these people honestly examine themselves, they will discover how similar they are to the adulterous woman.
And we might also recall his advice to the angry mob in the temple precincts: "Let the one who is without sin cast the first stone.
The greatest man who ever lived said: He who is without sin, let him cast the first stone and to the woman in question go, and sin no more.
But, as Jesus said, let him without sin cast the first stone.
REXMakin is always theman to cast the first stone should amember of the council put a foot wrong, and yet in his column(ECHO, July 18) he praises ex-Culture chief Jason Harborow.
Newspaper columnists have queued up to cast the first stone and the second and the third at Fiona MacKeown.
You perhaps know the words, A"He who is without Sin, shall cast the first stone.
Just because the Bible (a work of hearsay over 2,000 years I might add) says homosexuality is a sin, it also says let him who is without sin, cast the first stone.
The bible says: 'Let he that is without sin cast the first stone.
But the man who counselled ex-president Bill Clinton refuses to cast the first stone on issues like homosexuality and abortion.
But let that nation which is without sin in this respect cast the first stone, eh?
One character is outraged at the very idea that our Lord could have descended to such levity; another is sure Jesus must have laughed--at least when he invited the Pharisees to cast the first stone or asked whose image was on the coin.
And who advised the self righteous not to cast the first stone in punishment, lest they be judged by their own harsh standards.
Give Katie some credit, she has admitted she has been wrong about some things and let's remember the old saying - let him who is without sin cast the first stone.
The minister called deputies on the parliamentary defence committee to show responsibility, to which the chairman of the committee, Yiannakis Omirou, replied that leaks came from any number of sources who had access to the information, proclaiming: "Let he who is without blame cast the first stone.