the Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away

One's good fortune can very easily and abruptly be reversed. The phrase originates in the Bible. A: "I can't believe it. I finally get that big promotion, and then the company goes bankrupt!" B: "The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away." I was ecstatic to see all the money I had made in my first month as a contractor—until I realized how much would go to taxes. The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away.
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Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, the

Good fortune may be followed by misfortune. The term alludes to the Bible’s Book of Job, in which Job suffers considerable misfortune. “The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21). Today it is generally used more lightly and without invoking the deity, as in, “After winning the prize, we just learned we have to pay tax on it—the Lord giveth and taketh away.” The New York Times travel section, in a piece about one airline providing pillows and the other no longer doing so, played on the phrase in a headline: “Virgin Giveth, American Taketh Away” (Dec. 12, 2004). For a modern equivalent, see also win some, lose some.
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When he said, "Who giveth this woman to be married to this man?" the old gentlemen, not in the least knowing what point of the ceremony we had arrived at, stood most amiably beaming at the ten commandments.
That one the good God giveth by His grace, giveth in His bliss
A new pride taught me mine ego, and that teach I unto men: no longer to thrust one's head into the sand of celestial things, but to carry it freely, a terrestrial head, which giveth meaning to the earth!
"The Lord giveth and the Lord hath taken away -- Blessed be the name of the Lord!
Paul, in the warning and precept, that he giveth concerning the same, Devita profanas vocum novitates, et oppositiones falsi nominis scientiae.
Therefore, do as thy mind giveth thee thou art a good damsel, a blessing, and a crown, and a song of rejoicing unto me and unto my house, and unto the people of my fathers.''
``Thou art speaking but sooth, Rebecca,'' said Isaac, giving way to these weighty arguments ``it were an offending of Heaven to betray the secrets of the blessed Miriam; for the good which Heaven giveth, is not rashly to be squandered upon others, whether it be talents of gold and shekels of silver, or whether it be the secret mysteries of a wise physician assuredly they should be preserved to those to whom Providence hath vouchsafed them.
She riseth while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household.
The heavy eyelashes drooped softly on the pure cheek; the head was turned a little to one side, as if in natural steep, but there was diffused over every lineament of the face that high celestial expression, that mingling of rapture and repose, which showed it was no earthly or temporary sleep, but the long, sacred rest which "He giveth to his beloved."
Analyst Wayne Brown said: "this deal highlights significant shareholder value for current holders, but such with all things from this management team, they giveth with one-hand and taketh with the other.
Outlining the day's objectives, the school deputy headteacher, Mr Oabile Letsapa said the Bible states that 'blessed is the hand that giveth than the hand that receives,' noting that they were blessed to be receiving the gifts.
The Akarigbo also seized the opportunity to admonish politicians on the need to reflect that ' only God giveth power' and that everything in life is temporary.
Where one hand giveth and other taketh: a precious balance between deceit and charity, with religion as the fig leaf.
But what life giveth the armchair sports fan with one hand, it taketh with the other.