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a pearl of great price

1. Faith in God, and the eternal reward of heaven that comes as a result. The term comes from the Biblical "Parable of the Pearl," used to describe the Kingdom of Heaven. Remember when your faith is tested, when you are at your absolute lowest, that you are striving for a pearl of great price Because I thought Mass was boring as a kid, my parents would often remind me that I was cultivating a pearl of great price by going. Belief in God is a pearl of great price—do not renounce it for anything!
2. By extension, anything of immense and lasting value or importance. Your child's creativity is a pearl of great price. You should do everything you can to nourish and encourage it. My parents didn't have a lot in life, but they did have each other, and that bond proved to be a pearl of great price. The most important thing in real estate is location, so to have a small house in a great neighborhood is to have a pearl of great price.
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pearl of great price, a

Anything of enormous value. The term comes from the New Testament (Matthew 13:45–46), in which the kingdom of heaven is so described. The doctrinal book of the Mormons (members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) is called the Pearl of Great Price.
See also: great, of, pearl
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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