• The expression "Man proposes and God disposes": the origins of

    Many expressions that speak about the relation of man to God and vice versa have their sources in the Holy Scriptures. One of the most striking examples of this is the so-called golden rule of morality, which speaks of the need for a person to do with his neighbors as he would like to be treated with himself. Christ himself gave this admonition, as the Gospels mention. In addition to expressions from the New Testament, stable phrases are preserved in Russian, the sources of which are found in the Old Testament writings.

    The phrase “man proposes and God disposes” has its roots in the Old Testament book of Proverbs: “Many plans are in the heart of man, but only that which is determined by the Lord” will take place (Prov. 19:21). Of course, the modern formulation of the statement is somewhat different from the text of the Holy Scriptures, but it is this passage that can be called the basis for the appearance of the modern form of expression.

    It is worth noting that the directly literal formulation of the statement “man proposes, and God disposes” takes place in the works of Christian writers. For the first time this statement appeared in the work "On the Imitation of Christ." Modern scholars suggest that the authorship of the book belongs to Thomas Kempiysky (c. 1380 - 1471). In his work, the author refers to the prophet Jeremiah, saying that righteous people are more affirmed on the grace of God than on their own wisdom, and it is on God that they trust, because "man assumes, but God disposes."

    This expression indicates the special Providence of God in relation to each person.


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