thirty pieces of silver
The Oath Of Office: Thirty-Five Words That Can Change History
Like clockwork, we hear the presidential oath of office every four years. Thirty-five words that basically give the incoming Chief Executive the keys to the proverbial car. And the nuclear launch codes. The National Museum of American History says that Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution “requires that before presidents can assume their duties they must take the oath of office.” Once the incoming …
Silver-tongued: Visual Word of the Day
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This money is referred to as “blood money” — money received for the life of another human being.
“Thirty pieces of silver” is also used proverbially to refer to anything paid or given for a treacherous act.
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