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Headword: Εἰς πῦρ ξαίνειν
Adler number: epsiloniota,313
Translated headword: to card wool into a fire
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
Proverbial. In reference to those doing or saying something for themselves which goes to waste.[1] Compare 'to sow seed upon rocks'.[2]
Greek Original:
Εἰς πῦρ ξαίνειν: παροιμιακόν. ἐπὶ τῶν καθ' ἑαυτῶν τι πραττόντων μάτην ἢ λεγόντων. ὁμοία τῇ κατὰ πετρῶν σπείρειν.
Notes:
[1] From the scholia to Plato, Laws 780C, where the proverb is used. cf. already epsilon 3196.
[2] cf. Apostolius 9.45.
Keywords: botany; clothing; daily life; philosophy; proverbs; trade and manufacture
Translated by: David Whitehead on 20 May 2003@08:26:53.
Vetted by:
William Hutton (Modified translation, set status) on 20 May 2003@08:59:23.
William Hutton (Added keywords) on 20 May 2003@09:01:47.
David Whitehead (augmented notes; cosmetics) on 15 June 2004@04:22:36.
David Whitehead on 28 November 2012@05:27:30.

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