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Humble Pie(ty) Matthew 23:1-12

Humble Pie(ty)

True humility elevates serving others over serving primarily oneself.

At a Glance

In the Middle Ages, many poor common folk ate poor common food. Some of this food included deer innards. It was made into a sort of pie, and became known as umble pie. It was such awful food that if an uppity nobleman ever was publicly humiliated, it was said that he had to eat umble pie. In today's lesson, Jesus explains how the humble will be exalted, and the exalted will eat humble pie.

Editors' Pick

For material based on today's OT text, see "Rules for the Road," November 3, 1996, at

Have you ever had to "eat humble pie"?

Most of us have heard this expression. It's an idiom meaning "to face humiliation for an error or wrongdoing, something for which we must apologize, often in some public way."

Far fewer of us, however, know the origin of this odd phrase. According to etymologists, the phrase derives from umble pie, which was a pie filled with nasty stuff like liver, heart and other offal, especially of cow but often of deer or boar. Umble evolved ...

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