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What is the meaning of the phrase walk another mile?

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Nicholas Rivera on November 3, 2018

Originates from a teaching of Jesus Christ, which is included in the Sermon on the Mount found in the Gospel of Matthew. Matthew's version of the phrase can be found in Matthew 5:41 which states that "If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles." RV At that time, the Jewish nation was occupied by the Romans, and the Roman soldiers would frequently draft individuals on impulse to carry their loads for them. A historical example of this that occurs is that when the Roman soldiers forced a man from Cyrene called Simon to carry Jesus ' cross for him (refer to Matthew 27:32). This was because the Roman military had the power in the society and also because it was a way of demonstrating that they had the upper hand on the Jews. It was typical for the Roman soldiers to force someone to carry his load for one mile. The jews, however, really resented this treatment. Not only was it an affront to personal freedom, but also emphasized that his country was under Roman rule, although they firmly believed that they were God's people and the land that had been promised to them by God himself. More zealous Jews would refuse to carry the Roman soldiers' loads, which resulted in conflicts and severe punishments for the Jews. In contrast, Jesus encouraged his followers to take a different course of action. Instead of rebelling against this treatment, Jesus advised his listeners to take the opposite approach, that not only carry the load to the legal limit of one mile, but to carry it an extra mile as well. This demonstration of self-sacrifice would be in last instance, Jesus believed, to be more effective in softening the hearts of their conquerors of a rebel and a focus. This teaching is consistent with the general approach that Jesus took in his own life, according to the Biblical records, which describe the way in which Jesus was willing to die in place of trying to resist his prosecutors. The saying "going the extra mile" has broadened slightly from its original meaning to a more general meaning that refers to someone who is willing to go beyond what is specifically required of them in the completion of a task or of a request, and put in an effort to do a better job. The motivation for doing this may include to make an impression on the person who requested that the task is performed, or may be related to wanting to do a good job for personal reasons.


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