The phrase “from strength to strength” has its origin in the Bible. It was first seen in English in 1535 in Mile Coverdale’s Bible. The phrase comes from Psalm 84:7. His version says, “They go from strength to strength and so the God of Gods apeareth vnto the in Sion.”
This is from the Hebrew. The Hebrew is ” מֵחַ֣יִל אֶל־ חָ֑יִל .” Transliterated this is “mechayil el-chayil.” Translated it is “strength before to strength.”
The phrase “from strength to strength” means to get better or go from one strong point to another. This is what it means in the Bible and it is what it means when used elsewhere. The phrase, however, is not only applied to people. I can be applied to many things.
An example of applying it to people is when it is applied to musicians such as Bruno Mars who seems to be able to keep a good reputation despite rumors and his past.
Another example of applying the phrase “from strength to strength” to people is when it is applied to sports teams such as when it was applied to the English soccer team, Arsenal.
An example of when the phrase “from strength to strength” is applied to an object is when it is said that tablet PCs are going from strength to strength when the details of ones on the market are already considered good and the details of the ones that are going to be put on the market are considered to make them better.
The phrase is so well-known that it has appeared in pop culture. Sarah Henderson wrote a book called From Strength to Strength with the subtitle An Autobiography . Peter Himmelman recorded a CD called “From Strength to Strength.”
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Psalm 84:7 Hebrew Texts and Analysis. (n.d.). Biblos.com: Search, Read, Study the Bible in Many Languages . Retrieved February 15, 2011, from http://biblos.com/psalms/84-7.htm
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