A-Z: Common sayings from the Bible: Ashes to ashes, dust to dust


Sometimes refers to the final breakdown of plans or is a comment about how human life is fragile and short.


In the biblical idea, humanity has a physical component which is earthly ('dust') and a spiritual component (breath or spirit). At death, the dust returns to the earth.

Bible References

Genesis 3:19; Liturgy Burial of the dead:Committal
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