A-Z: Common sayings from the Bible: Cast first stone


Be the first to blame someone for something, usually hypocritically.


A woman caught in the act of adultery was brought to Jesus for judgement. The legal penalty for this crime was stoning to death. Jesus puts his finger on the fact that if the law were applied rigidly no-one would escape stoning, and he does this by saying that the first stone should be thrown by someone who is sinless. No stone was thrown.

Bible References

John 8:7
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