Jack of All Trades

   Ecclesiastes 1:18   

  18 For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief.

Jack of all trades is a figure of speech used in reference to a person who has dabbled in many skills. It has similar translations in various languages. Arabic: “He who knows 2 trades is a liar.” Cantonese: “Knives all over, yet none is sharp.” Czech: “9 crafts, 10th is misery.” Egyptian: “He who knows 7 trades is so unlucky.” Esperanto: “He who chases 2 rabbits catches none.” Estonian: “9 trades, the 10th is hunger.” French: “Touch everything, good in nothing.” German: “He can do everything, but nothing properly.” Greek: “A man of many crafts and a deserted home.” Hebrew: “He who has seized a lot, has not seized.” Japanese: “Many talents is no talent.” Korean: “A man of 12 talents has nothing to eat for dinner.” Latin: “Something from all, nothing in total.” Lebanese: “7 occupations, with no luck.” Lithuanian: “When you have 9 trades, your 10th is starvation.” Mandarin: “All trades known, all trades dull.” Mexican:  “You aim for everything, but you hit nothing.” Moroccan: “The one who knows 7 trades has no wealth.“ Persian: “All trades and no authority.” Polish: “7 trades, the 8th is poverty.” Portuguese: “He who has way for everything, has no way for nothing.” Romanian: “Good at everything and at nothing.” Russian: “Starts 10 things, finishes none.” Syrian: “Who does several trades, is incapable of managing any.” Spanish: “He who embraces too much, has a weak grasp.” Tagalog: Marunong sa lahat, magaling sa wala, “Knows everything, good at nothing.” Tamil: “He who starts many businesses has no businesses.” Thai: “Like ducks can walk, fly, and swim but they are good at nothing.” Ukrainian: “He who starts a lot of tasks, is unable to successfully finish any of them.” Vietnamese: “Being master in one job is better than being average in nine jobs,” “Mastery in one job brings glory and success.”

Apostle Paul said in Philippians 3:10, Whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ…10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death.

Lord Jesus, help me prioritize knowing more about You and Your will for me.

<‘))):< ltsii/2018 >:(((‘>

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