The actually meaning of this quote/phrase has been diluted. I’m pretty sure not a lot of people know the actually meaning of it. Most people think it means that family is more important than anyone outside. It is a common/popular term in the western world. If you were to look it up on Google, even Wikipedia and dictionary.com would interpret it as being blood family is more important than anyone else outside. The original phrase “The blood of the covenant is thicker than the water of the womb”. 

 

” Covenants in scripture, they are always sealed by blood. It began with Abraham and ended with Jesus. Every covenant was sealed with blood. Even the Hebrew word (karath) translated “made” is literally “cut”. In other words, youcut a covenant. The cut draws the blood. The blood is the bond and seal.

There is a friend that sticks closer than a brother” from Proverbs 18:24. I think of the covenant between David and Jonathan. They cut a covenant as well. They were closer than brothers.

Luke 14 where Jesus says, “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple.

 

Water of the womb = family ( ex. a woman’s water breaks is a sign of a child is about to be born, which is a process of you and your siblings would have to go through. That’s why you and your siblings/family are considered as water.)

Since i’m too lazy to type everything I was able to find something that basically sums up everything I want to type up.

“During the ritual of ancient covenant making, the two parties involved would divide an animal in half, and stand together in the blood, with their right hands clasp, and swear a mutual oath binding them to each other. In some cases, each party would cut their respective hands, bind them together with the other party, allowing their blood to mingle. The resulting union of this blood oath was never to be broken. In effect, the two participants in the covenant would become “blood brothers,” and thus become one flesh.

The relationship born of this union was so knit, that brothers made through the blood of covenants were closer to each other than brothers who were born from the same womb. Hence, blood (of the covenant) is thicker than water (of the womb).”

I hope that’s an eye opener :]

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