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    Inherit the Wind

    I am reading 'Inherit the Wind' right now in English class, and i was wondering what inherit the wind actually means. There is a quote in the play, 'he that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind,' is there a solid explanation of this quote? If so, is there a phrase that would be synonymous?

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    Re: Inherit the Wind

    Hello ItW

    I've seen various interpretations of this phrase, which is a quote from the Book of Proverbs in the Old Testament.

    To my mind, the two most likely are:

    1. If you cause discord around you, you will bring a whirlwind of troubles on yourself.

    2. If you cause discord around you, you will gain nothing of any value.

    The imagery can be resolved as follows:

    a) troubleth = cause any kind of disturbance or discord
    b) his own house = either literally "his own home", "his own family", or "his own surroundings".
    c) inherit = receive in consequence
    d) the wind = either "troubles" (cf. "whirlwind") or "things of no value".

    It's similar in some respects to the Biblical sentiment "you reap what you sow".


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