many are called but few are chosen

With allusion to MATTHEW xxii. 14 (AV) For many are called, but few are chosen.

1871 J. S. JONES Life J. S. Batkins xxviii. The saying that ‘many shall be called, but few chosen.’

1980 P. VAN GREENAWAY Dissident iii. ‘Many are called..but few are chosen.’ He’s right. Those of us conscious of our destinies may fairly be termed ‘elitistes’.


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  • many are called but few are chosen — Meaning Origin From The Bible, Matthew 22 …   Meaning and origin of phrases

  • few — adj. & n. adj. not many (few doctors smoke; visitors are few). n. (as pl.) 1 (prec. by a) some but not many (a few words should be added; a few of his friends were there). 2 a small number, not many (many are called but few are chosen). 3 (prec.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • few — pronoun /fjuː,fju/ Few people, few things. Many are called, but few are chosen. Ant: many …   Wiktionary

  • Chosen —    Spoken of warriors (Ex. 15:4; Judg. 20:16), of the Hebrew nation (Ps. 105:43; Deut. 7:7), of Jerusalem as the seat of the temple (1 Kings 11:13). Christ is the chosen of God (Isa. 42:1); and the apostles are chosen for their work (Acts 10:41) …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • many — see many a little makes a mickle many a mickle makes a muckle there’s many a slip between cup and lip many are called but few are chosen many hands make light work there’s many a good tune played on an old fiddle …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • few — see many are called but few are chosen you win a few, you lose a few …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • chosen — see many are called but few are chosen …   Proverbs new dictionary

  • few — W1S1 [fju:] determiner, pron, adj comparative fewer superlative fewest [: Old English; Origin: feawa] 1.) [no comparative] a small number of things or people a few ▪ I have to buy a few things at the supermarket. ▪ Pam called to say she s going… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • Chosen people — Throughout history and even today various groups of people have considered themselves as chosen by a deity for some purpose such as to act as the deity s agent on earth. In monotheistic faiths, like Abrahamic religions, references to God (or… …   Wikipedia

  • Chosen-ciphertext attack — A chosen ciphertext attack (CCA) is an attack model for cryptanalysis in which the cryptanalyst gathers information, at least in part, by choosing a ciphertext and obtaining its decryption under an unknown key. In the attack, an adversary has a… …   Wikipedia

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