no man can serve two masters

With allusion to MATTHEW vi. 24 (AV) No man can serve two masters (the verse which concludes you cannot serve God and Mammon).

c 1330 in T. Wright Political Songs (1839) 325 No man may wel serve tweie lordes to queme [please].

c 1477 CAXTON Jason (EETS) 57 No man may wel serve two maistres, for that one corumpeth that other.

1642 D. ROGERS Naaman vi. You cannot have your will..and Christ too; no man can serve two masters.

1853 R. C. TRENCH On Lessons in Proverbs v. Our lord..has said: ‘No man can serve two masters.’.. So the Spanish proverb: He who has to serve two masters, has to lie to one.

1979 ‘C. AIRD’ Some die Eloquent v. The Coroner’s Officer existed in a sort of leaderless no-man’s-land. Hostilities had broken out over this more than once... No man can serve two masters.


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