Hide your light under a bushell

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Jane Stirlin | 15:33 Tue 14th Sep 2004 | Phrases & Sayings
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What is the origin of this saying


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The Bible The Parable of The Light Under a Bushel Matthew 5:14-16 14. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Mark 4:21-22 21. And he said unto them, Is a candle brought to be put under a bushel, or under a bed? and not to be set on a candlestick? Luke 11:33-36 33. No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light.
Garry Bushell, former Sun TV Critic was reviled by many for his offensive views towards women, gays, immigrants etc etc, causing many to want to set fire to him, hence the expression.
just so as to make it clear, a bushel is (or used to be) a measure of grain, usually made of cane or rush, so a bushel basket is what they are talking about hiding the light under

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