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What does the quote God sends meat and devil sends cooks by Thomas Deloney mean?

And if it doesn't have a specific meaning, in which situation can I use it?

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It is a common prouerbe, God may sende a man good meate, but the deuyll may sende an euyll coke to dystrue it.
[1542 A. Borde Dietary of Health xi.]

“It is a common proverb: God may send a man good meat, but the devil may send an evil cook to destroy it.”

Someone may have something good, and seek to do something good with it. But events conspire against him and he ends up with less than he started with. It has certainly been used in connection with financial investments.

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My first impression was that God sends the meat (the animals ) and the devil sends the cooks (those who kill and prepare their flesh for consumption ) makes me want to be a vegetarian

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Welcome to English Language & Usage @Olga. Your post would be improved if it included a reference and an explanation of why it answers the question. See the help center to learn more about how to write a strong answer. –  andy256 Dec 16 '14 at 4:29


The quote means that god will send us all we NEED, the meat. The devil will temp us and send us cooks to have another cook the meat for you, what we WANT.

Break down:

God-Meat (food), ones basic needs for spiritual progression. Less materialistic. Controls the ego. One depends only on oneself. Cook your own food.

Devil-Cooks (VIP service) Desires of a lackadaisical lifestyle. More materialistic. Encourages ego. Depends on others. Have a cook to cook for you.

God will provide. The Devil will tempt.

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downvote because the full context of the quotation in the other answer shows the intent of the quotation, which isn't reflected in your answer. Also, the answer needs a bit of markdown to distinctively show your answer's usage in context of the question. Please consider using more descriptive sentences and sources for answers that are not provided as General Reference. –  SrJoven Oct 13 '14 at 11:56

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