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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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.
John Ray, A Collection of English Proverbs (1678) identifies "God sends meat, and the Devil sends cooks" as a Scottish saying; and James Kelley, Complete Collection of Scottish Proverbs (1721) offers a very straightforward explanation for it:
In other words, Kelley considers the proverb to be nothing more than a critical comment about incompetent cooks, by those who must eat their productions.
Tradespeople and other workers tend to be the butt of a number of old proverbs. For example, from Ray's Proverbs:
It's like reading Chaucer.
Ray also offers a sort of vegetarian version of the "God sends meat" proverb:
The notion here, I suppose, is that nothing is so perfect in itself that it cannot be compromised by bad fortune or by the malevolent actions of others.
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.
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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