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Cable's Length

100 fathoms.

Some think to avoid a difficulty by rendering Matthew xix. 24 “It is easier for a cable to go through the eye of a needle ...”, but the word is , and the whole force of the passage rests on the “impossibility” of the thing, as it is distinctly stated in Mark x. 24, “How hard is it for them that trust in [their] riches, epi toiz crhmasiu... It is impossible by the virtue of money or by bribes to enter the kingdom of heaven.” (See page 205, col. 1, Camel.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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