means state or condition of worth, hence the term “his worship,” meaning his worthyship. “Thou shalt have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee” (Luke xiv. 10) means “Thou shalt have worth-ship [value or appreciation].” In the marriage service the man says to the woman, “With my body I thee worship, and with all my worldly goods I thee endow”- that is, I confer on you my rank and dignities, and endow you with my wealth; the worthship attached to my person I share with you, and the wealth which is mine is thine also.
The command given to the disciples by Christ was to shake off the dust of their feet when they left a city which would not receive them.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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