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“Knees Knocking”

This article originally appeared in the 2022 Spring Edition of “The BABQ” available for free download here.

How did we get the phrase "knees knocking"?

Interesting Facts About the Holy Word of God

When someone is scared or nervous, we emphasize the strong emotional reaction to the stimuli by saying their knees are knocking. They were so afraid or nervous that their knees were shaking so hard they were banging together.  

In Daniel’s day, Chaldean King Belshazzar was holding a huge drunken party. His biggest mistake was using the vessels stolen from the Temple to drink wine. His jubilant attitude changed suddenly when he saw a hand writing a message on the wall of the room. How would you feel if you noticed a hand writing on the wall of your kitchen during dinner one evening? Your knees would probably be doing some knocking, right?   

Daniel 5:6 tells us, Then the king’s countenance was changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees smote one against another.” As far as we know, Belshazzar was the first one to have his fear be described as his knees knocking.

Belshazzar was right to be scared. The message written on the wall declared the king’s punishment for exalting himself above the Lord. He died that very evening.

Read another little known Bible fact from this BABQ edition here: How did we get the phrase “go the extra mile”?

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