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Proverb of the day: He whom you take to be Moses, turns out to be pharaoh

He whom you take to be Moses, turns out to be pharaoh

Ahram Online , Tuesday 16 Jun 2015
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اللى تقول عليه موسى تلتقيه فرعون

Elli teqoul aleh mousa telteqih far’on

Translation: He whom you take to be Moses, turns out to be pharaoh.

Meaning: Appearances can be deceptive. A meek looking person, whom you think as trustworthy as Moses, may yet commit heinous acts, as those of pharaoh. The Judeo-Christian tradition concerning the Moses-Pharaoh confrontation, as unsympathetic as it is to Egyptian heritage, is unchallenged in Egypt’s folk culture.

Source: Egyptian Proverbs, (Al-Ahram Center for Translation and Publishing, 1986) by Ahmed Taymour Pasha,

Translated by: Nabil Shawkat

 
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