The True Origin of “Teach a Man to Fish”

The True Origin of “Teach a Man to Fish”

As the famous saying goes, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." But did you know that this saying has its roots in a biblical story? In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus instructs his disciple Peter to go catch a fish with a coin in its mouth to pay their taxes, and it’s quite possible the rod was rigged with a cross hook.

The story goes that Jesus and his disciples were asked to pay a temple tax, and they did not have the necessary money. Jesus told Peter to go and catch a fish, saying that he would find a coin in its mouth. Peter did as he was told and, to his amazement, found a fish with a coin in its mouth just as Jesus had said.

This story has been passed down through the ages, and the phrase "teach a man to fish" has come to symbolize the importance of self-sufficiency and learning new skills. It's widely believed that this biblical story inspired the famous saying, and it serves as a reminder that with the right tools and knowledge, we can provide for ourselves and others in a sustainable way.

The cross hook used by Peter to catch the fish with a coin in its mouth has become a symbol of this story, and it's often depicted in art and literature. The intricate design of the cross hook is said to have been specifically crafted to catch fish in a unique way, and it has become a symbol of ingenuity and resourcefulness.

So the next time you hear the saying "teach a man to fish," remember that it has its roots in a powerful biblical story about God’s provision for his children.

Back to blog