The Sunday School song, “This Little Light of Mine” – sung by thousands of us church-kids growing up has been brought to new light (pun not intended, but I laughed out loud when Jess pointed this phrase out to me) this week in my life.
My beautiful wife ‘called me out’ on some of my lyrics as I sang them aloud:
“Hide it under a bushel, NO!”
To which she said, “No, No, No – it’s, ‘Hide it under a bush, Oh No!”
To which I replied, “you’re an idiot.” (maybe it wasn’t that harsh…)
She then got ‘scientific’ on me and said, “a bushel is merely a unit of measurement and can’t actually impede the flame of a fire, but a bush is a literal object that could be placed above a flame to cause it to extinguish.” (okay, she didn’t really say these exact words, but you get the picture…)
To which I replied, “you’re an idiot.”
To which she replied, “Google-it.” (the solution to ALL marital strife)
A quick Google-search (more-importantly, a Wikipedia article) reveals that sure-enough a “bushel” is merely a unit of measurement, and not synonymous with the bushel basked we’re all familiar making with our cupped hand while singing this song. I also found enough lyrics defending BOTH of our “right answers” via Google.
So, stevansheets.com readership… what is it? Is it:
01. “Hide it under a bushel, NO! I’m gonna let it shine.”
02. “Hide it under a bush, Oh NO! I’m gonna let it shine.”
03. “Hide it under a bushel basket lined with fire-retardant fabric, Oh NO! I’m gonna let it shine.”
Please advise this twenty-something who’s childhood theology is based upon your answer to this question.