You are here:

English as a Second Language/interpreting idiomatic expressions


Hello Amy,
I need help to understand a few expressions from Philip Mauro's book:

1.  What is meant by "a parting" in the first sentence?
- A different point of view?

The last verses of Acts give a parting view of the apostle Paul. They tell us that
he dwelt two whole years in his own hired house (in Rome), where he "received
all that came in unto him, preaching the Kingdom of God, and teaching those
things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ" (Acts 28:30, 31). Evidently Paul
had not heard that the preaching of the Kingdom of God did not belong to this
"dispensation." For in those days there was no "Scofield Bible" to enlighten
him. On the other hand, we are not informed as to how this passage can be
reconciled with modern dispensationalism, for the Scofield Bible ignores it.


2. What is meant by "do flow"? I just can't seem to figure that out; I never heard of that expression.

The Kingdom is here defined both negatively and positively. We are told first
what it is not, and then what it is; and hence the text is the more enlightening
for our present purpose. For a contrast is here presented between the Kingdom
of God and the historical Kingdom of David, which the rabbinists supposed (as
the dispensationalists do flow) were one and the same. Concerning the
kingdom of David it is recorded that they who came to make him king "were with
David three days, eating and drinking", and that those who lived in the territory
of the other Tribes, even unto Issachar, and Zebulon and Naphthali, brought
bread on asses, and on camels, and on mules, and on oxen; also meat, meal,
cakes of figs, and bunches of raisins, and wine, and oil, and oxen and sheep
abundantly; for there was joy in Israel" (I Chr. 12:39, 40). Also it is written that
David in those days "dealt to every one of Israel, both man and woman, to every
one a loaf of bread, and a good piece of flesh, and a flagon of wine." (Id. 16:3).


3. Does "setting forth of..." mean "establishment of" or "advancement of" or something else?

It is a cause for profound astonishment that, in what purports to be a complete
setting forth of the teaching of Scripture as to the Kingdom of God, this
particular text (Rom. 14:17) should have been ignored; since it has the unique
distinction of giving the Holy Spirit's own definition of that Kingdom.


1. parting view is a sort of a last image one gets of someone or something before leaving the place or person behind.

2. when "do" is used in front of a verb as in "do flow" it simply emphasizes the following verb. So "do flow" means that it truly flows

3. to set forth means to begin, to start something, so "establishment of" in this case

Hope this helps.


English as a Second Language

All Answers

Answers by Expert:

Ask Experts


Amy Baker


I can answer question about grammar, spelling, syntax, idioms, reading and/or writing that pertain to English as a Second Language. I am knowledgeable about both TOEFL and IELTS.


I'm a certified ESL teacher with 12 years of experience teaching K-12 and adults.

BSc MEd TESL post grad program for k-12 TESL post grad program for adult ed

©2016 All rights reserved.