Straight and Narrow
Straight and Narrow : Phrases
To stay out of trouble.
Ever since getting out of jail on bail I have been on the straight and narrow.
This phrase comes from the Bible and describes the path to heaven.
Matthew 7:14 to be exact: Broad is the way that is the path of destruction but narrow is the gate and straight is the way which leadeth to the house of God.
A second reference to it is in John Bunyan's book The Pilgrim's Progress. In it, Pilgrim, the representative of the Everyman, must follow the straight & narrow.
A third comes from John the Baptist: Prepare ye the way of the Lord. Make his path straight.
See also : Straight as an arrow
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