Fire Worship was introduced into Persia by Phoedima, widow of Smerdis, and wife of Gushtasp darawesh, usually called Hystaspes (B.C. 521-485). It is not the sun that is worshipped, but God, who is supposed to reside in it; at the same time they reverence the sun, not as a deity but as the throne of deity. (See Parsees.)

Fire and Sword Letters of fire and sword. If a criminal resisted the law and refused to answer his citation, it was accounted treason in the Scottish courts; and "letters of fire and sword" were sent to the sheriff, authorising him to use either or both these instruments to apprehend the contumacious party.

Fire and Water I will go through fire and water to serve you. The reference is the ordeals of fire and water which might be transferred to substitutes. Paul seems to refer to substitutional death in Rom. v. 7: "Scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet for a good man some would even dare to die."

Firm as a Rock (See Similes .)

First-class Hard Labour Under this sentence, the prisoner sleeps on a plank bed without a mattress, and spends six or eight hours a day turning a hard crank, or treading a wheel.

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