The Extra Mile (disambiguation)

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The idiom to go the extra mile means to do more than is required.[1] The expression probably comes from the Bible, when Jesus declares "Whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two" (Matthew 5:41 (NASB)). The verse is a reference to the practice of "impressment"[2] which, among other things, allowed a Roman soldier to conscript a Jewish native to carry his equipment for one Roman mile (milion = 1,000 paces, about 1,611 yards or 1,473 metres)[3]—no easy task considering a Roman soldier's backpack could weigh upwards of 100 pounds (45.4 kg).

The Extra Mile or Extra Mile may also refer to:

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  1. ^ "Go The Extra Mile". Merriam-Webster. Retrieved 12 June 2017.
  2. ^ Mitchell, S.. (1976). Requisitioned Transport in the Roman Empire: A New Inscription from Pisidia. The Journal of Roman Studies, 66, 106–131.
  3. ^ Brink, L.. (2014). Soldiers in Luke-Acts: Engaging, Contradicting and Transcending the Stereotypes, 5, footnote 12.