A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from September 11, 2010
“Jesus saves, but the Mongol hordes” ("Jesus saves, but the Mongol hoards")

"Jesus saves” is a popular saying and by 1965 there appeared the graffito “Jesus saves; Moses invests.” A popular addition has been “Jesus saves, Moses invests, but the Mongol hordes” (or, “Jesus saves, Moses invests, but the Mongol hoards").

“Jesus saves, but the Mongol hordes” has been cited in print since at least 1974. The pun is on the word “horde” (a political subdivision of central Asian nomads) for the word “hoard” (a supply or fund stored up and hidden away). A slight variant is “Jesus saves, but Mongols horde” (or, “Jesus saves, but Mongols hoard").


Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary
horde noun \ˈhȯrd\
1a : a political subdivision of central Asian nomads
1b : a people or tribe of nomadic life
2: a teeming crowd or throng : swarm

Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary
hoard noun \ˈhȯrd\
: a supply or fund stored up and often hidden away

Google Books
Encyclopedia of Graffiti
By Robert George Reisner and Lorraine Wechsler
New York, NY: Macmillan
1974
Pg. 175:
Jesus saves but the Mongol hordes.

Google Books
Creation/evolution satiricon:
Creationism bashed

By Robert S Dietz and John C Holden
Winthrop, WA: Bookmaker
1987
Pg. 110:
Bear in mind, too, that while Jesus saves and Moses invests, the Bhagwan spends and the Mongol hordes.

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From: (Malcolm Bjorn Gillies)
Date: 22 Aug 92 06:05:06 GMT
Local: Sat, Aug 22 1992 1:05 am
Subject: Re: Subject?

>Jesus saves!
>Moses invests.
>But only Buddha pays dividends…

The Mongol Hordes.

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From: (Charlie Gibbs)
Date: 18 Jul 90 19:59:00 GMT
Subject: Re: Graffiti anyone?

>Jesus Saves
>Moses Invests

Mongol Hoards

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From: (John G Hardie)
Date: 18 Nov 92 18:48:02 GMT
Local: Wed, Nov 18 1992 1:48 pm
Subject: Re: Jesus Saves

I always liked:
Jesus Saves but the Mongol Hordes.

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From: Don Kirkman
Date: Fri, 08 Sep 2000 14:14:52 -0700
Local: Fri, Sep 8 2000 4:14 pm
Subject: Re: Prophet

Jesus saves, but the Mongol hoards.

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From: Andrew Arensburger
Date: 23 Aug 2001 20:08:04 -0400
Local: Thurs, Aug 23 2001 7:08 pm
Subject: Re: bumper sticker

Jesus saves, Moses earns, but the Mongol Hordes.

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From: Dan Seriff
Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2001 15:13:27 GMT
Local: Wed, Sep 19 2001 10:13 am
Subject: Re: Jerry Falwell is a full-bore nutbar (was: I want to thankEurope)

> >> Jesus Saves, Moses Invests.
> > Mongols hoard. 

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