heaped this evil upon our own heads


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Is the expression "heaped this evil upon our own heads" borrowed from the phrase "heap coals of fire on (one's) head"?

Thanks in advance

As Berman suggests, the same forces of wishful thinking and self-doubt have been gathering strength in the West in the aftermath of September 11. Because they assume that people everywhere are animated by the same desires and fears, many Western liberals now blame their own governments for the excesses of Muslim terrorists. Many suspect that we have somehow heaped this evil upon our own heads.

-Sam Harris' The End of Faith
  • Uncle Jack

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    British English
    Yes, it seems so, but of course heaping burning coals on your enemy's head (Proverbs 25:22) is itself a metaphor, although not for evil but (apparently) for pain.
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