Saturday, April 16, 2016

Express Yourself !

I never realized how many common expressions in the English language originates from the Bible!   

Here is a partial list, there are many more, but I picked the ones I think are more commonly used:

Bible Verse

For Everything there is a Season 

Ecclesiastes 3

Go the extra mile

Matthew 5:41

He who lives by the sword, dies by the sword

Matthew 26:52

Oh, How the Mighty have Fallen

1 Samuel 1:19

The Love of Money is the Root of All Evil 

1 Timothy 6:10 

Nothing but skin and bones

Job 19:19-20

Pride comes before a fall 

Proverbs 16:18

Put words in one’s mouth

2 Samuel 14:3

See eye to eye

Isaiah 52:8

Sign of the times

Matthew 16:3

Straight and Narrow

Matthew 7:14

There’s nothing new under the sun

Ecclesiastes 1:9

Wash your hands of the matter

 Matthew 27:24

At Wit’s End

 Psalm 107:27

Beware of Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

Matthew 7:15

The Writings on the Wall

Daniel 5

Give up the ghost

Job 3:11

Out of the mouth of babes


My Cup Runneth Over


The Evil Eye

Proverbs 23:6, 28:22; Mark 7:22

The Salt of the Earth

Matthew 5:13

Give him the keys to the kingdom


Physician heal thyself

 Luke 4:23

 A thorn in the flesh

2 Corinthians12:7

 Do not let the sun go down on your wrath  (Don't go to bed angry)

Ephesians 4:26

Fight the good fight

1 Timothy 6:12

The promised land

 Deut.6:3, 9:28, 19:8

Chariots of fire

 2 Kings 2:11

You reap what you sow

 Job.4:8; Prov.22:8

A little bird told me

 Eccles 10:20

Ivory tower

 Song of Solomon 7:4

No rest for the wicked


 Like mother, like daughter


 To the bitter end

  Amos 8:10

Sounding your own trumpet


Good Samaritan

 Luke 10:25-37

 A cross you have to bear

 Luke 14:27

 Doubting Thomas

 John 20:24-25

 A man after his own heart

 1 Samuel 13:14

 Labor of love

 1 Thessalonians 1:3

 Letter of the law

  2 Corinthians 3:6

Better to give than to receive 

 Acts 20:35

Be my brother's keeper

 Genesis 4:9

Out of the mouths of babes

 Psalm 8:2

 The truth shall set you free

 John 8:32

Wars and rumors of wars

 Matthew 24:26, Mark 13:7

 Eye for Eye, Tooth for tooth

 Matthew 5:38

 Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

 Ecclesiastes 8:15

Drop in a Bucket

 Isaiah 40:15

Can a Leopard Change his spots?

 Jeremiah 13:23

 By the Skin of Your Teeth 

  Job 19:20

 The Blind Leading the Blind

 Matthew 15:13-14

 Bite the Dust

 Psalms 72:9

Here are 2 that are NOT from the Bible!

"Cleanliness is next to godliness" Is from a sermon by John Wesley   and
"God helps those who help themselves."  Is from Poor Richard's Almanac.


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