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The Most Well-Known Phrases from the Bible (light-hearted as well as serious)
TheSacredPage.com ^ | Monday, June 28, 2010 | Michael Barber

Posted on 06/29/2010 4:13:23 PM PDT by Salvation

Monday, June 28, 2010

The Most Well-Known Phrases from the Bible

Marcel over at the Catholic blog Aggie Catholics has put together a list of some of the most well-known phrases from the Bible. This is a great list. I suspect that some people aren't even aware that these well-known words come from the Bible.

Here are some of my favorites, but do go and read Marcel's whole list:
  • 42 - "Can a leopard change his spots?" - Jeremiah 13:23
  • 41 - "A man after my own heart" - Samuel 13:14 / Acts 13:22
  • 38 - "The powers that be" - Romans 13: 1-2
  • 37 - "Drop in the bucket" - Isaiah 40:15
  • 32 - "Labor of love" - 1 Thessalonians 1:3
  • 25 - "No rest for the wicked" or "No rest for the weary" - Isaiah 57:21
  • 23 - "Apple of my eye" - Deuteronomy 2:10 / Zechariah 2:8
  • 21 - "All things must pass" or "This too shall pass" - Matthew 24:6-8
  • 16 - "Ashes to ashes" - Genesis 3:19
  • 14 - "A fly in the ointment" - Ecclesiastes 10:1
  • 12 - "Signs of the times" - Matthew 16:3
  • 11 - "It is better to give than to receive" - Acts 20:35
  • 7 - "How the mighty have fallen" - 2 Samuel 1:19
  • 6 - "Bite the dust" - Psalms 72: 9
  • 5 - "Sour grapes" - Ezekiel 18:2
  • 4 - "The writing on the wall" - Daniel 5:5
  • 3 - "At my wit's end" - Psalm 107:27
  • 1 - "By the skin of our teeth" - Job 19:20


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Have fun! Add some of your own or post others from the original list.

"Be not afraid."

1 posted on 06/29/2010 4:13:34 PM PDT by Salvation
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To: nickcarraway; Lady In Blue; NYer; ELS; Pyro7480; livius; Catholicguy; RobbyS; markomalley; ...

Fun Ping!


2 posted on 06/29/2010 4:15:39 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
"...a fool leans to the left..." Ecc 10:2.

Hey, you're Catholic! What are you doing with Bible?

3 posted on 06/29/2010 4:16:13 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (barbara walters, celebrity whore.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

You didn’t know that Catholics know HOW to read the Bible? LOL!


4 posted on 06/29/2010 4:19:09 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
The blame game is getting tiresome./i>

Everyone knows it's forbidden. After all, they used to chain the bibles to the churches back in the day.

/s

5 posted on 06/29/2010 4:21:29 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (barbara walters, celebrity whore.)
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To: Salvation

First you get down on your knees,
Fiddle with your rosaries,
Bow your head with great respect,
And genuflect, genuflect, genuflect!

Do whatever steps you want, if
You have cleared them with the Pontiff.
Everybody say his own
Kyrie eleison,
Doin’ the Vatican Rag.

Get in line in that processional,
Step into that small confessional,
There, the guy who’s got religion’ll
Tell you if your sin’s original.
If it is, try playin’ it safer,
Drink the wine and chew the wafer,
Two, four, six, eight,
Time to transubstantiate!

So get down upon your knees,
Fiddle with your rosaries,
Bow your head with great respect,
And genuflect, genuflect, genuflect!

Make a cross on your abdomen,
When in Rome do like a Roman,
Ave Maria,
Gee it’s good to see ya,
Gettin’ ecstatic an’
Sorta dramatic an’
Doin’ the Vatican Rag!


6 posted on 06/29/2010 4:22:05 PM PDT by Uncle Miltie (0bama calls us "Tea Baggers", so we can call Kagan a "Carpet Muncher," right?)
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To: Salvation
This is how that post was supposed to read:

You didn’t know that Catholics know HOW to read the Bible? LOL!

Everyone knows it's forbidden. After all, they used to chain the bibles to the churches back in the day.

/s

7 posted on 06/29/2010 4:22:26 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (barbara walters, celebrity whore.)
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To: the invisib1e hand
what's that supposed to mean???
8 posted on 06/29/2010 4:23:01 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Hey, you’re Catholic! What are you doing with Bible?

I ripped it from its chain in the sanctuary! :-)


9 posted on 06/29/2010 4:23:03 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy inas whatever room he walks into.)
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To: the invisib1e hand
I thought you were joking! But you're not! Wowsies!

Ecclesiastes
Chapter 10
2
1 The wise man's understanding turns him to his right; the fool's understanding turns him to his left.

10 posted on 06/29/2010 4:23:51 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

You learn something new every day. I never knew PTB came from the Bible.


11 posted on 06/29/2010 4:24:06 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: Uncle Miltie

Where is that in the Bible? Chuckling.....


12 posted on 06/29/2010 4:24:51 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Chode
what's that supposed to mean???

Look it up! What am I, you're personal bible interpreter?

13 posted on 06/29/2010 4:25:37 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (barbara walters, celebrity whore.)
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To: The Invisible Hand
"Keep on the striaght and narrow."

Proverbs
Chapter 4
 
25
Let your eyes look straight ahead and your glance be directly forward.
26
Survey the path for your feet, and let all your ways be sure.
27
Turn neither to right nor to left, keep your foot far from evil.

14 posted on 06/29/2010 4:26:12 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Chode

Golly, Uncle Chode, I can’t figure that one out, either!


15 posted on 06/29/2010 4:27:03 PM PDT by Old Sarge (Marking Time On The Government's Dime)
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To: the invisib1e hand; Salvation
After all, they used to chain the bibles to the churches back in the day.

You do know the history of chaining (ok locking up) the Bible in church came from the era when books were more precious than gold for the thousands of hours it took for one to transcribe it, only to risk loss by someone looking for something that would burn easily for their cooking fire? (later I'll describe the history of the run-on sentence).

16 posted on 06/29/2010 4:28:53 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: mnehring

yes, but thanks for posting that for the many who’d rather assume the worst about everything the Church does.


17 posted on 06/29/2010 4:31:35 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (barbara walters, celebrity whore.)
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To: mnehring

Well aware that Bibles were copied by hand and very precious.

That is, until the printing press.


18 posted on 06/29/2010 4:33:00 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: mnehring

Oh, now, there you go again. confusing them with facts!


19 posted on 06/29/2010 4:33:50 PM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy inas whatever room he walks into.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

I noticed the /s after I posted.. :-p


20 posted on 06/29/2010 4:34:34 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: mnehring
I noticed the /s after I posted.. :-p

Pity that I had to put it there at all, but I know how thin-skinned everyone is these days.

21 posted on 06/29/2010 4:40:57 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (barbara walters, celebrity whore.)
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To: Salvation
That is, until the printing press.

Luther really leveraged that revolution in information technology.

Nothing new under the sun.

22 posted on 06/29/2010 4:41:52 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (I don't speak starbucks.)
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To: Salvation

Ecclesiastes 1:9 There is nothing new under the sun.


23 posted on 06/29/2010 4:43:08 PM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: Salvation

Psalm 103:12 “As far as the east is from the west......”

Written 4000-5000 years ago and the only way this statement is true is if the writer knew the earth was round.


24 posted on 06/29/2010 4:43:08 PM PDT by John 3_19-21 (A lie told over and over again is still a lie.)
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To: mnehring
some more

20 - "The truth shall make you free" John 8:32
 
27 - "Man does not live by bread alone" - Deuteronomy 8:3 / Matthew 4:4
 
30 - "Fight the good fight" - 1 Timothy 6.12
 
31 - "The root of the matter" - Job 19:28

25 posted on 06/29/2010 4:43:43 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

“What ails you?” Genesis 21:17
What goes around comes around. Or “Whatever a mans sows, that he will also reap.” Galatians 6:7


26 posted on 06/29/2010 4:43:52 PM PDT by PastorJimCM (truth matters)
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To: the invisib1e hand

I apologize. I am so used to reading so many religion threads these days where there are real knock down fights that it is easy to mistake sarcasm for an attempted insult.


27 posted on 06/29/2010 4:44:48 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: PastorJimCM

Good ones. Did you look at the whole list?


28 posted on 06/29/2010 4:45:44 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
In addition to popular phrases in the bible, I would like to hear of popular Bible phrases that ARE NOT actually in the Bible (or are always misstated). For example I can think of two:

God helps those who help themselves. (nowhere in the Bible)

"Money is the root of all evil". - The Bible actually says "The LOVE of money is the root of all evil.

29 posted on 06/29/2010 4:45:44 PM PDT by circlecity
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To: circlecity

You are so right. Good idea!


30 posted on 06/29/2010 4:47:23 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: mnehring
I apologize.

please DON'T.

31 posted on 06/29/2010 4:47:27 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (I don't speak starbucks.)
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To: Salvation

Oh, those are fun!

Thanks, dear Salvation.


32 posted on 06/29/2010 4:52:20 PM PDT by GOP_Lady
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To: Uncle Miltie

Love that. Very good.


33 posted on 06/29/2010 4:57:11 PM PDT by cubreporter ( Trust Rush and you won't go wrong.)
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To: circlecity
God helps those who help themselves. (nowhere in the Bible)

I could be wrong, but I believe this is a moral from one of Aesop's Fables. Since Aesop was a Greek slave, living some centuries before Christ, the "god" in the statement would likely be Zeus. Of course, over time, the expression has become familiar and many people think it's biblical.

34 posted on 06/29/2010 5:00:03 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Salvation
Job 34: 3 For the ear tests words, as the taste does food.

1 Corinthians: 32 "...Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die."

and 33 Do not be led astray: "Bad company corrupts good morals."

1 Peter 4: 8 Above all, let your love for one another be intense, because love covers a multitude of sins. 4

35 posted on 06/29/2010 5:00:30 PM PDT by MarkBsnr ( I would not believe in the Gospel if the authority of the Catholic Church did not move me to do so.)
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To: Salvation
Ecclesiastes 10:20

Don't bad-mouth your leaders, not even under your breath,
And don't abuse your betters, even in the privacy of your home.
Loose talk has a way of getting picked up and spread around.
Little birds drop the crumbs of your gossip far and wide.

Kind of like, "a little birdie told me".

36 posted on 06/29/2010 5:03:28 PM PDT by mombonn (God is looking for spiritual fruit, not religious nuts.)
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To: mnehring
"(later I'll describe the history of the run-on sentence). "

Now that's funny!

37 posted on 06/29/2010 5:03:33 PM PDT by blues_guitarist (ISLAM=DEATH!! . . . . . . black & humble . . .)
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To: the invisib1e hand

which is why Gutenburg printed the King James Bible, so it would spread far and wide across Europe.


38 posted on 06/29/2010 5:11:12 PM PDT by BenKenobi (I want to hear more about Sam! Samwise the stouthearted!)
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To: Salvation

A beautiful woman who lacks discretion is like a gold ring in a pig’s snout. Proverbs 11:22

As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly. Proverbs 26:11

...as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. Joshua 24:15

I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever. Psalm 145:1


39 posted on 06/29/2010 5:21:03 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear (Does not play well with others)
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To: BenKenobi
which is why Gutenburg printed the King James Bible, so it would spread far and wide across Europe.

Ahem. The KJV Bible was in English. Nobody spoke English in Europe in the 1500s, at least of any note. The language of the English court was French from William the Conqueror until nearly 1400. Less than 1% of Europe had any idea what English was, much less spoke it.

Do you have a clue as to what languages the first Bibles that Gutenberg published were in?

40 posted on 06/29/2010 5:24:26 PM PDT by MarkBsnr ( I would not believe in the Gospel if the authority of the Catholic Church did not move me to do so.)
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To: circlecity

How about one from The Bard: “To thine own self be true.”


41 posted on 06/29/2010 5:25:06 PM PDT by Chi-townChief
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To: Grizzled Bear
Stand still and consider the wondrous works of God. - Job 37:14

Let not the sun go down upon your wrath. - Ephesians 4:26

42 posted on 06/29/2010 5:29:56 PM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free, Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: BenKenobi

As an addendum, Gutenberg died in 1468. The KJV was published in 1611. There was 150 years between the two events. No wonder you guys have the trouble that you do with your doctrines, when you cannot keep simple timelines in order.


43 posted on 06/29/2010 5:30:41 PM PDT by MarkBsnr ( I would not believe in the Gospel if the authority of the Catholic Church did not move me to do so.)
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To: Salvation

My favorite line from the bible:

What profits a man if he gaineth the world but loseth his soul?


44 posted on 06/29/2010 5:38:11 PM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (California Bankruptcy in 4... 3... 2...)
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To: MarkBsnr

Oh, oh, oh. Pick me! Pick me!
Latin.


45 posted on 06/29/2010 5:38:18 PM PDT by Jaded (I realized that after Monday and Tuesday, even the calendar says W T F)
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To: All
'A wise man's heart him toward the right, but the foolish man's heart directs him toward the left.' Ecclesiastes 10:2. "

Did you know God was a Conservative?

46 posted on 06/29/2010 5:39:59 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: Salvation
Which side of God is Jesus seated on?

From the Nicene Creed or Apostles's Creed

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,

Creator of Heaven and Earth

And in Jesus Christ

His only Son, Our Lord

Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit

Born of the Virgin Mary

Suffered under Pontius Pilate

Was crucified, died and was buried.

On the third day, he rose again

He ascended into Heaven

and is seated at the right hand

of God, the Father Almighty.

Despite this I am pretty darn sure God loves all his Children. Even lost, misguided, mentally deficient liberals. I won't swear to it, but I'm pretty doggone sure.

47 posted on 06/29/2010 5:45:54 PM PDT by Freedom_Is_Not_Free (California Bankruptcy in 4... 3... 2...)
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To: John 3_19-21
Psalm 103:12 “As far as the east is from the west......”

Written 4000-5000 years ago and the only way this statement is true is if the writer knew the earth was round.

Sorry, I have a different take on that. Since the writer was referring to a great distance, the only way for the statement to be true would be if the writer thought that the earth was flat.

48 posted on 06/29/2010 5:47:52 PM PDT by Bob
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To: Salvation

If these weren’t mentioned here are my quotes:

1. Spare the rod; spoil the child.

(BTW, I’ve read that the “rod” in question was a shepherd’s crook, so you don’t hit the child with it, you guide him back to the right path with it.)

2. The last shall be first.

3. Let there be light.

4. Render unto Caesar... (what is Caesar’s, but render unto God what is God’s ).

5. Bring me his head on a plate.


49 posted on 06/29/2010 5:55:11 PM PDT by married21
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To: MarkBsnr

It’s a good thing we have people like you here to make sure that the Church gets it right.


50 posted on 06/29/2010 6:10:26 PM PDT by BenKenobi (I want to hear more about Sam! Samwise the stouthearted!)
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