Skip to comments.10 Popular Bible 'Verses' That Aren't Actually in the Bible
Posted on 09/10/2013 9:30:38 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
The Bible, long debated as the bestsellingest book of all time, might also be one of the most quoted texts. But how much of what is cited as coming from the Old and New Testaments is actually in the Bible?
This could very well be a paraphrase of Proverbs 13:24, but the statement doesn't really exist in any translation of the Bible. The Bible verse actually reads: "He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him."
Samuel Butler, a 17th century British poet, actually coined the phrase "spare the rod and spoil the child" in his satirical poem, "Hudibras" (read it here).
This misquote is not too far off from the actual verse, found in 1 Timothy 6:10: "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs."
While some may want to suggest that this phrase could be a colloquial interpretation from the Book of Proverbs to sum up ungodly behavior, they would be wrong. The phrase, as profound as it may be, is not anywhere in Scripture.
No, Jesus did not say this in the Sermon on the Mount nor in any of his teachings recorded in the Gospels. This Bible misquote might have its root in James 4:8: "Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded."
This phrase, made popular by preacher Dr. Leroy Thompson and frequently chanted during his "Money Cometh to You" conferences is, unfortunately, not in the Bible. The phrase, also picked up by Kenneth Copeland, won't instantaneously attract unexpected income.
Paul, credited with writing many of the New Testament letters, never wrote to the churches in Corinth or Rome declaring Christians to be "blessed and highly favored." As good as the phrase may sound, it's not in the Bible.
This phrase might frequently be heard during sermons, when a preacher has a particular point he or she wants to get across — but, surprisingly, this saying isn't in the Good Book. Christians are admonished throughout Scripture to love their neighbors, but there is nothing in the Bible about turning to your neighbor, high-fiving your neighbor, or touching your neighbor.
This is another passage in which context is key — what things work together for whose good? Romans 8:28 reads in full: "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose."
This might be a universal confession among all Christians, but this phrase is stated nowhere in Scripture. Perhaps the phrase can be linked to Isaiah 55:8: "'For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,' declares the LORD."
This phrase often attributed to the Bible is almost correct. The actual verse, found in Proverbs 16:18, actually reads: "Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall."
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You also will not find anything about Jesus being your “personal savior” nor will you find the expression “go to heaven.”
Okay, so they are the Reader’s Digest form of the actual proverbs.
Well, at least we still have “from each according to his ability to each according to his need.”
I hope I don’t need a sarcasm tag on that... ;-)
What about “Abortion is sacred?”
God helps those who help themselves.
I always thought that “Spare the rod, spoil the child” was an admonition against artificial insemination. :=)
Throweth open thy Gates and Borders. Welcome all ye strangers without discernment or discretion.
YEAH!!! And there's no Bible verse about pizza being bad for you, either! So there!
A lie in time saves nine...
Let the spankings begin!!!!!
A penny saved is a penny tithed.
Maybe it’s ‘cause I read the bible, but the only one I remotely attributed to the bible was the “spare the rod” one, and it gets the point of the verse in proverbs to a degree. The “money is the root...” one is one of my favorites to bring up because by simply removing the phrase “the love of” the meaning is completely and utterly changed and destroyed.
I’ve not heard any of the others attributed to the bible. I saw them as “a stitch in time saves nine” sorts of sayings, if I had ever heard them at all.
Haughty, another name for liberal.
You also will not find anything about Jesus being your personal savior...
I notice that one of the differences between God’s relationship with man in the old testiment and the new testament is that His relationship was mainly with the nation, whereas in the new testament Jesus is our priest in the order of Melchizedek and our direct relationship with God. And he IS God in the flesh. And, most importantly, it is personal, one-on-one.
Okay, so they are the Readers Digest form of the actual proverbs.
And what about “He that forsaketh the Ford and embraceth the Chevy doth do good in the sight of God. But he who forsaketh the Chevy in total acceptance of the Ford doth do a great and perilous evil.”
“God helps them who helps themselves” is one of the worst; it is the opposite of God’s true message: we are weak, wicked, fallible, and can do no good without learning to rely on Him.
The author left one out: God helps those who help themselves.
Yeah, Rev Wright confirmed that in one of his sermons. Just ask Obama.
Many are cold, but few are frozen.
God helps them that helps themselves, but God help you if you get caught helping yourself.
It’s all in the Axe of the Apostles.
Thou shalt not admit adultery.
Joshua fit the battle of Geritol.
Do unto to others before they do unto to you.
I’m still trying to find the section on the Holy Handgrenade of Antioch in the book of Armaments.
"...reportedly the last hymn Cowper ever wrote"
God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform; He plants His footsteps in the sea And rides upon the storm.
My personal favorite misquotes by miscreants are “Throw no stones” and “Judge not”.
To the good thief: “Amen I say to you, this very day thou shalt be with me in paradise.”
I don't remember Paul talking about "blessed and highly favored." But just this morning I was reading about Mary and her cousin Elizabeth in Luke 1 and came across these verses:
28 The angel went to her and said, Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.
42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
Somehow the 'blessed and highly favored,' seen here in conjunction with the birth of Our Lord, may have been applied by someone, somewhere else.
That's not from the Bible, that's from the constitution. / sarc
“I am the Lord thy God which Brought you from the land of Egypt. Thou shalt have no other gods before Me, with the exception of others who may correct or otherwise render this my First and other commandments invalid. Let’s just say ‘for the time being,’ being as this is an early and possibly imperfect covenant subject to modification, try to have no other gods, along with some other stuff I’ll ask you to do later.”
The bible is smarter and better than that. It accurately points out that LOVE of money is the problem. I.e., greed, avarice. GREED is not what leads to success in business or motivation for success. LOVE of what they do is the motivation that leads to success. A chef isn't a success because he's greedy -- he's a success because he loves to cook. An entrepreneur isn't a success because he's greedy -- he's a success because he loves the challenge of taking nothing and building it up to be something.
It bugs the hell out of me when I hear Rush and other misguided conservatives praise GREED/avarice as somehow "good." They are wrong, just as it is wrong to think that money is the root of evil. No, GREED/avarice for money is the root of evil, and that is what the bible says.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
And as opposed to what, an impersonal savior?
I like that one. It used to be true. We were a Chevy family for most of my life. Lately it is Fords. My wife’s 2005 Focus is going on 250,000 miles. No problems.
Much of Christianity turns faith into a “Me and Jesus” thing.
Oh my gosh, you just destroyed the entire basis of my religious faith! (just joking)
Good stuff and true. “He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.” is particularly galling as a rationale for hitting children.
It’s utterly absurd and unbiblical. No shepherd would beat his sheep. The ‘rod’ in this case is the word of God.
I can’t believe they left out “God helps those who help themselves.”
Reminds me of a line by Gallagher:
“They say that cleanliness is next to godliness, but it ain’t. It’s next to cleaveage, I looked it up!”
Spare the Rod and spoil the child
The father is to teach work and responsibility to his sons, if he does not do that he is withholding the rod and spoiling them and obviously does hate them.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we may die.
Take out the word “may” and it becomes biblical.
Well, the Bible does tell us that conservatives are smart.
Ecclesiastes 10:2 A wise man’s heart inclines him to the right, but a fool’s heart to the left.
God helps those that help themselves.
I am my brother's keeper.
I hope I dont need a sarcasm tag on that... ;-)