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10 Popular Bible 'Verses' That Aren't Actually in the Bible
Christian Post ^ | 09/10/2013 | ALECIA MACKENZIE

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?

"Spare the rod, spoil the child"

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).

Samuel Butler, 17th century British poet who coined the term spare the rod, spoil the child in his satirical poem Hudibras. (Photo: Wikimedia Creative Commons)

Samuel Butler, 17th century British poet who coined the term "spare the rod, spoil the child" in his satirical poem "Hudibras."

"Money is the root of all evil"

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."

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"God don't like ugly"

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.

"Cleanliness is next to godliness"

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."

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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.

"Blessed and highly favored"

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.

"Touch your neighbor"

You ever sat next to somebody in church that was fine and you couldn't wait for the preacher to say, "touch your neighbor"? Y'all lyin! LOL!— Jonathan YPJ Miller (@PastorYPJ) February 8, 2011


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.

"All things work together for good"

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."

"God moves in mysterious ways"

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."

"Pride comes before the fall"

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."


TOPICS: History; Religion & Culture
KEYWORDS: bible; lore; myth; proverbs; verses
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1 posted on 09/10/2013 9:30:38 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Ping for later


2 posted on 09/10/2013 9:35:01 AM PDT by Alex Murphy (Just a common, ordinary, simple savior of America's destiny.)
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To: SeekAndFind

You also will not find anything about Jesus being your “personal savior” nor will you find the expression “go to heaven.”


3 posted on 09/10/2013 9:35:20 AM PDT by stranger and pilgrim
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To: SeekAndFind

Okay, so they are the Reader’s Digest form of the actual proverbs.


4 posted on 09/10/2013 9:35:29 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, at least we still have “from each according to his ability to each according to his need.”


5 posted on 09/10/2013 9:36:40 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: SeekAndFind

I hope I don’t need a sarcasm tag on that... ;-)


6 posted on 09/10/2013 9:37:08 AM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: SeekAndFind

What about “Abortion is sacred?”


7 posted on 09/10/2013 9:37:49 AM PDT by Freestate316 (Know what you believe and why you believe it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

God helps those who help themselves.


8 posted on 09/10/2013 9:38:15 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: SeekAndFind

I always thought that “Spare the rod, spoil the child” was an admonition against artificial insemination. :=)


9 posted on 09/10/2013 9:40:25 AM PDT by Bob
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To: Billthedrill

Good one!


10 posted on 09/10/2013 9:40:52 AM PDT by Freestate316 (Know what you believe and why you believe it.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Throweth open thy Gates and Borders. Welcome all ye strangers without discernment or discretion.


11 posted on 09/10/2013 9:41:33 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: stranger and pilgrim
"You also will not find anything about Jesus being your “personal savior” nor will you find the expression “go to heaven.”

YEAH!!! And there's no Bible verse about pizza being bad for you, either! So there!

;-)

12 posted on 09/10/2013 9:42:40 AM PDT by Gargantua ("Da amber lamps. Bring dem..." LMFFAO!!!!)
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To: SoothingDave
The Lord works in mysterious ways.

A lie in time saves nine...

8^D

13 posted on 09/10/2013 9:44:03 AM PDT by Gargantua ("Da amber lamps. Bring dem..." LMFFAO!!!!)
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To: SeekAndFind
He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him."

Let the spankings begin!!!!!

14 posted on 09/10/2013 9:46:38 AM PDT by dragonblustar
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To: SeekAndFind

A penny saved is a penny tithed.


15 posted on 09/10/2013 9:46:45 AM PDT by windsorknot (>>>)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


16 posted on 09/10/2013 9:48:41 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: SeekAndFind
"Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall."

Haughty, another name for liberal.

17 posted on 09/10/2013 9:48:44 AM PDT by dragonblustar
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To: stranger and pilgrim

You also will not find anything about Jesus being your “personal savior”...


Agreed, I am saved by the blood of Christ, shed as a perfect sacrifice for my sins through God’s grace.

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.


18 posted on 09/10/2013 9:52:07 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: massgopguy

Okay, so they are the Reader’s Digest form of the actual proverbs.


Sort of. The money one completely misses the point. And that is one of the problems with paraphrasing God’s word.


19 posted on 09/10/2013 9:53:05 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Gargantua

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.”


20 posted on 09/10/2013 9:55:16 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: SeekAndFind

“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.


21 posted on 09/10/2013 10:12:31 AM PDT by LambSlave
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To: SeekAndFind

The author left one out: God helps those who help themselves.


22 posted on 09/10/2013 10:18:07 AM PDT by Gamecock (Many Atheists take the stand: "There is no God AND I hate Him.")
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To: SeekAndFind
Yeh, sure. I'll bet you don't think “Praise The Lord and pass the ammunition” isn't in the Bible either.
23 posted on 09/10/2013 10:30:44 AM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama phones= Bread and circuits.)
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To: Billthedrill

Yeah, Rev Wright confirmed that in one of his sermons. Just ask Obama.


24 posted on 09/10/2013 10:31:37 AM PDT by pluvmantelo (No blood for Obama's Intemperate Linedrawing)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


25 posted on 09/10/2013 10:40:46 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m still trying to find the section on the Holy Handgrenade of Antioch in the book of Armaments.


26 posted on 09/10/2013 10:43:13 AM PDT by Pan_Yan (I love it when spell check highlights every single word.)
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To: SoothingDave
God helps those who help themselves.

Aesop's Fables.

27 posted on 09/10/2013 10:45:23 AM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Revenge is a dish best served with pinto beans and muffins)
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To: SeekAndFind
From an old (1774) hymn:

"...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.

28 posted on 09/10/2013 10:45:34 AM PDT by Aarchaeus (V)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

My personal favorite misquotes by miscreants are “Throw no stones” and “Judge not”.


29 posted on 09/10/2013 10:47:48 AM PDT by Rightwing Conspiratr1
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To: SeekAndFind
"Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall."
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30 posted on 09/10/2013 10:53:07 AM PDT by preacher (Communism has only killed 100 million people: Let's give it another chance!)
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To: stranger and pilgrim

To the good thief: “Amen I say to you, this very day thou shalt be with me in paradise.”

Close?


31 posted on 09/10/2013 10:56:56 AM PDT by elcid1970 ("The Second Amendment is more important than Islam.")
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To: SeekAndFind
"Blessed and highly favored"

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.

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.

32 posted on 09/10/2013 10:59:40 AM PDT by Waryone
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To: Billthedrill
Well, at least we still have “from each according to his ability to each according to his need.”

That's not from the Bible, that's from the constitution. / sarc

33 posted on 09/10/2013 11:01:17 AM PDT by Straight Vermonter (Posting from deep behind the Maple Curtain)
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To: Alex Murphy

“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.”


34 posted on 09/10/2013 11:01:31 AM PDT by golux
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To: SeekAndFind
I especially appreciate pointing out the "Money is the root of all evil" fake biblical saying. Blaming money for evil is like blaming a gun for a shooting or an SUV for a wreck.

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.

35 posted on 09/10/2013 11:15:44 AM PDT by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: stranger and pilgrim

John 14:6

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.


36 posted on 09/10/2013 11:42:13 AM PDT by dontBSme
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To: stranger and pilgrim
You also will not find anything about Jesus being your “personal savior”

And as opposed to what, an impersonal savior?

37 posted on 09/10/2013 11:52:35 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: cuban leaf

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.


38 posted on 09/10/2013 11:59:17 AM PDT by prof.h.mandingo (Buck v. Bell (1927) An idea whose time has come (for extreme liberalism))
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas; stranger and pilgrim

Much of Christianity turns faith into a “Me and Jesus” thing.


39 posted on 09/10/2013 12:03:49 PM PDT by Gamecock (Many Atheists take the stand: "There is no God AND I hate Him.")
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To: SeekAndFind; zot; Interesting Times

Oh my gosh, you just destroyed the entire basis of my religious faith! (just joking)


40 posted on 09/10/2013 12:15:14 PM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: LambSlave
I've heard "God helps those who help themselves" from the pulpit. What is troubling is that it is at heart an expression of unbelief. It is another way of saying "you're on your own." A similar sentiment is expressed by Frederick the Great's sarcastic military observation that "God is with the big battalions".
41 posted on 09/10/2013 12:19:14 PM PDT by jboot (It can happen here because it IS happening here.)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


42 posted on 09/10/2013 12:22:30 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: SeekAndFind

I can’t believe they left out “God helps those who help themselves.”


43 posted on 09/10/2013 12:38:52 PM PDT by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: SeekAndFind

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!”


44 posted on 09/10/2013 12:46:34 PM PDT by william clark (Ecclesiastes 10:2)
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To: SeekAndFind

Spare the Rod and spoil the child


I doubt if it has anything to do with literally beating a child, i think the rod or staff is a sign of rule, the father was to rule his own house, no doubt his wife ruled it but he was supposed to....

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.

Psalm 23
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.


45 posted on 09/10/2013 2:06:47 PM PDT by ravenwolf
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To: SeekAndFind

Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we may die.

Take out the word “may” and it becomes biblical.


46 posted on 09/10/2013 2:17:33 PM PDT by firebrand
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To: prof.h.mandingo

A backslider!


47 posted on 09/10/2013 2:34:06 PM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: SeekAndFind

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.


48 posted on 09/10/2013 2:51:45 PM PDT by metmom ( For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: SeekAndFind
Let's not forget these oft-cited "Biblical" phrases (which are NOT Biblical):

God helps those that help themselves.

I am my brother's keeper.

49 posted on 09/10/2013 3:40:45 PM PDT by boatbums (God is ready to assume full responsibility for the life wholly yielded to Him.)
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To: Billthedrill

I hope I don’t need a sarcasm tag on that... ;-)


I did,nt see any need for one.


50 posted on 09/11/2013 4:33:44 AM PDT by ravenwolf
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