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.”
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