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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Sayings from the Bible

The English language (as well as other languages) is full of phrases and proverbs from the Bible. Mot of us say them without realizing where they come from. "Cleanliness is next to godliness" is unfortunately not one of them. Neither is "God helps those who help themselves." Both are man's opinion ... and not Biblical. (The latter comes from Poor Richard's Almanac.) So let's take a look at some that are indeed Biblical --- and backed by Scripture.

"A house divided" - Matthew 12:25 & Luke 11:17
"A man after his own heart" - 1 Samuel 13:14
"Apple of my eye" - Deuteronomy 2:10 & Zechariah 2:8
"At wit's end" - Psalm 107.27
"Blind leading the blind" - Matthew 15:14 & Luke 6:39
"Skin of our teeth" - Job 19:20
"Drop in the bucket" - Isaiah 40:15
"Eat, drink & be merry" - Ecclesiastes 8:15
"Eye for an eye" - Exodus 21:24, Leviticus 24:20, Deuteronomy 19:21 & Matthew 5:38
"Gave up the ghost" - Luke 23:46
"Handwriting on the wall" - Daniel 5:5
"Labor of love" - 1 Thessalonians 1:3
"Letter of the law" - 2 Corinthians 3:6
"My brother's keeper" - Genesis 4:9
"Out of the mouths of babes" - Psalm 8:2
"Nothing new under the sun" - Ecclesiastes 1:9
"Thorn in the flesh" - 2 Corinthians 12:7

So here we are, referencing Scripture in everyday language without even realizing that we are. What else in our modern understanding and language do you suppose might have Biblical origins?

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