Once upon a time, a young high school English Literature student surveyed the many commons phrases which passed into English from the WRITINGS of WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE.
He was shocked and SURPRISED at how many there were.
A few years later, a young college student studied the MANY common phrases which originated in God’s Word (King James Version of the Bible).
He was even more amazed at how many there were–actually, at how many MORE there were.
And so, here are a few of the MANY commons sayings the world has borrowed from the Bible.
1- A WOLF IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING
“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”
2- THE POWERS THAT BE
“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.”
3- AT WIT’S END
“They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end.”
4- EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY
“And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.”
5- BY THE SKIN OF MY TEETH
“My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth. “
6- FALL BY THE WAYSIDE
“A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it.”
7- A LAND OF MILK AND HONEY
And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
8- THE WRITING ON THE WALL
“They drank wine, and praised the gods of gold, and of silver, of brass, of iron, of wood, and of stone. In the same hour came forth fingers of a man’s hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king’s palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote. Then the king’s countenance was changed, and his thoughts troubled him, so that the joints of his loins were loosed, and his knees smote one against another. “
9- A FLY IN THE OINTMENT
“Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.”
10- THE BLIND LEADING THE BLIND
“Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.”
There are TEN listed here.
There are many more–which means that–God willing–another article will be needed to include them all (or at least, MOST of them).
Odd that a book which the vast majority of the world does NOT believe would supply so many commonly-used phrases?
WAS the reader aware of the number of commonly-used phrases which started out as phrases in the Bible?
It is not YET too late: there is still a little time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
[Portions of this piece appeared originally in End Times Prophecy Headlines: September 8, 2021.]
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–with Mondo Frazier
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