Wait, That’s From the Bible?

BIBLETWOHere is a list of everyday words and phrases which you may be surprised to learn come directly from the Bible (KJV):

“Let there be light” Genesis 1:3
“garden of Eden” Genesis 2:15
“tree of life” Genesis 3:22; Proverbs 3:18, 11:30, 13:12,15:4; Revelation 22:2
“the land of Nod” , Genesis 4:16
“the face of the earth” Genesis 6:7, 7:4; Exodus 32:12, 33:16; Psalms 104:30
“dust and ashes” Genesis 18:27; Job 30:19, 42:6
“fire and brimstone” Genesis 19:24; Psalms 11:6; Ezekiel 38:22; Luke 17:29; Revelation 9:17-18
“coat of many colours” Genesis 37:3, 23, 32
“God forbid” Genesis 44:7, 17; Romans 3:4
“the fat of the land” Genesis 45:18
“Shiloh” Genesis 49:10
“milk and honey” Exodus 3:8; Leviticus 20:24; Deuteronomy 6:3; Ezekiel 20:15
“hold your peace” Exodus 14:14; Leviticus 10:3
“the ten commandments” Exodus 34:28; Deuteronomy 10:4
“peace offering” Leviticus 3:1, 3, 6, 9
“thanksgiving” Leviticus 7:12; Nehemiah 11:17; Psalms 100:4
“scapegoat” Leviticus 16:8, 10:26
“stumbling block” Leviticus 19:14; 1 Corinthians 1:23
“amen” Numbers 5:22; Matthew 6:13; Revelation 22:20-21
“spy out the land” Numbers 13:16-17; Jude 18:2, 17
“be sure your sin will find you out” Numbers 32:23
“heavens above” Deuteronomy 11:21; Jeremiah 4:28
“with all your heart” Deuteronomy 13:3
“fainthearted” Deuteronomy 20:8; Isaiah 7:4; Jeremiah 49:23
“howling wilderness” Deuteronomy 32:10
“the apple of his eye” Deuteronomy 32:10; Zechariah 2:8
“the ends of the earth” Deuteronomy 33:17; Job 37:3; Psalms 72:8
“the pillars of the earth” 1 Samuel 2:8
“God save the king” 1 Samuel 10:24; 2 Samuel 16:16; 2 Kings 11:12
“hot bread” 1 Samuel 21:6
“fell on his sword” 1 Samuel 31:5
“how are the mighty fallen” 2 Samuel 1:19
“the half was not told me” 1 Kings 10:7
“take root” 2 Kings 19:13
“bear fruit” 2 Kings 19:30; Psalms 92:14; Isaiah 37:31; Jeremiah 12:2; Ezekiel 17:8, 23, 47:12
“the wisdom of Solomon” 2 Chronicles 9:3; Luke 11:31
“the power and the glory” 1 Chronicles 29:11; Matthew 6:13
“fountain gate” Nehemiah 12:37
“give up the ghost” Job 3:11
“the skin of my teeth” Job 19:20
“the root of the matter” Job 19:28
“the land of the living” Job 28:13; Psalms 27:13, 52:5, 116:9; Isaiah 53:8
“out of the mouth of babes” Psalms 8:2
“heart’s desire” Psalms 10:3, 21:2; Romans 10:1
“men of the world” Psalms 17:14
“my rock” Psalms 18:2, 46, 28:1, 42:9
“O my God” Psalms 22:2, 25:2, 42:6, 83:13, 102:24
“my cup runneth over” Psalms 23:5
“broken heart” Psalms 34:18
“Aha” Psalms 35:21, 40:15, 70:3; Ezekiel 36:2
“fountain of life” Psalms 36:9
“storm and tempest” Psalms 55:8; Isaiah 29:6
“poor and needy” Psalms 70:5, 86:1
“lick the dust” Psalms 72:9; Micah 7:17
“more than heart could wish” Psalms 73:7
“from strength to strength” Psalms 84:7
“wits’ end” Psalms 107:27
“lovingkindness” Psalms 107:43
“all men are liars” Psalms 116:11
“sweeter than honey” Psalms 119:103
“By the rivers of Babylon” Psalms 137:1
“woe is me” Psalms 120:5; Isaiah 6:5; Jeremiah 4:31
“for ever and ever” Psalms 145:1-2, 21; Daniel 2:20; Revelation 11:15
“inherit the wind” Proverbs 11:29
“an evil eye” Proverbs 23:6, 28:22; Mark 7:22
“heavy heart” Proverbs 25:20
“good news” Proverbs 25:25
“snow in summer” Proverbs 26:1
“iron sharpens iron” Proverbs 27:17
“nothing new under the sun” Ecclesiastes 1:9
“butter and honey” Isaiah 7:15, 22
“the four corners of the earth” Isaiah 11:12; Revelation 7:1
“the ends of the earth” Isaiah 40:28, 41:5; Zechariah 9:10; Acts 13:47
“a drop in a bucket” Isaiah 40:15
“world without end” Isaiah 45:17; Ephesians 3:21
“eye to eye” Isaiah 52:8
“a lamb to the slaughter” Isaiah 53:7
“holier than thou” Isaiah 65:5
“in the mire” Jeremiah 38:6, 22; Zechariah 10:5
“weak as water” Ezekiel 7:17
“bear fruit” Ezekiel 17:23; Mark 4:20; John 15:4
“sour grapes” Ezekiel 18:2
“showers of blessing” Ezekiel 34:26
“white as snow” Daniel 7:9
“prepare to meet your God” Amos 4:12
“kingdom of heaven” Matthew 3:2, 4:17, 5:3
“salt of the earth” Matthew 5:13
“an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth” Matthew 5:38
“love thy neighbour” Matthew 5:43, 22:39
“kingdom come” Matthew 6:10; Luke 11:2
“our daily bread” Matthew 6:11; Luke 11:3
“lilies of the field” Matthew 6:28
“sufficient unto the day” Matthew 6:34
“lost sheep” Matthew 10:6, 15:25
“signs of the times” Matthew 16:3
“the keys of the kingdom” Matthew 16:19
“the eleventh hour” Matthew 20:6
“den of thieves” Matthew 21:13; Mark 11:17; Luke 19:46
“in the name of the Father” Matthew 28:19
“a moment of time” Luke 4:5
“physician heal thyself” Luke 4:23
“see the light” Luke 11:33
“eat, drink and be merry” Luke 12:19
“safe and sound” Luke 15:27
“not lose heart” Luke 18:1
“born again” John 3:3
“the quick and the dead” 1 Pet.4:5
“a law unto themselves” Romans 2:14
“thank God” Romans 7:28; 1 Corinthians 1:14; 2 Timothy 1:3
“the powers that be” Romans 13:1
“through a glass darkly” 1 Corinthians 13:12
“flesh and blood” 1 Corinthians 15:50; Ephesians 6:12
“twinkling of an eye” 1 Corinthians 15:52
“suffer fools gladly” 2 Corinthians 11:19
“God knows” 2 Corinthians 12:2-3
“a thorn in the flesh” 2 Corinthians 12:7
“Do not let the sun go down on your wrath” Ephesians 4:26
“tender hearted” Ephesians 4:32
“have you in my heart” Philippians 1:7
“labour of love” 1 Thessalonians 1:3
“busybodies” 2 Thessalonians 3:11; 1 Timothy 5:13
“filthy lucre” 1 Timothy 3:3
“the love of money” 1 Timothy 6:10
“the King of Kings” 1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 17:14, 19:16
“the root of all evil” 1 Timothy 6:10
“fight the good fight” 1 Timothy 6:12
“the patience of Job” James 5:11
“wallowing in the mire” 2 Pet.2:22
“God speed” 2 John 1:11
“the book of life” Revelation 3:5, 13:8, 17:8, 20:12, 15, 22:19
“lukewarm” Revelation 3:16
“Armageddon” Revelation 16:16
“morning star” Revelation 22:16


This second list of phrases are not exactly word for word but their Biblical origins are easily identifiable:

“God bless” Genesis 1:22,28, 2:3, 9:1, 25:11
“forbidden fruit” Genesis 3:3
“as old as Methuselah” Genesis 5:27
“wings of a dove” Genesis 8:8-12; Psalms 55:6
“Nimrod” Genesis 10:8-9
“Lot in Sodom” Genesis 13:12, ch19; Luke 17:29
“run for your life” Genesis 19:17
“Jacob’s ladder” Genesis 28:12
“mess room” Genesis 43:34; 2 Samuel 11:8
“living off the fat of the land” Genesis 45:18
“hard hearted” Exodus 7:14
“golden calf” Exodus ch32
“the promised land” Deuteronomy 6:3, 9:28, 19:8
“to set your heart on it” Deuteronomy 24:15, 32:46
“a thorn in the side” Judges.2:3
“a hair’s breadth” Judges 20:16
“bring the house down” Judges 16:25-31
“make your ears tingle” 1 Samuel 3:11; 2 Kings 21:12; Jeremiah 19:3
“heavy handed” 1 Samuel 5:6; Job 33:7; Psalms 32:4
“circuit judge” 1 Samuel 7:15-16
“David and Goliath” 1 Samuel ch17
“heart of stone” 1 Samuel 25:37; Job 41:24; Zechariah 7:12
“playing the fool” 1 Samuel 26:21
“to lose heart” 2 Samuel 4:1
“David and Bathsheba” 2 Samuel ch11
“to put words in one”s mouth” 2 Samuel 14:3
“lion heart” 2 Samuel 17:10
“chariots of fire” 2 Kings 2:11
“in God we trust” 2 Kings 18:22; Isaiah 36:7; 1 Timothy 4:10
“put your house in order” 2 Kings 20:1; Isaiah 38:10
“peace and quiet” 1 Chronicles 22:9
“single minded” 2 Chronicles 30:12
“watergate” Nehemiah 3:26, 8:1, 3
“you reap what you sow” Job.4:8; Proverbs 22:8; Hos.10:13; Gal.6:7-8
“make your hair stand on end” Job 4:15
“skin and bone” Job 19:20
“as old as the hills” Job 15:7
“soft hearted” Job 23:16
“girding your loins” Job 38:3
“don’t fret” Psalms 37:1, 7-8
“you raise me up” Psalms 41:10
“you can”t take it with you” Psalms 49:16-17
“a sharp tongue” Psalms 52:2, 57:4
“bite the dust” Psalms 72:9; Micah 7:17
“manna from heaven” Psalms 78:24
“right hand man” Psalms 80:17
“in God we trust” Psalms 7:1, 56:4, 11, 91:2
“war and peace” Psalms 120:7; Ecclesiastes 3:8
“beware of he who winks” Proverbs 10:1
“pride goes before a fall” Proverbs 16:18
“your in deep water” Proverbs 20:5
“don’t take a dog by the ears” Proverbs 26:17
“wandering bird” Proverbs 27:8; Isaiah 16:2
“the good old days” Ecclesiastes 7:10-11
“a fly in the ointment” Ecclesiastes 10:1
“a little bird told me” Ecclesiastes 10:20
“ivory tower” Song of Solomon 7:4
“no rest for the wicked” Isaiah 57:20-21
“rise and shine” Isaiah 60:1
“gad about” Jeremiah 2:36, 31:22
“none so blind as he who will not see” Jeremiah 5:21
“can a leopard change its spots” Jeremiah 13:23
“set your teeth on edge” Jeremiah 31:29
“their just deserts” Ezekiel 7:27
“like mother, like daughter” Ezekiel 16:44
“long live the king” Daniel 2:2, 3:9, 5:10. 6:21
“the writing’s on the wall” Daniel 5:5
“knees knocking together” Daniel 5:6
“the bitter end” Amos 8:10
“broadway” Nahum 2:4; Matthew 7:13
“turn the other cheek” Matthew 5:39; Luke 6:29
“go the extra mile” Matthew 5:41
“sounding your own trumpet” Matthew 6:2
“strait and narrow” Matthew 7:13-14
“wolves in sheep’s clothing” Matthew 7:15
“the blind leading the blind” Matthew 15:14
“red sky at night” Matthew 16:2
“do as I say, not as I do” Matthew 23:3
“the good oil” Matthew 25:4-8, 26:7-12; Mark 6;13; Heb.1;9; James 5:14
“a Judas” Matthew 26:14-16
“live by the sword, die by the sword” Matthew :26:52
“blood money” Matthew 27:6
“wash your hands of the issue” Matthew 27:24
“baptism of fire” Luke 3:16
“good Samaritan” Luke 10:25-37
“divided we fall” Luke 11:17
“a cross you have to bear” Luke 14:27
“the prodigal son” Luke 15:11-32
“don’t judge by appearances” John 7:24; 2 Corinthians 10:7
“doubting Thomas” John 20:24-25
“God willing” Acts 18:21; 1 Corinthians 4:19; James 4:15
“hope and pray” Romans 12:12
“risk your neck” Romans 16:4
“fall from grace” Gal.5:4
“saving grace” Ephesians 2:5, 8
“mind your own business” 1 Thessalonians 4:11
“old wive’s tale” 1 Timothy 4:7
“scarlet woman” Revelation 17:3-4
“crystal clear” Revelation 21:11

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