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                       HAVE YOU EVER HEARD SOMEONE SAY ...?

These are some of the common phrases we use today that are found in the Bible.

“The blind leading the blind”

Luke 6:39

He also told them this parable: “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? (NIV)

“The salt of the earth”

Matthew 5:13

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. (NIV)

“As old as Methuselah”

Genesis 5:27

Altogether, Methuselah lived 969 years, and then he died. (NIV)

“The root of the matter”

Job 19:28

If you should say, ‘How shall we persecute him?’— Since the root of the matter is found in me, (NKJV)

“The powers that be”

Romans 13:1

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. (KJV)

“A coat of many colors”

Genesis 37:3

Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age. Also he made him a tunic of many colors. (NKJV)

“Am I my brother’s keeper?”

Genesis 4:9

Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” (NIV)

“Can a leopard change it’s spots?”

Jeremiah 13:23

Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil. (NIV)

“A little bird told me”

Ecclesiastes 10:20

Do not revile the king even in your thoughts, or curse the rich in your bedroom, because a bird of the air may carry your words, and a bird on the wing may report what you say. (NIV)

“The writing is on the wall”

Daniel 5:5-6

Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall, near the lampstand in the royal palace. The king watched the hand as it wrote. His face turned pale and he was so frightened that his knees knocked together and his legs gave way. (NIV)

“A drop in a bucket”

Isaiah 43:15

Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are regarded as dust on the scales; he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust. (NIV)

“At one’s wits’ end”

Psalm 107:27

They reeled and staggered like drunken men; they were at their wits’ end. (NIV)

“Give up the ghost”

Acts 12:23

And immediately the angel of the Lord smote him, because he gave not God the glory: and he was eaten of worms, and gave up the ghost. (KJV)

“Out of the mouths of babes”

Psalm 8:2

Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger. (NKJV)

“The apple of my eye”

Deuteronomy 32:10

In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste. He shielded him and cared for him; he guarded him as the apple of his eye, (NIV)

“A fly in the ointment”

Ecclesiastes 10:1

Dead flies putrefy the perfumer’s ointment, And cause it to give off a foul odor; So does a little folly to one respected for wisdom and honor. (NKJV)

“I escaped by the skin of my teeth”

Job 19:20

My bone clings to my skin and to my flesh, And I have escaped by the skin of my teeth. (NKJV)


Leviticus 16:8-10

“Then Aaron shall cast lots for the two goats: one lot for the Lord and the other lot for the scapegoat. “And Aaron shall bring the goat on which the Lord’s lot fell, and offer it as a sin offering. “But the goat on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat shall be presented alive before the Lord, to make atonement upon it, and to let it go as the scapegoat into the wilderness. (NKJV)

“Labor of love”

Hebrews 6:10

For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. (NKJV)

“Tearing your hair out”

Ezra 9:3

When I heard this, I tore my tunic and cloak, pulled hair from my head and beard and sat down appalled. (NIV)

“A house divided cannot stand”

Matthew 12:25

But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand. (NKJV)

“Twinkling of an eye”

1 Corinthians 15:51-52

Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (NKJV)

Is there anything of which one might say, “See this, it is new”? Already it has existed for ages which were before us.

Ecclesiastes 1:10

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