Common Phrases that have Biblical Origin

posted Aug 8, 2017, 11:27 AM by Church Office   [ updated Aug 8, 2017, 11:27 AM by Michelle Massung ]
1. Bite the Dust
Psalms 72:9, “They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him;
and his enemies shall lick the dust.” (KJV)

2. The Blind Leading the Blind
Matthew 15:13-14, “Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind.
And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.”

3. By the Skin of Your Teeth
Job 19:20. The Geneva Bible translated the Hebrew Literally which
read, “I have escaped with the skin of my teeth.”

4. Broken Heart
Psalms 34:18, “The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart;
and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit” (KJV).

5. Can a Leopard Change his spots?
Jeremiah 13:23 (KJV), “Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the
leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to
do evil.”

6. Cast the First Stone
John 8:7, “And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to
them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a
stone at her.”

7. Drop in a Bucket
Isaiah 40:15 declaring God’s sovereignty and power over the nations,
“Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the
small dust of the balance: behold, he takes up the isles as fine dust”

8. Eat, Drink, and Be Merry
Ecclesiastes 8:15, “because a man hath no better thing under the sun,
than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him
of his labour the days of his life, which God giveth him under the sun.”

9. Eye for Eye, Tooth for Tooth
Matthew 5:38, “Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an
eye, and a tooth for a tooth.”

10. Fall From Grace
Galatians 5:4, “Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of
you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.”

11. Fly in the Ointment
Ecclesiastes 10:1 (KJV), “”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.””

12. For Everything there is a Season
Ecclesiastes 3. Ecclesiastes 3 is also the motivation for the song “Turn!
Turn! Turn!” by the Byrds.

13. Forbidden Fruit
Genesis 3:3 when Adam and Eve were commanded not to eat from the
tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. “But of the fruit of the tree
which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of
it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.”

14. Go the extra mile
Matthew 5:41 that says, “And whosoever shall compel thee to go a
mile, go with him twain” (KJV).

15. Good Samaritan
Luke 10:30-37, the Parable of the Good Samaritan.

16. He who lives by the sword, dies by the sword
Matthew 26:52, “Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword
into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the

17. How the Mighty have Fallen
1 Samuel 1:19, “The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how
are the mighty fallen!”

18. Let there Be Light
Genesis 1’s creation account.

19. The Love of Money is the Root of All Evil
1 Timothy 6:10 and is actually usually misquoted. Here is the ESV
translation, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is
through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith
and pierced themselves with many pangs.”

20. Nothing but skin and bones
Job 19:19-20, “All my intimate friends detest me; those I love have
turned against me. I am nothing but skin and bones.

21. The Powers that Be
Romans 13:11 (KJV), “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.”

22. Pride comes before a fall
Proverbs 16:18, “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit
before a fall.” (KJV)

23. Put words in one’s mouth from
2 Samuel 14:3, “And come to the king, and speak on this manner unto
him. So Joab put the words in her mouth.”

24. Rise and shine is
Isaiah 60:1, “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the
LORD rises upon you.”

25. The Root of the Matter
Job 19:28 (KJV), “But ye should say, Why persecute we him, seeing the
Root of the matter is found in me?”

26. Scapegoat
Old Testament Law (Leviticus 16:9-10 specifically) where a goat is
chosen by lot to be sent into the desert to make atonement for sin.

27. See eye to eye
Isaiah 52:8 (KJV), “Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice
together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD
shall bring again Zion.”

28. Sign of the times
Matthew 16:3 (KJV), “And in the morning, It will be foul weather
today: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern
the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?”

29. Straight and Narrow
Matthew 7:14, “But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to
life, and only a few find it.”

30. Twinkling of an Eye
1 Corinthians 15:52, “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the
last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised
incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

31. There’s nothing new under the sun
The book of Ecclesiastes. Ecclesiastes 1:9 (KJV) says, “The thing that
hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that
which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.”

32. Wash your hands of the matter
Matthew 27:24 (KJV), “When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing,
but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his
hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this
just person: see ye to it.”

33. Weighed in the balance
Job 31:6, “Let me be weighed in an even balance that God may know
mine integrity.”

34. Wit’s End
Psalm 107:27 (KJV), “They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken
man, and are at their wits’ end.” And the Psalm does not refer to the
Whit’s End with the Imagination Station.

35. Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing
Matthew 7:15 (KJV), “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in
sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”

36. Writings on the Wall
Daniel 5. “The writing is on the wall” is now a popular idiom for
“something bad is about to happen”.