Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Top 50 Most Popular Phrases From The Bible


In our modern culture, we commonly use phrases which have originated from the Bible without even knowing their origin.

After doing a bit of research, I have compiled my top 50 list of commonly used phrases which originate from the Bible.

Note- I have put the phrase and the reference where it originated from, which may or may not be a direct quote from the Bible. Some originate from the Bible yet have changed over time.
  • 50 - "My cup runneth over" - Psalms 23:5
  • 49 - "O ye, of little faith" - Luke 12:28
  • 48 - "Living off the fat of the land" - Genesis 45:17-18
  • 47 - "Like a lamb led to the slaughter" - Jeremiah 11:19 / Isaiah 53:7
  • 46 - "The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak" - Matthew 26:41
  • 45 - "Flesh and blood" - Matthew 16:17
  • 44 - "Spare the rod and spoil the child" - Proverbs 13:24 / 23:13
  • 43 - "Forbidden fruit" - Genesis 2 & 3
  • 42 - "Can a leopard change his spots?" - Jeremiah 13:23
  • 41 - "A man after my own heart" - Samuel 13:14 / Acts 13:22
  • 40 - "Do not cast your pearls before swine" - Matthew 7:6
  • 39 - "The fruit of your loins" - Genesis 35:11
  • 38 - "The powers that be" - Romans 13: 1-2
  • 37 - "Drop in the bucket" - Isaiah 40:15
  • 36 - "Eat, drink, and be merry" - Ecclesiastes 8:15
  • 35 - "Eye for an eye" - Exodus 21:24 / Leviticus 24:20 / Deuteronomy 19:21 / Matthew 5:38
  • 34 - "The good Samaritan" - Luke 10:25-37
  • 33 - "He that is without sin, cast the first stone" - John 8:7
  • 32 - "Labor of love" - 1 Thessalonians 1:3
  • 31 - "The root of the matter" - Job 19:28
  • 30 - "Fight the good fight" - 1 Timothy 6.12
  • 29 - "Letter of the law" - 2 Corinthians 3:6
  • 28 - "Many are called, but few are chosen" - Matthew 22:14
  • 27 - "Man does not live by bread alone" - Deuteronomy 8:3 / Matthew 4:4
  • 26 - "Salt of the earth" - Matthew 5:13
  • 25 - "No rest for the wicked" or "No rest for the weary" - Isaiah 57:21
  • 24 - "Sweat of your brow" - Genesis 3:19
  • 23 - "Apple of my eye" - Deuteronomy 2:10 / Zechariah 2:8
  • 22 - "The love of money is the root of all evil" - 1 Timothy 6:10
  • 21 - "All things must pass" or "This too shall pass" - Matthew 24:6-8
  • 20 - "The truth shall make you free" John 8:32
  • 19 - "There's nothing new under the sun" - Ecclesiastes 1:9
  • 18 - "For everything there is a season" - Ecclesiastes 3:1
  • 17 - "As old as Methuselah" - Genesis 5: 25-27
  • 16 - "Ashes to ashes" - Genesis 3:19
  • 15 - "Twinkling of an eye" - 1 Corinthians 15:52
  • 14 - "A fly in the ointment" - Ecclesiastes 10:1
  • 13 - "Faith will move mountains" - Matthew 21:21
  • 12 - "Signs of the times" - Matthew 16:3
  • 11 - "It is better to give than to receive" - Acts 20:35
  • 10 - "My brother's keeper" - Genesis 4:9
  • 9 - "Physician, heal thyself" - Luke 4:23
  • 8 - "Out of the mouths of babes" - Psalm 8:2
  • 7 - "How the mighty have fallen" - 2 Samuel 1:19
  • 6 - "Bite the dust" - Psalms 72: 9
  • 5 - "Sour grapes" - Ezekiel 18:2
  • 4 - "The writing on the wall" - Daniel 5:5
  • 3 - "At my wit's end" - Psalm 107:27
  • 2 - "Blind leading the blind" - Matthew 15:14 / Luke 6:39
  • 1 - "By the skin of our teeth" - Job 19:20

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