Can You Finish These Common Phrases That Come from the Bible?

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Are you a scholar of the Bible, or just someone who has done really well in Bible study? Either way, you might recognize these 35 phrases that we use every day that originated from the Bible. Do you think you can identify all of them?

We all know that the Bible is full of words of wisdom, but not all of us are aware of how many of the phrases we use every day are actually phrases from the Bible. Now certainly, many of these phrases are not used in their original forms - we just don't talk like that anymore - but they were definitely taken from the Bible. Knowing the original phrases and the meanings behind them can also give us a great deal of insight into why we use these phrases today.

For instance, the phrase "money is the root of all evil" comes from the Bible. Unfortunately, many people quote that phrase incorrectly, as the original phrase is "the LOVE of money is the root of all evil." In the Bible, the phrase appears as "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." It can be found in 1 Timothy 6:10.

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The ______ leading the blind.

The phrase we use is "the blind leading the blind." The actual phrase from the Bible, “Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch," can be found in Matthew 15:14.

Bite the _____.

The phrase we use is "bite the dust." The actual phrase from the Bible, “They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust,” can be found in Psalms 72:9.

By the _____ of your teeth.

The phrase we use is "by the skin of your teeth." The actual phrase from the Bible, “I have escaped with the skin of my teeth,” can be found in Job 19:20.

A ________ can't change his spots.

The phrase we use is "a leopard can't change his spots." The actual phrase, “Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil,” can be found in Jeremiah 13:23.

Cast the first ______.

The phrase we use is "cast the first stone." The actual phrase, “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,'” can be found in John 8:7.

Drop in a _______.

The phrase we use is "drop in a bucket." The actual phrase, “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,” can be found in Isaiah 40:15.

Eat, drink, and be _______.

The phrase we use is "Eat, drink, and be merry." The actual phrase, “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,” can be found in Ecclesiastes 8:15.

An eye for an eye; a ______ for a ______.

The phrase we use is "An eye for an eye; a tooth for a tooth." The actual phrase, “Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth," can be found in Matthew 5:38.

Fall from ______.

The phrase we use is "fall from grace." The actual phrase, “Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace,” can be found in Galatians 5:4.

Fly in the _________.

The phrase we use is "fly in the ointment." The actual phrase, ”Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savor: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honor,” can be found in Ecclesiastes 10:1.

For everything, there is a _______.

The phrase we use is "For everything, there is a season." The actual phrase, "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven," can be found in Ecclesiastes 3.

Go the extra _____.

The phrase we use is "Go the extra mile." The actual phrase, “And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain,” can be found in Matthew 5:41.

Forbidden ______.

The phrase we use is "forbidden fruit." The actual phrase, “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,” can be found in Genesis 3:3.

He who lives by the sword, _____ by the sword.

The phrase we use is "He who lives by the sword, dies by the sword." The actual phrase, “Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword,” can be found in Matthew 26:52.

How the _______ have fallen.

The phrase we use is "How the mighty have fallen." The actual phrase, “The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty fallen!” can be found in 2 Samuel 1:19.

Let there be ______.

The phrase we use is "Let there be light." The actual phrase, "And God said, Let there be light: and there was light," can be found in Genesis 1:3.

The _____ of money is the root of all evil.

The phrase "The love of all money is the root of all evil" is sometimes misstated as "Money is the root of all evil." The actual phrase, “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,” can be found in 1 Timothy 6:10.

Nothing but _____ and bones.

The phrase we use is "nothing but skin and bones." The actual phrase, “All my intimate friends detest me; those I love have turned against me. I am nothing but skin and bones,” can be found in Job 19:19-20.

The ________ that be.

The phrase we use is "the powers that be." The actual phrase, “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,” can be found in Romans 13:1.

Pride comes before a _____.

The phrase we use is "Pride comes before a fall." The actual phrase, "Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall," can be found in Proverbs 16:18.

Put ______ in my mouth.

The phrase we often use is "[Don't] put words in my mouth." The actual phrase, "And come to the king, and speak on this manner unto him. So Joab put the words in her mouth," can be found in 2 Samuel 14:3.

Rise and ______.

The phrase we use is "Rise and shine." The actual phrase, "Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you," can be found in Isaiah 60:1.

The _____ of the matter.

The phrase we use is "the root of the matter," which is also sometimes phrased as "the heart of the matter." The actual phrase, “But ye should say, Why persecute we him, seeing the root of the matter is found in me?” can be found in Job 19:28.

Good _________.

The phrase we use is "good samaritan." The phrase is from the story of the Good Samaritan and can be found in Luke 10:30-37.

See ____ to _____.

The phrase we use is "see eye to eye." The actual phrase, "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," can be found in Isaiah 52:8.

Sign of the ______.

The phrase we use is "sign of the times." The actual phrase, "And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: 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?" can be found in Matthew 16:3.

On the _________ and narrow.

The phrase we use is "on the straight and narrow." The actual phrase, “But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it," can be found in Matthew 7:14.

In the twinkling of an _____.

The phrase we use is "in the twinkling of an eye." The actual phrase, "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," can be found in 1 Corinthians 15:52.

There's nothing ____ under the sun.

The phrase we use is "There's nothing new under the sun." The actual phrase, “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," can be found in Ecclesiastes 1:9.

Wash your ______ of the matter.

The phrase we use is "Wash your hands of the matter." The actual phrase, “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," can be found in Matthew 27:24.

Weighed in the ________.

The phrase we use is "weighed in the balance," but people also sometimes say "hangs in the balance." The actual phrase, “Let me be weighed in an even balance that God may know mine integrity," can be found in Job 31:6.

What God has ________ together. let no man put asunder.

The phrase we use is "What God has joined together, let no man put asunder," but sometimes people say "What God has joined together, let no man tear apart." The actual phrase, “Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder," can be found in Matthew 19:6.

At my ______ end.

The phrase we use is "at my wit's end." The actual phrase, “They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end," can be found in Psalms 107:27.

A wolf in ________ clothing.

The phrase we use is "a wolf in sheep's clothing." The actual phrase, “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves," can be found in Matthew 7:15.

The writing is on the ______.

The phrase we use is "The writing is on the wall." The actual phrase is from the story of Belshazzar's feast in Daniel 5.

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