Being the most popular book throughout history, the Bible has influenced language in numerous cultures. The King James Version especially has had an impact on our common vernacular. Numerous phrases found or originated in Scripture continue to be used today.
Last week we gave you 10 common phrases with biblical origins. Here are 9 more:
1. A house divided against itself 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.'"
2. To every thing there is a season: Ecclesiastes 3:1, "To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:"
3. At their wit's end: Psalm 107:27, "They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, And are at their wits’ end."
4. The blind leading the blind: Matthew 15:14, "Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.”
5. Eat, drink and be merry: Ecclesiastes 8:15, "So I commended enjoyment, because a man has nothing better under the sun than to eat, drink, and be merry; for this will remain with him in his labor all the days of his life which God gives him under the sun."
6. A leopard cannot change its spots: Jeremiah 13:23, "Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots? Then may you also do good who are accustomed to do evil."
7. Rise and shine: Isaiah 60:1, "Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you."
8. Broken heart: Psalms 34:18, "The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, And saves such as have a contrite spirit."
9. Bite the dust: Psalms 72:9, "Those who dwell in the wilderness will bow before Him, And His enemies will lick the dust."
10. Wolves in sheep's clothing: Matthew 7:15, “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves."