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Updated on July 22, 2013

It is said that "the truth shall set you free," but it is also said that "ignorance is bliss." These two statements would appear to cancel each other out. But then I ask myself, Is it possible to know the truth and remain ignorant? There was a resounding YES jumping around in my head, I believe truth to be more than merely a actuality, and ignorance more than being destitute of knowledge or education; But a discussion of my own personal definition of these two terms should be addressed in another hub. This hub is not about the depth of which these phrases should be interpreted.

I also believe the lack of truth and the abundance of ignorance is a huge part of what is wrong with the world today; but I am not blaming our educational system. I believe the problem goes much deeper than that. As a species we are lacking the knowledge and wisdom to recognize the facts (the truth) concerning our actual condition, yet, in our blissfulness we see ourselves as the masters of everything...understanding all, and right in all our ways. Thus, lacking truth and knowledge our world is run by egomaniacs.

What is the answer to this dilemma you ask - or, you could be mumbling other things . I don't have the answer. I exist in my own unique blissful state of egomania.

There are thousands of quotes repeated many, many times, by thousands of people everyday, who never wonder about their origin. Did you know the phrase,"The truth shall set you free," is from the King James Bible; which is accurately quoted,...make you free? Or the saying, "ignorance is bliss" is from this complete verse: "Where ignorance is bliss, tis folly to be wise" - a poem by the English poet Thomas Gray, titled: ODE ON A DISTANT PROSPECT OF ETON COLLEGE published in 1742? Both quotes have survived for hundred's of years and have been used by people from all walks of life, in one context or another. I have used them myself, always sure of the truths they possess.

Here is a truth - a fact that some may not know. The King James Bible gave us numerous phrases that have woven themselves into our ever changing language for over 350 years. These phrases and figure of speech live on in our modern English idiom , and are used by millions of people everyday, most of whom never suspect that they are quoting directly from the Bible.


*****The following discourse is an exercise in expressing truth and knowledge for today in familiar phrases from the King James Bible. I will not use quotation marks. My own words will appear in italics. ******

It is the signs of the times(Mt.16:3) that the blind lead the blind (Mt.15:14) and many have played the fool(1 Sam. 26:21). Come...let us reason together (2Sa. 1:18), so that we may see eye to eye (1 Sam. 5:28), instead of living an eye for an eye (Mt. 5:39)

The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge (Eze. 18:2). False prophets come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves (Mt. 7:15) in word and in deed (Col. 3:17)

The powers that be (Rom. 13 :1) are a generation of vipers (Lk.3:7) - a law unto themselves (Rom. 2:14); and the people desire to eat, drink, and be merry (Lk.12:19). The love of money is the root of all evil (1 Tim. 6:10), and has turned the world upside down (Acts 17:6). Young lions (Ps. 34:;8) have become a den of theives (Mt.21:13), and the people a house divided (Mt. 3:15). Vanity of vanities; all is vanity (Ec. 1:13). (Acts17:6). However, the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak (Mt. 26:41), so we see through a glass darkley (1Cor. 13:12), not remembering that what-so-ever a man soweth, that shall he also reap (Gal. 6:7).

Alas, there is no new thing under the sun (Ec. 1:9). Even now there is a time to be born and a time to die (Ec. 3:2), and ultimately the race is not to the swift (Ec. 9:11), but rather to the salt of the harth (Mt. 5:13) - those of tender mercies (Ps. 5:11), and to the voice...crying in the wilderness (Lk. 3:4)

Oh, how the mighty are fallen (2 Sam. 1:25) when they have come at their wits end (Ps.107:27); For straight is the gate, and narrow is the way (Mt.7:14), because man does not live by bread only (Dt.8:3; Mt.4:4; Mrk. 4:4).

The beginning of wisdom (Ps.111:10) comes out of the mouths of babes (Ps.8:2) who make a joyful noise(Ps.98:4) not of this world.(Jn 8:23).

It is high time (Rom. 13:11) to fight the good fight (Tim. 6:12) remembering that charity shall cover the multitude of sins (1Pet. 4:8).

I have played the fool (1Sam.26:21), full of old wives fables (1Tim. 4:7). Far be it from me(2 Sam.20:20) to try and be all things to all men (1 Cor.9:22), still - I do not choose to be a lamb to the slaughter (Isa. 53:7). I shall wear sack cloth and ashes (1Sam. 58:5) from time to time (Ez. 4:10) as I contemplate what God hath wrought (Num. 23:23); and I see a land flowing with milk and honey (EZ.3:8) whose inhabitants have flourished from the fat of the land (Gen.45:18).

This country is the apple of the eye (Ps.17:18) - a pearl of great price (Mt.13:46) - a world without end (Eph. 3:21), if it's caretakers will perform as a labor of love (1Th. 1:3). In due time( Rom.5:6) may those who serve do so in faith, hope,charity(1Co. 13:13) - as the measure of a man; (Rev.21:17). And the people must, gird up thy loins (2 Ki. 4:29), from strength to strength (Ps.84:7), to Ride chariots of fire(2 KI.6:17), so that our children might inherit the wind (Pr.11:29) and the key of the Kingdom (Mt. 16:19).

Seek and ye shall find (Mt. 7:7) the angles' food (Ps. 78:25), and the truth shall make you free (Jn. 8:32)

And now, In...right mind (Mt. 5:15), clear as crystal (Rev.22:1), yet in fear and trembling (Php. 2:12), I say, fare ye well (Ac.15:29).

Now before some of you get upset and decide to turn this hub into something it is not, let me say that some of the phrases may not be in the context of their original meaning. I may have taken a few liberties, and I apologize if I have offended anyone.


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      Winsome 5 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      What an amazing string of quotes. It inspires me to write a story based on a string of similar ones or a song. I like your "I exist in my own unique blissful state of egomania." Did you know that you are quoting Thomas Gray? heh heh. A fun hub Ana, I will listen to the videos when I'm not in a cafe, as I am now. Blessings. =:)

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      Ana Louis 5 years ago from Louisiana

      Thank you winsome. I always appreciate your comments. This was a fun, challenging hub, and I am glad you enjoyed it. No I did not know that I was quoting Thomas Gray. I learned something new - always a good thing. I hope you enjoy the videos as well. I hope you have a marvelous day.

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