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Misquoted Bible Verses
Popular Misquoted Verses From the Bible
There are several quotes that are incorrectly attributed to the Bible. Either these verses don't exist in the Bible at all or they have been paraphrased. Here are some of the most commonly misquoted verses from the Bible.
Commonly Misquoted Bible Verses
"Money is the root of all evil."
Actually, the Bible verse 1 Timothy 6: 7-10 states, "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil".
What is the difference, you ask? Well, actually there is a huge difference. Money itself is not inherently evil. Money in the hands of the right person could be used to do all sorts of good. It is the 'love of money' that is the problem. A love of money causes a person to be greedy, power seeking, and negligent of other areas of his or her life.
"Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."
This verse is not in the Bible. Very similar Bible verses are found in the Bible, however. One of the Bible verses most similar to this quote is as follows-
"Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them." -Matthew 7:12
"The lion shall lie down with the lamb".
This is one of the most misquoted scriptures from the Bible. There are a couple of Bible verses similar to this quote. Here is the Bible verse that is probably being referenced:
"The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the lion and the fattened calf together; and a little child shall lead them." -Isaiah 11:6
"Spare the rod, spoil the child."
Actually, this exact Bible verse is nowhere in the Bible. But it is a close paraphrase. There are many similar Bible verses which say essentially the same thing.
"He who withholds his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him diligently". -Proverbs 13:24
"God helps those who help themselves."
Many people incorrectly reference this popular saying as a verse in the Bible. But the Bible verse doesn't exist. This saying comes to us by way of Benjamin Franklin.