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It Says So In the Bible - Doesn't It?

Updated on July 11, 2014

Is That In the Bible?

It's says so in the Bible. No it's doesn't. Look it up.

Have you ever had this conversation with someone?

There are many every-day expressions that are often attributed to the Bible even though they're not in the Bible. Often, these expressions are so familiar, so true, so simple, just so holy-sounding that we assume they must be in the Bible.

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That one was kind of a slow-pitch to get warmed up. They get better.


Sounds pretty good, but not in the Bible. This is an old Chinese proverb.


Paul said:

"in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong." - 2 Corinthians 12:7-10


Old saying attributed to various sources, but it's not in the Bible. In fact, the Bible shows God to be very compassionate toward those that can't help themselves.


"For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs." - 1 Timothy 6:10

Money is not evil. Money is a tool, a means by which to accomplish a goal.


"I have escaped only by the skin of my teeth." - Job 19:20

Job set off on a rant that would entertain any Edgar Allan Poe fan.


This phrase originates from an old hymn, "God Moves in a Mysterious Way." Although not in the Bible, it is good theology.

Jesus replied, "You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand." - John 13:7

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him. - Romans 8:28


Not a literal quote but it's definitely in there.

  • "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" - Ecclesiastes 8:15

  • "Let us eat and drink," you say, "for tomorrow we die!" - Isaiah 22:13

  • "You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry." - Luke 12:19. Then the speaker died.

The problem with this phrase is that it's taken out of context. It is used in the Bible but is not used to characterize a healthy lifestyle.


"You are the salt of the earth." - Matthew 5:13


"The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them. The cow will feed with the bear, their young will lie down together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox." - Isaiah 11:6-7

"The wolf and the lamb will feed together, and the lion will eat straw like the ox." - Isaiah 65:25

Close but no cigar.

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