Bible Sayings in Everyday Language
© Spotlight Ministries, Vincent McCann, 2007
The following list has been put together through an observance of just how many biblical sayings and references there are in everyday speech (in the UK). Often, people say these things without even realizing their biblical origin. Sadly, a lot of Bible based sayings, names, and words, have also become nothing more than blasphemies in our modern day. Anyway, the following list compromises of some of the more positive and common biblical saying can be found in our society (If you know of any more, I would be interested in hearing them!):
“I will have his head on a platter!” (Reference to the beheading of John the Baptist at Matthew 14:6-12).
“It is like the blind leading the blind!” (Reference to Jesus’ words at Matthew 15:14).
“He was made a scapegoat” (Reference to the Levitical goat at Leviticus chapter 16).
Going the extra mile (Allusion to Jesus’ words at Matthew 5:41).
“Oh ye of little faith!” (Allusion to Jesus’ words e.g. Matthew 6:30, 14:31)
A wolf is sheep’s clothing (Jesus’ words at Matthew 7:15).
Wash my hands of it (Reference to Pontius Pilate at Jesus’ trial. Matthew 27:24).
Salt of the earth (Jesus’ words at Matthew 5:13).
Written in stone (Moses and the stone tablets – the 10 commandments at Exodus 31:18).
Turn the other cheek (Jesus’ words. Matthew 5:39).
The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil (1 Timothy 5.10).
You reap what you sow (Galatians 6.7).
The prodigal returns (Parable of Jesus at Luke 15:11-32. Said of someone who has been missing for a long time).
Doubting Thomas (The incident with the disciple Thomas in the Gospel of John, chapter 20).
“You Judas!” (Reference to the one who betrayed Jesus in the Gospels e.g. Matthew 26:14-16. Said of someone who has betrayed another).
Going on the straight and narrow (Comes from Jesus’ words at Matthew 7:13-14).
An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth (The Old Testament at Exodus 21:24 and Jesus’ words at Matthew 5:38).
Seek and you shall find (Jesus’ words at Matthew 7:7).
A baptism of fire (Words of John the Baptist in Matthew 3:11 and also a possible reference to the book of Acts 2.3).
A Damascus Road experience (A reference to the Apostle Paul’s conversion on the Road to Damascus at Acts chapter 9).
Saw the light (Another possible reference to the Apostle Paul’s conversion on the Road to Damascus at Acts chapter 9).
It is better to give than receive (Jesus’ words recorded at Acts 20:35).
Casting your pearls before swine (Jesus’ words at Matthew 7:6).
“It’s like feeding the 5000!” (Reference to the miracle of Jesus at Matthew 14:13-21. People often refer to this story of Jesus when they are overwhelmed by some catering task).
Let him who is without sin cast the first stone (Jesus’ words at John 8:7).
“I don’t know you from Adam.” (Possible reference to Adam in Genesis chapters 2-3?).
Job’s comforters (Reference to Job’s friends throughout the Book of Job).