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Pride Goeth Before a Fall

"Pride goeth before destruction, and
a HAUGHTY SPIRIT before a fall."
Proverbs 16:18
Spare the Rod and Spoil the Child
(But is that what it really says?)

"He that spareth his rod HATETH HIS SON:
BUT HE THAT LOVETH HIM chasteneth him betimes."
Proverbs 13:24
Money Is the Root of All Evil

"The LOVE of money is the root of all evils: which while
some coveted after, they have erred from the faith,
and pierced themselves through with many sorrows."
1 Timothy 6:10
The Lord Giveth And The Lord Taketh Away
(A play on words not found in any biblical text.)

It was Job who said, "Naked came I out of my mother's womb,
and naked shall I return thither: The Lord gave, and the Lord
hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD."
Job 1:21
The Writing's on the Wall
(So just where did we get our most popular phrase?)

In  Daniel 5:1-31  the 6th century B.C. King Belshazzar of
Babylon threw a great feast. During the festivities, "fingers
of a man's hand" appeared and wrote a warning on the wall.
Daniel was brought in to translate the words that spelt doom
for the King. Sure enough, the King was assassinated that
very night, hence, the writing was on the wall.
How Many Wise Men?

The New Testament does not mention the names or the
number of the Wise Men who followed the Star of Bethlehem.
The only mention of them is in
 Matthew 2:1  where it says,
"there came wise men."   We have always assumed there were
three wise men because
 Matthew 2:11  says they brought
gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh, but further study
on the subject has revealed otherwise.
Why The Fish Symbol?

We automatically think it's because in  Matthew 4:19
Jesus said, "Follow me, and I will make you fishers
of men."  But actually, it's because the fish was used
as both a secret code, and as anti-Roman symbols
by those who were persecuted in the early days of
Christianity. Each of the letters in the "Greek word
for fish, ichthus" are the same as those in the phrase;

ICHTHUS  (Greek for "fish")

Iesous  Christos  Theou  Huios  Soter
Jesus    Christ   of God   the Son   Saviour
There's Nothing New Under The Sun
(Mentioned a mere 25 times in the short book of Ecclesiastes.)

"...and there is no new thing under the sun."
Ecclesiastes 1:9
The Truth Will Set You Free

"And ye shall know the truth, and
the truth shall MAKE you free."
John 8:32
You Reap What You Sow
(Or What Comes Around Goes Around.)

Be not deceived; "God is not mocked: for whatsoever a
man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his
flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth
to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting."
Galatians 6:7-8
You're The Apple of My Eye

"He found him in a desert land, and in the waste
howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed
him, he kept him as the apple of his eye."

Although this was the origin of this popular phrase, it has since
been known that "apple" was a mistranslation of long ago, of
the word "core." Jacob was to be kept in the core, or center
of God's eye. This accurately describes his place of honor.
Deuteronomy 32:10
Out of the Mouth of Babes

"Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou
ordained strength because of thine enemies, that
thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger."
Psalms 8:2
Escaped By the Skin of My Teeth

"My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh,
and I am escaped WITH the skin of my teeth."
Job 19:20
Turn the Other Cheek

"But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall
smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also."
Matthew 5:39

"And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek
offer also the other; and him that taketh away
thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat also."
Luke 6:29

The words, "turn the other cheek" actually came from
a poem called "Non Resistance" by Holmes who wrote:

Wisdom has taught us to be calm and meek,
To take one blow and turn the other cheek.
It is not written what a man shall do
If the rude caitiff smite the other two!
Stay on the Straight and Narrow Path?

"Enter ye in at the strait gate:
For wide is the gate, and broad
is the way that leadeth to destruction,
and many there be which go in thereat;
narrow is the way, which leadeth unto
life, and few there be that find it."
Matthew 7:13-14
Don't Put Words in My Mouth

King David's nephew Joab, commander in chief of Israel's
army, was the first to do it.  Hoping to bring David and his
wayward son, Absalom, together again, he sends an unnamed
woman to see David with an apology from his son.
"...So Joab put the words in her mouth."
2 Samuel 14:3
Where We Got the Term "Scapegoat"

In the passages below, although one goat dies and the other
lives, the one that lives is the less fortunate, as it is the one
that carries the sins of the people. Even though the people
sinned, it is the scapegoat who gets the punishment.

"And he shall take the two goats, and present them before
the LORD at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the
LORD, and the other lot for the scapegoat. And Aaron shall
bring the goat upon which the LORD's lot fell, and offer him
for a sin offering. But the goat, on which the lot fell to be
the scapegoat, shall be presented alive before the LORD,
to make an atonement with him, and to let him go for a
scapegoat into the wilderness."
 Leviticus 16:7-10
A Thorn in My Side

"But if ye will not drive out the inhabitants (the Canaanites) of the
land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those which
ye let remain of them shall be pricks in your eyes, and thorns
in your sides, and shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell."
Numbers 33:55
Like a Lamb to the Slaughter

"He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his
mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep
before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth."
Isaiah 53:6-7
Old Wine in New Bottles?

"Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles
break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but
they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved."
Matthew 9:17
The Blind Leading the Blind

"Let them (the Pharisees) alone: they be blind leaders of the blind.
And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch."
Matthew 15:14
A Fly in the Ointment
(Rephrasing over the years is a lot less graphic.)

"Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to
send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly
him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour."
Ecclesiastes 10:19
Let Not Thy Left Hand Know
What Thy Right Hand Doeth
(A totally different meaning today than
what was intended in this passage.)

"But when thou doest alms, let not thy left
hand know what thy right hand doeth;"
Matthew 6:3
Set Them in Their Place

Then contended I with the rulers, and said, Why is
the house of God forsaken?  And I gathered them
together, and set them in their place.
 Nehemiah 13:11
His Head is in the Clouds

Though his excellency mount up to the
heavens, and his head reach unto the clouds;
Job 20:6
His Day Is Coming

The LORD shall laugh at him: for he seeth
that his day is coming.
 Psalm 37:13
Money Talks

A feast is made for laughter,
and wine maketh merry:
but money answereth all things.
Ecclesiastes 10:19
A Little Bird Told Me

Curse not the king, no not in thy thought;
and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber:
for a bird of the air shall carry the voice,
and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.
Ecclesiastes 10:20
See Eye To Eye

Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice;
with the voice together shall they sing:
for they shall see eye to eye, when
the LORD shall bring again Zion
Isaiah 52:8
Can't Tell Left From Right

And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city,
wherein are more than sixscore thousand persons
that cannot discern between their right hand and
their left hand; and also much cattle?
 Jonah 4:11
Maybe you've heard of someone
being "Older Than The Hills."

Art thou the first man that was born?
or wast thou made before the hills?
Job 15:7
"Woe is me!"

Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man
of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean
lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.
Isaiah 6:5