Ten Sayings from the Bible, Part I

Many everyday sayings or adages of wisdom come directly from the Bible. Sometimes we know more Scripture than we thought! Here are some examples.

  1. A leopard cannot change his spots.
  2. Jeremiah 13:23
    23 Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard its spots?
    Then may you also do good who are accustomed to do evil.

  3. A little bird told me.
  4. Ecclesiastes 10:20
    20 Do not curse the king, even in your thought;
    Do not curse the rich, even in your bedroom;
    For a bird of the air may carry your voice,
    And a bird in flight may tell the matter.

  5. A little bit here, a little bit there.
  6. Isaiah 28:10
    10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept,
    Line upon line, line upon line,
    Here a little, there a little.”

  7. Apple of my eye.
  8. Deuteronomy 32:10
    10 “He found him in a desert land
    And in the wasteland, a howling wilderness;
    He encircled him, He instructed him,
    He kept him as the apple of His eye.

    and also in

    Psalm 17:8
    8 Keep me as the apple of your eye;
    hide me in the shadow of your wings

  9. As good as gold.
  10. Job 23:10
    10 But He knows the way that I take;
    When He has tested me, I shall come forth as gold.

  11. As old as the hills.
  12. Job 15:7
    7 “Are you the first man who was born?
    Or were you made before the hills?

  13. At wit’s end.
  14. Psalm 107:27
    27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man,
    And are at their wits’ end.

  15. Bite the dust.
  16. Psalm 72:9
    9 Those who dwell in the wilderness will bow before Him,
    And His enemies will lick the dust.

  17. Blessed are the peacemakers.
  18. Matthew 5:9
    9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
    For they shall be called sons of God.

  19. Blind leading the blind.
  20. Matthew 15:14
    14 Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.”

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