Common idioms from the Bible

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  1. Let's see how many idioms, or common phrases often used in our everyday language which come from the Bible. If you can, quote where it is found.
    Here are a few I know:
    Don't be a doubting Thomas. --John 20
    You can see the writing on the wall. --Daniel 5
    What do you want, his head on a platter? --Matthew 14:8
     
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  2. Made it by the skin of my teeth. --Job 19:20
     
  3. Can a leopard change his spots?-- Jeremiah 13:23
     
  4. Matt 24 & 1 Thess 5 Idiom

    Nonbelievers
    1. As it was in the days of Noah
    2. people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage
    3. and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away
    4. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape
    5. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night.

    Believers
    1. Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you
    2. But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief
    3. You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.
    4. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober.
    5. But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet.
    6. For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.
    7. He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.

    Matt 24:37-39 NIV As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. 38For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; 39and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man.

    1 Thess 5:1-10 NIV Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. 4But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. 5You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. 7For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. 8But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. 9For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.
     
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  5. I found these cool ones on Google. I am too dumb for this, but really want to take part.

    1 Escape by the skin of my teeth
    2 Drop in the bucket
    3 Scape goat
    4 Kiss of life
     
  6. Me too! ;)
     
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  7. 'by and by' - Luke 21:9/Mark 6:25 - meaning 'immediately'.
    'come at' - Luke 8:19/Num. 6:6 - meaning 'to come near'.
    'company with' - 1 Co. 5:9/2 Thess. 3:14 - meaning 'to have company with'.

    'full well' - Mark 7:9 - meaning 'with full knowledge'.
    'strike hands' - Job 17:3/Pro. 22:26 - meaning 'to conclude a bargain'.
    'go to' - James 4:13/Gen. 11:7 - meaning 'come now'.

    :)
     
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  8. There are other concepts which were developed from familiarity with the Bible. These are not in the Bible, just in reference to Bible knowledge.
    From Ronald Reagan whom he quoted a party leader from California, saying he would not break the 11th commandment: "Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican."
    Song title from the rock band KISS: "On the eighth day, God created Rock 'n' Roll"
     
  9. Hello again, @Big Moose,

    Reading through Hosea, and referencing Ezekiel, on this Sunday morning, with the sun shining through the rain spattered window of the room, I find another proverb, and remembering your thread, enter it here for you to see.

    May you be blessed in your reading today, in your time frame, in your homeland, whatever the weather, whatever the circumstance, as your mind is stayed on God your Father, through Christ Jesus your Lord, by His Spirit.

    The Proverb: 'like Mother like daughter'. See Ezekiel 16:44.
    'Behold, every one that useth proverbs
    shall use this proverb against thee, saying,
    "As is the mother, so is her daughter.'
    Thou art thy mother's daughter, ... '

    This is spoken of the land and people of the Northern Kingdom of Israel, they forgot the God of their Fathers and His providential care, and instead attributed unto gods of wood and stone the blessings of basket and store which they enjoyed, thereby being like an adulterous wife.

    As usual, as I read, the Holy Spirit uses His Word to shine light upon my own life, my actions and motivations, and makes me cling closer to the God of my salvation.

    Praise His Holy Name!

    With love, in Christ Jesus
    from here, in the UK,
    Chris​
     
  10. This reminded me of Genesis 4:9 Am I my brother's keeper?

    Or the variation of it when asked where so and so is. "I don' t know, it wasn't my turn to watch him."
    :)
     
  11. Hi @Big Moose,

    'Like mother like daughter' reminds me of 'like father like son', or 'a chip off the old block', which is used a lot when comparing parent and child. Though where that last derived from I do not know! :)

    Regards
    Chris
     
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