Bible Expressions

Lion shall lie down with the wolf

Isaiah 11:6

6* And the wolf will dwell with the lamb, And the leopard will lie down with the young goat, And the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; And a little boy will lead them.

When natural enemies are at peace with one another.

The Love of money is the root of all evil

1 Tim. 6:10

10* For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

When you trust in riches, and all your time is spent trying to acquire more, evil will abound.

Love your neighbor as yourself

Matt. 22:37

37* And He said to him, “‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’

38* “This is the great and foremost commandment.

39* “The second is like it, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.’

40* “On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets.”

A trick question leads to a significant spiritual truth.  God’s desire is for all to treat each other with love and respect.  We are to treat others as we would God.

Man does not live by bread alone      

Matt. 4:3-4

3* And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”

4* But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.’”

Manna from heaven

Ex 16:35

The sons of Israel ate the manna forty years, until they came to an inhabited land; they ate the manna until they came to the border of the land of Canaan.

The expression “manna fro heaven” is not found in the Scriptures, but is an allusion to the provision of God for the children of Israel while wondering in the wilderness.  We use the expression to refer to an unexpected good that comes our way……especially money.

Meek shall inherit the earth

Matt. 5:5

5* “Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.

Used to encourage those who give up earthly reward to receive it in eternity.

No man can serve two masters

Matt. 6:24

24* “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.

Nothing new under the son

Ecc. 1:9

9* ¶ That which has been is that which will be, And that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun.

Patience of Job

James 5:11

11* We count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lord’s dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful.

We use this expression to refer to someone who has put up with great difficulty without complaining.

Pearl of great price

Matt. 13:45-6

45* “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking fine pearls,

46* and upon finding one pearl of great value, he went and sold all that he had and bought it.

Sometimes used to talk about giving ourselves up for something of immense value.  Also used to mean giving up everything for salvation

Pears before swine

Matt. 7:6

6* “Do not give what is holy to dogs, and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.

Used to refer to giving things of value to those who will not appreciate them.

Physician, heal thyself

Luke 4:23

23* And He said to them, “No doubt you will quote this proverb to Me, ‘Physician, heal yourself! Whatever we heard was done at Capernaum, do here in your hometown as well.’”

Interesting context in Luke.  Jesus was not held in high regard in His own back yard.  We use the expression to refer to those who judge others without seeing their own shortcomings.

Pride goes before a fall

Prov. 16:18

18* ¶ Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling.

People who are full of pride and boastful are setting themselves up for a fall.

A Prophet is without honor in his own country

Matt. 13:57

57* And they took offense at Him. But Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his hometown and in his own household.”

Those close to us do not appreciate us.

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