Aggie Catholics: Top 50 Most Popular Phrases From The Bible

In our modern culture, we commonly use phrases which have originated from the Bible without even knowing their origin.

After doing a bit of research, I have compiled my top 50 list of commonly used phrases which originate from the Bible.

Note– I have put the phrase and the reference where it originated from, which may or may not be a direct quote from the Bible. Some originate from the Bible yet have changed over time.

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  • 50 – “My cup runneth over” – Psalms 23:5
  • 49 – “O ye, of little faith” – Luke 12:28
  • 48 – “Living off the fat of the land” – Genesis 45:17-18
  • 47 – “Like a lamb led to the slaughter” – Jeremiah 11:19 / Isaiah 53:7
  • 46 – “The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak” – Matthew 26:41
  • 45 – “Flesh and blood” – Matthew 16:17
  • 44 – “Spare the rod and spoil the child” – Proverbs 13:24 / 23:13
  • 43 – “Forbidden fruit” – Genesis 2 & 3
  • 42 – “Can a leopard change his spots?” – Jeremiah 13:23
  • 41 – “A man after my own heart” – Samuel 13:14 / Acts 13:22
  • 40 – “Do not cast your pearls before swine” – Matthew 7:6
  • 39 – “The fruit of your loins” – Genesis 35:11
  • 38 – “The powers that be” – Romans 13: 1-2
  • 37 – “Drop in the bucket” – Isaiah 40:15
  • 36 – “Eat, drink, and be merry” – Ecclesiastes 8:15
  • 35 – “Eye for an eye” – Exodus 21:24 / Leviticus 24:20 / Deuteronomy 19:21 / Matthew 5:38
  • 34 – “The good Samaritan” – Luke 10:25-37
  • 33 – “He that is without sin, cast the first stone” – John 8:7
  • 32 – “Labor of love” – 1 Thessalonians 1:3
  • 31 – “The root of the matter” – Job 19:28
  • 30 – “Fight the good fight” – 1 Timothy 6.12
  • 29 – “Letter of the law” – 2 Corinthians 3:6
  • 28 – “Many are called, but few are chosen” – Matthew 22:14
  • 27 – “Man does not live by bread alone” – Deuteronomy 8:3 / Matthew 4:4
  • 26 – “Salt of the earth” – Matthew 5:13
  • 25 – “No rest for the wicked” or “No rest for the weary” – Isaiah 57:21
  • 24 – “Sweat of your brow” – Genesis 3:19
  • 23 – “Apple of my eye” – Deuteronomy 2:10 / Zechariah 2:8
  • 22 – “The love of money is the root of all evil” – 1 Timothy 6:10
  • 21 – “All things must pass” or “This too shall pass” – Matthew 24:6-8
  • 20 – “The truth shall make you free” John 8:32
  • 19 – “There’s nothing new under the sun” – Ecclesiastes 1:9
  • 18 – “For everything there is a season” – Ecclesiastes 3:1
  • 17 – “As old as Methuselah” – Genesis 5: 25-27
  • 16 – “Ashes to ashes” – Genesis 3:19
  • 15 – “Twinkling of an eye” – 1 Corinthians 15:52
  • 14 – “A fly in the ointment” – Ecclesiastes 10:1
  • 13 – “The blind leading the blind” – Matthew 15:14 / Luke 6:39
  • 12 – “Signs of the times” – Matthew 16:3
  • 11 – “It is better to give than to receive” – Acts 20:35
  • 10 – “My brother’s keeper” – Genesis 4:9
  • 9 – “Physician, heal thyself” – Luke 4:23
  • 8 – “Out of the mouths of babes” – Psalm 8:2
  • 7 – “How the mighty have fallen” – 2 Samuel 1:19
  • 6 – “Bite the dust” – Psalms 72: 9
  • 5 – “Sour grapes” – Ezekiel 18:2
  • 4 – “The writing on the wall” – Daniel 5:5
  • 3 – “At my wit’s end” – Psalm 107:27
  • 2 – “Blind leading the blind” – Matthew 15:14 / Luke 6:39
  • 1 – “By the skin of our teeth” – Job 19:20
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