The influence of the Bible on Western culture cannot possibly be overstated. It is the very book that the entirety of society was constructed. When few other books existed, the Bible was ubiquitous. Even those who were illiterate would be familiar and well versed in its contents.

Being so ingrained in the culture, it’s no wonder that so many of our common sayings come from the Bible itself. You would be surprised how many of the things you say have their roots in scripture. Here are some examples:

  1. By the Skin of Your Teeth – Job 19:20
    “My bones cling to my skin, and I have escaped by the skin of my teeth.”
  2. Can a Leopard Change His Spots? – Jeremiah 13:23
    “Can Ethiopians change their skin, leopards their spots? As easily would you be able to do good, accustomed to evil as you are.”
  3. How the Mighty have Fallen – 2 Samuel 1:19
    “Your glory, O Israel, lies slain upon your high places! How the mighty have fallen!”
  4. Pride Comes Before a Fall – Proverbs 16:18
    “Pride goeth before destruction: and the spirit is lifted up before a fall.”
  5. Rise and Shine! – Isaiah 60:1
    “Arise! Shine, for your light has come, the glory of the Lord has dawned upon you.”
  6. In the Blink of an Eye – 1 Corinthians 15:52
    “in an instant, in the blink of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”
  7. Eat, Drink, and Be Merry – Ecclesiastes 8:15
    “Therefore I commended mirth, because there was no good for a man under the sun, but to eat, and drink, and be merry, and that he should take nothing else with him of his labour in the days of his life, which God hath given him under the sun.” 
  8. Fly In The Ointment – Ecclesiastes 10:1
    “Dying flies spoil the sweetness of the ointment. Wisdom and glory is more precious than a small and shortlived folly.”
  9. Bite The Dust – Psalms 72:9
    “May his foes kneel before him, his enemies lick the dust.”
  10. Drop In The Bucket – Isaiah 40:15
    “Behold the Gentiles are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the smallest grain of a balance: behold the islands are as a little dust.”
  11. Fall From Grace – Galatians 5:4
    “You are made void of Christ, you who are justified in the law: you are fallen from grace.”
  12. Go The Extra Mile – Matthew 5:41
    “Should anyone press you into service for one mile,[a] go with him for two miles.”
  13. Scapegoat – Leviticus 16:21-22
    “Laying both hands on its head, he shall confess over it all the iniquities of the Israelites and their trespasses, including all their sins, and so put them on the goat’s head. He shall then have it led into the wilderness by an attendant. The [scape]goat will carry off all their iniquities to an isolated region.”
  14. Sign of the Times – Matthew 16: 2-4
    “He said to them in reply, “In the evening you say, ‘Tomorrow will be fair, for the sky is red’; and, in the morning, ‘Today will be stormy, for the sky is red and threatening.’ You know how to judge the appearance of the sky, but you cannot judge the signs of the times.”
  15. Straight and Narrow – Matthew 7:14
    “How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few.”
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