Thursday, May 17, 2007

R U Sure it's N There?

Have you ever heard that saying, "a little birdie told me"? What about "spare the rod and spoil the child"? Most folks attribute these to the Bible. There's many more old sayings that have their root in the Good Book. Some however are only found there in principle and still others orginate elsewhere.

A few of these I knew just where to find, others I'm still looking for. Feel free to submit answers and additional quotes.

"You're going to wear out your welcome." Proverbs 25:17

"Spare the rod and spoil the child." Proverbs 23:13,14

"Kill them with kindness." Proverbs 25:21,22

"Laughter is the best medicine." Proverbs 17:22

"Money is the root of all evil." This one is actually a misquote. The Bible actually says, "The love of money is the root of all evil." ITimothy 6:10

"The apple of my eye." Deut 32:10

"Like mother, like daughter." Ezek 16:45

"Like digging your own grave" ____________

"Cleanliness is next to godliness." _____________

"He looked beyond my faults and saw my needs." ______________

One of my favorites, "all liars will have their trailers parked at the lake." _____

13 comments:

SLW said...

Carla,
Wish I could help, but I'm so heavenly minded I'm no earthly good! ;>)

Granny B said...

That's the first time I heard about all liars.

The one I am thinking of off hand is,something about - God inhabits the praises of his people.
And I have never found those exact words.

Lord has blessed you.
Keep bringing us good teachings.

Heidi said...

I'm 99% sure cleanliness is next to godliness is NOT in the Bible. Most people probably think it is though.

C. H. Green said...

i think, don't hold me to it, but the cleanliness quote is from Ben Franklin. Will have to look it up...but i'm sure you could find something to support that somewhere in scripture. Rev 21,"
But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake" is as close as I can get to the trailer quote LOL.

C. H. Green said...

well i found several places that commonly attribute the cleanliness quote to franklin, and I found this one, "Cleanness of body was ever deemed to proceed from a due reverence to God. 1Advancement of Learning. Book ii. (1605)," attributed to frances bacon.

Sista Cala said...

This is sort of fun!
Sis, you must have had a light work load...and the Rev 21 bit is right on.lol.

A Credible Source said...

This doesn't really relate to Proverbial type quotes, but I recently heard someone say "The proof's in the pudding"

I had never heard that before, but I would be interested in knowing the context of proof in pudding if anyone else has heard of it.

Sista Cala said...

credible source- I have heard that one many times; I think it is the answer to this question: Is it as good as it looks?

Thanks for stopping by.

Janet Rubin said...

Everyone knows the Golden Rule, but I don't think most people know it was Jesus who came up with it.

One people think is in the Bible but isn't: God helps those who help themselves.

A Credible Source said...

As I was reading Monday I ran across the quote I was originally thinking of when I read your post

"those who don't work shall not eat"
It was reportedly used as a standard in colonial times (in Jamestown I believe), which is where I heard it from, but I wasn't sure it was in the Bible... It just so happened to be in my reading that day

For even when we were with you, we gave you this rule: "If a man will not work, he shall not eat."
-2 Thessalonians 3:10

SLW said...

@Sista C
A little something that might be interesting to you
Sayings Not in the Bible

Sista Cala said...

slw,thanks for the link.
Many thanks to all who have stopped by.

C. H. Green said...

Word Detective and the American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms note that the phrase came into use around 1600. However, a bulletin board quotes The Dictionary of Cliches, which dates the phrase to the 14th century. The board also mentions a 1682 version from Bileau's Le Lutrin, which read, "The proof of th' pudding's seen i' the eating." A page of pudding definitions from the Oxford English Dictionary also cites the author Boileau (Bileau) as the first to use the phrase. So it seems likely that the phrase dates back to the 1600s, though the identity of its author is disputed.

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