Dear Reader, have you ever wondered where some popular expressions come from?

For example

“You’re the apple of my eye.”
“You can’t be
all things to all men.”
“If I get my hands on you … you’re
as good as dead.”

They come straight out of the Bible. 

Beside the following 14 examples, there dozens and dozens more.

And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible. Mark 10:27

To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 1 Corinthians 9:22

He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye. Deuteronomy 32:10

They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits' end. Psalm 107:27

My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth. Job 19:20

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33

And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself. Mark 3:21

And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. Revelation 9:1

After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise. Numbers 14:34

When he therefore was come up again, and had broken bread, and eaten, and talked a long while, even till break of day, so he departed. Acts 20:11

Then Paul answered, What mean ye to weep and to break mine heart? for I am ready not to be bound only, but also to die at Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus. Acts 21:13

Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God. 1 Corinthians 4:5

And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper? Genesis 4:9

Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended. Matthew 13:21

The King James Bible was the last purification of Bibles right from the 1st century.

For 230 years prior to the 1611 Authorized Bible, The King James Bible, The Holy Scriptures, there were The Wyclif Bible, The Tyndale Bible, The Coverdale Bible, The Matthew Bible, The Great Bible, The Geneva Bible and The Bishop’s Bible.

These were all successive corrections and purifications upon each other.

The King James Bible solidified the English language and was the pillar of it.

It is no wonder the expressions and phrases from it, have seeped into the subconscious mind, indeed the conscious mind, of the English culture.

 (Part 3 of 3)

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Harley Hitchcock



 Australian Bible Ministries, PO Box 5058 Mt. Gravatt East 4122 Qld, Australia