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

For example

“The world is at the eleventh hour!”
“My performance can’t be
called into question.”
Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today…”

They come straight out of the Bible. 

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

And when they came that were hired about the eleventh hour, they received every man a penny. Matthew 20:9

Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil. Jeremiah 13:23

 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Romans 3:23

And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe. John 14:29  

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves. Matthew 23:15

 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; Revelation 21:11

How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! Isaiah 14:12

For we are in danger to be called in(to) question for this day's uproar, there being no cause whereby we may give an account of this concourse. Acts 19:40

When they heard that, they were cut to the heart, and took counsel to slay them. Acts 5:33

Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulchre is with us unto this day. Acts 2:29

Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Romans 12:19

And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. Luke 12:19

They hunt our steps, that we cannot go in our streets: our end is near, our days are fulfilled; for our end is come. Lamentations 4:18

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:20


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 1 of 3)

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Harley Hitchcock

Friday 7th January 2022



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