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

For example

“You are the salt of the earth.”
“We don’t see
eye to eye.”
“It’s just a
sign of the times.”

They come straight out of the Bible. 

Beside the following examples, there dozens and dozens more.

And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath KILLED THE FATTED CALF, because he hath received him SAFE AND SOUND. Luke 15:27

He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall SEE THE LIGHT. Job 33:28  

Ask, and it shall be given you; SEEK, AND YE SHALL FIND; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: Matthew 7:7

And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall SEPARATE them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his SHEEP FROM THE GOATS: Matthew 25:32  

In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children's TEETH ARE SET ON EDGE. Jeremiah 31:29

And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, SHAKE OFF THE DUST OF YOUR FEET. Matthew 10:14

And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowring. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES? Matthew 16:3

Then believed they his words; they SANG HIS PRAISE. Psalm 106:12

What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers have eaten SOUR GRAPES, and the children's teeth are set on edge? Ezekiel 18:2

Ye are the SALT OF THE EARTH: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Matthew 5:13

These are the names of the men which Moses sent to SPY OUT THE LAND. And Moses called Oshea the son of Nun Jehoshua. Numbers 13:16

And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and STAND IN THE GAP before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none. Ezekiel 22:30

Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall SEE EYE TO EYE, when the LORD shall bring again Zion. Isaiah 52:8

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’ of the English culture.

 (Part 2 of 3)

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Harley Hitchcock



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