20 Everyday Sayings and Quotes Found in the Bible

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There are many common sayings that are found in the pages of scripture. Enjoy this list of everyday sayings from the Bible.

Earn something by the sweat of your brow.

Genesis 3:19 “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”

A man after my own heart.

1 Samuel 13:14 “But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee.”

Nothing but skin and bones.

Job 19:19, 20 “All my inward friends abhorred me: and they whom I loved are turned against me. My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.”

Escaped by the skin of my teeth.

This phrase also comes from the previous verses from Job 19.

Out of the mouths of babes.

Psalm 8:2 “Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.”

Spare the rod and spoil the child.

Proverbs 13:24 “He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.”

Pride goes before a fall.

Proverbs 16:18 “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.”

A time and place for everything.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:”

Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we will die.

Ecclesiastes 8:15 “Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him of his labour the days of his life, which God giveth him under the sun.”

Isaiah 22:13 “And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating flesh, and drinking wine: let us eat and drink; for to morrow we shall die.”

Luke 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.”

A fly in the ointment.

Ecclesiastes 10:1 “Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.”

A drop in the bucket.

Isaiah 40:15 “Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.”

Rise and shine.

Isaiah 60:1 “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.”

A leopard cannot change his spots.

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

Go the extra mile.

Matthew 5:41 “And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.”

United we stand. Divided we fall.

Matthew 12:25, 26 “And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand: And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?”

The blind leading the blind.

Matthew 15:14 “Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.”

A little birdie told me.

Ecclesiastes 10:20 “Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.”

Ask for his head on a platter.

Mark 6:25 “And she came in straightway with haste unto the king, and asked, saying, I will that thou give me by and by in a charger the head of John the Baptist.”

The powers that be.

Romans 13:1 “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.”

In the twinkling of an eye.

1 Corinthians 15:51, 52 “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

Which one of these everyday sayings having come from the Bible surprises you the most? Share in the comments! 


The Holy Bible, King James Version

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Izevbokun deborah April 17, 2012 at 1:50 pm

We need to let the whole world know that JESUS is coming soon.I love this messages


Tarana Peaches August 20, 2012 at 1:14 pm

I love this. I thought about making a list like this myself, but my idea was more like everyday sayings that could be found in the Bible like “what goes around comes around” = “you reap what you sow”. But what you did is astounding, you matched them up verbatim. Quite a few surprised me like “a leopard cannot change its spots”. Thanks so much for sharing!


Sandra jackson September 17, 2012 at 1:15 am

The one that kinda surprised me was “a little birdie told me”; don’t think I would have ever thought this saying had scriptural reffernces! Most of the others I “pretty much” knew, or was not too surprised about, even if I didn’t know exactly where to pin point them.


Pepper October 2, 2012 at 3:04 pm

I’m most surprised by “A little birdie told me,” coming from the Holy Bible.


Michael January 18, 2013 at 11:12 am

Another one that gets used a lot is “You are the man!” The scripture reference is 2 Samuel 12:7.


nick April 9, 2013 at 10:59 am

i could have sworn that the saying ” a day late, and a dollar short” was from the Bible? Maybe Old Testament? Battlefield?


Liz September 9, 2013 at 1:46 am

“A little birdie told me” and “A drop in the bucket” surprised me.
I never thought of those coming from the Bible.


janice July 18, 2015 at 8:44 am

The scripture reference for a little birdie told me is wrong. It is from Ecclesiastes 10:20


Dave February 24, 2016 at 3:53 pm

The writing on the wall ….


James Stark, Th.D. June 24, 2019 at 9:45 am

I must beg the authors pardon but the “Little Birdie Told Me” references is not found in Matthew, but Ecclesiastes 10:20.

Great website however. Thank you for you diligence.


Frank April 25, 2021 at 10:41 am

The Bible reference for “a little birdie told me“ should be Ecclesiastes 10:2 not Matthew 16:23


Jack Wellman April 25, 2021 at 1:37 pm

It is actually Ecclesiastes 10:20 but I imagine that’s what you meant and not “10:2” as you wrote, but this was just a typo as I’m certain you meant 10:20, so you are right, and we thank you for that help Frank. We have corrected it. God bless you sir.


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