It’s in the Bible . . . Isn’t It?

[paragraph content=”There are many well-known sayings that we “just know” are found in the Scriptures. But are they? Just because it’s said that a phrase is “Gospel truth” doesn’t mean it’s found in the Gospels . . . or anywhere else in the Bible, for that matter. Can you spot the Scripture imposters in this list? Answers below.”]

Are these common sayings in the Bible?

  1. Moderation in all things.
  2. Spare the rod, spoil the child.
  3. To thine ownself be true.
  4. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
  5. God helps those who help themselves.
  6. Money is the root of all evil.
  7. A house divided against itself cannot stand.
  8. Cleanliness is next to godliness.
  9. Pride goes before a fall.
  10. The truth will set you free.

Answers to It’s in the Bible . . . Isn’t It?

  1. No. That was Aristotle in Nicomachean Ethics
  2. Sort of… it’s close to Proverbs 22:15, “A youngster’s heart is filled with foolishness, but physical discipline will drive it far away.”
  3. No. Shakespeare wrote that, in Hamlet (Act 3)
  4. Yes! Matthew 7:12
  5. No. Benjamin Franklin came up with that one.
  6. No. According to Paul, money is fine; it’s the LOVE of money that’s the problem (1 Timothy 6:10)
  7. Yes; Jesus said that in Mark 3:25.
  8. Only if you’re a Pharisee—and truthfully, not even then. No, it’s not in the Bible.
  9. Close but no cigar. “Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18)
  10. Absolutely! You’ll find it in John 8:32.