[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?
- Moderation in all things.
- Spare the rod, spoil the child.
- To thine ownself be true.
- Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
- God helps those who help themselves.
- Money is the root of all evil.
- A house divided against itself cannot stand.
- Cleanliness is next to godliness.
- Pride goes before a fall.
- The truth will set you free.
Answers to It’s in the Bible . . . Isn’t It?
- No. That was Aristotle in Nicomachean Ethics
- 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.”
- No. Shakespeare wrote that, in Hamlet (Act 3)
- Yes! Matthew 7:12
- No. Benjamin Franklin came up with that one.
- No. According to Paul, money is fine; it’s the LOVE of money that’s the problem (1 Timothy 6:10)
- Yes; Jesus said that in Mark 3:25.
- Only if you’re a Pharisee—and truthfully, not even then. No, it’s not in the Bible.
- Close but no cigar. “Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness before a fall.” (Proverbs 16:18)
- Absolutely! You’ll find it in John 8:32.