How many times have you quoted Bible Scriptures this week? You might be surprised.
According to a recent book by linguist David Crystal, Christians and non-Christians alike could be unwittingly quoting the Bible when they invoke well-known but archaic phrases.
So profound has the effect of the King James Bible been on English, it seems, that a total of 257 phrases and forty new words were introduced thereby. This is in large part because the Bible was read aloud to churchgoers every Sunday, and may have been the only literature that the unschooled population had access to. Read the BBC article here.
Interesting stuff. Most of us can probably pull out a few phrases we know from the Bible (for example, my first novel attempt was called Sins of the Father, which is from the book of Exodus), but did you know about these ones:
Living off the fat of the land - Genesis 45:17-18Like a lamb to the slaughter - Jeremiah 11:19 / Isaiah 53:7Can a leopard change his spots? - Jeremiah 13:23A man after my own heart - Samuel 13:14 / Acts 13:22Letter of the law - 2 Corinthians 3:6Apple of my eye - (I could have sworn Dean Martin came up with that one!) - Deuteronomy 2:10 / Zechariah 2:8Twinkling of an eye - 1 Corinthians 15:52Out of the mouths of babes - Psalm 8:2Bite the dust (even Freddie Mercury’s quoting the Bible) - Psalms 72: 9At my wit's end - Psalm 107:27Blind leading the blind - Matthew 15:14 / Luke 6:39By the skin of our teeth - Job 19:20
(For a more comprehensive list, see Top 50 Most popular Phrases From The Bible)
So, Gentle Reader – when did you last quote Scriptures?
Feeling suddenly pious,