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Following is a list of common cliches and idioms that have their origin in the Bible:

 

                           Old Testament

 

New Testament

 

1 "Heard it through the grapevine" Gen 3:1
2 "I'm falling for you" Gen 3:6
3 "You can run, but you can't hide" Gen 3:9
4 "The devil made me do it" Gen 3:13
5 "Achille's heal" Gen 3:15
6 "You can't get blood out of a turnip" Gen 4:5
7 "He drew first blood" Gen 4:8
8 "Raising Cain"  Gen 4:8
9 "Scream bloody murder" Gen 4:10
10 "A marked man" Gen 4:15
11 "Your days are numbered" Gen 6:3
12 "Right out of the blue" Gen 7:11
13 "Make a name for ourselves" Gen 11:4
14 "He delivered the goods" Gen 14:16
15 "Run for your life" Gen 19:17
16 "Go with the flow" Gen 49:4
17 "An idle mind is the devil's workshop" Exo 5:17
18 "You can't get water out of a rock" Exo 17:6
19 "Etched in stone" Exo 32:16
20 "Glowing with health" Exo 34:30
21 "Holy cow" Num 18:17
22 "Silence is agreement" Num 30:14
23 "Looks can be deceiving" Jos 9:14
24 "Time stood still" Jos 10:13
25 "It's in the stars" Jud 5:20
26 "Teach him a lesson" Jud 8:16
27 "Blood is thicker than water" Jud 14:17
28 "Head and shoulders above the rest" 1 Sam 9:2
29 "The road to hell is paved with good intentions" 1 Sam 15:15
30 "Stick by the stuff" 1 Sam 30:24
31 "I should have stayed in bed" 2 Sam 11:2
32 "I'll believe it when I see it" 1 Kin 10:7
33 "Like father, like son" 1 Kin 11:3
34 "Scraping the bottom of the barrel" 1 Kin 17:12
35 "Jumping Jehoshaphat" 1 Kin 22:32
36 "Just do it" 1 Chr 28:10
37 "Better off dead" 2 Chr 32:25
38 "Made my hair stand up" Job 4:15
39 "Misery loves company" Job 16:2
40 "By the skin of his teeth" Job 19:20
41 "Mr. Know-it-all" Job 38:18
42 "Horse laugh" Job 39:25
43 "Turn a deaf ear" Psa 58:4
44 "The apple of my eye" Pro 7:2
45 "One hand washes another" Pro 11:25
46 "You are the company you keep" Pro 13:20
47 "Talk is cheap" Pro 14:23
48 "A fool and his money are soon parted" Pro 21:20
49 "Familiarity breeds contempt" Pro 25:17
50 "You always hurt the one you love" Pro 27:6
51 "He speaks his mind" Pro 29:11
52 "Beauty is only skin deep" Pro 31:30
53 "You can't take it with you" Ecc 5:15
54 "Don't believe everything you hear" Ecc 7:21
55 "Fly in the ointment" Ecc 8:1
56 "Money talks" Ecc 8:19
57 "A little birdie told me" Ecc 8:20
58 "Love sick" Song 2:5
59 "A June bride" Song 2:13
60 "A leopard can't change it's spots" Jer 13:23
61 "There is hope in the end"  Jer 31:17
62 "Caught red-handed" Eze 3:18
63 "I only have eyes for you" Eze 24:16
64 "This town's not big enough for the two of us" Eze 28:17
65 "He changed his tune" Dan 3:15
66 "Flattery will get you everywhere" Dan 11:21

 

1 "Walking the straight and narrow" Matt 7:14
2 "You can't judge a book by it's cover" Matt 7:15
3 "Hog wild" Matt 8:32
4 "You can't go home again" Matt 13:57
5 "In the same boat" Matt 14:22
6 "Three strikes and you're out" Matt 18:15-17
7 "Head for the hills" Matt 24:16
8 "Burning the midnight oil" Matt 25:4,6
9 "The kiss of death" Matt 26:49
10 "The end of his rope" Matt 27:5
11 "Blood money" Matt 27:6
12 "For crying out loud" Matt 27:46
13 "Scared stiff" Matt 28:4
14 "A house divided" Mark 3:25
15 "Tongue-tied" Mark 7:35
16 "Speak of the devil" Mark 14:42-43
17 "There's no looking back" Luke 9:62; Phl 3:13
18 "Count the cost" Luke 14:28
19 "Blood, sweat, and tears" Luke 22:44
20 "You look like you've seen a ghost" Luke 24:37-39
21 "Save the best for last" John 2:10
22 "A cold-blooded murderer" John 8:44; Rev 12:9
23 "Raise a stinkl" John 11:39,44
24 "What got into him" John 12:27
25 "Doubting Thomas" John 20:25
26 "You can't keep a good man down" Acts 2:24
27 "Drop dead" Acts 5:5
28 "Knocked off his high horse" Acts 9:4
29 "For Pete's sake" Acts 12:5
30 "I have seen the light" Acts 26:13
31 "The end justifes the means" Rom 3:8
32 "There's hell to pay" Rom 6:23
33 "The powers that be" Rom 13:1
34 "Different strokes for different folks" Rom 14:1-5
35 "Up in a puff of smoke" 1 Cor 3:15
36 "Give it your all" 1 Cor 9:24
37 "Lost his cool" 1 Cor 9:25
38 "Hot under the collar" 1 Cor 9:25
39 "Made for each other" 1 Cor 11:8-9
40 "Here today, gone tomorrow" 1 Cor 15:52
41 "Better off dead" Phl 1:21
42 "Winner either way" Phl 1:21
43 "What in the world happened?" 1 The 4:16-17
44 "They're simply out of this world" 1 The 4:16-17
45 "And they lived happily ever after" 1 The 4:17
46 "Respect your elders" 1 Tim 5:1
47 "Good things come to those who wait" Heb 6:15
48 "He has a one-track mind" Heb 12:2
49 "Practice what you preach" Jam 2:12
50 "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all" Jam 4:11
51 "Make merchandise out of him" 2 Pet 2:3
52 "On the outside looking in" Rev 3:20
53 "All hell's breaking loose" Rev 6:8
54 "The sky is falling" Rev 6:13-14
55 "Bat out of hell" Rev 9:3
56 "Like hell" Rev 9:6
57 "Death took a holiday" Rev 9:6
58 "He made him eat his words" Rev 10:10
59 "Come hell and high water" Rev 12:15-16
60 "Frog in the throat" Rev 16:13
61 "Beauty and the Beast" Rev 17:3
62 "It's not the end of the world" Rev 18:19
63 "Hit rock bottom" Rev 18:21
64 "If looks could kill" Rev 19:12
65 "Heads will roll" Rev 20:4
66 "From the frying pan to the fire" Rev 20:14
67 "No chance in hell" Rev 20:15
68 "Go jump in a lake" Rev 20:15
69 "Liar, liar, pants on fire" Rev 21:8
70 "Crystal clear" Rev 21:11
71 "Yellow brick road" Rev 21:21


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