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Where did common sayings and cliche’s come from?

Where did common sayings and cliche’s come from?

Where did common sayings and cliche’s come from? Was it man? No. It was the Bible!



A little birdie told me

Always darkest before the dawn


At my wits end


Beat around the bush

Beware of the dog

Bigger they are, the harder they fall

Bit the dust

Blind leading the blind


Brought the house down

“By God”

“By the way”


Can’t get blood out of a turnip

Can’t keep a good man down

Children – “kids”

Circuit judge

“Come on”


County fair


Devil’s Advocate – counterfeit

Die on the vine

“Dig your own hole”

Dirty bird

Don’t lose your head

Don’t miss the boat

Down in the mouth

Drop in the bucket

Eat, drink and be merry

Eat my dust


Far be it

Ferry boat

First love

Fishermen called anglers

Fish story

Fly in the ointment

“For Christ’s sake”

“For the birds”

For goodness sake

Ruth 4:4

Ezekiel 25:3, 26:2, 36:2

Ecclesiastes 10:20

Tribulation into 2nd advent

I Samuel 20:40

Psalms 107:27

Leviticus 18:14

Moses – Exodus 3-4

Philippians 3:2


Genesis 3:14

Matthew 15:14

Numbers 31:32

Judges 16:30 – Samson

Genesis 21:23; II Chronicles 36:13

Mark 8:27

II Kings 6:28-29

Cain – Genesis 4:1-5

Rapture – Revelation 4:1

Song of Solomon 1:8

I Samuel 7:15-16

Exodus 1:10

I Chronicles 18:10

Ezekiel 27:12

Deuteronomy 15:1

I John 2:1

John 15:2

Jeremiah 2:13

Ecclesiastes 9:12

Revelation 20:4

Genesis 6-7


Isaiah 40:15

Isaiah 22:13

Psalms 72:9; Genesis 3:14

Hebrews 10:13

Job 34:10

II Samuel 19:18

Revelation 2:4

Isaiah 19:8; Habakkuk 1:15


Ecclesiastes 10:1

Ephesians 4:32, II Corinthians 12:10

Revelation 19:17-21

Psalms 25:7


For your own good
Free spirit
Friends like that, who needs enemiesGetting the problems “ironed out”

“Go ahead, it won’t kill you”

Go jump in the lake

Good for nothing

Gone to the dogs

Go the extra mile

Grapes of wrath

Great day in the morning



Hair standing on end

Handwriting on the wall



Heart failure

He can run like a deer

Hell on earth

He, who laughs last, laughs best

High time…

His days are numbered

“Hiss” (booing)

Holier than thou

Holy smoke

Horse feathers

Horse laugh

If I live to be a 1,000

Ignorance is no excuse

I have to “find myself”

I’ll be hanged


I’ve had it up to here

Ivory palace

I wasn’t born yesterday

Jumpin’ Jehoshaphat

Keep your head above water

K-mart, Wal-mart, etc.

Know it all

“Land o’ Goshen”

Lay it on the line

Learn by experience

Left hand doesn’t know what the right hand does

Left high and dry

Leopard won’t change his spots

Let nature take its course

Job 5:27

Psalms 51:12
Job 2:11

Judgment Seat of Christ – Rev. 19:8; Eph. 5:27

Genesis 3:4

Revelation 20:15

Jeremiah 13:10

Jezebel – II Kings 9:36-37

Matthew 5:41

Revelation 14:17-20

Millennium – II Peter 1:19

Matthew 13:15

Hosea 7:8

Job 4:15

Daniel 5:5

Esther 9:19

Ezekiel 3:8-9

Psalms 73:26

II Samuel 2:18

Isaiah 66:24

Psalms 2:4; Proverbs 1:24-27

Romans 13:11

Psalms 90:12

Job 27:23

Isaiah 65:5

Isaiah 6:4

Revelation 19:11

Job 39:19-25

Ecclesiastes 6:6

Leviticus 5:17-19

Proverbs 18:2

Galatians 3:13

I Samuel 30:14

Flood – Genesis 6-7

I Kings 22:39

Job 15:7

I Kings 22:32

Flood – Genesis 6-7

Isaiah 23:3

I John 2:20

Genesis 47:4

Isaiah 28:17

Genesis 30:27

Matthew 6:3


Genesis 8:4

Jeremiah 13:23

James 3:6


“Like there is no tomorrow”

Lion – King of the beasts
Live by the sword, die by the sword

Lord gives, Lord takes away


“Man of his word”

Man of the world

Meet your maker

Mess hall

Money talks

Mouth –to-mouth resuscitation

Mouthy – “Bag of wind”

Mr. Ed, the talking horse

My goodness

“My heavens”

“My lord”

My name is mud

“My stars”

Nothing to sneeze at


“Older than the hills”

Olympic medals

“One of these days”

Out of the frying pan, into the fire

Pass away

Patience of Job

Pay through the nose


Pierced ears


Political intelligence

Praying to “Mecca”

Prostitutes working street corners


Pure as the driven snow

Put words in my mouth

Raising Cain

Red light district

Riding high

Right hand man

“Right on”

Robbing Peter to pay Paul

Sailors get “liberty”

Salt of the earth


Set your teeth on edge

Shoulder blade

Isaiah 22:13

Micah 5:8; Revelation 5:5
Matthew 26:52

Job 1:21

Luke 12:14

Numbers 30:2

Genesis 25:27

Isaiah 17:7

Genesis 43:34

Ecclesiastes 10:19

Genesis 2:7

Job 8:2

Numbers 22:28-30

Psalms 144:2

Matthew 5:34

Matthew 5:35

Genesis 2:7

Matthew 5:34

Malachi 1:13

I Samuel 25:10

Job 15:7

Exodus 25:3

Tribulation – Matthew 24:21-22

Revelation 20:11-15

Micah 1:11

Job 1:22; James 5:11

Numbers 11:20

Numbers 1:18

Deuteronomy 15:17; Exodus 21:6

II Kings 12:9

Daniel 11:30

I Kings 8:44

Proverbs 7:8-12

Nehemiah 8:4

Isaiah 1:18; Revelation 1:14

Jeremiah 1:9

Genesis 4

Joshua 2:18

Isaiah 58:14

Psalms 80:17

Proverbs 4:25


Acts 27:3

Matthew 5:13

Leviticus 16

Jeremiah 31:29

Job 31:22


Situation ethics

Skin of your teeth

Snake in the grass


Sour grapes

Straw boss



Tax Exemptions

That’ll be the day

That winds it up

That Wraps it up

The apple of my eye

The devil made me do it

The devil’s “pitchfork”

“The heat is on”

This and that

Tough guys – hitch up their belt


Two heads are better than one

United Nations

Walk a mile for a camel


“What do you say for yourself?”

“What’s the matter? Were you born in a barn?”

Wild bear sleeps in the woods

Wonder bread – builds strong bodies 12 ways

Worth his salt

You ain’t seen nothin’ yet

Joshua 2

Job 19:20

Devil – Genesis 3

II Kings 8:27

Jeremiah 31:29

Exodus 5:7

Ezekiel 24:16

Leviticus 25:34
Ezra 7:24; Genesis 47:26

“That day” – Christ’s 2nd coming

Acts 5:6

Ezekiel 21:15

Proverbs 7:2

Genesis 3:13

I Samuel  2:13

Psalms 19:6

Psalms 87:5

Job 38:3

II Kings 11:14

Ecclesiastes 4:9

Zephaniah 2:1

Genesis 24:63-65

Isaiah 56:10

John 1:22

Luke 2:12

Ezekiel 34:25

Manna (12 tribes)

Matthew 5:13

Tribulation – Matthew 24:21

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