Everyday Phrases We Use That Came From The King James Bible

What follows is a brief list of words and phrases we use everyday of our life that originated in the English language as found in the King James Authorized Version 1611 Holy bible. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed compiling it for you.
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Oh, the unsearchable riches of the King James Bible.

The Bible critics are so quick to point out that the King James Bible is out of date, old-fashioned, and needs to be put in “modern language” so the “common” people can understand it. But is that really true…or…could it true that the King James Bible is so up to date that we get most of how we speak and write from it still? Let’s take a look and find out.

“The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.” Psalm 12:6 (KJV)

What follows is a brief list of words and phrases we use everyday of our life that originated in the English language as found in the King James Authorized Version 1611 Holy bible. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as we enjoyed compiling it for you.

Everyday Phrases We Use That Came From The King James Bible:

  1. A Broken Heart: “The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.” Psalms 34:18 (KJV)
  2. A Drop In The Bucket: “Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing.” Isaiah 40:15 (KJV)
  3. A Labour Of Love: “We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers; Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;” Thessalonians 1:2,3 (KJV)
  4. A Man After My Own Heart: “But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee.” Samuel 13:14 (KJV)
  5. A Multitude Of Sins: “Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.” James 5:20 (KJV)
  6. A Thorn In The Flesh: “And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.” 2 Corinthians 12:7 (KJV)
  7. My Brother’s Keeper: “And the Lord said unto Cain, where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?” Genesis 4:9 (KJV)
  8. Reap What You Sow: “Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” Galatians 6:7 (KJV)
  9. At My Wit’s End: “They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end.” Psalms 107:27 (KJV)
  10. Cast The First Stone: “So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her” John 8:7 (KJV)
  11. Eat, Drink And Be Merry!: “Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him of his labour the days of his life, which God giveth him under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 8:15 (KJV)
  12. Fight The Good Fight: “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” I Timothy 6:12 (KJV)
  13. Father Forgive Them: “Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.” Luke 23:34 (KJV)
  14. In The Twinkling Of An Eye: “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” I Corinthians 15:52 (KJV)
  15. Many Are Called, Few Are Chosen: “For many are called, but few are chosen.” Matthew 22:14 (KJV)
  16. Physician, Heal Thyself: “And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country.” Luke 4:23 (KJV)
  17. Reap The Whirlwind: “For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.” Hosea 8:7 (KJV)
  18. Spare The Rod, Spoil The Child: “He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.” Proverbs 13:24 (KJV)
  19. Apple Of His Eye: “He found him in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye.” Deuteronomy 32:10 (KJV)
  20. The Powers That Be: “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.” Romans 13:1 (KJV)
  21. White As Snow: “I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.” Daniel 7:9 (KJV)
  22. A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing: “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.” Matthew 7:15 (KJV)
  23. Writing On The Wall: “In the same hour came forth fingers of a man’s hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaister of the wall of the king’s palace: and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote.” Daniel 5:5 (KJV)
  24. You’re The Man: “And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man.” 2 Samuel 12:7 (KJV)
  25. Let There Be Light: “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” Genesis 1:3 (KJV)

 

These are just a few of the hundreds phrases from the “archaic” King James Bible that we use each and every day of our ultra-modern lives. And it’s no accident that in most of the other “modern” versions, these phrases do not appear as we use them today in our daily speech.

Imagine that.

If you think of any that we have not listed here, please add them in the comments section below!

 

NTEB is run by end times author and editor-in-chief Geoffrey Grider. Geoffrey runs a successful web design company, and is a full-time minister of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. In addition to running NOW THE END BEGINS, he has a dynamic street preaching outreach and tract ministry team in Saint Augustine, FL.
  • Suez

    This was so cool! Thanks

  • ieenabnk

    Reap the whirlwind

  • Jimmy

    Love it!

  • Kiwiwatcher

    Amazing – didn’t realise there were so many…have a few from inside the cover of my Bible – dictated from a senior citizen many years ago – some not exact but the meaning is conveyed.

    Blind leading the blind Matthew 15:14 “Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.”

    By the skin of your teeth Job 19:20 “My bone cleaveth to my skin and to my flesh, and I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.”

    See eye to eye Isaiah 52:8 “Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD shall bring again Zion.”

    Rise and shine; Isaiah 60:1 “Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.”

    Go the extra mile: Matthew 5:41 “ And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.”

    • Geoffrey Grider

      There is a TON of them, could easily do another 25 more. Hey…maybe I will! 😉

      • Jon

        Where did ” robbing Peter to pay Paul” come from?

    • Geoffrey Grider

      Good ones! Will add them 🙂

  • Sola Scriptura

    I wonder if, ” Dude what’s up??” is from the KJV since “you’re the man is.”
    The KJV is rich in so many ways and there are many indisputable facts that every believer should know as to why the KJV is superior from a spiritual and academic standpoint:
    http://followingjesuschrist3.com/2015/10/24/the-bible-version-controversy-a-brief-history/

    • Geoffrey Grider

      Lol, well I looked – BUT – failed to locate “Dude, what’s up?” But what I did find was “What it is” as in “Yo, homie…what it is”. A very popular expression when I was a kid.

      “LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am.” Psalm 39:4 (KJV)

  • Thomas M. Jayabhai

    I have a lot more with me which you could add to your collection, which I found in one of the sites:

    Bite the Dust from Psalms 72:9, “They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust.” (KJV)

    The Blind Leading the Blind Matthew 15:13-14, “Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.”

    By the Skin of Your Teeth from Job 19:20. The Geneva Bible translated the Hebrew Literally which read, “I have escaped with the skin of my teeth.”

    Broken Heart from Psalms 34:18, ” The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit” (KJV).

    Can a Leopard Change his spots? from Jeremiah 13:23 (KJV), “Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.”

    Cast the First Stone from John 8:7, “And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.”

    Drop in a Bucket from Isaiah 40:15 declaring God’s sovereignty and power over the nations, “Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he takes up the isles as fine dust” (ESV).

    Eat, Drink, and Be Merry from Ecclesiastes 8:15, “because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him of his labour the days of his life, which God giveth him under the sun.”

    Eye for Eye, Tooth for tooth from Matthew 5:38, “Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.”

    Fall From Grace from Galatians 5:4, “Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.”

    Fly in the Ointment from Ecclesiastes 10:1 (KJV), “”Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.””

    For Everything there is a Season from Ecclesiastes 3. Ecclesiastes 3 is also the motivation for the song “Turn! Turn! Turn!” by the Byrds.

    Forbidden Fruit from Genesis 3:3 when Adam and Eve were commanded not to eat from the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. “But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.”

    Go the extra mile from Matthew 5:41 that says, “And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain” (KJV).

    Good Samaritan from Luke 10:30-37, the Parable of the Good Samaritan.

    He who lives by the sword, dies by the sword from Matthew 26:52, “Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.”

    How the Mighty have Fallen from 1 Samuel 1:19, “The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty fallen!”

    Let there Be Light from Genesis 1’s creation account.

    The Love of Money is the Root of All Evil from 1 Timothy 6:10 and is actually usually misquoted. Here is the ESV translation, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.”

    Nothing but skin and bones from Job 19:19-20, “All my intimate friends detest me; those I love have turned against me. I am nothing but skin and bones.”

    The Powers that Be from Romans 13:11 (KJV), “Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.”

    Pride comes before a fall from Proverbs 16:18, “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” (KJV)

    Put words in one’s mouth from 2 Samuel 14:3, “And come to the king, and speak on this manner unto him. So Joab put the words in her mouth.”

    Rise and shine is from Isaiah 60:1, “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.”

    The Root of the Matter from Job 19:28 (KJV), “But ye should say, Why persecute we him, seeing the Root of the matter is found in me?”

    Scapegoat from the Old Testament Law (Leviticus 16:9-10 specifically) where a goat is chosen by lot to be sent into the desert to make atonement for sin.

    See eye to eye from Isaiah 52:8 (KJV), “Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD shall bring again Zion.”

    Sign of the times from Matthew 16:3 (KJV), “And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?”

    Straight and Narrow from Matthew 7:14, “But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”

    Twinkling of an Eye from 1 Corinthians 15:52, “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”

    There’s nothing new under the sun from the book of Ecclesiastes. Ecclesiastes 1:9 (KJV) says, “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.”

    Wash your hands of the matter from Matthew 27:24 (KJV), “When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude, saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person: see ye to it.”

    Weighed in the balance from Job 31:6, “Let me be weighed in an even balance that God may know mine integrity.”

    What God has joined together let no man put asunder from Matthew 19:6 in Miles Covedale’s translation of the Bible which says, “Now are they not twayne then, but one flesh. Let not man therfore put a sunder, yt which God hath coupled together.”

    Wit’s End from Psalm 107:27 (KJV), “They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end.” And the Psalm does not refer to the Whit’s End with the Imagination Station.

    Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing from Matthew 7:15 (KJV), “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”

    Writings on the Wall from Daniel 5. “The writing is on the wall” is now a popular idiom for “something bad is about to happen”.

    Knees knocking is from Daniel 5:6 for getting really scary.

    From the horse’s mouth? (Balaam’s donkey – Numbers 22:28-30) For getting the information direct from the most unexpected source.

    • Gayle

      We could turn this into a booklet. Or better yet, a tract

      • Geoffrey Grider

        Hmmm……

    • Wow, good one!

  • Dan

    I know my brethren do love their King James bibles and I will not dare lose my good senses to poo poo on good ole KJV .
    But seriously people you crack me up when you try to talk that way at church and besides we’re not ridiculed enough by
    non- believers are we? I myself own a bible with both versions and it is useful to see the difference sometimes but the message is always the same. What isn’t as is sometimes the case is our opinions of what is being said; we are the difference and the sickness of division that is a disservice to us in so many ways.

    Is anyone else having to enter a code along with the usual info ? eg: name and email + code
    or
    Geoff is this the new procedure for every time we comment ?

  • Tracy S

    So true on so many levels. The King James is the ‘purest’ translation we have available to us today. If we do a comparison between the King James and the NIV (the version I used before the Lord told me to use the King James) you will see how far from the original writings the translations have fallen. I have personally discovered that when I use the King James for bible study that the many different words and phrases that I search can be found having been spoken first in the Old Testament. Try searching those same words and phrases in other translations and the connections between the Old Testament and the New Testament are often lost.

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  • Elaine

    My brother’s keeper

    • Geoffrey Grider

      Awesome!

  • Kaaren

    Written in stone
    “And he gave unto Moses … two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.” “And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables.” Exodus 31:18; 32:16.

    Writing is on the wall
    Daniel 5: The king’s banquet and the mysterious oracle: the king desecrates the sacred vessels, the hand writes on the wall (verses 1-6)

  • klaus

    its the Holy Bible that matters, not just the King James Bible. There are many other bibles worthy of recognition. If you knew the history it was william Tynsdale that was burned at the stake that said God open up the Kings eyes. Tynsdale himself was the first to transcribe the bible into english, not King James.

  • Bro. J

    Scientific Proof of the Bible
    The Bible is estimated to have been written between 1450 B.C. and 95 A.D. This chart shows scientific facts and principles referred to in this ancient Bible, but not actually discovered by humankind until later centuries. Dead sea scrolls, historical documentation, and word of mouth all confirm the authenticity of the Bible. Since people had no official knowledge of these scientific facts until more than a thousand years after the Bible was written, is this scientific proof that the Bible was inspired by God!

    Scientific Fact or Principle
    Bible reference

    Date of discovery by man 17th Century
    Both man and woman possess the seed of life
    Genesis 3:15

    There is a place void of stars in the North 19th Century

    Earth is held in place by invisible forces 1650
    Job 26:7

    Taxonomic classification of matter 1735
    Genesis 1

    The Earth is round 15th Century
    Isaiah 40:22

    Certain animals carry diseases harmful to man 16th Century
    Leviticus 11

    Early diagnosis of leprosy 17th Century
    Leviticus 13

    Quarantine for disease control 17th Century
    Leviticus 13

    Blood of animals carries diseases 17th Century
    Leviticus 17

    Blood is necessary for life 19th Century
    Leviticus 17:11

    Oceans have natural paths in them 1854
    Psalms 8:8

    Earth was in nebular form initially 1911
    Genesis 1:2

    Most seaworthy ship design ratio is 30:5:3 1860
    Genesis 6

    Light is a particle and has mass (a photon) 1945
    Job 38:19

    Radio astronomy (stars give off signals) 1945
    Job 38:7

    Oceans contain fresh water springs 1920
    Job 38:16

    Snow has material value 1905, 1966
    Job 38:22

    Infinite number of stars exist 1940
    Genesis 15:5

    Dust is important to survival 1935
    Isaiah 40:12

    Hubert Spencer’s scientific principles 1820
    Genesis 1

    Air has weight 16th Century
    Job 28:25

    Light can be split up into component colors 1650
    Job 38:24

    Matter is made up of invisible particles 20th Century
    Romans 1:20

    Plants use sunlight to manufacture food 1920
    Job 8:16

    Arcturus and other stars move through space 19th Century
    Job 38:32

    Water cycle
    Ecclesiastes 1:7 17th Century

    Life originated in the sea 19th Century
    Genesis 1

    Lightning and thunder are related 19th Century
    Job 38:25

    Human beings were the last living things created 15th Century
    Genesis 1

  • Love it. Amusing the single words we use that are found in that ‘outdated kjv’: causeway, subscription, engine, nephew, sheriff, senator, lieutenant, agriculture, estate, riddle, vermilion(one of the many shades of red). I bought part of an old 1611 KJV Bible. Found that wording is identical to my kjv scofield, only ‘spelling’ of words varies because standardized spelling came with Daniel Webster. I so miss reading Bible in unison- that was part of church as a child . Everyone has different words now, and reason no unity in our nation. One summer, 2 new families in our neighborhood drew some of the wildest 10-12 yr olds I had ever seen. All over each other. Parents at work. I grabbed a box of popcicles, my old KJV and a good picture of sampson and dililah. Amazingly, they all sat down. Every time I emphasized, “THOU SHALT NOT…” every one of their heads would jerk. Several Saturdays we met. They zipped pants and in 15 yrs still seeing results. One of the boys was in paper resently sharing his faith… a professional football league signed him out of Old Miss. (And I could tell you about 5 or 6 more such stories.)
    Those archaic words -like a formal wedding invite – just let you know God is talking. And, they change lives.

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