Family Game “The Bible Said it First”- 154 Common Sayings

Many people give credit to Abraham Lincoln for coming up with the following quote: “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Lincoln borrowed that phrase from the Bible.  God said it first. (See Mark 3:25)

Play “The Bible Said It First.” These are Common Sayings That Came from the Bible. Guess where in the Bible these common sayings came from? The King James Bible is used. The King James Bible has greatly influenced the development of the English language. Many people, saved and unsaved do not even realize they are speaking sayings derived from the Bible. God’s word permeates every aspect of life.

When playing the game, hide the answers to the right.  Be sure to look up the Scriptures to also make it a Bible Learning game for the children. Break the game up into several days for it to be more fun for the children to learn the Bible. Some of these sayings are difficult to know where in the Bible they originated, so multiple choice answers after reading the passage might be a good way to teach younger children.

  1. “Ashes to ashes, dust to dust.” Genesis 3:19
  2. “By the sweat of your brow.” Genesis 3:19
  3. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” Genesis 4:9 (Cain said to God after killing brother)
  4.  “As old as Methuselah” Genesis 5:27
  5. “They missed the boat.” Genesis 7:7-24  (All those except Noah and his family)

    Noah / Ark
    When it Rains it Pours
  6. “They don’t have sense enough to come out of the rain.”  Genesis 7:7-24 (Same as above)
  7.  “When it rains it pours.” Genesis 7:7-24 (Noah-ark)
  8. “Between you and me.” Genesis 9:12 (Covenant)
  9. “Work, by the sweat of the brow.” Genesis 3:19
  10. “Don’t look back!” Genesis19:26 (Lot’s wife)
  11.  “Life begins at forty.” Genesis 24:63-67 (Isaac seeing his bride coming)
  12. “This is the pits.” Genesis 37:24 (Pit is where brothers threw Joseph)
  13.  “Mess Hall” “A mess of fish” Genesis 43:34 (Benjamin’s mess (meal) was more)
  14.  “Eat off of the fat of the land” Genesis 45:18
  15. “The cream of the crop.” Exodus 3:8 (land of milk and honey)
  16.  “It’s so dark, you can feel it.”  Exodus 10:21 (Egypt- plague)
  17. “Hold your peace.” Exodus 14:14
  18.  “Scapegoat” Leviticus 16:9,10
  19.  “Spy out the land.” Numbers 13:16,17
  20.  “Write him off.”  Deuteronomy 29:20 (Lord blot out his name)
  21.  “She hit the nail on the head.” “She had him pegged.” Judges 5:26 (Jael with Sisera)

    He brought the house down.
    He brought the house down.
  22.  “He brought the house down.” Judges 16:30 (Samson)
  23.  “He lost his head.” 1 Samuel 17:51 (Goliath)
  24.  “He put words in my mouth.” IISamuel 14:3
  25.  “The half was not told me.” IKings 10:7
  26. “She went to the dogs.” IIKings 9:36 (Jezebel)
  27.  “Take root.” II Kings19:30
  28.  “Put your house in order” IIKings 20:1
  29. “My hair stood on end.” Job 4:15 (Job)

    water under bridge
    It’s Water Under the Bridge
  30.  “Woe is me.” Job 10:15
  31. “It’s water under the bridge.” Job 11:16 (Job- forgetting misery)
  32. “Miserable comforters” Job 16:2
  33.  “I am nothing but skin and bones.” Job 19:19:20
  34. He escaped “by the skin of his teeth.” Job 19:20
  35.  “The root of the matter” Job 19:28
  36. “Stand before your elders.” Job 29:8
  37.  “My shoulder blade.” Job 31:22
  38. “He finally saw the light (understood).” Job 33:28 (Job)
  39.  “He’s just a know-it-all.” Job 38:18 (Job’s friends)
  40. “Out of the mouth of babes.” Psalm 8:2
  41.  “He is the apple of my eye.” Psalm 17:8; Zechariah 2:8
  42. “My cup runneth over.” Psalm 23:5
  43. “A broken heart” Psalm 34:18
  44. “His day is coming.” Psalm 37:13
  45.  “Poor and needy” Psalm 70:5
  46. “bite the dust” Psalm 72:9

    birds lay eggs
    Birds LAY eggs
  47.  “Birds lay eggs.” Psalm84:3
  48.  “thanksgiving” Psalm100:4
  49. “I’m at my wits end.” Psalm107:27
  50.  “Sweeter than honey” Psalm119:103
  51. “Right on.” Proverbs4:25 (an expression of agreement)
  52. “If you play with matches, you’ll get burned.” Proverbs 6:27,28
  53. “That smarts.” (hurts) Proverbs11:15
  54. “She made a ‘cutting remark.’ Proverbs 12:18
  55. “Keep your big mouth shut.” Proverbs 13:3
  56. “He’s running from his past.” Proverbs 13:21
  57. “Spare the rod; spoil the child.” Proverbs13:24; Proverbs29:15,17
  58. “Talk is cheap.” Proverbs 14:23 (penury means poverty)
  59. “You look sharp.” Proverbs 27:17
  60.  “History repeats itself.” Ecclesiastes 1:9,10
  61. “There’s nothing new under the sun” Ecclesiastes 1:9
  62. “There’s a time and a place for everything.”  Ecclesiastes 3:1
  63.  “For everything there is a season.” Ecclesiastes 3
  64. “Remember the good ol’ days.” Ecclesiastes 7:10
  65.  “There’s a fly in the ointment.” Ecclesiastes 10:1
  66. “Money talks.” Ecclesiastes 10:19
  67. “A little birdie told me.”  Ecclesiastes 10:20
  68. “Let the chips fall where they may.” Ecclesiastes 11:3
  69. “The little foxes spoil the vines.” Song of Solomon 2:15

    Litttle foxes spoil vines
    Little foxes spoil the vines
  70. “Afraid of the dark” Song of Solomon 3:8
  71. “You stole my heart.” Song of Solomon 4:9
  72. “You can’t buy love.”  Song of Solomon 8:7
  73. “I didn’t hear a peep out of anyone.” Isaiah10:14
  74. “Drop in the bucket.” Isaiah 40:15
  75. “We don’t see eye to eye on that.” Isaiah52:8
  76. “Rise and shine.” Isaiah60:1
  77.  “That won’t hold water.” Jeremiah2:13
  78.  “Can a leopard change its spots?” Jeremiah13:23
  79. “Are your ears burning?” Jeremiah19:3
  80.  “Sour grapes” Jeremiah 31:30
  81. “That person is hard hearted.” Ezekiel 11:19
  82. Our possessions are still called our “stuff.” Ezekiel 12:4
  83. “Like mother, like daughter” Ezekiel 16:44
  84. “This is bone dry” or “dry as a bone.” Ezekiel 37:4
  85. “They just couldn’t take the heat.” Daniel 3:22
  86. “He was put out to pasture.” Daniel 4:32-33 (Nebuchadnezzar)
  87. “I see the writing on the wall.” Daniel 5:5
  88.  “As white as snow.” Daniel 7:9; Isaiah 1:18; Revelation 1:14

    white as snow
    as white as snow
  89. “Prepare to meet your maker.” Amos 4:12
  90. “The walls have ears.” Habakkuk 2:11
  91. “Good Riddance.” Zephaniah 1:18
  92. A company of lions is called a “pride.” Zechariah11:3
  93. “Blessed are the peacemakers.” Matthew5:9
  94.  “An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.” Matthew 5:38
  95. “Turn the other cheek.” Matthew 5:39
  96. “Go the second mile.” Matthew 5:41
  97. “A wolf in sheep’s clothing.” Matthew 7:15
  98. “They’re dancing to a different tune.” Matthew 11:17
  99.  “United we stand. Divided we fall.” Matthew 12:25
  100.  “Blind leading the blind” Matthew 15:14
  101. “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight.”Matthew 16:2
  102.  “Red sky in morning, sailor’s warning.” Matthew 16:3
  103.  “Sign of the times” Matthew 16:3
  104. “Flesh and blood” Matthew 16:17
  105.  “They had a mountain top experience.” Matthew 17:1,2
  106.  “A den of thieves” Matthew 21:13

    marriage, bride and groom
    What God has joined together, let no man put asunder.
  107.  “What God has joined together, let no man put asunder.” Matthew 19:6
  108. “He won’t lift a finger to help.” Matthew 23:4
  109. He took him “under his wing.” Matthew 23:37
  110. “She was burning the midnight oil.” Matthew25:6-9
  111.  “He who lives by the sword, dies by the sword.” Matthew 26:52
  112. “Wash your hands of the matter.” Matthew 27:24
  113.  “Good Samaritan” Luke 10:33-37
  114.  “Wisdom of Solomon” Luke 11:31
  115. “Eat, drink and be merry.” Luke 12:19
  116. “My cross to bear.” Luke 14:27
  117. “She gave her two cents worth.” Luke 21:2 A mite was the smallest amount of money.
  118. A short distance is considered a “stone’s throw.”  Luke 22:41
  119. “Cast the first stone” John 8:7
  120. Country folks “sop” their biscuits in gravy. John 13:26
  121. “Seeing is believing.” John 20:25
  122. Southerners say, “You all” or its abbreviated form, “y’all.” Acts 4:10

    Like Father~Like Son
    Like Father ~ Like Son
  123. “Give me a little space (some room).”Acts5:34
  124. “Like father, like son”Acts7:51
  125. “The third time’s the charm.” “Things always happen in three’s.” Acts10:16
  126. “He’s in a deep sleep.” Acts20:9
  127. “That just does not move me.” “I was moved by that.” Acts20:24
  128.  “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts20:35
  129. “He’s beside himself.”  Acts 26:24
  130.  Accusing: “I’m just as good as the next guy.” Romans 2:15
  131. Excusing: “Everybody’s doing it.” Romans 2:15
  132. “God forbid.” Romans 3:4
  133. “It’s right on the tip of my tongue.” Romans 10:8

    Tell it to the judge
  134. “Tell it to the judge.” Romans 14:10
  135. “That becomes you.” Romans 16:2
  136. “He stuck his neck out.” “He laid his life on the line.”  Romans 16:4
  137.  “Stumbling block” I Corinthians 1:23
  138. “I dare you.” 1 Corinthians 6:1
  139.  “I can read her like a book.”  IICorinthians 3:2
  140.  “A thorn in the flesh” IICorinthians 12:7
  141.  “Fall from grace” Galatians 5:4
  142.  “As you sow, so shall you reap.”  Galatians 6:7
  143. “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” Ephesians 4:29
  144. “That isn’t very becoming of you.” Ephesians 5:3
  145. “You can’t take it with you.” 1 Timothy 6:7
  146. “Fight the good fight.” 1 Timothy 6:12

  147.   “A labor of love” 1 Thessalonians 1:3
  148. “You don’t work; You don’t eat.” II Thessalonians 3:10
  149.  “Busybodies” II Thessalonians 3:11
  150. “Let nature take its course.” James 3:6
  151. “Patience of Job” James 5:11
  152. “Wallowing in the mire” 2 Peter 2:22
  153. “The pride of life” 1 John 2:16
  154.  “Crystal clear” Revelation 21:11

I think finding common sayings in the Bible is so interesting. If you think of anymore common sayings that came from the Bible, please add them in the comments! Have a fun Family Game Night! God said it first!

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