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Song of Solomon 2v12

Glossary Terms - Expressions/Sayings

It is fascinating how many expressions that are in use today come from the Bible or at least were used in Biblical times. Here is the list that I have compiled so far.

A cross to bear
They pressed into service a passer-by coming from the country, Simon of Cyrene (the father of Alexander and Rufus), to bear His cross.
Mark 15:21

A house divided
And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand
Matthew 12:25

A Leopard can't change his spots
"Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the Leopard his spots? Then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil."
Jeremiah 13:23

A little bird told me
"Curse not the king, no, not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bed chamber; for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter."
Ecclesiastes 10:20

A little lower than the angels
For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.
Psalm 8:5

A man after my own heart
"But now thy kingdom shall not continue; the Lord hath sough him a man after his own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be captain over his people...."
I Samuel 13:14

A man of few words
"Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God; for god is in heaven and thou upon earth; therefore let thy words be few........"
Ecclesiastes 5:2

A prophet is not without honor
And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.
Matthew 13:57

A still, small voice
And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.
I Kings 19:12

A stumbling block
'that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in his brother's way'
Romans 14: 13

Am I my brothers 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

An evil eye
A man with an evil eye hastens after wealth and does not know that want will come upon him.
Proverbs 28:22

an old wives' tale
Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives' tales; rather, train yourself to be godly.
1Timothy 4:7

Apple of his eye
In old english the pupil of the eye was called "the apple," The pupil was thought to be spherical and solid and was the main part, or crucial part, of the eye. "Who touchith you, shall touch the apple of his own eye," Coverdale Bible (1535)

Ask and ye shall receive
"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you."
Matthew 7:7

At my wit's end
They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits' end.
Psalm 107:27

Baptism by Fire
John answered and said to them all, "As for me, I baptize you with water; but One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to untie the thong of His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire."
Luke 3:16

Be all things to all men
"To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak. I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some."
I Corinthians 9:22

Be Sure Your Sin
But if ye will not do so, behold, ye have sinned against the LORD: and be sure your sin will find you out. (KJV)
Numbers 32:23

Beside one's self
The Roman governor Festus says: "Paul, thou art beside thyself; much learning doth make thee mad."
Acts 26:24

Blind leading the blind
"Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch?"
Luke 6:39

Bottomless pit
Then II saw an angel descending from heaven; he was holding the key of the Abyss (the bottomless pit) and a great chain was in his hand.
Revelation 20:1

Bread On The Waters
Cast your bread on the surface of the waters, for you will find it after many days.
Ecc. 11:1

Break Bread
They were continually devoting themselves to the apostlesí teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
Acts 2:42

They began to relate their experiences on the road and how He was recognized by them in the breaking of the bread.
Luke 24:35

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

by the sweat of your brow
Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, 'You must not eat of it,' "Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. ... By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.
Genesis 3:17, 19

Cast the first stone
When Christ was asked if an adulterous woman should be stoned in accordance with Mosaic law he replied, 'He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her'
John 8:7

Cleanliness is next to Godliness
Often used as a Bible quote but is actually not in the Bible. Bacon (1605) Adv. of Learning "Cleanness of body was ever deemed to proceed from a due reverence to God."

Cry, Peace, Peace, but there is no peace
They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace.
Jeremiah 6:14

Day of Judgement
The description of the Day of Judgement in Revelation, chapter 20

Days are numbered
'God hath numbered thy reign and finished it'
Daniel 5:26

Den of Lions
All the commissioners of the kingdom, the prefects and the satraps, the high officials and the governors have consulted together that the king should establish a statute and enforce an injunction that anyone who makes a petition to any god or man besides you, O king, for thirty days, shall be cast into the lionsí den.
Dan 6:7

Den of thieves
"Jesus said unto them. It is written, my house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves."
Matthew 21:13

Divide and Conquer
"Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand."
Matthew 12:25

Do as I say, not as I do
The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat. So you must obey them and do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.
Matthew 23:2-3

Do as you would be done by
'all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets'
Mathew 7:12

don't go to bed angry
"In your anger do not sin" : Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.
Ephesians 4:26-27

Doubting Thomas
Then he said to Thomas, "Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believeÖ...
John 20:27

Down to the sea in ships
They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; these see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.
Psalm 107:27

Drop in the Bucket
"Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance...."
Isaiah 40:15

Eat, drink and be merry
And I'll say to myself, "You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry."'
Luke 12:19

eleventh hour
"The workers who were hired about the eleventh hour came and each received a denarius."
Matthew 20:9

Every jot and tittle
'Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets ... Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law'.
Matthew 5:17-18

Eye for an Eye
"And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand,foot for foot..........."
Exodus 21:23-25

Eye of the Needle
"And again I say unto you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God."
Matthew 19:24

Fall on stony ground
Some seed 'fell on stony ground ... and because it had no root, it withered away' Mark 4:5-6

Fallen from grace
"Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace. For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith."
Galatians 5:4

Far be it from Me
"Far be it from God, that he should do wickedness."
Job 34:10

Feet of clay
[The head of the statue in the King Nebudchadnezzar's dream] "was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, his legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay
Daniel 2:33

Fight the good faith
"Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life"
I Timothy 6:12

Fly in the ointment
"Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savor: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour."
Ecclesiastes 10:1

Forbidden fruit
God placed a prohibition upon eating of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden.
Gen. 3

Get thee behind me, Satan
But He turned and said to Peter, "Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on Godís interests, but manís..
Matt. 16:23

Gnashing of Teeth
"But the subjects of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
Matthew 8: 12

going the extra mile
If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.
Mt 5:41

Golden Calf
Exodus 32:4,8

Good Samaritan
Luke, 10: 30-7

Handwriting is on the wall
"In the same hour came forth fingers of a man's hand, and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaster of the wall of the kings palace; and the king saw the part of the hand that wrote." Daniel 5:5.

He doesn't practice what he preaches
The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat. So you must obey them and do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.
Matthew 23:2-3

He who lives by the sword dies by the sword
Put your sword back in its place," Jesus said to him, "for all who draw the sword will die by the sword.
Matthew 26:52

Heap coals of fire (on someone's head)
'If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink: For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord shall reward thee'
Proverbs 15:21-2

heard it "straight from the horse's mouth"
Then the LORD opened the donkey's mouth, and she said to Balaam, "What have I done to you to make you beat me these three times?"
Numbers 22:28

Hewers of wood (and drawers of water)
'Now therefore ye are cursed, and there shall none of you be freed from being bondmen, and hewers of wood and drawers of water for the house of my God'
Joshua 9:23

Hide a multitude of sins
'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

Hide one's light under a bushel
'Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candle-stick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house'
Matthew 5:15

his head on a platter
On Herod's birthday the daughter of Herodias danced for them and pleased Herod so much that he promised with an oath to give her whatever she asked. Prompted by her mother, she said, "Give me here on a platter the head of John the Baptist."
Mt 14:6-8

Holier-than-thou
'Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose ...'
Isaiah 65:5

Holy of holies (Most Holy Place)
You shall put the mercy seat on the ark of the testimony in the holy of holies
Exodus 26:34

Hope against Hope
"Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken."
Romans 4:18

How the mighty have fallen
"Your glory, O Israel, lies slain on your heights. How the mighty have fallen!"
2 Samuel 1:19

I wash my hands of it
When Pilate saw that he was getting nowhere, but that instead an uproar was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd. "I am innocent of this man's blood," he said. "It is your responsibility!"
Matthew 27:24

It is better to give than to receive
In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"
Acts 20:35

It's a labour of love
"Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labor of love."
I Thessalonians 1:3

It's a sign of the times
"When it is evening, ye say, it will be fair weather, for the sky is red. And in the morning, it will be foul weather today, 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?"
Matthew 16:2-3

Jezebel
1 Kings 16

Job's comforter
'miserable comforters are ye all'
Job 16:2

Judge not that you be judged
Do not judge so that you will not be judged.
Matt. 7:1

keeping your head
But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.
2 Timothy 4:5

Kick against the pricks
'The Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutes: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.'
Acts 9:5

Kill the fatted calf
Parable of the prodigal son (Luke, 15: 11-32)

The fatted calf (verse 23)

Kingdom come
Lord's Prayer (Matthew, 6: 9-13)
'Thy kingdom come' (may thy kingdom come) refers to a present longing, not a future expectation.

Lamb to the slaughter
He was oppressed and afflicted, yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so he did not open his mouth.
Isaiah 53:7

Land of milk and honey
And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.
Exodus 3:8

Last shall be first
But many who are first will be last; and the last, first...
Matt. 19:30

Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die
But see, there is joy and revelry, slaughtering of cattle and killing of sheep, eating of meat and drinking of wine! "Let us eat and drink," you say, "for tomorrow we die!"
Isaiah 22:13

Letter of the law
Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.
2 Corinthians 3:6

Lick the dust
They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust.
Psalm 72:9

echoes Genesis 3:14: "And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:"

Like mother, like daughter
Everyone who quotes proverbs will quote this proverb about you: "Like mother, like daughter."
Eze 16:44

Lip service
'this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me'.
Isaiah 29:13

Live off the fat of the land
'I will give you the gold of the land of Egypt, and ye shall eat the fat of the land'.
Genesis, 45: 18

Love your neighbor as yourself
The entire law is summed up in a single command: "Love your neighbor as yourself"
Galations 5:14

made a "laughingstock" out of me
Moses saw that the people were running wild and that Aaron had let them get out of control and so become a laughingstock to their enemies.
Exodus 32:25

Make bricks without straw
'Pharoah commanded the same day the taskmasters of the people ... Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore: let them go and gather straw for themselves'
Exodus 5:6-7

Makes your hair stand on end
"Fear came upon me, and trembling, which make all my bones to shake. then a spirit passed before my face; the hair of my flesh stood up."
Job 4:13

Man does not live by bread alone
"And he humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live."
Deuteronomy 8:3

Man of few words
"Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God; for God in heaven, and thou upon earth; therefore let thy words be few."
Ecclesiastes 5:2

Manna from heaven
'rain bread from heaven' Exodus 16: 4
'a small round thing, as small as the hoar frost on the ground' (verse 14)
'And Moses said unto them, This is the bread which the Lord hath given you to eat' (verse 15)

Many are called but few are chosen
"Then said the king to the servants, bind him hand a foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen."
Matthew 22:11

Mark my words
"Give ye ear, and hear my voice; hearken, and hear my speech."
Isaiah 28:23

Millstone around the neck
"But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea."
Matthew 18:16

Money is the root of all evil
Incorrect quote which is often used.
"For the love of money is the root of all evil....."
Timothy 6:10

is actually
"For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.
1Tm 6:10

My cup runneth over
"Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over."
Psalm 23:5

My flesh and bone
And Laban said to him, "Surely you are my bone and my flesh!" And he stayed with him a month.
Genesis 29:14

No man can serve two masters
"No man can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will hold to one and love the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon."
Matthew 6:24

No peace for the wicked
There is no peace, saith the LORD, unto the wicked.
Isaiah 48:22

No respector of persons
"Then Peter opened his mouth, and said. Of truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons."
Acts 10:34

No rest for the wicked
"There is no peace, saith the Lord," unto the wicked."
Isaiah 48:22

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

Nothing new under the sun
"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."
Ecclesiastes 1:9

nursing a grudge
For John had been saying to Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife." So Herodias nursed a grudge against John and wanted to kill him. But she was not able to,
Mark 6:18-19

Of making books there is no end
Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them. Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.
Ecclesiastes 12:12

Out of the mouths of babes
"What is man, that thou art mindful of him?" says of the Lord. "Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast ordained strength.."
Psalm 8:2

Parting of the ways
'the King of Babylon stood at the parting of the way'
Ezekiel 21:21

Patience of Job
We count those blessed who endured. You have heard of the endurance of Job and have seen the outcome of the Lordís dealings, that the Lord is full of compassion and is merciful.
James 5:11

Peace that Passes Understanding
And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus
Philippians 4:7

Pearls before swine
"Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you."
Matthew 7:6

Pearly gates
'the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl' Revelation 21:21

Physician, heal thyself
Jesus said to them, "Surely you will quote this proverb to me: 'Physician, heal yourself! Do here in your hometown what we have heard that you did in Capernaum.'"
Luke 4:23

Play the fool
'I have sinned: return, my son, David: for I will no more do thee harm, because my soul was precious in thine eyes this day. Behold, I have played the fool, and have erred exceedingly'
1 Samuel 26:21

Powers that be
'Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no powere but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God'
Romans 13:1

Pride goeth before a fall
Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.
Proverbs 16:18

Prodigal son
The young man in Jesus' parable (Luke 15:11-32)

Scripture does not actually call him 'the prodigal son' but a chapter heading in the English translation does.

Promised Land
"The LORD , the God of heaven, who brought me out of my father's household and my native land and who spoke to me and promised me on oath, saying, 'To your offspring [ 24:7 Or [ seed ] ] I will give this land'-he will send his angel before you so that you can get a wife for my son from there.
Genesis 24:7, 28:15, 50:24, etc.

Put your house in order
In those days was Hezekiah sick unto death. And the prophet Isaiah the son of Amoz came to him, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Set thine house in order; for thou shalt die, and not live
2 Kings 20:1

Red sky at night, sailors delight. red sky in morning, sailors warning
"When it is evening ye say, it will be fair weather for the sky is red. And in the morning it will be foul weather today for the sky is red and lowering."
Matthew 16:2

Remembrance of things past
For a double grief came upon them, and a groaning for the remembrance of things past.
Solomon 11:12

Render unto Caesar
They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.
Matthew 22:21

Rod of iron
"Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel."
Psalm 2:9

Scapegoat
Aaron shall bring the goat whose lot falls to the LORD and sacrifice it for a sin offering. But the goat chosen by lot as the scapegoat shall be presented alive before the LORD to be used for making atonement by sending it into the desert as a scapegoat.
Lev 16:9-10

Scarlet woman
The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries.
Revelation 17: 4

scattered to the four winds
I will bring against Elam the four winds from the four quarters of the heavens; I will scatter them to the four winds, and there will not be a nation where Elam's exiles do not go.
Jeremiah 49:36

See the error of one's ways
'he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death ...'
John 5:20

Separate the sheep from the goats
'The Son of man shall come ... And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left'
Matthew 25:31-3

Separate the wheat from the chaff
"Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire."
Matthew 3:12.

Set one's teeth on edge
"In those days they shall say no more. The fathers have eaten a sour grape; and the children's teeth are set on edge."
Jeremiah 31:28.

Shake the dust off one's feet
'whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear your words, when ye depart out of that house or city, shake off the dust of your feet'
Matthew 10:14

Sick as a dog
"As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly."
Proverbs 26:11

Soul-winner
"...he who wins souls is wise"
Proverbs 11:30

Sow the wind, reap the whirlwind
"They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind. The stalk has no head; it will produce no flour. Were it to yield grain, foreigners would swallow it up. "
Hosea 8:7

Spare the rod and spoil the child
"Chasten thy son while there is hope, and let not thy soul spare for his crying."
Proverbs 19:18

Sting in the tail
'had tails like unto scorpions, and there were stings in their tails: and their power was to hurt men'
Revelation 9:10

Stolen waters are sweet
"Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. "
Proverbs 9:17

Strain at a gnat and swallow a camel
Jesus said, "Ye blind guides! which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel."
Matthew 23:24.

Strait and narrow
"Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it."
Matthew 7:14

Stranger in a strange land
"But Moses fled from the face of Pharaoh, and dwelt in the land of Midian.... And Moses was content to dwell with the man [Reuel the Midianite]: and he gave Moses Zipporah his daughter. And she bare him a son, and he called his name Gershom: for he said, I have been a stranger in a strange land."
Exodus 2:22

Suffer fools gladly
'For ye suffer fools gladly, seeing ye yourselves are wise'
2 Corinthians 11:19

The last trump
'We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 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'
I Corinthians 15:51-2

The left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing
"But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth."
Matthew 6:3.

The lord giveth and the lord taketh away
"Naked came I out ot my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: The Lord gave, and the Lord hathe taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord. "
Job 1:21

The meek shall inherit the earth
"Blessed are the meek: for they will inherit the earth."
Matthew 5:5.

The race is not to the swift
"I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, not yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all."
Ecclesiastes 9:11

the salt of the earth
"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.
Matthew 5:13

The silver cord is broken
Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.
Ecclesiastes 12:6

The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak
Jesus says to his disciples, "Watch, and pray, that ye enter not into temptation; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak."
Matthew 26:41

The truth shall set you free
To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, "If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free."
John 8:31-32

There's a time and a place for everything
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven
Ecclessiastes 3:1

Thirty pieces of silver
From the betrayal of Christ by Judas. He was given this sum (literally, 30 pieces of money) by the chief priests in return for identifying Jesus so that he could be arrested
Matthew 26:15

Thorn in the side
"And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me......"
2 Corinthians 12:7

Three score and ten
"The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet it is their strength, labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away."
Psalms 90:10.

Through a glass darkly
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
I Corinthians 13:12

Time to be born and a time to die
1 There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven
2 A time to give birth and a time to die; A time to plant and a time to uproot what is planted.
Ecc. 3:1-2

Tower of Babel
An allusion to a story told in Genesis 11:1-9

Tower of strength
'The name of the Lord is a strong tower'.
Proverbs 18:10

Turn the other cheek
'resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on the right cheek, turn to him the other also
Matthew 5:39

Twinkling of an eye
"Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 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

United we stand, "divided we fall"
Jesus knew their thoughts and said to them, "Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household divided against itself will not stand.
Matthew 12:25

Vanity of vanities; all is vanity
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.
Ecclesiastes 1:9

Voice crying in the wilderness
'the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord'
John 1:23

Wages of sin
'The wages of sin is death'
Romans 6:23

Walking on water
Matt. 14:22-32

Wars and rumors of wars
And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.
Matthew 24:6

Wearing/in sackcloth and ashes
When the word reached the king of Nineveh, he arose from his throne, laid aside his robe from him, covered himself with sackcloth and sat on the ashes.
Jonah, 3: 6 and

"Woe to you, Korazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. "
Luke 10: 13

Weighed in the balances and found wanting
Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.
Daniel 5:27

Wheels within wheels
The appearance of the wheels and their work was like unto the colour of a beryl: and they four had one likeness: and their appearance and their work was as it were a wheel in the middle of a wheel.
Ezekiel 1:16

Where there's no vision, the people perish
"Where there is no vision the people perish; but he that keepeth the law, happy is he."
Proverbs 29:18

White lie
Association of white with purity and innocence, as in 'though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow'
Isaiah 1:18

whitewashing their deeds
Her prophets whitewash these deeds for them by false visions and lying divinations. They say, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says'--when the LORD has not spoken.
Ezekeil 22:28

wolf in sheep's clothing
Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.
Matthew 7:15

you can't take it with you
For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.
1Timothy 6:7

You reap what you sow
"Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap."
Galatians 6:7

you're either with us or you're against us
He who is not with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters.
Matthew 12:30