In the new year I'm planning on starting another blog - The King's English. I want to blog on a phrase a day that has passed from the King James translation into common parlance (2011 is the 400th anniversary of the translation).
I'd like it to be as jargon-free as possible and aimed at non-Christians - though I hope Christians might find it nice and devotional.
Once I secure the right domain I'll let you have the link and if you can publicize it on your own blog / facebook / twitter I'd be really grateful.
I've whittled down the phrases to 365 below. I'm sure I'm missing loads from the prophets and kings/chronicles. But it's interesting that Jesus' words in the Gospels are at least half of all the Bible's quotable quotes! Are there any glaring omissions you can spot?
In the beginning
Let there be light
And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.
Let us make man in our own image.
Be fruitful and multiply
It was very good
The garden of Eden
The breath of life
Tree of life
It is not good that the man should be alone; (I will make him an help meet for him.)
Bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
They were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
The two shall become one flesh
Pride cometh before a fall
How are the mighty fallen
Dust to Dust... (Dust and Ashes)
Sweat of your brow
East of Eden
Adam knew Eve (Carnal knowledge)
Sin lieth at the door
Am I my brother’s keeper?
Mark of Cain
To call upon the name of the LORD
And he died (Enoch walked with God)
My spirit shall not always strive with man
It grieved Him at His heart (The earth was filled with violence)
Two by Two
Forty days and forty nights
Lo, in the dove’s mouth was an olive leaf
Covenant (While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.)
Tower of Babel
Lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him
Sodom and Gomorrah
Fire and brimstone
Jehovahjireh – the LORD will provide.
Jacob wrestled with God
Coat of many colours
the fat of the land (Gen 45:18)
ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good
A stranger in a strange land
I AM WHO I AM
Land flowing with milk and honey
Putting words in his mouth (Ex 4:15)
Bricks without straw
Let my people go
Plagues (of biblical proportions)
They were sore afraid
The earth swallowed them up
Bread of heaven – Manna
I bare you on eagle’s wings (cf Is 40)
I am the LORD thy God which have brought thee out
Thou shalt have no other gods before me
Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image
I the LORD thy God am a jealous God
Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.
Honour thy father and thy mother
Thou shalt not kill
Thou shalt not commit adultery
Thou shalt not steal
Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.
An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth
Golden Calf (“Out came this calf”)
Face to face
Holy of Holies (“most holy place”)
Love thy neighbour as thyself
Bear their iniquity
Spy out the land
Wilderness wanderings (murmuring)
Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength
Thine eye shall have no pity
Man does not live by bread alone
The apple of his eye
Kiss of death
Be strong and courageous
Walls of Jericho
Samson and Delilah
Everyone did as they saw fit
Shelter under the wings (Ruth 2:12)
A man after his own heart
David and Bathsheba
Amazing Grace (1 Chronicles 17)
Wisdom of Solomon
The Queen of Sheba
Put your house in order
Carried away (exile)
The LORD gave and the LORD hath taken away (not “giveth and... taketh away”)
Man is born to trouble as the sparks fly upwards
I am escaped with the skin of my teeth (Skin and bone)
I know that my Redeemer liveth
Gird up thy loins (Job 38)
I repent in dust and ashes
Job died old and full of days
Blessed (is the Man)
Out of the mouths of babes (What is man?)
The heavens declare the glory of God
My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken me
The LORD is my Shepherd
The valley of the shadow
My cup runneth over
The ends of the earth
Bite the dust
Three score year and ten
Strength to strength
As for man, his days are like grass, he flourishes like a flower of the field
Praise the LORD
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge
Trust in the LORD with all thine heart and lean not on thine own understanding
Soft answer turns away wrath
Spare the rod and spoil the child
Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.
To everything there is a season...
Nothing new under the sun
Eat drink and be merry
Fly in the ointment (Ecc 10:1)
A little bird told me (Ecc 10:20)
Cast thy bread upon the waters
Love is strong as death... many waters cannot quench love
It shall come to pass
Thus sayeth the LORD
White as snow (eg Is 1:18)
Beat swords into ploughshares
Woe is me
Unto Us a Child is Born
The wolf shall lie down with the lamb.
A drop in the bucket
Beast of burden
Led like a Lamb to the slaughter
Rise and shine
Bind up the broken-hearted
No rest for the wicked
Holier than thou
A new heavens and a new earth
Be horribly afraid (Jer 2:12)
Can a leopard change its spots? (Jer 13:23)
Great is thy faithfulness
Sour grapes (Ezek 18)
The writing is on the wall ("Weighed in the balances and found wanting")
Daniel in the lion’s den
Sackcloth and ashes (eg Jonah 3)
The desire of all nations
Thou shalt call his name JESUS: (for he shall save his people from their sins.)
Hail, thou that art highly favoured, (the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.)
My soul doth magnify the Lord
wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. ...
For mine eyes have seen thy salvation
There came wise men from the east
They presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense and myrrh.
Other Gospel Phrases
In the beginning was the Word
The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us
Behold the Lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world
Water into wine
Baptism of fire
To fulfil all righteousness
The heavens were opened
It is written
Fishers of men
Preaching the gospel
Verily, verily I say unto thee
Blessed are the poor in spirit
Blessed are they that mourn
Blessed are the meek
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Great is your reward in heaven
The salt of the earth
The light of the world
Keep you light under a bushel
Jot and tittle
Ye have heard that it was said... But I say unto you,
If thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out... if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off
Let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay
Turn the other cheek
Go the extra mile
Love your enemies
Let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth
Our Father which art in heaven
Hallowed be thy name
Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation (but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.)
Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also
Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Take no thought for your life
Even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. (Luke 12)
Consider the lilies of the field
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, (and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.)
Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Judge not, that ye be not judged.
Why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
Casting pearls before swine.
Seek and ye shall find
Do unto others as you would have them do unto you
Strait and narrow
Sheep in wolves’ clothing
By their fruits ye shall know them
Built on sand
Weeping and gnashing of teeth
God so loved the world...
The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
O ye of little faith.
Be of good cheer
This man blasphemeth
They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. (Luke 5:31)
A house divided against itself cannot stand
I send you forth as lambs among wolves. (Luke 10:3)
Wise as serpents, innocent as doves
Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
He that findeth his life shall lose it: and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.
He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
My name is Legion, for we are many
Go and do thou likewise
Friend of sinners
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Seed falling on stony ground
Wheat and tares
Pearl of great price
A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.
The head of John the Baptist.
A man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.(Luke 12)
highways and hedges (Luke 14:23)
The far country
between us and you there is a great gulf fixed (Luke 16:26)
Moved with compassion
Feeding the 5000
I am the Bread of Life
He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.
Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
The crumbs under thy table “the crumbs which fall from their masters' table.”
Red sky at night
Signs of the times
The keys of the kingdom
Get thee behind me Satan
Taking up your cross
What is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?
Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
I am the Good Shepherd
What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
Suffer little children, and forbid them not, (to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.)
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.
The first shall be last and the last shall be first
Many are called, few are chosen
Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.
Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's
Heavy burdens, grievous to be borne
Strain out a gnat and swallow a camel
How often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
To catch him in his words.
Wars and rumours of wars
Well done, thou good and faithful servant
Sheep and goats
Washing the disciples’ feet
In my Father’s house are many mansions
I am the Vine, ye are the branches
Greater love hath no man than this
This is my body
This is my blood
Let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Betrayed with a kiss
Thirty pieces of silver
My kingdom is not of this world
What is truth?
Hail King of the Jews
Crucify him, crucify him. (Luke 23:21)
Pilate washed his hands
Crown of thorns
My God, My God why hast thou forsaken me
Father, forgive them they know not what they do (Luke 23:34)
It is finished
He gave up the ghost
He is not here, he is risen.
Did not our heart burn within us (Luke 24:32)
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost
Rest of NT
The fruit of his loins
Cut to the heart
It is better to give than to receive
The wages of sin is death
The powers that be (Rom 13)
All things to all men
Faith, hope and love.
Faith that can move mountains
Through a glass darkly
In the twinkling of an eye
O death where is thy sting
Suffer fools gladly
A thorn in the flesh
Let not the sun go down on your wrath
Bowels of mercies
A labour of love
Love of money is the root of all evil
Fought the good fight
Twoedged sword (Heb 4)
A multitude of sins (James 5:20)
God is love
Babylon the great is fallen