Common phrases from the King James Bible

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Sunday 28 March 2010

To follow on from a post a couple of days ago, here is a list of common phrases that have all come out of the King James Bible. While I agree with many others, that it is a difficult version to read, it has had a huge linguistic impact, partly because many of these phrases have persisted into the present day. Here are a few that lo and behold come from the KJB:

A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush
A drop in the bucket
A fly in the ointment
All things must pass
All things to all men
Am I my brother's keeper?
An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth
As old as the hills
As you sow so shall you reap
Ashes to ashes dust to dust
At his wits end
Bite the dust
By the skin of your teeth
Can a leopard change its spots?
Coat of many colours
Eat drink and be merry
Fall from grace
Flesh and blood
For everything there is a season
From strength to strength
Give up the ghost
Lamb to the slaughter
The Love of money is the root of all evil
Love thy neighbour as thyself
No rest for the wicked
O ye, of little faith
Sour grapes
Spare the rod and spoil the child
The apple of his eye
The blind leading the blind
The fly in the ointment
The fruits of your loins
The powers that be
The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak
The writing is on the wall
Woe is me


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