9 Idioms You Didn’t Know Came From the Bible


There are phrases we use everyday knowing what they mean, but not knowing how to explain what they mean, or even where they came from. Have you ever had to “learn the ropes?” Most idioms can't really be translated to different languages and cultures – but in the case of the Bible, it's a text that spans Hebrew, Greek and almost every modern language. Here are ten common phrases that came from Scripture!

No Rest for the Wicked

But the wicked are like the tossing sea; for it cannot be quiet, and its waters toss up mire and dirt. There is no rest,” says my God, “for the wicked.”
— Isaiah 57:20-21

Bite the Dust

May he have dominion from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth! May desert tribes bow down before him, and his enemies lick the dust!
— Psalm 72:8-9

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Michael Harrell is a former staff member and current volunteer at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Federal Way, Washington. A blogger by hobby and social media manager by trade, he continues to teach the faith to ninth graders when he's not busy watching movies or theatre. He loves the Seattle Mariners, and his wife wants you to know he's married. You can follow him on Twitter.