What Does That Old Saying Mean? (Part 2)

In Part One I listed a number of “Old Sayings” and what they really mean. I challenged you to think of “Old Sayings” that come from the Bible … and what they mean. Here are some for your consideration.

AM I MY BROTHERS KEEPER? – In Genesis, Cain murdered his brother Abel. God asked Cain “Where is your brother?” Cain answered, “I don’t know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”

APPLE OF MY EYE – This phrase also comes from the Bible. In Psalm 17:8 the writer asks God, “Keep me as the apple of your eye.”

THE BLIND LEADING THE BLIND – In Matthew 15:14, Jesus criticized the Pharisees, the religious authorities of his day, saying, “They are blind leaders of the blind.”

A BROKEN REED – This phrase is from Isaiah 36: 6. When the Assyrians laid siege to Jerusalem one of them stood outside the walls and asked if they hoped for help from Egypt. He described Egypt as a “broken reed.”

DOUBTING THOMAS – This phrase comes from John 20:24-27. After his resurrection Jesus appeared to his disciples. When the others told Thomas that Jesus was alive, he said he would not believe until he saw the marks on Jesus’ hands and side. Jesus appeared again and told Thomas, “Stop doubting and believe!”

EAT, DRINK AND BE MERRY – I would imagine most folks would doubt this one came from the Bible. However, this old saying is from King Solomon in Ecclesiastes 8:15, “A man has no better thing under the sun than to eat and to drink and be merry.” Are you surprised?

ESCAPED BY THE SKIN OF YOUR TEETH – This phrase comes from Job 19:20. Read it!

FEET OF CLAY – This phrase comes from the Bible. King Nebuchadnezzar dreamed of a statue. It had a head of gold, arms and chest of silver, belly and thighs of bronze and its legs were of iron. However, its feet were made of a mixture of iron and clay. A rock hit the statue’s feet and the whole statue was broken. The prophet Daniel interpreted the dream to be about a series of empires, all of which would eventually be destroyed. (Daniel 2:27-44).

There are actually many more. See if you can find them.