Phrases Commonly Thought To be From The Bible But Are Not

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There are several phrases commonly thought to be from the Bible but aren’t explicitly found in its verses. Here are a few examples:

1. “Cleanliness is next to godliness.”

2. “This too shall pass.”

3. “God helps those who help themselves.”

4. “Money is the root of all evil.” (The actual phrase is “For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” – 1 Timothy 6:10)

5. “The lion shall lie down with the lamb.” (The Bible says, “The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb.” – Isaiah 11:6)

6. “Spare the rod, spoil the child.” (The concept is in Proverbs 13:24, but the exact wording is not used.)

7. “God works in mysterious ways.”

8. “Moderation in all things.”

9. “God won’t give you more than you can handle.” (The Bible says, “God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.” – 1 Corinthians 10:13)

10. “Money can’t buy happiness.”

It’s important to note that while these phrases may not be verbatim in the Bible, some may capture the essence of certain biblical teachings.