Using the linked list below come up with the top 40 phrases you feel your peers should know from the bible. Go to the section in the bible where the phrase occurs and read the passage. Write your impression of the story and the significance of the phrase. Students will be assessed on contributions, comprehension, accuracy, links and images.

Comprehensive List
(Choose at least 40)

1. "As white as snow"
Isaiah 1:18
Daniel 7:9
The color white, in the bible, is often a symbol for purity. But, can also be used as a description of how white something actually was.
For example, in Daniel 7:9, "His clothing was white as snow." But, looking at Isaiah 1:18, it says "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool."

2. "Forgive them, for they know not what they do"
Luke 23:34
Forgive them, for they know not what they do in every day life would be a lot more effective than saying something like "yo, don't worry about his forgiveness-less, he doesn't know what he's doing!" Not only would it have a biblical impact, but it is much more sophisticated.

3. "A man after his own heart"
1 Samuel 13:14
A man after his own heart would be a significant thing to say, for example, I have heard people say this when they can relate a lot to someone and they love someone very much.

4. "An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth"
Matthew 5:32
This, today, is an example of when someone does something to you, you do it back. When they do something else, you do it back.

5. "Many are called, but few are chosen"
Matthew 22:14
This kind of reminds me of applying to colleges- a lot of people do it, but not many people get accepted.

6. "Woe is me"
Job 10:15
This is a lot like saying I am sad or I am depressed. Sounds familiar.

7. "The ends of the earth"
1 Samuel 2:10
Today, the ends of the earth is used to show people how much of something- a lot of times, love, even when it is not meant.

8. "Let he who is without sin cast the first stone"
John 8:7
If you are not sinner, you can attack the sinner.

9. "It is better to give than to receive"
Acts 20:35
Don't be greedy, pretty much.

10. "All things must pass"
Matthew 24:8
This means that nothing is forever.

11. "Love never fails"
1 Corinthians 13:8
This is a lie. Love sucks.
And, love fails all the time.
It's called divorce.

12. "All men are liars"
Psalms 116:11
Plain and simple, everyone sins.
And, everyone will lie to you.

13. "At his wit's end"
Psalms 107:2
The point of no return. Being completely done. Like I am with some people.

14. "Don't go to bed angry"
Ephesians 4:26
Don't carry burdens into bed with you, they aren't good company to keep. They will carry over into the next day.

1." A drop in the bucket"
Isaiah 40:15
Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are regarded as dust on the scales; he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust.
“A drop in the ocean.” The things are not important for the whole thing.

2. "A fly in the ointment"
Ecclesiastes 10:1:
"Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour."
John Norris' A Practical Treatise Concerning Humility, 1707:
'Tis that dead fly in the ointment of the Apothecary.

A small defect influence the valuable of the whole thing.

3. "A labour of love"
Thessalonians 1:2, 1:3:
We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers;
Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father;

Hebrews 6:10:
For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

Be willing to do something.

4. "The bread of life"
Deuteronomy 16:3
Do not eat it with bread made with yeast, but for seven days eat unleavened bread, the bread of affliction, because you left Egypt in haste—so that all the days of your life you may remember the time of your departure from Egypt.

John 6:35
Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

Spiritual food for human.

5. "A wolf in sheep's clothing"
Matthew 7:15:
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

John Wyclif's translation in 1382:
Be ye war of fals prophetis, that comen to you in clothing is of scheep, but withynneforth thei ben as wolues of raueyn.
Describe some people are hypocritical and dangerous, they play a role that not their real character.

6. "All things to all men"
Corinthians 9:22 (King James Version):
To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak:
I am made All things to all men, that I might by all means save some.

Everything that is wanted by all people. Everybody likes this kind of person.

7. "By the skin of your teeth"
Job 19:20
"I haue escaped with the skinne of my tethe."

Succeed by a fluke. Not easy to do thing.

8. "Coat of many colours"
Genesis 37:3 (King James Version):
Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.

Genesis 37:23:
And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stript Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colours that was on him;

Genesis 37:32:
And they sent the coat of many colours, and they brought it to their father; and said, This have we found: know now whether it be thy son’s coat or no.

A coat has different colors by used different materials.

9. "For everything there is a season"
Ecclesiastes 3:1
A Time for Everything ] There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.
A time to be born and to die

10. "Get thee behind me Satan"
Luke 4:5-8 (King James Version):

4:5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time.

4:6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it.

4:7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.

4:8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

Matthew 16:23. But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of men.

Mark 8:33. But when he had turned about and looked on his disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying, Get thee behind me, Satan: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men.

Ask somebody far away from somebody.

11. "The wages of sin is death"
Proverbs 10:16
The wages of the righteous is life, but the earnings of the wicked are sin and death.

Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Retribution for wrongdoing.

12. "Let there be light"
Genesis 1:3
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
Genesis 1:14
And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years

Don’t be confused. There will have light in front of you.

13. "No rest for the wicked"
Jeremiah 14:10
This is what the LORD says about this people: “They greatly love to wander; they do not restrain their feet. So the LORD does not accept them; he will now remember their wickedness and punish them for their sins.”

People have done wrong things, he will continue doing wrong things. Living in the sin forever.

1. Am I my brother's keeper?
Genesis 4:9
Then the LORD said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?”
“I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?”

No man is the absolute keeper of his brother, so as to be responsible for his safety when he is not present. This is what Cain means to insinuate. But every man is his brother's keeper so far that he is not himself to lay the hand of violence on him, nor suffer another to do so if he can hinder it.

2. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth
Exodus 21:24
"Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot"

The punishment should fit the crime.

3. There's nothing new under the sun.
Ecclesiastes 1:9
"What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun."

The thing that has been - Every thing in the whole economy of nature has its revolutions; summer and winter, heat and cold, rain and drought, seedtime and autumn, with the whole system of corruption and generation, alternately succeed each other, so that whatever has been shall be again.

4. As you sow so shall you reap
Leviticus 25:11
The fiftieth year shall be a jubilee for you; do not sow and do not reap what grows of itself or harvest the untended vines.

You have to eat what the earth yields for you.

5. Ashes to ashes dust to dust
Genesis 18:27
Then Abraham spoke up again: “Now that I have been so bold as to speak to the Lord, though I am nothing but dust and ashes,

By these expressions he shows how deeply his soul was humbled in the presence of God. He who has high thoughts of himself must have low thoughts of the dignity of the Divine nature, of the majesty of God, and the sinfulness of sin.

6. Bite the dust
Genesis 3:19
By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”

God had said that in the day they ate of the forbidden fruit, dying they should die - they should then become mortal, and continue under the influence of a great variety of unfriendly agencies in the atmosphere and in themselves, from heats, colds, drought, and damps in the one, and morbid increased and decreased action in the solids and fluids of the other, till the spirit, finding its earthly house no longer tenable, should return to God who gave it; and the body, being decomposed, should be reduced to its primitive dust

7. Blessed are the peacemakers
Matthew 5:9
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Those who resemble God, or who manifest a spirit like his. He is the Author of peace and all those who endeavor to promote peace are like him, and are worthy to be called his children.

8. Can a leopard change it's spots
Jeremiah 13:23
Can an Ethiopian change his skin or a leopard its spots?
Neither can you do good who are accustomed to doing evil.

Sin, and especially any attachment to idolatry, has become a second nature; and people may as well expect the Ethiopian to change his skin, and the leopard his spots, as you to do good, who have been accustomed to do evil. It is a matter of the utmost difficulty to get a sinner, deeply rooted in vicious habits, brought to the knowledge of himself and God.

9. Spare the rod and spoil the child.
Proverbs 13:24
Whoever spares the rod hates their children, but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.

You have to discipline you children if they misbehave.

10. He who lives by the sword, dies by the sword
Matthew 26:52
Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.

The violent usually die violent deaths.

11. The blind leading the blind
Matthew 15:14
Let them alone; they are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

A blind man, attempting to conduct blind men, would fall into every ditch that was in the way. It was the same with religious teachers, if the Pharisees, themselves ignorant and blind, should be suffered to lead the ignorant multitude, both would be destroyed. This was another reason for confuting their errors, or for rooting up the plants which God had not planted. He wished, by doing it, to save the deluded multitude.

12. Love thy neighbor as thyself.
Romans 13:9
For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

The Ten Commandments are there to regulate people's conduct towards their neighbors.

13. The love of money is the root of all evil.
Timothy 6:10
For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

Love of money is the root, the parent of all manner of evils. Which some coveting have erred, literally, missed the mark. They aimed not at faith, but at something else. And pierced themselves with many sorrows - From a guilty conscience, tormenting passions, desires contrary to reason, religion, and one another.