Popular misquotes from the bible
Jamaica is, for the most part, a Christian society which holds moral standards based off Christianity.
There are many quotes from the bible that people use in the face of adversity or just to suit a situation. However, for generations upon generations, there are certain popular quotes used, that actually don’t exist in the bible.
Here are quotes that are either misused or does not exist.
- The bible says “"Crowing cocks & whistling women are an abomination to the Lord". This actually doesn’t exist anywhere in the bible. This is actually a folklore that sounds as if it should be in the bible.
- The bible seh, “Money is the root of all evil.” This is misquoted. 1 Timothy 6:10: "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many grief."
- “Cleanliness is next to Godliness.” Again, this is another misquote from the bible. Jesus said in James 4:8, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.”
- “God will not give you more than you can bear.” Yes, He can and He will. The scripture reads: “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
- “Do not spare the rod and spoil the child.” Close, but not quite. It is not the actual scripture. Those words were put together by a British poet in the 17th century. The scripture reads in Proverbs 13:24 "He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him." Jamaicans especially interpret that as a pass to beat their kids.
- “God don’t like ugly.” This is nowhere to be found in the bible. God probably likes ugly but not evil.
- “Blessed and highly favoured.” As good as it sounds, it is not in the bible.
If we missed any, feel free to comment.