Wednesday 19 June, 2019

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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."
  3. “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.”
  4. “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.”
  5. “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.
  6. “God don’t like ugly.” This is nowhere to be found in the bible. God probably likes ugly but not evil.
  7. “Blessed and highly favoured.” As good as it sounds, it is not in the bible.

If we missed any, feel free to comment.

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