Your everyday quotes that seem biblical but are not in the scripture

Tochi Juliet
By Tochi Juliet
Your everyday bible verses that are not scriptural

Sometimes you hear Christians quoting some unbiblical verses thinking they are in the Bible. Many of those quotes originated from proverbs or just mere saying. It is always advisable to check up every 'seemly biblical quote' to make sure it is really contained in the bible.

Here are five quotes, which people claim to be Biblical, but in reality, can't be found in the Bible.

Heaven helps those who help themselves

The above quotation that many take as a Bible verse is, unfortunately, not in the bible. We often hear people say to others, "Heaven helps those who help themselves". Make no mistake about it; it's not in the scripture.

This quotation can best be considered an idiom because, in many cases, they usually say it to encourage an individual to take a step forward.

Heaven helps those who help themselves isn't biblical. Rather, "Our help comes from the Lord" is biblical. In the bible, it is written clearly in the book of Psalm 121:2, "My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of the heavens and the earth."

Another related biblical verse is where it is written that the Lord fights our battle, and we need not panic but be still and watch God fight for us.

"The LORD will fight for you; you only need to be still" (Exodus 14:14). Heaven helps those who help themselves is our everyday quotation is, unfortunately, not scriptural.

Heaven does not help those who help themselves rather heaven help those who call on them.

Cleanliness is next to godliness

Another quotation that is always in the mouth of many is the phrase "cleanliness is next to godliness". Cleanliness is next to godliness is not found in the Bible.

Contrary to what many believe, the phrase "cleanliness is next to godliness" is not from the Bible. Many people relate this phrase to the Bible because it is very often heard in Christian homes.

According to Crosswork, the phrase was pushed by the church, but it is not actually a Proverb or from the Bible at all.

This common saying was born out of the 19th-century church and has influenced our thinking of what it should “look like” to be a proper Christian. The saying itself does not have a biblical foundation.  

The Bible uses becoming “clean” as a spiritual act that Jesus does for us through the cross and his ability to forgive us.

According to Patheos, from the 1500s until about the 1800’s, bathing sort of fell out of fashion. People actually believed bathing could be unhealthy! This we now know is false.

Prior to this period and especially in the Ancient World, people generally valued cleanliness and bathing.

Thankfully, during the 19th century, some of the Protestants decided to push cleanliness as a concept in hopes that a value on physical cleanliness would also lead to people embracing a cleaner lifestyle.  

The famous phrase “cleanliness is next to godliness” can be found in a 1778 sermon by John Wesley. These words stuck and had a huge impact on the culture of the day. During the late 1700s and through the 1800s, the church began to take on social justice as part of its mission. 

The idea of cleanliness and faith even influenced the branding of newly emerging soap companies. This prompted the rampant use of the phrase, 'cleanliness is next to godliness'.

However, there is no connection between outward cleanliness and godliness in the Bible. Men are represented by what is in their souls, according to Jesus, and godliness is not achieved by what we eat or how much we wash our hands.

The idea of cleanliness and faith even influenced the branding of newly emerging soap companies.

Money is the root of all evil

This is a growing misconception that we sometimes hear people quoting from the Bible as though it were written in this manner.

What the bible has to say is that "For the LOVE of money is the origin of all manner of evil," 1Timothy 6:10 says. Money is good, not bad, and being wealthy is not a sin; Job was wealthy and honoured for being "without blame, upright, fearing God, and turning away from evil" (Job 1:1).

What the scripture is saying is that when one values money above other things (Love of money) such as morality, his fellow human and even above God, it leads to evil and destruction.

Money love is the root of all evil, and the urge to amass riches will lead people to do all sorts of evil things, like placing themselves above God and others.

The Bible never condemned money entirely because even when on earth, Jesus used money to sort out his needs. At a time, he used money to pay his tax.

What the Bible said is that the love of money is the root of all evil. Saying money is the root of all evil stands as a condemnation of money entirely which is not what the Bible says.

The bible categorically said that the love of money is the root of all evil not money on itself

This, too, shall pass

When something bad happens, many people use this quote, "This, too, shall pass" thinking they are quoting the Bible never knew the said quote isn't in the Bible.

There have been many instances where the bible said it shall come to pass, but not "this too shall pass". On some of these occasions, Jesus refers to his word and events that will take place on earth.

In the bible, 120 verses are found with the exact phrase ‘it shall come to pass”. Some of those verses include:

Gen_4:14 Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hidden; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.

Gen_9:14 And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud:

Gen_12:12 Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive.

Gen_24:43 Behold, I stand by the well of water; and it shall come to pass, that when the virgin cometh forth to draw water, and I say to her, Give me, I pray thee, a little water of thy pitcher to drink.

According to Rabbi Lisa Rubin, “King Solomon was trying to humble his wisest servant, so he asked him to perform a seemingly impossible task: to find something that did not exist.

He requested a magic ring — one that, if a sad man wore it, he would become happy, and if a happy man wore it, he would become sad.”

The story suggests that the servant could not find anything of such nature. So, King Solomon decided to go to a jeweller and design a ring with the inscription in Hebrew saying, “Gam ze ya’avor,” which means, “This, too, shall pass.”

Over the years, this phrase has been widely used, even by Abraham Lincoln. This phrase has apparently been made famous because he used it in his speeches.

“It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence, to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: "And this, too, shall pass away” (Roy P. Basler et al.).

The quotation is more of word of wisdom and encouragement and not a biblical quote as assumed by some people

If you work hard enough, you’ll be successful

This also is one of the quotations that many think is in the Bible, but unfortunately, it isn't. The phrase "If you work hard enough, you will be successful" is a positive statement; however, it isn't a biblical statement.

Working hard is an excellent thing but what the bible has is, " He who doesn't work should not eat. St Paul told the Thessalonians when teaching them about hard work that he who doesn't work should not eat as well, 2 Thessalonians 3:10.

In reality, we are repeatedly told in Proverbs to work hard (see Proverbs: 12:11, 13:4, 14:23, etc.).

Jesus maintained a relentless pace throughout His earthly life, and you'll never hear Paul mock someone who works hard. In truth, he condemns those who did not do so.

Even though working hard is a good thing, there is nowhere specifically written in the Bible that hard labour brings success.