Musings on …. Old Adages or Every Day Sayings


Son and I were sitting on the front porch last week and were looking up at the clouds, they were lined from underneath with brillant reddish pink and orange. I asked Jesse “What is that saying about the red sky?”

He says:“Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky in morning, sailor’s warning”

Then as I was looking up something else, I read this:Matthew 16:1-4 – [Verse 1 in Original Greek] 1 The Pharisees and Sadducees came up, and testing Jesus, they asked Him to show them a sign FFrom heaven. 2 But He replied to them, “When  it is evening, you say, ‘{It will be} fair weather, for the sky is red.’ 3 “And in the morning, ‘{There will be} a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot {discern} the signs of the times? 4 “An  evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and a sign will not be given it, except the sign of Jonah.” And He left them and went away.

Since I’m a new Christian and was not raised with faith, it often surprises me of the sayings ‘old adages’ we earthlings use that come from the Bible. Now those of you who do not believe in the inerrancy of the Word or even believe in God’s Word probably won’t agree with me, but still it’s interesting.

I’m assuming if I looked online I could find someone who already listed all of these ‘old adages’ or everyday sayings. Here goes:

From this site:

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Famous Proverb
“An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” Famous Proverb
“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Famous Proverb
“April showers bring May flowers.” Famous Proverb
“Ask me no questions, I’ll tell you no lies.” Famous Proverb
“As you sow, so shall you reap.” Famous Proverb
“A watched kettle never boils.” Famous Proverb
“A woman’s work is never done.” Famous Proverb

And Everyday Mysteries Site (neat site, might be good for students)

Or this


” Cut off your nose to spite your face “


or Here at Top Word, all that glitters is not gold, or All’s well that ends well.

But I ask you, reader, what are some everyday sayings that you know and use then read it in the bible?

 Kristina AKA Home Engineer

One response »

  1. Amusing how Jesus’ words get thrown in there with other “old proverbs.”

    I can’t think of anything to add right now, but I often use little quotes of scripture, like “whithersoever it listeth” (James 3?) and other plays on words, puns and whatnot. They’re not proverbs or adages, really, and it sounds kind of blasphemous because I can’t think of an example, but talk to me long enough and you will hear one from my repertoire of nerddom.

    I don’t like it when people (I think namely of Sean Hannity, but I’ve heard it elsewhere, lately) use “let not your hearts be troubled” out of context. That’s been bugging me lately, and has made me more aware of where I might be making light of God’s Word in borrowing from its language elsewhere myself.

    Okay, that was totally not what you asked about, but there you have it anyway.

    P.S. I don’t think it’s that you didn’t grow up with the Bible; I have that same reaction with the “red skies” passage every time, and whenever I read about the constellations in Job, etc. It overwhelms you with a feeling of the ancientness of God’s Word. We think it’s funny to find such “new” stuff there, but (oh, oh–wait for it!!) “there is nothing new under the sun.” 🙂
    ~~ah, there is nothing new under the sun, aint that the truth? and possibly a very good thing, we can’t figure out the ‘old’ stuff yet 😉

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