Top 10 Verses People Think Are In The Bible


Is That Bible Verse Really In The Bible?

Many times when I am doing research into what people are looking for about the Bible I come across some strange things. One of the more common of those things are people searching for things that are not in the Bible. So I comprised a list of the top 10 sayings that people search for that are not in the Bible. Hopefully this will clear the air about some of the quotes attributed to the Bible that are not actually the Bible. We shall see.

10 So Called Bible Verses That Are Not In The Bible

spare the rodVerse #10 Spare the rod, spoil the child Bible Verse

This verse might be a very loose paraphrase of Proverbs 13:24 but spare the rod and spoil the child is not in the Bible. It was a 17th century British poet who coined the phrase “spare the rod, spoil the child”.



money-root-evilVerse #9 Money is the root of all evil Bible verse

This is actually a misquote of 1 Timothy 6:10 where it says the love of money is the root of all evil. It is not money, which is an inanimate object, that is the root of all evil, but a person’s love for money that causes the problem. There is a huge difference between the two.




this-too-shall-passVerse #8 This too shall pass Bible verse

This one really surprised me. Not because it is not in the Bible but because people think it is. It seems to come from the Sufis, a group of Muslim mystics. Although we know that there is a time and season for everything and that seasons change, this quote attributed to the Bible is just not in there.




cleanlinessVerse #7 Cleanliness is next to godliness Bible Verse

I remember hearing my grandmother quote this time and time again. I guess I was a messy kid. However it is not found in the Bible. The first close usage of the phrase seems to come from Francis Bacon in 1605 and later repeated by John Wesley as a colloquialism in 1791.




Money-Cometh-2-UVerse #6 Money cometh to me now Bible verse

Prosperity preacher Dr. Leroy Thompson coined this phrase in his “Money cometh to me now” seminars. It has also been used by Kenneth Copeland. This verse is nowhere to be seen in the Bible.


blessed_and_highly_favoredVerse #5 Blessed and highly favored Bible verse.

Once again we have a verse that is not actually in the Bible. It may be a conglomeration of how Paul would start his letters to the Romans and  Corinthians but it is not an actual Bible verse.




 god-moves-mysterious-wayVerse #4 God moves in mysterious ways Bible verse

This is somethings Christians across the world say to each other however it is not in the Bible. This phrase God moves in mysterious ways was first penned by William Cowper who was a British poet and hymnist. It may be a loose paraphrase of Isaiah 55:8 where God’s thoughts are higher than our thoughts but it is not in the Bible. God does move in mysterious ways but only to the ignorant or uninformed.

You-Make-All-Things-Work-TogetherVerse #3 All things work together for good Bible verse

This is one where context is king. People who use this saying are referring to Romans 8:28 but cut off the rest of the verse. It says that all things work together for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. A person needs to love God and needs to be called by Him for His purposes. It is not a blanket statement that all things work together for good.

pride-goes-before-fallVerse #2 Pride comes before a fall Bible verse

This verse is a paraphrase and shortening of Proverbs 16:18 where Solomon is talking about the results of having pride in your life. So maybe I am being a little nitpicky but with there being so many misunderstood or misquoted Bible verses out there I decided to include it in this list.


Verse #1 God helps those that helps themselves Bible verse

god helps those that help themselves

This is not in the Bible. In fact it is in the exact opposite spirit the Bible was written. This quote came from Algernon Sydney and was later repeated by Benjamin Franklin. It may sound spiritual and good but it is neither. It comes from a spirit of self dependency and self sufficiency. If we have helped ourselves then it is not a gift of grace and thus does not come from God. God helps the helpless.



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