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Dictionary of English World Proverbs and Sayings 






And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

Bible, Acts (ch. IX, v. 5)

I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Bible, Acts (ch. XX, v. 35)

For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.

Bible, Ecclesiastes (ch. I, v. 18)

The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

Bible, Ecclesiastes (ch. I, v. 9)

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

Bible, Ecclesiastes (ch. III, v. 1-8)

Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.

Bible, Ecclesiastes (ch. IX, v. 10)

I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.

Bible, Ecclesiastes (ch. IX, v. 11)

A living dog is better than a dead lion.

Bible, Ecclesiastes (ch. IX, v. 4)

For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.

Bible, Ecclesiastes (ch. IX, v. 4)

The heart of the wise in in the house of mourning, but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.

Bible, Ecclesiastes (ch. VII, v. 4)

It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.

Bible, Ecclesiastes (ch. VII, v. 5)

For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool: this also is vanity.

Bible, Ecclesiastes (ch. VII, v. 6)

If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth: and if the tree fall toward the south, or toward the north, in the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be.

Bible, Ecclesiastes (ch. XI, v. 3)

He that toucheth pitch shall be defiled therewith; and he that hath fellowship with the proud, shall put on pride.

Bible, Ecclesiasticus (Apocrypha) (ch. XIII, v. 1)

Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil.

Bible, Ephesians (ch. IV, v. 26-27)

Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

Bible, Ephesians (ch. V, v. 6)

As is the mother, so is her daughter.

Bible, Ezekiel (ch. XVI, v. 44)

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Bible, Galatians (ch. VI, v. 7)

In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

Bible, Genesis (ch. IV, v. 19)

Like people, like priest.

Bible, Hosea (ch. IV, v. 9)

For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.

Bible, Hosea (ch. VIII, v. 7)

And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves. for charity shall cover the multitude of sins.

Bible, I Peter (ch. IV, v. 8)

For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

Bible, I Timothy (ch. VI, v. 10)

For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.

Bible, II Thessalonians (ch. III, v. 10)

Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots?

Bible, Jeremiah (ch. XIII, v. 23)

My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent without hope.

Bible, Job (ch. VII, v. 6)

But ask now the beasts, any they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.

Bible, Job (ch. XII, v. 7-8)

Great men are not always wise: neither do the aged understand judgment.

Bible, Job (ch. XXXII, v. 9)

Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Bible, John (ch. VIII, v. 32)

Whither goest thou? [Lat., Quo vadis?]

Bible, (Vulgate), John (ch. XIII, v. 36)

Physician, heal thyself.

Bible, Luke (ch. IV, v. 23)

And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house.

Bible, Luke (ch. X, v. 7)

And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.

Bible, Mark (ch. III, v. 25)

If any man shall have ears to hear, let him hear.

Bible, Mark (ch. IV, v. 23)

But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Bible, Matthew (ch. IV, v. 4)

Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.

Bible, Matthew (ch. IV, v. 4)

No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Bible, Matthew (ch. VI, v. 24)

Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

Bible, Matthew (ch. VI, v. 34)

Judge not, that ye be not judged.

Bible, Matthew (ch. VII, v. 1)

Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

Bible, "Golden Rule", Matthew (ch. VII, v. 12)

Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

Bible, Matthew (ch. VII, v. 6)

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

Bible, Matthew (ch. VII, v. 7-8)

Let the dead bury their dead.

Bible, Matthew (ch. VIII, v. 22)

Either make the tree food, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.

Bible, Matthew (ch. XII, v. 33)

Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

Bible, Matthew (ch. XII, v. 34)

A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house.

Bible, Matthew (ch. XIII, v. 57)

Neither do men put new wine into old bottles.

Bible, Matthew (ch. XIX, v. 17)

With men all is impossible; but with God all things are possible.

Bible, Matthew (ch. XIX, v. 26)

They be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

Bible, Matthew (ch. XV, v. 14)

If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

Bible, Matthew (ch. XVII, v. 20)

For many are called, but few are chosen.

Bible, Matthew (ch. XXII, v. 14)

For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

Bible, Matthew (ch. XXIV, v. 28)

All they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.

Bible, Matthew (ch. XXVI, v. 52)

Surely in vain the net is spread in the sight of any bird.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. I, v. 17)

For whom the Lord liveth he correcteth.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. III, v. 12)

The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. IV, v. 18)

Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. IV, v. 7)

For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city, To call passengers who go right on their ways: Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. IX, v. 14-17)

For the lips of a strange woman drop as an honeycomb, and her mouth is smoother than oil: But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a two-edged sword. Her feet go down to death; her steps take hold on hell.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. V, v. 3-5)

Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?

Bible, Proverbs (ch. VI, v. 27)

Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. VI, v. 6)

How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? When wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth,
and thy want as an armed man.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. VI, v. 9-11)

Come, let us take our fill of love until the morning: let us solace ourselves with loves. For the goodman is not at home, he is gone a long journey.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. VII, v. 18-19)

He goeth after her straightway, as an ox goeth to the slaughter, or as a fool to the correction of the stocks; Till a dart strike through his liver; as a bird hasteth to the snare, and knoweth not that it is for his life.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. VII, v. 22)

The rich man's wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. X, v. 15)

He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XI, v. 15)

As a jewel of gold in a swine's snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XI, v. 22)

A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XII, v. 10)

Lying lips are abomination to the Lord.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XII, v. 22)

A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XII, v. 4)

Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XIII, v. 12)

Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XIII, v. 15)

The desire accomplished is sweet to the soul.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XIII, v. 19)

He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XIII, v. 24)

Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XIV, v. 13)

In all labour there is profit.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XIV, v. 23)

Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XIV, v. 34)

Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XIX, v. 1)

A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XV, v. 1)

A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance: but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XV, v. 13)

Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XV, v. 17)

A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XV, v. 23)

Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XVI, v. 18)

He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XVI, v. 32)

A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
Bible, Proverbs (ch. XVII, v. 17)

A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XVII, v. 22)

He that covereth a transgression seeketh love: but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XVII, v. 9)

The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XVIII, v. 14)

A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XVIII, v. 24)

Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whoever is deceived thereby is not wise.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XX, v. 1)

Even a child is known by his doings.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XX, v. 11)

The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the Lord hath made even both of them.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XX, v. 12)

It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer: but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XX, v. 14)

It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XX, v. 3)

It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXI, v. 9)

A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favour rather than silver and gold.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXII, v. 1)

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXII, v. 6)

Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth its colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXIII, v. 29-32)

Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats: For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXIII, v. 6-7)

A fool uttereth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXIX, v. 11)

Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXIX, v. 18)

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXV, v. 11)

Whoso boasteth himself of a false gift is like clouds and wind without rain.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXV, v. 14)

Withdraw thy foot from thy neighbour's house; lest he be weary of thee, and so hate thee.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXV, v. 17)

If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink. For thou shalt heap coals of fire upon his head, and the Lord shall reward thee.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXV, v. 21-22)

As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXV, v. 25)

The heart of kings is unsearchable.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXV, v. 3)

As dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to this folly.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXVI, v. 11)

Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him. Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXVI, v. 4-5)

Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXVII, v. 1)

A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXVII, v. 15)

Open rebuke is better than secret love.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXVII, v. 5)

Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXVII, v. 6)

The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXVIII, v. 1)

A faithful man shall abound with blessings; but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXVIII, v. 20)

There be three things which are too wonderful for me, yea, four which I know not: The way of an eagle in the air; the way of a serpent upon a rock; the way of a ship in the midst of the sea; and the way of a man with a maid.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXX, v. 18-19)

Two things have I required of thee; deny me them not before I die: Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me: Lest I be full, and deny thee, and say, Who is the Lord? or lest I be poor, and steal, and take the name of my God in vain.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXX, v. 7-9)

Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXXI, v. 10)

Give strong drink unto him that is ready to perish, and wine unto those that be of heavy hearts.

Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXXI, v. 6)

Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.

Bible, Titus (ch. I, v. 15)

Let us crown ourselves with rosebuds before they wither.

Bible, Wisdom of Solomon (Apocrypha) (ch. II, v. 8)



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