Have you taken our Bible quote quiz yet? In it, we provide 16 quotes and challenge you to identify which are from the Bible, and which are from popular fantasy novels like The Lord of the Rings and A Game of Thrones.
Many of you are telling us that you enjoyed the quiz, so I wanted to take a few minutes to identify the Bible quotes that appeared in it—but obviously, that will spoil the quiz, so if you haven’t done so already, take the quiz and then come back here; I’ll wait. Ready? OK.
How’d you do? Did you pick out the Scripture quotes? Here they are, along with a few comments:
“Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.”
This quote is from Ecclesiastes 12:12. Ecclesiastes is an unusual book of the Bible, recounting the search for wisdom and the meaning of life. In Ecclesiastes 12, the author praises the words and teachings of the wise—and notes that at the end of the day, their ultimate lesson can be summed up simply as “Fear God and keep his commandments.”
“The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.”
This quote was a bit of a trick, and we heard from many Harry Potter fans who noticed it. In the Harry Potter series, this phrase is engraved on the tombstone of Harry’s parents. However, the quote originally comes from 1 Corinthians 15:26, which describes Christ’s ultimate victory over death itself.
“Do you still persist in your integrity? Curse God, and die.”
This Bible quote sounds strange out of context—it’s from Job 2:9. In this story, Job has just suffered unspeakable loss and hardship—he’s lost his family, his possessions, and his health. His wife, amazed that Job still honors a God who appears to have abandoned him, bitterly suggests that he curse God and be done with it. Despite his suffering, Job replies:
[Job] said to her, “You speak as any foolish woman would speak. Shall we receive the good at the hand of God, and not receive the bad?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
“He is the kind of person who is always thinking about the cost.”
This is part of a proverb—admittedly, not a terribly well-known one—that warns not to associate with greedy and selfish people, who may appear to be generous but are always mentally tallying up the cost of whatever gifts or services they’re offering you. Different Bibles translate this in some colorful ways.
We hope you enjoyed the quiz, and that it got you thinking about what makes a quote sound like it’s from the Bible even when it’s not. And perhaps we’ve even encouraged you to refamiliarize yourself with a few famous Bible passages!