There’s nothing new under the sun

This week’s phrase is from Ecclesiastes 1:9:

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.

Self-explanatory really – there’s nothing new.


A soft answer turns away wrath

This week’s phrase is from Proverbs 15:1:

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

Speaking gently will not cause another to be angry.


A two-edged sword

This week’s phrase is from Proverbs 5:4:

But her end is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a twoedged sword.

Double the trouble!


Woe is me

This week’s phrase is from Psalm 120:5:

Woe is me, that I sojourn in Mesech, that I dwell in the tents of Kedar!

To express a sense of grief.


At his wits end

This week’s phrase is from Psalm 107:27:

They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man, and are at their wits’ end.

To be perplexed


Three score and ten

This week’s phrase is from Psalm 90:10:

The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.

An idiomatic way to say seventy, generally in relation to the length in years of a persons life.


From strength to strength

this week’s phrase is from Psalm 84:7:

They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion.

To go from a position of strength, to an ever stronger position of strength.


Bite the dust

This week’s phrase is from Psalm 72:9:

They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust.

To perish, to die.


Weighed in the balance

This week’s phrase is from Job 31:6:

“Let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know mine integrity.”

May I be judged.


A broken heart

This week’s phrase is from Psalm 34:18:

The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

To be in deep anguish…


Tender mercies

This week’s phrase is from Psalm 25:6:

Remember, O LORD, thy tender mercies and thy lovingkindnesses; for they have been ever of old.

Great compassion!


My cup runneth over

This week’s phrase is from Psalm 23:5 (probably the most well-known Psalm):

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

I have what I need in abundance!


Heart’s desire

This week’s phrase is from Psalm 21:2:

Thou hast given him his heart’s desire, and hast not withholden the request of his lips. Selah.

What we want in our innermost being.


Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings

This week’s phrase is from Psalms 8:2:

Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.

Even the young can know God. So don’t underestimate them!


The root of the matter

This week’s phrase is from Job 19:28:

But ye should say, Why persecute we him, seeing the root of the matter is found in me?

The core of something.


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