Quoting the Unknown

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OK, if I ask you to fill in the blank on the following sentence, how would you do? “A bird in the hand is worth two in the _______.” If you answered “Reggie”, then you have already been watching too much football. The correct answer is “Bush”.

Now, if I asked what part of the Bible that comes from, how many could give the correct answer? Which is, “Nowhere.” It’s not a Biblical saying. It’s barely a coherent saying, but I won’t go into that. Who, after all, often has a bird in the hand? Wouldn’t it make more sense to say, “A bird in the hand pecks at your fingers?”

As a minister—or maybe just as a Christian—I often have people try to quote Scripture to me. Sometimes, they’re trying to justify something they’re doing, while other times they are just trying to show off. Often, though, the “scripture” they quote isn’t from the Bible.

With that in mind, just for fun today, I am going to give you a little quiz. The answers will be at the end, but I encourage you not to cheat.

The following twenty-four quotes are either from the Bible, William Shakespeare, or Ben Franklin. So, put on your thinking caps, and see if you can identify which of the three Bs (Bible, Bill or Ben) these quotes are from:

1] Glory is like a circle in the water, which never ceaseth to enlarge itself, till by broad spreading it disperse to naught.

2] He that’s secure is not safe.

3] Blessed are the peacemakers on earth.

4] Be not afraid of sudden fear.

5] Now ‘tis the spring, and weeds are shallow-rooted; suffer them now and they’ll o’ergrow the garden.

6] So part we sadly in this troublous world, to meet with joy in sweet Jerusalem.

7] The eye of man hath not heard, the ear of man hath not seen, man’s hand is not able to taste, his tongue to conceive, nor his heart to report, what my dream was.

8] But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

9] Blessed the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

10] God helps them that help themselves.

11] The very stones prate of my whereabout.

12] The womb shall forget him; the worm shall feed sweetly on him; he shall be no more remembered; and wickedness shall be broken as a tree.

13] Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.

14] Work as if you were to live a hundred years. Pray as if you were to die tomorrow.

15] For the stone shall cry out of the wall, and the beam out of the timber shall answer it.

16] A word to the wise is enough, and many words won’t fill a bushel.

17] Within the circuit of this ivory pale, I’ll be a park, and thou shalt be my deer.

18] Forbear to judge, for we are sinners all.

19] A fool’s mouth is his destruction.

20] Hope deferred maketh the heart sick.

21] They do not love that do not show their love.

22] The borrower is servant to the lender.

23] Neither a borrower nor a lender be.

24] Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners.

1] (Shakespeare – King Henry VI); 2] (Franklin); 3] (Shakespeare – King Henry VI); 4] (Proverbs 3:25); 5] (Shakespeare – King Henry VI); 6] (Shakespeare – King Henry VI); 7] (Shakespeare – Midsummer Night’s Dream); 8] (1Corinthians 2:9); 9] (Matthew 5:9); 10] (Franklin); 11] (Shakespeare – Macbeth); 12] (Job 24:20); 13] (Franklin); 14] (Franklin); 15] (Habakkuk 2:11); 16] (Franklin); 17] (Shakespeare – King Henry VI); 18] (Shakespeare – King Henry VI); 19] (Proverbs 18:7); 20] (Proverbs 13:12); 21] (Shakespeare – Two Gentlemen of Verona); 22] (Poverbs 22:7); 23] (Shakespeare – Hamlet); 24] (Song of Solomon 6:10)