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John Bartlett (1820–1905).  Familiar Quotations, 10th ed.  1919.
 
Old Testament.
 
 
1
    And God said, Let there be light: and there was light
          Genesis i. 3.
2
    It is not good that the man should be alone.
          Genesis ii. 18.
3
    Bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh
          Genesis ii. 23.
4
    They sewed fig-leaves together and made themselves aprons.
          Genesis iii. 7.
5
    In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread.
          Genesis iii. 19.
6
    For dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
          Genesis iii. 19.
7
    The mother of all living.
          Genesis iii. 20.
8
    Am I my brother’s keeper?
          Genesis iv. 9.
9
    My punishment is greater than I can bear.
          Genesis iv. 13.
10
    There were giants in the earth in those days.
          Genesis vi. 4.
  
  
  
11
    And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.
          Genesis vii. 12.
12
    The dove found no rest for the sole of her foot.
          Genesis viii. 9.
13
    Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed.
          Genesis ix. 6.
14
    Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between thee and me.
          Genesis xiii. 8.
15
    In a good old age.
          Genesis xv. 15.
16
    His hand will be against every man, and every man’s hand against him.
          Genesis xvi. 12.
17
    Old and well stricken in age.
          Genesis xviii. 11.
18
    His wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.
          Genesis xiv. 26.
19
    The voice is Jacob’s voice, but the hands are the hands of Esau.
          Genesis xxvii. 22.
20
    They stript Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colours.
          Genesis xxxvii. 23.
21
    Bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.
          Genesis xlii. 38.
22
    Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel.
          Genesis xlix. 4.
23
    I have been a stranger in a strange land.
          Exodus ii. 22.
24
    A land flowing with milk and honey.
          Exodus iii. 8; Jeremiah xxxii. 22.
25
    Darkness which may be felt.
          Exodus x. 21.
26
    The Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire.
          Exodus xiii. 21.
27
    When we sat by the fleshpots.
          Exodus xvi. 3.
28
    Love thy neighbour as thyself.
          Leviticus xix. 18.
29
    The Lord opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times?
          Numbers xxii. 28.
30
    Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his!
          Numbers xxiii. 10.
31
    How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, and thy tabernacles, O Israel!
          Numbers xxiv. 5.
32
    Man doth not live by bread only.
          Deuteronomy viii. 3.
33
    The wife of thy bosom.
          Deuteronomy xiii. 6.
34
    Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
          Deuteronomy xix. 21.
35
    Blessed shall be thy basket and thy store.
          Deuteronomy xxviii. 5.
36
    The secret things belong unto the Lord.
          Deuteronomy xxix. 29.
37
    He kept him as the apple of his eye.
          Deuteronomy xxxii. 10.
38
    Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked.
          Deuteronomy xxxii. 15.
39
    As thy days, so shall thy strength be.
          Deuteronomy xxxiii. 25.
40
    His eye was not dim, nor his natural force abated.
          Deuteronomy xxxiv. 7.
41
    I am going the way of all the earth.
          Joshua xxiii. 14.
42
    I arose a mother in Israel.
          Judges v. 7.
43
    The stars in their courses fought against Sisera.
          Judges v. 20.
44
    She brought forth butter in a lordly dish.
          Judges v. 25.
45
    At her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay down: at her feet he bowed, he fell: where he bowed, there he fell down dead.
          Judges v. 27.
46
    Is not the gleaning of the grapes of Ephraim better than the vintage of Abi-ezer?
          Judges viii. 2.
47
    He smote them hip and thigh.
          Judges xv. 8.
48
    The Philistines be upon thee, Samson.
          Judges xvi. 9.
49
    From Dan even to Beer-sheba.
          Judges xx. 1.
50
    The people arose as one man.
          Judges xx. 8.
51
    Whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God.
          Ruth i. 16.
52
    Quit yourselves like men.
          1 Samuel iv. 9.
53
    Is Saul also among the prophets?
          1 Samuel x. 11.
54
    A man after his own heart.
          1 Samuel xiii. 14.
55
    David therefore departed thence and escaped to the cave Adullam.
          1 Samuel xxii. 1.
56
    Tell it not in Gath; publish it not in the streets of Askelon.
          2 Samuel i. 20.
57
    Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided.
          2 Samuel i. 23.
58
    How are the mighty fallen!
          2 Samuel i. 25.
59
    Thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women.
          2 Samuel i. 26.
60
    Abner… smote him under the fifth rib.
          2 Samuel ii. 23.
61
    Tarry at Jericho until your beards be grown.
          2 Samuel x. 5.
62
    Thou art the man.
          2 Samuel xii. 7.
63
    As water spilt on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again.
          2 Samuel xiv. 14.
64
    They were wont to speak in old time, saying, They shall surely ask counsel at Abel: and so they ended the matter.
          2 Samuel xx. 18.
65
    The sweet psalmist of Israel.
          2 Samuel xxiii. 1.
66
    So that there was neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building. 1
          1 Kings vi. 7.
67
    A proverb and a byword.
          1 Kings ix. 7.
68
    I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.
          1 Kings xvii. 9.
69
    An handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse.
          1 Kings xvii. 12.
70
    And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail.
          1 Kings xvii. 16.
71
    How long halt ye between two opinions?
          1 Kings xviii. 21.
72
    There ariseth a little cloud out of the sea, like a man’s hand.
          1 Kings xviii. 44.
73
    A still, small voice.
          1 Kings xix. 12.
74
    Let not him that girdeth on his harness boast himself as he that putteth it off.
          1 Kings xx. 11.
75
    Death in the pot.
          2 Kings iv. 40.
76
    Is thy servant a dog, that he should do this great thing?
          2 Kings viii. 13.
77
    Like the driving of Jehu, the son of Nimshi: for he driveth furiously.
          2 Kings ix. 20.
78
    One that feared God and eschewed evil.
          Job i. 1.
79
    Satan came also.
          Job i. 6.
80
    The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.
          Job i. 21.
81
    All that a man hath will he give for his life.
          Job ii. 4.
82
    There the wicked cease from troubling, and there the weary be at rest.
          Job iii. 17.
83
    Night, when deep sleep falleth on men.
          Job iv. 13; xxxiii. 15.
84
    Man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.
          Job v. 7.
85
    He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
          Job v. 13.
86
    Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age, like as a shock of corn cometh in in his season.
          Job v. 26.
87
    How forcible are right words!
          Job vi. 25.
88
    My days are swifter than a weaver’s shuttle.
          Job vii. 6.
89
    He shall return no more to his house, neither shall his place know him any more. 2
          Job vii. 10; cf. xvi. 22.
90
    I would not live alway.
          Job vii. 16.
91
    The land of darkness and the shadow of death.
          Job x. 21.
92
    Clearer than the noonday.
          Job xi. 17.
93
    Wisdom shall die with you.
          Job xii. 2.
94
    Speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee.
          Job xii. 8.
95
    Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.
          Job xvi. 1.
96
    Miserable comforters are ye all.
          Job xvi. 2.
97
    The king of terrors.
          Job xviii. 14.
98
    I am escaped with the skin of my teeth.
          Job xix. 20.
99
    Oh that my words were now written! oh that they were printed in a book!
          Job xix. 23.
100
    Seeing the root of the matter is found in me.
          Job xix. 28.
101
    Though wickedness be sweet in his mouth, though he hide it under his tongue.
          Job xx. 12.
102
    The land of the living.
          Job xxviii. 13.
103
    The price of wisdom is above rubies.
          Job xxviii. 18.
104
    When the ear heard me, then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me, it gave witness to me.
          Job xxix. 11.
105
    I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy.
          Job xxix. 13.
106
    I was eyes to the blind, and feet was I to the lame.
          Job xxix. 15.
107
    The house appointed for all living.
          Job xxx. 23.
108
    My desire is… that mine adversary had written a book.
          Job xxxi. 35.
109
    Great men are not always wise.
          Job xxxii. 9.
110
    He multiplieth words without knowledge.
          Job xxxv. 16.
111
    Fair weather cometh out of the north.
          Job xxxvii. 22.
112
    Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge?
          Job xxxviii. 2.
113
    The morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy.
          Job xxxviii. 7.
114
    Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further; and here shall thy proud waves be stayed.
          Job xxxviii. 11.
115
    Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion?
          Job xxxviii. 31.
116
    Canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?
          Job xxxviii. 32.
117
    He smelleth the battle afar off.
          Job xxxix. 25.
118
    Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook?
          Job xli. 1.
119
    Hard as a piece of the nether millstone.
          Job xli. 24.
120
    He maketh the deep to boil like a pot.
          Job xli. 31.
121
    I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear; but now mine eye seeth thee.
          Job xlii. 5.
122
    His leaf also shall not wither.
          Psalm i. 3.
123
    Lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.
          Psalm iv. 6.
124
    Out of the mouth of babes 3 and sucklings.
          Psalm viii. 2.
125
    Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels. 4
          Psalm viii. 5.
126
    The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.
          Psalm xiv. 1; liii. 1.
127
    He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not.
          Psalm xv. 4.
128
    The lines are fallen unto me in pleasant places; 5 yea, I have a goodly heritage.
          Psalm xvi. 6.
129
    Keep me as the apple of the eye, 6 hide me under the shadow of thy wings.
          Psalm xvii. 8.
130
    The sorrows of death compassed me.
          Psalm xviii. 4.
131
    He rode upon a cherub, and did fly: yea, he did fly upon the wings of the wind. 7
          Psalm xviii. 10.
132
    The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork.
          Psalm xix. 1.
133
    Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge. 8
          Psalm xix. 2.
134
    And there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.
          Psalm xix. 6.
135
    Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
          Psalm xix. 10.
136
    I may tell all my bones.
          Psalm xxii. 17.
137
    He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 9
          Psalm xxiii. 2.
138
    Thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 10
          Psalm xxiii. 4.
139
    My cup runneth over. 11
          Psalm xxiii. 5.
140
    From the strife of tongues.
          Psalm xxxi. 20.
141
    He fashioneth their hearts alike. 12
          Psalm xxxiii. 15.
142
    Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.
          Psalm xxxiv. 13.
143
    I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen 13 the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
          Psalm xxxvii. 25.
144
    Spreading 14 himself like a green bay-tree.
          Psalm xxxvii. 35.
145
    Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright.
          Psalm xxxvii. 37.
146
    While I was musing the fire burned. 15
          Psalm xxxix. 3.
147
    Lord, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am. 16
          Psalm xxxix. 4.
148
    Every man at his best state is altogether vanity. 17
          Psalm xxxix. 5.
149
    He heapeth up riches, and knoweth not 18 who shall gather them.
          Psalm xxxix. 6.
150
    Blessed is he that considereth the poor.
          Psalm xli. 1.
151
    As the hart panteth after the water-brooks. 19
          Psalm xlii. 1.
152
    Deep calleth unto deep. 20
          Psalm xlii. 7.
153
    My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
          Psalm xlv. 1.
154
    God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 21
          Psalm xlvi. 1.
155
    Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion, 22 … the city of the great King.
          Psalm xlviii. 2.
156
    Man being in honour abideth not; he is like the beasts that perish. 23
          Psalm xlix. 12, 20.
157
    The cattle upon a thousand hills.
          Psalm l. 10.
158
    Oh that I had wings like a dove!
          Psalm lv. 6.
159
    We took sweet counsel together.
          Psalm lv. 14.
160
    But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance. 24
          Psalm lv. 15.
161
    The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart. 25
          Psalm lv. 21.
162
    My heart is fixed.
          Psalm lvii. 7.
163
    They are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear; which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely. 26
          Psalm lviii. 4, 5.
164
    Vain is the help of man.
          Psalm lx. 11; cviii. 12.
165
    Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie: to be laid in the balance they are altogether lighter than vanity. 27
          Psalm lxii. 9.
166
    He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass. 28
          Psalm lxxii. 6.
167
    His enemies shall lick the dust.
          Psalm lxxii. 9.
168
    As a dream when one awaketh.
          Psalm lxxiii. 20.
169
    Promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from 29 the south.
          Psalm lxxv. 6.
170
    He putteth down one and setteth up another.
          Psalm lxxv. 7.
171
    They go from strength to strength.
          Psalm lxxxiv. 7.
172
    A day 30 in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a door-keeper in the house of my God than to dwell in the tents of wickedness. 31
          Psalm lxxxiv. 10.
173
    Mercy and truth are met together: righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
          Psalm lxxxv. 10.
174
    A thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, 32 and as a watch in the night.
          Psalm xc. 4.
175
    We spend our years as a tale that is told. 33
          Psalm xc. 9.
176
    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. 34
          Psalm xc. 10.
177
    So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
          Psalm xc. 12.
178
    Establish thou the work of our hands upon us: yea, the work of our hands establish thou it. 35
          Psalm xc. 17.
179
    I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. 36
          Psalm xci. 2.
180
    Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for… the destruction that wasteth at noonday. 37
          Psalm xci. 6.
181
    The righteous shall flourish like the palm-tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. 38
          Psalm xcii. 12.
182
    The noise of many waters.
          Psalm xciii. 4.
183
    The Lord reigneth; let the earth rejoice. 39
          Psalm xcvii. 1.
184
    As for man his days are as grass; as a flower of the field so he flourisheth. 40
          Psalm ciii. 15.
185
    The wind passeth over it, and it is gone; 41 and the place thereof shall know it no more.
          Psalm ciii. 16.
186
    Wine that maketh glad the heart of man.
          Psalm civ. 15.
187
    Man goeth forth unto his work 42 and to his labour until the evening.
          Psalm civ. 23.
188
    They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters. 43
          Psalm cvii. 23.
189
    At their wits’ end.
          Psalm cvii. 27.
190
    Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth. 44
          Psalm cx. 3.
191
    I said in my haste, All men are liars.
          Psalm cxvi. 11.
192
    Precious 45 in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.
          Psalm cxvi. 15.
193
    The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. 46
          Psalm cxviii. 22.
194
    I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditations. 47
          Psalm cxix. 99.
195
    A lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path. 48
          Psalm cxix. 105.
196
    The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. 49
          Psalm cxxi. 6.
197
    Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity 50 within thy palaces.
          Psalm cxxii. 7.
198
    He giveth his beloved sleep.
          Psalm cxxvii. 2.
199
    Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them.
          Psalm cxxvii. 5.
200
    Thy children like olive plants 51 round about thy table.
          Psalm cxxviii. 3.
201
    I will not give sleep to mine eyes, or slumber to mine eyelids. 52
          Psalm cxxxii. 4; Proverbs vi. 4.
202
    Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren 53 to dwell together in unity.
          Psalm cxxxiii. 1.
203
    We hanged our harps upon the willows. 54
          Psalm cxxxvii. 2.
204
    If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.
          Psalm cxxxvii. 5.
205
    If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell 55 in the uttermost parts of the sea.
          Psalm cxxxix. 9.
206
    I am fearfully and wonderfully made. 56
          Psalm cxxxix. 14.
207
    Put not your trust in princes.
          Psalm cxlvi. 3.
208
    My son, if sinners entice thee, consent thou not.
          Proverbs i. 10.
209
    Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the street.
          Proverbs i. 20.
210
    Length of days is in her right hand; and in her left hand riches and honour.
          Proverbs iii. 16.
211
    Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her paths are peace.
          Proverbs iii. 17.
212
    Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom; and with all thy getting get understanding.
          Proverbs iv. 7.
213
    The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.
          Proverbs iv. 18.
214
    Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise.
          Proverbs vi. 6.
215
    Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep.
          Proverbs vi. 10; xxiv. 33.
216
    So shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.
          Proverbs vi. 11.
217
    Can a man take fire in his bosom, and his clothes not be burned?
          Proverbs vi. 27.
218
    As an ox goeth to the slaughter.
          Proverbs vii. 22; Jeremiah xi. 19.
219
    Wisdom is better than rubies.
          Proverbs viii. 11.
220
    Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant.
          Proverbs ix. 17.
221
    He knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell
          Proverbs ix. 18.
222
    A wise son maketh a glad father.
          Proverbs x. 1.
223
    The memory of the just is blessed.
          Proverbs x. 7.
224
    The destruction of the poor is their poverty.
          Proverbs x. 15.
225
    In the multitude of counsellors there is safety.
          Proverbs xi. 14; xxiv. 6.
226
    He that is surety for a stranger shall smart for it.
          Proverbs xi. 15.
227
    As a jewel of gold in a swine’s snout, so is a fair woman which is without discretion.
          Proverbs xi. 22.
228
    The liberal soul shall be made fat.
          Proverbs xi. 25.
229
    A righteous man regardeth the life of his beast; but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
          Proverbs xii. 10.
230
    Hope deferred maketh the heart sick.
          Proverbs xiii. 12.
231
    The way of transgressors is hard.
          Proverbs xiii. 15.
232
    He that spareth his rod hateth his son.
          Proverbs xiii. 24.
233
    Fools make a mock at sin.
          Proverbs xiv. 9.
234
    The heart knoweth his own bitterness; and a stranger doth not intermeddle with his joy.
          Proverbs xiv. 10.
235
    The prudent man looketh well to his going.
          Proverbs xiv. 15.
236
    The talk of the lips tendeth only to penury.
          Proverbs xiv. 23.
237
    The righteous hath hope in his death.
          Proverbs xiv. 32.
238
    Righteousness exalteth a nation.
          Proverbs xiv. 34.
239
    A soft answer turneth away wrath.
          Proverbs xv. 1.
240
    A merry heart maketh a cheerful countenance.
          Proverbs xv. 13.
241
    He that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.
          Proverbs xv. 15.
242
    Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.
          Proverbs xv. 17.
243
    A word spoken in due season, how good is it!
          Proverbs xv. 23.
244
    A man’s heart deviseth his way; but the Lord directeth his steps.
          Proverbs xvi. 9.
245
    Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
          Proverbs xvi. 18.
246
    The hoary head is a crown of glory.
          Proverbs xvi. 31.
247
    He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.
          Proverbs xvi. 32.
248
    The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord.
          Proverbs xvi. 33.
249
    A gift is as a precious stone in the eyes of him that hath it.
          Proverbs xvii. 8.
250
    He that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.
          Proverbs xvii. 9.
251
    A merry heart doeth good like a medicine.
          Proverbs xvii. 22.
252
    The eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.
          Proverbs xvii. 24.
253
    He that hath knowledge spareth his words.
          Proverbs xvii. 27.
254
    Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise.
          Proverbs xvii. 28.
255
    A wounded spirit who can bear?
          Proverbs xviii. 14.
256
    Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing.
          Proverbs xviii. 22.
257
    A man that hath friends must show himself friendly; and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
          Proverbs xviii. 24.
258
    He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord.
          Proverbs xix. 17.
259
    Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging.
          Proverbs xx. 1.
260
    Every fool will be meddling.
          Proverbs xx. 3.
261
    The hearing ear and the seeing eye.
          Proverbs xx. 12.
262
    It is naught, it is naught, saith the buyer; but when he is gone his way, then he boasteth.
          Proverbs xx. 14.
263
    It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop than with a brawling woman in a wide house.
          Proverbs xxi. 9.
264
    A good name is rather to be chosen than great riches.
          Proverbs xxii. 1.
265
    Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old he will not depart from it.
          Proverbs xxii. 6.
266
    The borrower is servant to the lender.
          Proverbs xxii. 7.
267
    Remove not the ancient landmark.
          Proverbs xxii. 28; xxiii. 10.
268
    Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings; he shall not stand before mean men.
          Proverbs xxii. 29.
269
    Put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.
          Proverbs xxiii. 2.
270
    Riches certainly make themselves wings.
          Proverbs xxiii. 5.
271
    As he thinketh in his heart, so is he.
          Proverbs xxiii. 7.
272
    Drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.
          Proverbs xxiii. 21.
273
    Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup;… at the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder.
          Proverbs xxiii. 31, 32.
274
    A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.
          Proverbs xxiv. 5.
275
    If thou faint in the day of adversity thy strength is small.
          Proverbs xxiv. 10.
276
    A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.
          Proverbs xxv. 11.
277
    Heap coals of fire upon his head.
          Proverbs xxv. 22.
278
    As cold waters to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country.
          Proverbs xxv. 25.
279
    As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.
          Proverbs xxvi. 2.
280
    Answer a fool according to his folly.
          Proverbs xxvi. 5.
281
    Seest thou a man wise in his own conceit? There is more hope of a fool than of him.
          Proverbs xxvi. 12.
282
    There is a lion in the way; a lion is in the streets.
          Proverbs xxvi. 13.
283
    Wiser in his own conceit than seven men that can render a reason.
          Proverbs xxvi. 16.
284
    Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein.
          Proverbs xxvi. 27.
285
    Boast not thyself of to-morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.
          Proverbs xxvii. 1.
286
    Open rebuke is better than secret love.
          Proverbs xxvii. 5.
287
    Faithful are the wounds of a friend.
          Proverbs xxvii. 6.
288
    A continual dropping in a very rainy day and a contentious woman are alike.
          Proverbs xxvii. 15.
289
    Iron sharpeneth iron; so a man sharpeneth the countenance of his friend.
          Proverbs xxvii. 17.
290
    Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.
          Proverbs xxvii. 22.
291
    The wicked flee when no man pursueth; but the righteous are bold as a lion.
          Proverbs xxviii. 1.
292
    He that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.
          Proverbs xxviii. 20.
293
    Where there is no vision, the people perish.
          Proverbs xxix. 18.
294
    Give me neither poverty nor riches.
          Proverbs xxx. 8.
295
    The horseleech hath two daughters, crying, Give, give.
          Proverbs xxx. 15.
296
    In her tongue is the law of kindness.
          Proverbs xxxi. 26.
297
    She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
          Proverbs xxxi. 27.
298
    Her children arise up and call her blessed.
          Proverbs xxxi. 28.
299
    Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
          Proverbs xxxi. 29.
300
    Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain.
          Proverbs xxxi. 30.
301
    Vanity of vanities,… all is vanity.
          Ecclesiastes i. 2; xii. 8.
302
    One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh.
          Ecclesiastes i. 4.
303
    The eye is not satisfied with seeing.
          Ecclesiastes i. 8.
304
    There is no new thing under the sun.
          Ecclesiastes i. 9.
305
    Is there anything whereof it may be said, See, this is new? It hath been already of old time, which was before us. 57
          Ecclesiastes i. 10.
306
    All is vanity and vexation of spirit.
          Ecclesiastes i. 14.
307
    He that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.
          Ecclesiastes i. 18.
308
    One event happeneth to them all.
          Ecclesiastes ii. 14.
309
    To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
          Ecclesiastes iii. 1.
310
    A threefold cord is not quickly broken.
          Ecclesiastes iv. 12.
311
    Let thy words be few.
          Ecclesiastes v. 2.
312
    Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.
          Ecclesiastes v. 5.
313
    The sleep of a labouring man is sweet.
          Ecclesiastes v. 12.
314
    A good name is better than precious ointment.
          Ecclesiastes vii. 1.
315
    It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting.
          Ecclesiastes vii. 2.
316
    As the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of a fool.
          Ecclesiastes vii. 6.
317
    In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider.
          Ecclesiastes vii. 14.
318
    Be not righteous overmuch.
          Ecclesiastes vii. 16.
319
    One man among a thousand have I found; but a woman among all those have I not found.
          Ecclesiastes vii. 28.
320
    God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.
          Ecclesiastes vii. 29.
321
    There is no discharge in that war.
          Ecclesiastes viii. 8.
322
    To eat, and to drink, and to be merry.
          Ecclesiastes viii. 15; Luke xii. 19.
323
    A living dog is better than a dead lion.
          Ecclesiastes ix. 4.
324
    Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might.
          Ecclesiastes ix. 10.
325
    The race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong.
          Ecclesiastes ix. 11.
326
    A bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.
          Ecclesiastes ix. 20.
327
    Cast thy bread upon the waters; for thou shalt find it after many days.
          Ecclesiastes xi. 1.
328
    In the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be.
          Ecclesiastes xi. 3.
329
    He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.
          Ecclesiastes xi. 4.
330
    In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand.
          Ecclesiastes xi. 6.
331
    Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun.
          Ecclesiastes xi. 7.
332
    Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth.
          Ecclesiastes xi. 9.
333
    Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth.
          Ecclesiastes xii. 1.
334
    The grinders cease because they are few.
          Ecclesiastes xii. 3.
335
    The grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail; because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets.
          Ecclesiastes xii. 5.
336
    Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.
          Ecclesiastes xii. 6.
337
    Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was; and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
          Ecclesiastes xii. 7.
338
    The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies.
          Ecclesiastes xii. 11.
339
    Of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
          Ecclesiastes xii. 12.
340
    Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments; for this is the whole duty of man.
          Ecclesiastes xii. 13.
341
    For, lo! the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land.
          The Song of Solomon ii. 11, 12.
342
    The little foxes, that spoil the vines.
          The Song of Solomon ii. 15.
343
    Terrible as an army with banners.
          The Song of Solomon vi. 4, 10.
344
    Like the best wine,… that goeth down sweetly, causing the lips of those that are asleep to speak.
          The Song of Solomon vii. 9.
345
    Love is strong as death; jealousy is cruel as the grave.
          The Song of Solomon viii. 6.
346
    Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it.
          The Song of Solomon viii. 7.
347
    The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib.
          Isaiah i. 3.
348
    The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.
          Isaiah i. 5.
349
    As a lodge in a garden of cucumbers.
          Isaiah i. 8.
350
    They shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning-hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.
          Isaiah ii. 4; Micah iv. 3.
351
    In that day a man shall cast his idols… to the moles and to the bats.
          Isaiah ii. 20.
352
    Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils.
          Isaiah ii. 22.
353
    The stay and the staff, the whole stay of bread, and the whole stay of water.
          Isaiah iii. 1.
354
    Grind the faces of the poor.
          Isaiah iii. 15.
355
    Walk with stretched-forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go.
          Isaiah iii. 16.
356
    In that day seven women shall take hold of one man.
          Isaiah iv. 1.
357
    Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil.
          Isaiah v. 20.
358
    I am a man of unclean lips.
          Isaiah vi. 5.
359
    The Lord shall hiss for the fly that is in the uttermost parts of the rivers of Egypt.
          Isaiah vii. 18.
360
    Wizards that peep and that mutter.
          Isaiah viii. 19.
361
    To the law and to the testimony.
          Isaiah viii. 20.
362
    The ancient and honorable.
          Isaiah ix. 15.
363
    The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.
          Isaiah xi. 2.
364
    The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid.
          Isaiah xi. 6.
365
    Hell from beneath is moved for thee to meet thee at thy coming.
          Isaiah xiv. 9.
366
    How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!
          Isaiah xiv. 12.
367
    The burden of the desert of the sea.
          Isaiah xxi. 1.
368
    Babylon is fallen, is fallen.
          Isaiah xxi. 9.
369
    Watchman, what of the night?
          Isaiah xxi. 11.
370
    Let us eat and drink; for to-morrow we shall die.
          Isaiah xxii. 13.
371
    Fasten him as a nail in a sure place.
          Isaiah xxii. 23.
372
    Whose merchants are princes.
          Isaiah xxiii. 8.
373
    A feast of fat things.
          Isaiah xxv. 6.
374
    For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little.
          Isaiah xxviii. 10.
375
    We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement.
          Isaiah xxviii. 15.
376
    Their strength is to sit still.
          Isaiah xxx. 7.
377
    Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book.
          Isaiah xxx. 8.
378
    The desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.
          Isaiah xxxv. 1.
379
    Thou trustest in the staff of this broken reed.
          Isaiah xxxvi. 6.
380
    Set thine house in order.
          Isaiah xxxviii. 1.
381
    All flesh is grass.
          Isaiah xl. 6.
382
    The nations are as a drop of a bucket.
          Isaiah xl. 15.
383
    A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench.
          Isaiah xlii. 3.
384
    There is no peace, saith the Lord, unto the wicked.
          Isaiah xlviii. 22.
385
    He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter.
          Isaiah liii. 7.
386
    Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts.
          Isaiah lv. 7.
387
    A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation.
          Isaiah lx. 22.
388
    Give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness.
          Isaiah lxi. 3.
389
    I have trodden the wine-press alone.
          Isaiah lxiii. 3.
390
    We all do fade as a leaf.
          Isaiah lxiv. 6.
391
    Peace, peace; when there is no peace.
          Jeremiah vi. 14; viii. 11.
392
    Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein. 58
          Jeremiah vi. 16.
393
    Amend your ways and your doings.
          Jeremiah vii. 3; xxvi. 13.
394
    Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there?
          Jeremiah viii. 22.
395
    Oh that I had in the wilderness a lodging-place of wayfaring men!
          Jeremiah ix. 2.
396
    Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots?
          Jeremiah xiii. 23.
397
    A man of strife and a man of contention.
          Jeremiah xv. 10.
398
    Written with a pen of iron, and with the point of a diamond.
          Jeremiah xvii. 1.
399
    He shall be buried with the burial of an ass.
          Jeremiah xxii. 19.
400
    As if a wheel had been in the midst of a wheel.
          Ezekiel x. 10.
401
    The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge.
          Ezekiel xviii. 2; (Jeremiah xxxi. 29.)
402
    Stood at the parting of the way.
          Ezekiel xxi. 21.
403
    Thou art weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.
          Daniel v. 27.
404
    According to the law of the Medes and Persians.
          Daniel vi. 12.
405
    Many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
          Daniel xii. 4.
406
    They have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind.
          Hosea viii. 7.
407
    I have multiplied visions, and used similitudes.
          Hosea viii. 10.
408
    Your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions.
          Joel ii. 28.
409
    Multitudes in the valley of decision.
          Joel iii. 14.
410
    They shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig-tree.
          Micah iv. 4.
411
    Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.
          Habakkuk ii. 2.
412
    Your fathers, where are they? And the prophets, do they live forever?
          Zechariah i. 5.
413
    For who hath despised the day of small things?
          Zechariah iv. 10.
414
    Prisoners of hope.
          Zechariah ix. 12.
415
    I was wounded in the house of my friends.
          Zechariah xiii. 6.
416
    But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings.
          Malachi iv. 2.
417
    Great is truth, and mighty above all things. 59
          1 Esdras iv. 41.
418
    Unto you is paradise opened.
          2 Esdras viii. 52.
419
    I shall light a candle of understanding in thine heart, which shall not be put out.
          2 Esdras xiv. 25.
420
    So they [Azarias and Tobias] went forth both, and the young man’s dog went with them.
          Tobit v. 16.
421
    So they went their way, and the dog went after them.
          Tobit xi. 4.
422
    Our time is a very shadow that passeth away.
          Wisdom of Solomon ii. 5.
423
    Let us crown ourselves with rosebuds before they be withered.
          Wisdom of Solomon ii. 8.
424
    Wisdom is the gray hair unto men, and an unspotted life is old age.
          Wisdom of Solomon iv. 8.
425
    When I was born I drew in the common air, and fell upon the earth, which is of like nature, and the first voice which I uttered was crying, as all others do. 60
          Wisdom of Solomon vii. 3.
426
    Observe the opportunity.
          Ecclesiasticus iv. 20.
427
    Be not ignorant of anything in a great matter or a small.
          Ecclesiasticus v. 15.
428
    Whatsoever thou takest in hand, remember the end, and thou shalt never do amiss.
          Ecclesiasticus vii. 36.
429
    Miss not the discourse of the elders.
          Ecclesiasticus viii. 9.
430
    Forsake not an old friend, for the new is not comparable unto him. A new friend is as new wine: when it is old thou shalt drink it with pleasure.
          Ecclesiasticus ix. 10.
431
    He that toucheth pitch shall be defiled therewith.
          Ecclesiasticus xiii. 1.
432
    He will laugh thee to scorn.
          Ecclesiasticus xiii. 7.
433
    Gladness of heart is the life of man, and the joyfulness of a man prolongeth his days.
          Ecclesiasticus xxx. 22.
434
    Consider that I laboured not for myself only, but for all them that seek learning.
          Ecclesiasticus xxxiii. 17.
435
    For of the most High cometh healing.
          Ecclesiasticus xxxviii. 2.
436
    Whose talk is of bullocks.
          Ecclesiasticus xxxviii. 25.
437
    These were honoured in their generations, and were the glory of the times.
          Ecclesiasticus xliv. 7.
438
    There be of them that have left a name behind them.
          Ecclesiasticus xliv. 8.
439
    Nicanor lay dead in his harness.
          2 Maccabees xv. 28.
440
    If I have done well, and as is fitting,… it is that which I desired; but if slenderly and meanly, it is that which I could attain unto.
          2 Maccabees 38.
 
Note 1.
See Cowper, Quotation 85. [back]
Note 2.
The place thereof shall know it no more.—Psalm ciii. 16.

Usually quoted, “The place that has known him shall know him no more.” [back]
Note 3.
Of very babes.—Book of Common Prayer. [back]
Note 4.
Thou madest him lower than.—Ibid. [back]
Note 5.
The lot is fallen unto me in a fair ground.—Ibid. [back]
Note 6.
Apple of an eye.—Ibid. [back]
Note 7.
He rode upon the cherubim, and did fly; he came flying upon the wings of the wind.—Ibid. [back]
Note 8.
One day telleth another; and one night certifieth another.—Ibid. [back]
Note 9.
He shall feed me in a green pasture, and lead me forth beside the waters of comfort.—Ibid. [back]
Note 10.
Thy rod and thy staff comfort me.—Ibid. [back]
Note 11.
My cup shall be full.—Ibid. [back]
Note 12.
He fashioneth all the hearts of them.—Ibid. [back]
Note 13.
And yet saw I never… begging their bread.—Ibid. [back]
Note 14.
Flourishing.—Ibid. [back]
Note 15.
While I was thus musing the fire kindled.—Ibid. [back]
Note 16.
Lord, let me know my end, and the number of my days, that I may be certified how long I have to live.—Ibid. [back]
Note 17.
Every man living is altogether vanity.—Ibid. [back]
Note 18.
And cannot tell.—Ibid. [back]
Note 19.
As the hart desireth the water-brooks.—Ibid. [back]
Note 20.
One deep calleth another.—Ibid. [back]
Note 21.
God is our hope and strength.—Ibid. [back]
Note 22.
The hill of Sion is a fair place, and the joy of the whole earth.—Ibid. [back]
Note 23.
Nevertheless, man will not abide in honour, seeing he may be compared unto the beasts that perish.—Ibid. [back]
Note 24.
But it was even thou, my companion, my guide, and mine own familiar friend.—Ibid. [back]
Note 25.
The words of his mouth were softer than butter, having war in his
heart.—Ibid. [back]
Note 26.
Like the deaf adder, that stoppeth her ears; which refuseth to hear the voice of the charmer, charm he never so wisely.—Ibid. [back]
Note 27.
As for the children of men, they are but vanity: the children of men are deceitful upon the weights; they are altogether lighter than vanity itself.—Ibid. [back]
Note 28.
He shall come down like the rain into a fleece of wool.—Ibid. [back]
Note 29.
Nor yet.—Ibid. [back]
Note 30.
One day in thy courts.—Ibid. [back]
Note 31.
Ungodliness.—Ibid. [back]
Note 32.
Seeing that is past.—Ibid. [back]
Note 33.
We bring our years to an end, as it were a tale that is told.—Ibid. [back]
Note 34.
The days of our age are threescore years and ten; and though men be so strong that they come to fourscore years, yet is their strength then but labour and sorrow; so soon passeth it away, and we are gone.—Ibid. [back]
Note 35.
Prosper thou the work of our hands upon us; oh prosper thou our handiwork.—Ibid. [back]
Note 36.
I will say unto the Lord, Thou art my hope and my stronghold; my God, in him will I trust.—Ibid. [back]
Note 37.
For the pestilence that walketh in darkness, nor for the sickness that destroyeth in the noonday.—Ibid. [back]
Note 38.
Like a palm-tree, and shall spread abroad like a cedar in Libanus.—Ibid. [back]
Note 39.
The Lord is king; the earth may be glad thereof.—Ibid. [back]
Note 40.
The days of man are but as grass; for he flourisheth as a flower of the field.—Ibid. [back]
Note 41.
For as soon as the wind goeth over it, it is gone.—Ibid. [back]
Note 42.
To his work.—Ibid. [back]
Note 43.
And occupy their business.—Ibid. [back]
Note 44.
In the day of thy power shall the people offer thee free-will-offerings with an holy worship: the dew of thy birth is of the womb of the morning.—Ibid. [back]
Note 45.
Right dear.—Ibid. [back]
Note 46.
The same stone which the builders refused is become the head stone in the corner.—Ibid. [back]
Note 47.
I have more understanding than my teachers: for thy testimonies are my study.—Ibid. [back]
Note 48.
A lantern unto my feet, and a light unto my paths.—Ibid. [back]
Note 49.
The sun shall not burn thee by day, neither the moon by night.—Ibid. [back]
Note 50.
Plenteousness.—Ibid. [back]
Note 51.
Like the olive branches.—Ibid. [back]
Note 52.
I will not suffer mine eyes to sleep, nor mine eyes to slumber.—Ibid. [back]
Note 53.
How good and joyful a thing it is, brethren.—Ibid. [back]
Note 54.
As for our harps, we hanged them up upon the trees.—Ibid. [back]
Note 55.
And remain.—Ibid. [back]
Note 56.
Though I be made secretly, and fashioned beneath in the earth.—Ibid. [back]
Note 57.
See Terence, Quotation 7. [back]
Note 58.
stare super vias antiquas.—The Vulgate. [back]
Note 59.
Magna est veritas et prævalet.—The Vulgate.

Usually quoted “Magna est veritas et prævalebit.” [back]
Note 60.
See Pliny, Quotation 6. [back]
 

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