Idioms in the Bible (National Handwriting Day)

When we assume something bad is about to happen, we often say the “handwriting is on the wall.” It’s a popular idiom. In this case, from the Bible in Daniel 5, when King Belshazzar sees a man’s hand writing on the palace wall. Verse six says: “Then the king’s countenance was changed, and his thoughts troubled” (KJV). Another popular idiom in Daniel 2:33 refers to “feet of clay," and the popular phrase, “a little birdie told me,” may have come from Ecclesiastes 10:20: “For a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which has wings shall tell the matter” (KJV). Or “wolves in sheep’s clothing” from Matthew 7:15: “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves” (KJV).

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