Most biblical proverbs can be found in the book so named for its content.  However, many proverbs are sprinkled throughout the Scriptures, including the New Testament.

The following is a collection of Proverbs found throughout the New Testament. Can you find at least one that was previously stated in the Hebrew Scriptures?1 Do you know which one is a positive twist on an ancient rabbinical saying?2

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other . . . .”
(Matthew 6:24).

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble”
(Matthew 6:34).

“For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you”
(Matthew 7:2; cf Mark 4:24, Luke 6:38).

“Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces”
(Matthew 7:6).

” . . . . a tree is known by its fruit”
(Matthew 12: 33).

” . . . . And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch”
(Matthew 15:14).

“And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God”
(Matthew 19:24).

“Blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!”
(Matthew 23:24).

“And if a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand”
(Mark 3:25; cf Matthew 12:25, Luke 11:17).

“But Jesus said to them, ‘A prophet is not without honor except in his own country, among his own relatives, and in his own house'”
(Mark 6:4).

“And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise”
(Luke 6:31).

” . . . . If God is for us, who can be against us?”
(Romans 8:31)

“You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain”
(1 Corinthians 9:9).

“A little leaven leavens the whole lump”
(Galatians 5:9; cf 1 Corinthians 5:6).

” . . . . whatever a man sows, that he will also reap”
(Galatians 6:7).

” . . . . God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble”
(James 4:6; cf 1 Peter 5:5).

” . . . . love will cover a multitude of sins”
(1 Peter 4:8).

 

  1. Match the following: 1 Corinthians 9:9 and Deuteronomy 25:4; James 4:6 and Proverbs 3:34; 1 Peter 4:8 and Proverbs 10:12.
  2. The answer is Luke 6:31, the “golden rule.” The Jewish Sage Hillel said, “That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole Torah; the rest is the explanation; go and learn.” — Babylonian Talmud, Shabbat 31a, the “Great Principle”

 

This article was previously titled, “Proverbs in the New Testament.”