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Many Bible Quotes may have been misquoted, did you heard about the Mandela effect which is the unusual phenomenon where a large group of people remembers a certain subject differently than how it occurred. Although it is certain that things did not magically change facts, it is certainly worthwhile to be able to reflect on. As many teachings of the bible have gone out to the world today, many do not even know that they originated from the bible. Furthermore, many are not even aware that they may be even misquoted from the bible. It may even sound “correct” or logical, but it is still misquoted from the bible. 

How are a couple of verses from the Bible that many may not know are often misquoted! | Bible Qoutes

  1. “Money is the root of all evil” 

What the correct verse is: For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. (1 Timothy 6:10). 

Although many would agree that people can do many things for money, at the end of the day this is not the correct verse in the bible. Physically, Money itself does not cause evil, but it is the love of money according to Apostle Paul. 

2. “You should never judge”

What the correct verse is: “Do not judge, or you too will be judged.” (Matthew 7:1). 

3. All things work together for good.

What the correct verse is: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28). 

Although a common verse saying in the world, many fail to remember that it is for those who have been called according to God’s purpose.

4. Ask and it will be given to you.

What the correct verse is:  “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” (Luke 11:9). 

This verse is often taken out of context. For those without the context of Luke 11, many may misinterpret it as “wishing whatever you desire and it would be given to you.” 

5. Where two or three are gathered, there I am with them.

What the correct verse is: “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” (Matthew 18:20). 

This verse can be taken out of text interpreted as only when two or three gathers, Jesus will be with them.

6. “God will never give you more than you can handle.”

What the correct verse is: “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it.” 

Why do people misquote the bible? | Bible Quotes

There could be many reasons why bible verses are often misquoted. It could be due to the passage of time where verbal misuse translates to a wide belief of the misquoted verse. It could also be that many do not refer back to the bible as the standard as well, checking to see if the verse is actually correct. 

Why is it dangerous to misquote? | Bible Quotes

Although misquoting may seem like a small mistake, it is a dangerous habit for Christians. Just as a person does not like to be misunderstood or have their words twisted for unnecessary reasons, it is the same reason for the bible. Especially for those who are in teaching positions, it is always a good idea to teach God’s word according to the bible and his standard. Here are some verses that the bible mentions about misuse or misinterpretations of God’s word. 

Psalms 56:5

All-day long they twist my words; all their schemes are for my ruin.

James 3:1

Not many of you should become teachers, my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.

Proverbs 12:22 

The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in people who are trustworthy.

Proverbs 6:16-17 

There are six things the Lord hates,

    seven that are detestable to him:


        haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood. 

How to avoid misquoting: 

As we are able to see how the bible is misquoted and why it is dangerous to misquote the Bible, how do we avoid misquoting? First and a simple way, we have to always look in the bible ourselves. The bible is the only source where God’s word is truthfully conveyed. The bible is where God’s word for His people is and can be found. 

However, there would be instances where Christians may not have direct access to the bible. Therefore, many Christians found the word preached by their pastors, priests, or spiritual mentors. In such cases, then the reasonable and appropriate thing to do is to ask your priest, pastor, or mentor. Make sure that they are able to provide resources for you to be able to find the correct verse or understanding. In other words, make sure to ask them for the correct verse. The verse that is clearly located in the bible. 

At the end of the day, it is important for Christians to be able to understand God and His word correctly and accurately. As God’s word contains God’s message and heart, it is important for Christians to be able to God’s message and heart as He is our creator that is able to give us our hope of eternal life and heaven. 

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