Bible Quotes and Parallels:

Titus 1:12 Even one of their own prophets has said, "Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons."

"They fashioned a tomb for thee, O holy and high one–

The Cretans, always liars, evil beasts, idle bellies!

But thou art not dead; thou livest and abidest forever;

For in thee we live and move and have our being."

Hymn to Zeus, Epimenides the Cretan, 6th century B.C. (who was quoting previous sources).

Acts 17:28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’

"From Zeus let us begin; him do we mortals never leave unnamed;

Full of Zeus are all the streets and all the market-places of men;

Full is the sea and the heavens thereof;

Always we all have need of Zeus

For we are also his offspring"

Phaenomena, Aratus, c. 270 B.C.

"For we are your offspring."

Hymn to Zeus, Cleanthes c. 330-232 B.C.

Acts 17:29 "Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone--an image made by man’s design and skill."

"And behold! He cometh with ten thousands of his holy ones to execute judgment upon all, and to destroy all the ungodly: and to convict all flesh of all the works of their ungodliness which they have ungodly committed, and of all the hard things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him."

–1 Enoch 1:9 (pseudepigraphical)

"And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convice all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him."

–Jude, 14,15.

Quote without credit, a proverb:

1 Corinthians 15:33: "Do not be misled: ‘Bad company corrupts good character.’"

–(quoted from Menander, c. 342-292 BC)

"Charity begins at home."

–Terence (c. 190-159 BC)

"But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to show piety at home."

–1 Timothy 5:4 (Paul, c. 64 AD)

[Is it all right for an inspired writer to borrow the words of pagan poets and philosophers?]

[What about our Lord Himself? Would He borrow the expressions of others?]

Acts 9:5 And he said, "Who art thou, Lord?" And the Lord said, "I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks."

"Do not kick against the pricks."

–Aeschylus, 525-456 B.C.

(later quoted by Pindar c. 518-438 B.C.; and Euripides 485-406 B.C.)

Aeschylus also wrote: "Zeus, first cause, prime mover; for what thing without Zeus is done among mortals?"

[These descriptions "first cause, prime mover" were later used by Aristotle, of the pagan gods, and were much later used by Thomas Aquinas, as arguments for the existence of the true God.]

Who said, "What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others?"

–Confucius, 551-479 B.C.

"We should behave to our friends as we would wish our friends to behave to us."

–Aristotle, 384-322 B.C.

"Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets."

–Jesus, Matthew 7:12.

"Decay is inherent in all component things! Work out your salvation with diligence."

–Mahaparinibbanasutta (Buddhist Scriptures, c. 500 - c. 250 B.C.).

"Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure."

–Paul, Phillipians 2:12,13.

"Money: There’s nothing in the world so demoralizing as money."

–Sophocles, c. 495-405 B.C.

"The love of money is the root of all evil."

–Paul, 1 Timothy 6:10.

"I see and approve better things, but follow worse."

–Ovid (43 B.C. - 18 A.D.

"We know the good, we apprehend it clearly.

But we can’t bring it to achievement."

–Hippolytus, 428 B.C.

"The good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do."

–Paul, Romans 7:19.

"The world has had its great teachers, men of giant intellect and wonderful research, men whose utterances have stimulated thought, and opened to view vast fields of knowledge; and these men have been honored as guides and benefactors of their race. But there is One who stands higher than they.… We can trace the line of the world's great teachers as far back as human records extend; but the Light was before them. As the moon and the stars of the solar system shine by the reflected light of the sun, so as far as their teaching is true, do the world's great teachers reflect the light of the Sun of Righteousness. Every gem of thought, every flash of the intellect, is from the Light of the World."

–DA 464, 465 (1898).