The Bible doesn't say "teach a man to fish," this phrase is from a Chinese proverb. The full text is: "Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime."
The passage in the Bible that is commonly thought to say "teach a man to fish" is found in Mathew 4:19. Here, Jesus is walking near the shore of the Sea of Galilee, when he sees two brothers, Simon and Andrew, throwing out their fishing nets. Jesus says them, "follow me and I will make you fishers of men." (NASB) In the next verse, Simon, also known as Peter, and Andrew drop their nets and follow Jesus, thus becoming his first disciples.Learn More
In Leviticus 19:28, the Bible says, "Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am Lord." During the time that this biblical passage was written, tattoos were associated with pagan rituals and the Israelites were prohibited from that type of worship.Full Answer >
The number nine appears 49 times in the Bible and is used to symbolize divine completeness or finality. For example, Christ is said to have died on the ninth hour of the day.Full Answer >
The saying, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime" is not from the Bible. It is an old Chinese proverb.Full Answer >
"This, too, shall pass" does not appear in any translation of the Bible that is available in modern times. There are several possible origins of the phrase. Some attribute it to King Solomon, others believe it comes from a fable by Persian Sufi poets and still others think it stems from an old English poem by Deor.Full Answer >