Quotes of pagan writings in the Bible

These are "verified" quotes of pagan authors which were used by Apostles. These quotes became common sayings and, apparently, used to convey Divine Truths in an understandable manner.

Quotes of pagan writings in the Bible


Our Holy Apostle Paul quoted pagan poet Epimenides' (7th or 6th century BC) Ode to Zeus in his letter to Titus 1:12-13:

"Cretans, always liars, evil beasts, idle bellies."


"For in him we live, and move, and have our being" - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epimenides

Socrates (470 BC – 399 BC)

In Philippians 1:21 "...to die is gain..." Apostle Paul loosely quoted Socrates' words:

"Now, if death is like this, I say that to die is gain; for eternity is then only a single night." - https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Socrates

In Acts 17:28 "For we are also his offspring" - a quote from astronomic poem by Aratus (315 BC – 240 BC) - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aratus


1 to Corinthians 15:33: "evil communications corrupt good manners" - a quote from a comedy Thaïs by Menander

Prayer of St John of Kronstadt

Lord! grant that Thy temple may communicate to all who enter into it with faith, piety  and fear of God, the enlightenment of their souls, the cleansing from their sins, sanctification, peace, health, tranquility of soul—that it may strengthen their faith, hope and love; that it may further the amendment of their lives, success in all their good beginnings and works,
mutual love, pure Christian life, the softening of their hearts, and the cessation of self-love, hard-heartedness, covetousness, greediness, envy...

St John of Kronstadt

The Prayer of the Third Hour, of St Basil the Great

O Master, God the Father Almighty; O Lord, Jesus Christ, the Only-begotten Son; and Thou, O Holy Spirit; One Godhead and One Power; Have mercy on me a sinner, and by those judgments which Thou knowest save me, Thine unworthy servant; For blessed art Thou unto the ages. Amen.

We suffer because...

We suffer because we have no humility and we do not love our brother. From love of our brother comes the love of God. People do not learn humility,

Take stock of your soul

Now, being in your case, if you are about to take up residence in a city, you make many inquiries about the air quality, whether or not it is salubrious, temperate, dry; but if you are about to take stock of your soul, are you as exercised about its converse with people likely to associate with it instead of simply turning it over to whomever it chances upon?

St. John Chrysostom



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