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Frequently Occurring
Biblical Quotations
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The Gospels

The four Gospels each tell the story of the life of Jesus Christ upon this earth. In the Gospel accounts, we learn of the parables that Jesus told, the miracles he performed, the advice and instruction he taught, and the warnings he gave about the end of the present age. Many of his words and deeds have inspired Reggae lyricists.

Matthew 5:3 - Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
The famous Beatitudes (
Matthew 5:3-11), so-called from the Latin word meaning 'blessed' (as in the Latin Vulgate Bible: "beati pauperes spiritu..."), bring a wonderful message of hope for those whom this world has rejected. See, for example, the song 'Zion Hut', by IJahman.

Matthew 7:1 - Judge not, that ye be not judged.
Not even Christ judged while on the earth: "I came not to judge the world, but to save the world" (
John 12:47). God doesn't like hypocrites. ... See, for example, 'Judge Not', by Bob Marley.

Matthew 7:7 - Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
God will surely reveal himself to those who earnestly seek him. This is the Bible's tripartite instruction for prayer: When we earnestly ask, it will be given, but God's ways are subtle, and so we may still need to seek before we find, and even then, it's polite to knock before entering. Prayer is powerful. God always answers prayers, but often not in the ways we expect. ...See, for example, '
Blackheart Man' by Bunny Wailer.

Matthew 7:15 - Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
We mustn't be led astray by teachers of falsehoods, who seek only to devour the flock to further their own evil cause. See, for example, '
Wolfes' by Messian Dread, or 'Roots' by Bob Marley.

Matthew 7:24 - Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
Jesus frequently spoke in parables when addressing the crowds who flocked to hear him teach. Here he compares the solid foundation of a life based on truth to a secure house built on the rock. The image of the rock used to denote solidarity is a common one throughout the Bible. (Compare, for example,
Psalm 18:2, "The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer...".) Look at songs such as 'Love Is The Light', by Horace Andy and Big Youth.

Matthew 11:25 - At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.
The corrupted hearts of the wordly-wise prevent them from seeing the most fundumental truths that are obvious to one who sees with the eyes of a child. (Compare also
Matthew 18:3.) Quoted in Reggae lyrics, this verse of scripture is often merged with Psalm 8 verse 2, "Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger." See, for example, 'Forever Loving Jah' by Bob Marley, and 'What About The Half' by Dennis Brown.

Matthew 13:9 - Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Jesus invites us to search for the hidden meanings in his parables. This phrase is repeated on several occasions throughout the New Testament. Placed in the context of a Reggae song lyric, it often takes on added emphasis, making the listener sit up and take note. We sometimes also find an adapted version of this quotation, forming the similar command, "Those who have eyes to see, let them see!" Songs to check out include '
The Coming Of Jah' by Max Romeo, 'Behold' by Alpha And Omega, and 'Reincarnated Souls' by Bunny Wailer.

Matthew 19:24 - And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
It's easy to imagine Jesus saying these words with a sparkle of humour in his eyes, for what indeed is more ridiculous than the idea of a camel passing through the eye of a needle?! Yet even so, "with God all things are possible." See, for example, '
Kingdom Of God' by Prince Far I.

Matthew 22:14 - For many are called, but few are chosen.
God calls every one of us, but few listen. See, for example, '
Roots' by Bob Marley, or 'When Jah Come' by Lee 'Scratch' Perry.

Matthew 24:6-7 - And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.
How many thousand times have these lines been quoted, I wonder? ... And not just in Reggae lyrics, of course, but by people everywhere, observing this time of tribulation, and interpretting the "wars and rumours of wars" as signs of the imminent end of the age. Examples of songs to look at include: '
Rumours' (Capital Letters), 'Armageddon' (Bunny Wailer), 'Rumors of War' (Peter Tosh), etc.

Mark 13:33 - Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
The need for watchfulness applies to believers throughout all ages. See, for example, '
Watch And Pray' by The Gladiators.

Luke 23:34 - Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.
The first of seven utterances of Jesus from the cross. Preparing for the ultimate sacrifice, he pardons even those who crucified him. ... See, for example, '
The Harder They Come' by Jimmy Cliff, or 'Kingdom Of God' by Prince Far I.

John 1:1 - In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
It is no coincidence that the opening phrase of St. John's gospel reminds us of
Genesis 1:1, and indeed these verses are often linked when quoted in Reggae lyrics. See, for example, 'Creation' by Peter Tosh. The eternal significance of Jesus, the Word that "was made flesh, and dwelt among us", is here stated, as is his identity with God.

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