WHO Can Quote Scripture? #1LinerWeds

One of the free-wheeling discussions at a Southern Indiana Writers meeting:

SOMEBODY: I don’t know what scripture this televangelist was quoting, but it didn’t come from any version of the Bible I ever read.

SOMEBODY ELSE: “The devil can cite scripture for his purpose.”


The devil got it right.

This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s weekly blog hop, One-Liner Wednesday. If you have a one-liner or just like them, follow this link.

A WRITING PROMPT BASED ON MY POST: Have someone misquote something.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “WHO Can Quote Scripture? #1LinerWeds

  1. Dan Antion

    June 13, 2018 at 11:06am

    Verily I say unto you – you do this one-liner thing pretty well.

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  2. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

    June 13, 2018 at 6:01pm

    MISquoting someone when you write is tricky, because the reader has to catch the quote AND that you’re misquoting for it to have the right effect; otherwise the reader just thinks you don’t know what you’re doing.

    Scripture is perfect for that, as the writer/speaker usually is relying on translations even if they are relying on them accurately, and is not usually a native speaker of, say, Aramaic.

    I have often noticed that this effect can really exaggerate the difference between what I thought the quotation was and what the speaker/writer says it was.

    The best scam artists will then add chapter and verse – the questioner has to go away to check.

    I’ve got to track down the ‘gospel of prosperity’ base in scripture – that can’t be what Jesus meant. He died a pauper.

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    • joey

      June 13, 2018 at 6:16pm

      Can’t click Like here, I just wanna say I like your comment.

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      Marian Allen

      June 14, 2018 at 10:01am

      “what I thought the quotation was and what the speaker/writer says it was.” Yeah, also, I had to look up the “devil can cite scripture” to learn it was from Shakespeare, not the Bible! lol!

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