->"''As the Good Book says... wait, why would I need to tell '''you''' what the Good Book says?''"
-->-- '''Tevye''' to God, ''Theatre/FiddlerOnTheRoof''

Having a character quote from Literature/TheBible lets us know they're either [[GentlemanAndAScholar a scholar]], [[GoodShepherd a priest]], [[RealMenLoveJesus a deeply religious person]], a bonafide supernatural being [[TheScourgeOfGod or a psychopath]].

A Bible quote can be an effective literary tool if used in a meaningful context, but, outside it, it's an obvious, major cop-out. It has been observed before that even [[Creator/WilliamShakespeare the devil could quote the bible to his own advantage]] by choosing his verses with care.[[note]] This happens in Literature/TheBible itself, even: see [[http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke%204:9-10&version=NIV Luke 4:9-10.]][[/note]] Parodies may include entirely fake and comical-sounding biblical verses, word swaps in the well-known verses which entirely change their meaning, or quoting ''some other'' book, mundane but supposedly holy to this character, in the manner clearly reminiscent of the Bible. The parody can also involve one character [[LampshadeHanging misquoting the Bible]] to point out that another character's quote is [[BeamMeUpScotty not actually from the Bible]], either.

Compare LiteraryAllusionTitle, which often serves a similar purpose. Contrast UsefulBook, where a "good book" means something else entirely. See also SpeaksInShoutOuts.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* The infamous {{hentai}} ''Bible Black''. "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. Whosoever lieth with a beast shall surely be put to death. He who sacrificeth unto any god, save unto the Lord only, he shall be utterly destroyed." -- Exodus 22:18-20
* Parodied in ''Manga/BlackLagoon'', in which Eda paraphrases Luke 11 [[SophisticatedAsHell as a sophisticated way of saying]] "get the *** off my porch" to someone trying to seek sanctuary in the CorruptChurch.
* In ''Manga/BlueExorcist:'' certain bible verses can banish certain demons. One character doesn't know a certain demon's specific verse, so he recites the entire Book of John at it. From ''memory''.
* Surprisingly, for a story about a nun that hunts demons, the manga of ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' doesn't do this once. However, Gonzo's anime adaption gleefully adds it back in, having both Joshua and Aion quote the Bible in an attempt to portray Aion as some sort of antichrist. [[spoiler:Aion even quotes the Bible as his FamousLastWords]].
* One chapter of ''Manga/DanceInTheVampireBund'' has Veratos quote the first half of John 3:16 to explain to another character how she became a vampire voluntarily by offering her blood to Mina's mother.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'': After the BaitAndSwitchCredits that make it look like Light's going to do something very noble, the very first we see of him in the first episode is him quoting the Shinto classics (with "kami" unusually translated as "god" in the singular). Factoring in BeautyEqualsGoodness, he looks like a noble, pious, upstanding young man. By the end of that very episode, he's embarking on a mass murder spree of criminals as part of a plan to TakeOverTheWorld and rule as {{a god|AmI}}. The sheer speed with which he kills people surprises even the Shinigami who dropped the murder weapon in search of entertainment.
** The English dub modifies the scene to have Light quoting the Bible. However, the class is implied to simply be an English class.
* ''Anime/GhostInTheShell'' is so full of quotes, that it's no surprise that more than a few are from the Bible. In ''Innocence'' Batou and Togusa are doing it so much, that at one point Batou has to admit that it's getting out of hand.
-->'''Togusa:''' 'How great is the sum of thy thoughts. If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand.'
-->'''Batou:''' Psalms 139, Old Testament. The way you spout these spontaneous exotic references, I'd say your own external memory's pretty twisted.
-->'''Togusa:''' Look who's talking!
--> ...
-->'''Togusa:''' 'His legions, angel forms, who lay entranced. Thick as autumnal leaves that strow the brooks.'
-->'''Batou:''' Now you're quoting Milton, but we are not Satan.
** An example of Creator/MamoruOshii as director.
* Claes from ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'' frequently shows off her wide-reading. Bad developments [[spoiler:such as Henrietta's recent breakdown]] prompt her to quote Ecclesiastes 11:8-9 to Rico. She never names chapter and verse, she simply answers Rico's question "Is that poetry?" with "Not quite, it's biblical."
* ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'''s [[ChurchMilitant Alexander Anderson]] quotes the Bible every other sentence. Since he's a thoroughly insane priest and monster hunter, it doesn't really mean anything.
--> [[Creator/NorioWakamoto Eef aaanyone does not rove tha Lowd Jeesus Chwise, ret him be ac-cused. O Lowd, come, AAAmennn]].
* ''Anime/LeChevalierDeon'' focuses mostly in the Book of Psalms, especially Psalm 95.
* ''Anime/{{Monster}}'' starts with a quote from Literature/{{Revelation}} on the coming of TheAntichrist, an appropriate comparison with Johan Liebert.
* ''Anime/{{Patlabor}}'' makes extensive use of this in the first movie (possibly in an attempt to distance itself from the more comic OVA series), using the quote: "And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech. Therefore is the name of it called Babel... -- Genesis 11
** The first two movies use biblical quotes to set the plot, the reason is Creator/MamoruOshii directed both of them. The man loves his quotes (usually biblical, but not always).
* In ''Anime/PsychoPass'', [[BigBad Makishima]] quotes the bible as he prepares to [[spoiler: destroy Japan's food supply]].
-->'''Makishima''': Jesus told them another parable: The kingdom of Heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away.
* In the anime of ''Manga/StrawberryMarshmallow'', native English girl tries to explain how she knows so much, especially about Japanese culture, with a quote from the apocryphal book of Ecclesiasticus: "He that toucheth pitch shall be defiled."
* In ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'', the blood seals have passages from Psalms in them, and the ''CreepyChild'' gives the exact location in Bible.
* ''Anime/WeissKreuz'': Although Aya doesn't specifically ''quote'' the Bible, a point is made of the fact that he ''reads'' it regularly; the RadioDrama "Fight Fire With Fire" includes a scene in which he returns a Bible that he had borrowed from a church. The nun to whom he returns the Bible comments on its worn-out condition, and Aya explains that he reads it every night before going to sleep.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'': ''Streets of Gotham'' had Abuse/Colin Wilkes musing on the story of Cain's fate after killing Abel and how he applies it to his crime fighting. It makes some sense, as he lives in an orphanage run by nuns.
* ''ComicBook/ChickTracts'' use this all the time, usually ripped right out of context.
* The ''Comicbook/CloakAndDagger'' comics paraphrase Psalm 139:12-14.
-->'''"The darkness and light are both alike... I am fearfully and wonderfully made." '''
* In ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'', Kai used Bible quote about looking at people with lust as an explanation why he cut his eyes out. In his case however it was because he can see everything that anybody did in his life by just looking at them, so [[IJustWantToBeNormal he's cutting his eyes but they still grow in again]].
* ''ComicBook/KingdomCome''. The protagonist is a pastor, and since he observes the whole thing, the story is loaded. It's mainly Literature/BookOfRevelation, which features TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, so it works.
* As a former student of theology, Gabe from ''ComicBook/TheMazeAgency'' is able to pull out an appropriate bible quotation whenever he needs one.
* ''ComicBook/ModestyBlaise'': Willie Garvin can find a quote from the Book of Psalms to suit any occasion. In this case it's explained in his backstory; he at one point spent three years incommunicado in a Jordanian prison and was only allowed religious literature, and the only Christian text anyone could be bothered to find was a copy of the Book of Psalms.
* Used to terrible effect in ''[[Comicbook/XMen Uncanny X-Men]]'' #423 and #424, as a nonsensical plot is unveiled to the religious Nightcrawler's constant quoting of Bible passages that Chuck Austen didn't bother reading beforehand. (Reading? He didn't even bother to get the citations right, and in one example, he made a quote up to fit the story.)
* {{Marvel}} books often have had Bible allusions. Particularly where ''ComicBook/TheVision'' is concerned, as in the episode titles "Where There Is No Vision..." and "Your Young Men Shall Slay Visions" .. a play on the original verse where it is "SEE visions".
** An issue of Iron Man where he must fight the giant, alien dragon Fin Fang Foom which, at the same time, is battling the spirit of the young man whose body he co-opted: "Your young men shall slay dragons."
* ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' -- Would the Judge of All the Earth not do Right? (Doctor Manhattan = God).
** Shortly after he is transformed, Dr. Manhattan is asked what he says to the people comparing him to God: he replies that he doesn't think there is a God, and if there is, it's certainly not him. He later ruminates over this, and (in a GeniusBonus reference to 'The Blind Watchmaker') wonders if a watch can occur without a watchmaker.
* In ''ComicBook/WackyRaceland'', [[TheFundamentalist Red Baron]] quotes a passage from Genesis about the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah
while watching [[spoiler: Las Vegas being destroyed by a flood from the broken Hoover Dam.]]

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''Fanfic/AChangedWorld'', Eleya quotes a Bajoran prophecy in response to a [[FishOutOfTemporalWater temporally displaced]] Bajoran criticizing her for working outside her ''[[FantasticCasteSystem D'jarra]]''.
-->'''Eleya:''' "The Cardassians were using the ''D'jarra'' to control us during the Occupation. Kai Opaka abolished it in the Year of Nine Sorrows so we'd fight ''them'' instead. And, oh by the way, that's all in the Ohalu Prophecies: 'the D'jarra will end with the coming of the grey warriors', Ohalu 57:12." ''(narrating)'' I normally find it annoying when people quote scripture at me but let's just say this isn't the first time I've heard this load of bull.
* In ''Fanfic/ChrysalisVisitsTheHague'', the ICC judge Colm Mullan does this when he pleads his case for a (tacit yet peaceful) status quo between the warring ponies and changelings of Equestria. It then gets promptly {{Lampshaded}}:
--> '''Estermann:''' You... crusty old peacemonger. Do old habits really die this hard?
--> '''Mullan:''' 'Blessed are the peacemakers', Alex. Matthew 5:9.
--> '''Estermann:''' Colm... I get that you’re [[IrishPriest Irish]]... but you don’t need to quote ''scripture'' at me to make a point.
* In ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'', the resident village [[TheBartender bartender]] Tapper will occasionally throw in a Bible verse where appropriate for the situation.
* ''Fanfic/{{HERZ}}'': Chapter 10 quotes a passage of the Book of Revelations right after [[spoiler:Gendo's death]].
* In ''Fanfic/HogwartsSchoolOfPrayerAndMiracles'', characters actually cite Biblical verses in their dialogue.
-->"You tried to corrupt me; but it did not work. But I forgive you, Aunt Petunia; because of Luke 23:34."
* In ''Fanfic/TheLegendOfTotalDramaIsland'', the devoutly religious Ezekiel prepares for a dangerous cliff dive by reciting Psalms 23:4 to himself: "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for thou art with me. Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me."
* In ''Fanfic/OldWest'', the snake-hunter [[WickedCultured Mon Hellsing]] has a habit of citing the Bible to [[FantasticRacism decrease snakes]].
* ''Fanfic/WingsToFly'' makes a somewhat nonstandard use, in that the characters usually do not directly quote the Bible. They will instead usually give a citation of book, chapter, and verse. Whether other characters in the conversation can translate that into an actual quotation is up to them.
* The story ''Fanfic/ADream'' used this when Rarity was [[TakenForGranite turned into a pillar of salt.]] Though instead of directly quoting [[Literature/BookOfGenesis Genesis]], Bible, who is formed from the book he's named after, motioned to the portion of his body containing the relevant verses.

* ''Film/The6thDay'' -- See example above -- quote used to imply a religious aspect in a movie where it didn't really exist... although the anti-cloning law in that film is named after the Sixth Day.
* Literature/TheBible is used mostly by the Christian protagonists in the ''Film/{{Apocalypse}}'' film series, but it is also used by believers in Franco Maccalusso's ideals in the movie ''Tribulation'' with their interpretation of Genesis 11:6 being that [[AssimilationPlot if the world could unite as one, then they would be able to achieve anything]].
* ''Film/AvengersAgeOfUltron:'' Ultron is quite the fan of Biblical references, sometimes quoting the good book directly (“upon [[{{Unobtainium}} this rock]], I shall build my church”) and sometimes alluding to it (when pressed on what will happen to the humans who refuse to “evolve” in the manner he’s aiming for, his response is simply “ask Noah”). Given his fixation on apocalypses, it’s perhaps appropriate.
* ''Film/BiggerThanLife'' has a final sequence that gives dramatic weight and import to the story of Abraham and Isaac, which is read out in full.
* ''Film/BlazingSaddles'' has a wonderful exchange.
-->'''Reverend Johnson:''' Gentlemen, gentlemen, allow not hatred to rule the day. [holds up his Bible] As your spiritual leader, I implore you to pay heed to this good book and what it has to say!\\
[Townspeople shoot the Bible, blowing it apart]\\
'''Reverend Johnson:''' [to Bart] Son, you're on your own.
* ''Film/TheBoondockSaints'': And shepherds we shall be, for Thee my Lord, for Thee... ; which is not a actual Biblical prayer, but does fit the trope in that it ''sounds Biblical enough'', and establishes the religious nature of the brothers, in case their huge crosses and tattoos hadn't tipped you off.
* In ''Film/TheCryingGame'', Jody finds out he's about to die and asks Fergus to tell him a story; the only thing Fergus can come up with is quoting 1 Corinthians 13:11 ("When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things").
* In ''Film/CSATheConfederateStatesOfAmerica'', slaves are given daily readings in order to encourage their compliance. Judging from the subject's reaction, it probably isn't very effective at making them loyal.
* ''Film/DeepBlueSea'' has a cook nicknamed Preacher for using this a lot. For example, when he locks himself into an oven while cornered by sharks he says "I'm not Daniel when he faced the lion!"
* Played (mostly) for laughs in ''Film/{{Dragonheart}}'' by Brother Gilbert, while sniping from a tree w/ bow & arrow.
-->[[spoiler:''Brother Gilbert fires an arrow to set off a trap, lowering a log to clothesline two knights on horseback'']].
-->'''[[spoiler:Brother Gilbert]]:''' "[[spoiler:Pride goeth before the fall]]."
-->[[spoiler:''He notices a child being chased by another mounted knight, and fires off another arrow, catching the knight squarely in the butt'']].
-->'''[[spoiler:Brother Gilbert]]:''' ''([[spoiler:dryly]])'' "[[spoiler:Turn the other cheek, brother]]."
* In ''Film/TheBookOfEli'', the titular book is the Bible, from which Eli sometimes quotes, even using it as a PreAsskickingOneLiner (and/or monologue). He's had thirty years to memorize it.
* ''Film/{{Gattaca}}'' opens with this quotation from Ecclesiastes 7:13: "Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked?"
* ''Film/{{Gettysburg}}'': Lee's "teaches my fingers to fight" narration is from Psalm 144.
* ''Film/{{Ghostbusters 1984}}'':
-->'''Ray:''' I remember Revelation 7:12 [sic, it's really Literature/{{Revelation}} 6:12, (KJV)]; "And I looked, as [the Lamb] opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake, and the sun became as black as sackcloth. And the moon became as blood."
-->'''Winston:''' And the seas boiled and the skies fell.
* The film ''Film/GiantSpiderInvasion'', as immortalized by ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', features a recurring preacher who, despite only getting a short scene in the beginning of the movie, continues to rant about demons from hell and the punishment of Man through the movie up until the credits. This is made even weirder by the fact that it's outright stated that the giant spiders are from another dimension, and that religion is shown in a more or less negative light throughout the film.
** Doesn't seem ''that'' weird based on the description; just another example of the old trope of deluded priest who thinks everything is demonic instead of what it really is.
* In ''Film/HardRain'', Ray has a tendency to quote Bible verses. Jim even asks him for "inspiration" at one point. It leads to a rather amusing line later:
-->'''Ray:''' We'd go down to the river, and into the river we'd dive. (The others give him confused looks.) Springsteen, "The River". What? I'm all out of Bible verses.
* The killer robot from ''Film/{{Hardware}}'' was the MARK XIII, referring specifically to Mark 13:20, "...no flesh should be saved..."
* The Grail Tablet in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheLastCrusade'' borrows from John 4:14 (KJV). Indy reads it as, "He who drinks the water I shall give him, says the Lord, shall have a spring inside him welling up for eternal life."
* The plot of the {{Antichrist}}-conspiracy film ''Lost Souls'' revolves around a quotation from the book of Isaiah that the writers made up.
* In ''Film/{{Magnolia}}'', the people in the audience at the gameshow hold up signs reading "Exodus 8:2 ("And if thou refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite all thy borders with frogs"; KJV). Not only have 8 and 2 been recurring {{arc number}}s; [[spoiler:an actual plague of frogs then ensues]].
* Ethel is fond of quoting the Bible in ''Film/TheMarriageChronicles'', but he's demonstrated to make up some of the quotations, and the quotations are evidence that he uses his religion to avoid having to admit to his own human failings.
* ''Film/{{Matewan}}'': There are lots of Biblical allusions in this movie. Most notable is the boy preacher and miner Danny Radnor giving the tale of Joseph and the king's wife in a sermon, [[spoiler: as a coded warning for how Lively had deceived the workers by framing Kenehan, delivered right under the (laughing) noses of Hickey and Griggs themselves]].
* ''Film/TheMatrix'' --
** On the Nebuchadnezzar dedication plate: Mark III, No. 11. Mark 3:11 (KJV) says, "And unclean spirits, when they saw [Jesus], fell down before him and cried, saying, ?Thou art the Son of God!"
** In ''Film/TheMatrixReloaded'', Agent Smith's car license place is [[{{Pun}} IS-5416]]. Isaiah 54:16 (KJV) says "Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire and that bringeth forth an instrument for this work; and I have created the waster, to destroy."
** Also in ''The Matrix Reloaded'' when the Nebuchadnezzar is destroyed, Morpheus says, "I dreamed a dream, and now that dream is gone from me." A quote from King Nebuchadnezzar in Daniel 2:3-5.
* ''Film/TheMiracleWoman'': Florence Fallon, being the daughter of a pastor, knows the scriptures by heart, and Hornsby uses this talent for the creation of The Temple of Happiness; a place where she can con people into believing that she's a healer.
* At the end of the first ''Film/MissionImpossible'', the villain quotes the line "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife" to Ethan Hunt for his obvious attraction to the villain's wife. Earlier in the film, the knowledge that the bad guy reads from the Bible became a clue to tracking him down, as well as his real identity.
* In ''Film/{{The Mummy|1999}}'', Jonathan thoughtfully provides any necessary Bible quotes about the plagues of Egypt. In ''Film/TheMummyReturns'', he actually ''uses'' the phrase "as it says in the Good Book" only to discover Alex has [[TomeOfEldritchLore a different book]] in mind.
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''Film/TheMummyReturns''. After [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Ardeth]] says another of his "It is written..." lines, Jonathan comments, "Where ''is'' all this stuff written?"
* ''Film/OneNightWithTheKing'': In this story based on Literature/TheBible, Esther recites older parts of it. This is actually how she wins the King's heart.
* ''Film/PulpFiction'' -- Jules Winfield is fond of (mis)quoting Ezekiel 25:17 (with a bit of his own embellishment, as only the final lines of Jules' speech, the ones about "great vengeance and furious anger," appear in the aforementioned passage) before executing someone. As he explains to another character later, he used to think it was just some "cold-blooded shit" that one said to someone before "popping a cap in his ass", but he's begun to question his lifestyle after really thinking about its meaning.
** Jules' speech is based on [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LYT4JC2dd4&search=chiba this speech by the legendary Sonny Chiba]] that opens the classic grindhouse action movie ''The Bodyguard'' (not to be confused with the Whitney Houston movie). It should go without saying that Tarantino was a big fan of these kinds of movies.
** He spoofs this trope at the beginning of ''Film/KillBill'', in which he portentously presents the '[[Franchise/StarTrek Old Klingon Proverb]]' "Revenge is a dish best served cold" at the beginning.
* In ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'' the [[SouthernFriedPrivate American]] [[ColdSniper sharpshooter]] was always quoting Psalms from the Bible (King James Version). It's particularly pointed during the opening scene where he quotes Psalm 22 ("Be thou not far from me, O Lord"). The sniper prays as he takes aim at a German gun emplacement. The shot then cuts to another soldier on the beach [[NunsNRosaries praying a rosary in Latin]]. It then cuts to a chaplain giving a dying soldier [[ChristianityIsCatholic the last rites]]. During the final battle he quotes from Psalm 144 ("Blessed be the Lord my strength which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight").
* ''Film/SergeantYork'': Private Alvin York briefly debated the morality of fighting in World War I with his executive officer, Captain Danforth, by [[QuoteToQuoteCombat exchanging Bible quotes]]. The captain didn't convince York, but York later found the decisive quotation on his own.
* ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'' has this great exchange between Andy Dufresne and Warden Norton, via KJV:
-->'''Norton:''' I'm pleased to see you reading (the KJV Bible). Any favorite passages?\\
'''Andy:''' "Watch ye therefore, for ye know not when the master of the house cometh."\\
'''Norton:''' Luke. Chapter 13, verse 35.[[labelnote:*]]Actually, he probably means "Mark 13:35", when he confuses that with "Luke" by mistake.[[/labelnote]] I've always liked that one. But I prefer: "I am the light of the world. He that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."\\
'''Andy:''' John. Chapter 8, verse 12.
** Andy's Bible is also [[spoiler:a ChekhovsGun for the main plot. "Salvation lies within."]]
* ''Film/SixTheMarkUnleashed'' has a prison with Christians in it that write Bible verses upon the walls to help Independents to make a decision to accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
* In the docudrama ''Smallpox 2002'' the only motive of the unknown terrorist who spreads the smallpox virus is a bible left open at Book of Ezekiel with 5:12 highlighted: "A third part of thee shall die with the pestilence, and with famine shall they be consumed in the midst of thee: and a third part shall fall by the sword round about thee; and I will scatter a third part into all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after them. Thus shall mine anger be accomplished, and I will cause my fury to rest upon them, and I will be comforted."
* Even ''Film/StreetFighter'' gets in on the act with Raul Julia serving up the tasty ham. After M. Bison gets his supervillain power-up, he quotes (just slightly incorrectly) Luke 10:18 "For I beheld Satan, as he FELL FROM HEAVENNN ... '''LIKE LIIIIGHTNIIIIING!!!!'''"
* ''{{Film/Sweetwater}}'': Josiah quotes "The wages of sin is death" to justify killing two men who stole his sheep. Of course, he's ignoring the whole "do not murder" bit, naturally.
* In ''Film/ThunderboltAndLightfoot'', John Doherty (Thunderbolt) recites Isaiah 11:6: "And the wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid."
* Some Creator/FritzLang films written by Thea von Harbou use this trope, the standouts being:
** ''Destiny'' - "For love is as strong as death" (Song of Songs 8:6, KJV), which the nameless MarySue protagonist misquotes ("Love is stronger than death") repeatedly after reading it on a randomly opened Bible page.
** ''Film/{{Metropolis}}'' - Revelation 17:4 used to describe the machine woman, and a heavily distorted story of the Tower of Babel told as an example of a classic labor dispute. Plus all the other Biblical shout-outs present.
* There's a Creator/ShirleyTemple movie where Shirley takes advice from the Bible... by opening it to a random page and reading the first verse her finger points to.
** This method of [[{{Whatevermancy}} divination]] is called [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bibliomancy bibliomancy.]][[note]]The name is derived from Greek ''biblio'' (''books''), not strictly from Literature/TheBible, and is practised with different books in different cultures.[[/note]]
* ''Film/{{Brimstone}}'': The Reverend actually goes so far as to use the story of Lot and his Daughters as justification for [[ParentalIncest marrying his daughter]] against her will. Suffice to say, his interpretation of that part of the Bible is a bit... [[TwistingTheWords off...]]
* ''Film/TheFourthWiseMan'' has a more benign example than most here. Artaban, the titular fourth Wise Man who spent a lifetime trying to catch up with Jesus and give him some gems, but is continually delayed and slowly spends out the gems because as a skilled physician he cannot turn away people in need lays dying after failing to prevent the crucifixion when he hears the voice of God reciting Matthew 25:35-40.
-> '''GOD''' ''Artaban, you've already given your gifts to me. When I was hungry you gave me to eat, when I was thirsty you gave me to drink, when I was naked you clothed me, when I was homeless you took me in''
-> '''Artaban''' Not so, my Savior. I never saw you hungry, nor thirsty. I never clothed you. I never brought you into my home. I've never seen you until now.
->'''GOD''' ''Whenever you did these things for the least of my brothers, you did them for me.''

* A new preacher comes to a small town on a Friday, and decides it would be a good idea to visit each member of his congregation at home to get to know them before Sunday's service. All goes well until he comes to one house. The preacher knocks, and rings the door bell, but even though the lights are on and activity can be seen inside, no one answers the door. Exasperated, but deciding it's best not to bother them, the preacher takes a card out of his pocket and writes "Revelation 3:20"[[note]]''Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.''[[/note]] on it, before slipping it under the door and leaving. Come Sunday, after finishing his sermon at the local church, the preacher finds the card in his collection basket, and sees that the resident of the house has written "Genesis 3:10"[[note]]''I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked.''[[/note]].
* A man goes to his pastor in a deep depression. His finances are in the toilet. The Pastor suggests he looks to the Bible for an answer. The next week the man has a big smile on his face - he grabs the pastor and thanks him for his suggestion. "So what was it in the Bible that helped you?" the Pastor asks. The man says "I opened up my Bible and there was the answer: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chapter_13,_Title_11,_United_States_Code Chapter 13]]!"

* In ''[[Literature/TheGoodSoldierSvejk The Adventures of Good Soldier Švejk]]'':
** The eponymous protagonist once knew a pub-keeper who had a Bible quotation for any occasion and when he flogged brawlers with a knout always used to say: ''"He that spareth his rod hateth his son, but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes - [[SophisticatedAsHell I'll teach you to fight in my pub]]!"''
** Also his fellow soldier, one-year volunteer Marek (otherwise completely non-religious), is revealed to be fond of (mis)quoting the Scripture when playing cards, e.g.:
-->''When he bought a knave he called out: "Lord, let me have this knave this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it; that he bear me fruit."''
* ''Literature/BerlinAlexanderplatz'' features many quotes from the Bible, especially the Ecclesiastes which is used in the finale [[spoiler:juxtaposed with the murder of Mieze at the hands of Reinhold]].
* ''Literature/TheBible'': The entirety of the New Testament is the UrExample of this trope, having numerous quotations from the Old Testament.
** The 4th chapter of Matthew and [[RashomonStyle the books of the other apostles that cover the same events]] lampshade this trope, when {{Satan}} tries to tempt UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} into throwing himself from the highest point in the temple, quoting from the Psalms to suggest that {{God}} will prevent Jesus from falling to his death. Jesus shoots back with "you shall not tempt the [[AC: LORD]] your God" from the book of Deuteronomy. Zing!
* In [[Creator/StephenLeacock Stephen Leacock's]] parody of a [[ClicheStorm stock]] [[YetAnotherChristmasCarol Christmas story]] (one of The Nonsense Novels) ''Caroline's Christmas: or, The Inexplicable Infant'' a slightly confused farmer (he's also [[DrunkOnMilk drunk on buttermilk]]) is prone to quoting the Good Book - only in his case it seems to be {{Euclid}}'s Elements:
-->''"Ah, my sons," said John Enderby, "henceforth let us stick to the narrow path. What is it that the Good Book says: 'A straight line is that which lies evenly between its extreme points.'"''
* An ongoing theme in ''Literature/TheCavesOfSteel'' is that Earthmen are familiar with the Bible but Spacers are not.
** Elijah and his wife Jezebel have {{meaningful name}}s. Their story is referenced when she is introduced, and Jezebel's character is an important part of her personality.
** Lije tells the story of Jesus and the woman taken in adultery to Daneel about the subtleties of the word "justice". [[spoiler: At the end, Daneel uses the exact words "GoAndSinNoMore"]].
** Lije remarks that Dr. Sarton created R. Daneel in his own image. Then he remarks that Dr. Falstofe doesn't get the reference because he, as a Spacer, is not familiar with the Bible.
* ''Literature/ChristianNation'': Various parts of Scripture are used at the beginning of two chapters to explain and even justify the actions that President Steve Jordan takes to enforce the Fifty Blessings to be the law of the land over all of America. Namely, in TheSiege of New York City, Steve Jordan quotes [[http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Deuteronomy+20%3A10-12&version=NKJV Deuteronomy 20:10-12]].
* Commissar ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' normally has a great deal of disdain for what he terms "Emperor-botherers," but he does have a some fondness for ''The Precepts of Saint Emelia''. At one point in ''Duty Calls'' he gets a little grumpy when an inquisitor [[QuoteMine takes half a line out of context]], namely "The path of duty is often a stony one." Amberley Vail's footnote explains that the full line is "The path of duty is often a stony one, but made easier by thought for others." ''The Emperor's Finest'' has a characterwho randomly drops in quotes from an obscure Mechanicus book of philosophy... which he wrote.
* In ''Literature/TheDaVinciCode'', Silas arrives at the fake location of the Keystone given to him by the seneschals and finds a tablet simply reading "Job 38:11". He realizes he's been duped once he looks it up: "Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further.”
* In ''Literature/DarknessAtNoon'', the porter Wassilij keeps a Bible hidden in a hole in his mattress until his daughter finds it and throws it away. He can still quote passages from it by heart.
* ''Franchise/{{Discworld}}''
** Lu-Tze in ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'' frequently says things like "is it not written, it won't get better if you don't stop picking at it?" Usually it IS written, but only in the select quotes of Mrs. Cosmopolite (proprietress of an Ankh-Morpork boarding house) which was assembled by Lu-Tze and the only copy of which resides in Lu-Tze's back pocket.
** "The truth shall set you free" is used in, what else, ''Discworld/TheTruth''. Sacharissa thinks it sounds good but isn't quite sure [[MeaninglessMeaningfulWords what it means]] and since the Bible itself doesn't exist on Discworld she has to setlle for saying "I think it's just a quote."
** Omnian characters frequently quote the ''Book of Om''. For Constable Visit (-The Ungodly With Explanatory Pamphlets) it usually ends up being an IceCreamKoan, eg "What profiteth it a kingdom if the oxen be deflated?" Reverend Mightily (Praiseworthy Are Ye Who Exalteth Om) Oats is frequently troubled by this in ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'', since he's studied enough to compare some events of the Book to historical phenomena with known explanations, but occasionally engages in randomly opening it to hope that the passage will give him aid. It rarely does... until he's stranded in rainy woods with Granny Weatherwax, who is dying from hypothermia, and he finds the passage "Where there is darkness, we shall make a great light." So he takes the book and a match and does just that.
* At the top of Purgatory in Dante's ''Literature/TheDivineComedy'', Beatrice reminds those grieving over the corruption of the Catholic Church to have hope in the Church's restoration with UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}}'s words before his death. She recites them in Latin instead of Italian, but the English translation of [[Literature/TheFourGospels John 16:16]] is as follows:
-->''“A little while and you will no longer see me, and again a little while later and you will see me.”''
* The ''Literature/EndersShadow'' novels involve an elaborate reference of the Tree of Life and Tree of Knowledge to explain why Bean [[spoiler:has superhuman intelligence but a very short lifespan]].
* Creator/JKRowling included a couple of verses in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' to great effect. They're both epitaphs:
** "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." (Matthew 6:21 or Luke 12:34) This one's on [[spoiler: Kendra and Ariana Dumbledore]]'s headstone, and sums up Albus' regret/repentance.
** "The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death." (I Corinthians 15:26) This one's on James and Lily's headstone, and how it's interpreted gives insight to the difference between the good guys and the Death Eaters.
* ''Literature/HonorHarrington: Flag in Exile'' has an early scene where a reactionary Grayson minister starts yelling at Honor for acting like a woman who didn't grow up in a [[NoWomansLand basically male-dominant society]], which she didn't. He starts quoting lines from ''The Book of the New Way'', the second holiest Grayson scripture after the Bible, out of context at her. Having studied the Grayson scriptures in order to govern her Grayson fief better, Honor [[QuoteToQuoteCombat matches him line for line]], including at one point supplying the second half of a verse Brother Marchant {{quote mine}}d.
* The clerical brawl between Friar Tuck and Prior Aymer in ''Literature/{{Ivanhoe}}'' is mostly conducted in [[AltumVidetur bad Latin]] and Bible quotes.
-->'''Friar Tuck''': ''Ossa ejus perfringam'', I shall break your bones, as the Vulgate hath it. (Referring to the Vulgate Bible, the translation used by the Church in those days).
* Reading ''Literature/JaneEyre'' (or any other Bronte writing) without either an encyclopedic knowledge of the Bible or an edition with good footnotes means you miss a significant proportion of the characters' allusions and epigrams. Makes sense, as their father was an Irish Anglican clergyman.
* ''Literature/KnowledgeOfAngels'': Used by the religious side of the main debates between Beneditx and Palinor, along with 'As [[WordOfDante Thomas Aquinas]] Says'.
* The ''Literature/LeftBehind'' series have the main characters use Scripture verses throughout all its books, mostly in reference to events that are taking place within the seven-year Tribulation period.
* Played with in ''Literature/TheLeftHandOfGod''. Several characters quote or paraphrase the Bible in several places. However, owing to the ambiguous AfterTheEnd future setting of the book, several details are conflated or confused. For example, people think that Jesus of Nazareth was the man trapped inside a whale, not Jonah. Justified by the fact that Christianity (as we know it now) doesn't exist anymore or has been adapted to suit the faith of the Redeemers.
* Played with in Joan Hess's ''Maggody'' mysteries, in which bungling preacher Brother Verber regularly ''mis''quotes the Bible. (He was ordained through a mail-order seminary.)
* In the Creator/FrederickForsyth novel ''The Negotiator'', the British Prime Minister tries to comfort the U.S. President with a relevant bible verse, after [[spoiler: his kidnapped son has been killed: "2 Samuel 18:33" ("And the king was much moved, and went up to the chamber over the gate, and wept: and as he went, thus he said, O my son Absalom! My son Absalom! Would God had I died for thee, O Absalom my son my son!")]].
* Parodied in Bill Fitzurgh's ''Pest Control''. Two cocaine-dealing druglords have an impenetrable compound. As an example of how impenetrable it is, the narrator relates an occasion where they let an assassin get into the courtyard, and just when he thinks he's hot stuff, riddle him with crossfire, then have dogs strip him to the bone. Brother A stands over his body.
-->'''Brother A:''' Pride, my young brother, goeth before a fall.
:::The narration notes that the second brother knew his Proverbs better.
-->'''Brother B:''' Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.
-->What followed as they went back inside was a lengthy discussion on wisdom and paraphrasing.
* The ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'' series features many characters, both within the Church and out, quoting ''The Holy Writ'', Safehold's equivalent to the Bible.
* The eternally quarrelsome Christians of ''Literature/SearchTheSevenHills'' quote constantly, not just from the canonical Gospels but from assorted apocrypha as well.
* People in Creator/PamelaDean's ''Literature/TheSecretCountry'' have many literary and Biblical quotations familiar from the everyday world, but written by different people. At one point, Ted says "I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some". He knows it as a verse from the Letters of Paul. But he says it because he is listening to the spirit of the dead Prince Edward; Edward is quoting from the writings of the great wizard Shan.
* ''{{Sharpe}}'' villain Obadiah Hakeswill likes to end each of his threats with "It says so in the scriptures!" ...even when it's something like "Riflemen who lose their flints will get a good flogging, Sharpie, it says so in the Scriptures!"
** In one of the prequels he runs into a devout Scots officer who becomes increasingly incensed at this, and eventually throws it back in his face by ordering him away from tormenting Sharpe with an actual scriptural quotation. Precisely none of Hakeswill's "says so in the scriptures" quotes are actually from the scriptures (even when he thinks they are), and when they (by some miracle) conform to contemporary Christian teaching it is only in the broadest general terms (God probably didn't have: "let an ugly creepy, sadistic, psychopath rape you" in mind when he asked woman to honor and obey their men, for instance, despite Hakeswill's attempt at scriptural justification).
* ''Literature/TheSouthernReachTrilogy'': The text lining the walls of the tower reads almost like a warped, vaguely sinister version of a Bible passage: ''Where lies the strangling fruit that came from the hand of the sinner I shall bring forth the seeds of the dead...'' It can be traced back to the lighthouse keeper due to semantic similarities, as he used to be a preacher.
* Jon Shannow in the ''Literature/StonesOfPower'' novels.
* In Creator/StephenKing and Peter Straub's ''Literature/TheTalisman,'' Wolf is ''constantly'' quoting "The Book of Good Farming" - an AlternateUniverse version of the Bible.
* In ''Literature/TheThreeMusketeers'', Aramis does this almost as a sort of CatchPhrase, annoying his friends with his primly HolierThanThou attitude. In the second book he does it ironically, but after his FaceHeelTurn in the third, the hypocrisy is back.
* In the novel ''Literature/ToSailBeyondTheSunset'' by Creator/RobertAHeinlein, Ira Johnson would quote the Bible to his religious wife at various times when she objected to his actions. It was indicated that he really didn't believe in it but found it quite useful to justify anything he wanted, as the Bible is so large you can find all kinds of stuff in there that you can take to mean whatever you want.
* In ''Literature/{{Twilight}}'', Creator/StephenieMeyer uses Bible quotes occasionally
** Equating Edward to "forbidden fruit" in the sexual sense.
-->''"But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, Thou shalt not eat of it: For in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die."''
** "And so the lion fell in love with the lamb," a paraphrase of a passage in Isaiah. The Biblical passage is talking about the world peace that will be achieved when the messiah returns, while Meyer uses it to represent Edward and Bella's "forbidden love."
-->''"The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them."''
* Joseph, a crusty servant in ''Literature/WutheringHeights'', is constantly quoting the bible at other characters despite the fact that they are rarely guilty of what he is slinging at them. What's more, he is more vile than most of the characters, and ''still feels that he is destined for heaven while the rest of them are doomed to fry in hell.'' Oh, Joseph, not only were you completely intelligible, but you were a hypocrite too!
* Each chapter of ''Literature/{{Wyrm}}'' opens with a quote from the Literature/BookOfRevelation.
* Minor Creator/JTEdson character Deputy Marshal Solomon Wisdom 'Solly' Cole is fond of quoting Bible verses. Some of them are made up out of the whole cloth, with Solly relying on the fact that rebrobates he is lecturing will not have the biblical knowledge necessary to contradict him.
* In the novels by Creator/SvenHassel, a RunningGag is [[DumbMuscle Tiny]] constantly misquoting his Sunday school lessons.
-->"And as Jesus, Saul's son said: Give me what's mine, and slip a coin or two into the Emperor's palm."
* Characters in Creator/ManlyWadeWellman stories, being backwoods folk, have a tendency to quote "the Book". One of the most interesting cases is when a character in the Literature/SilverJohn story "Shiver in the Pines", asked where he's from, answers, "From going to and fro in the world, and from walking up and down in it". This is how {{Satan}} introduces himself in the book of Job, and his smiling at the stunned reaction of the other characters establishes [[SmugSnake what sort of person he is]].
* [[Literature/JeevesAndWooster Bertie Wooster]] in Creator/PGWodehouse's novels is prone to quoting the Bible, often reminding the reader that he won the prize for Scripture Knowledge at school.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Creator/RowanAtkinson's sketch wherein he, as the Devil, welcomes the audience to Hell. When asked where the bathrooms were in Hell, he said, "if you'd read your Bible you'd have seen that it was damnation WITHOUT relief."
* ''Series/The100'': Raven garbles this while trying to make a signal from spare rockets. "Like the good book says, it's all about burn time and cloud cover."
* ''Series/TheBionicWoman'': Jaime races against time (and enemy agents) to break into a super-secure bunker said to contain a superweapon capable of destroying the world. The room where the DoomsdayDevice is thought to be contains a plaque quoting Isaiah 2:4--"They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore."
* ''Series/{{Blackadder}}'':
-->'''[[Creator/BrianBlessed Richard IV:]]''' As the good Lord said: 'Love thy neighbour as thyself'. Unless he's Turkish, in which case, '''[[NoIndoorVoice KILL THE BASTARD!]]'''
* Creator/StephenColbert of ''Series/TheColbertReport'' is fond of these, since both character and actor are devout Catholics. In extreme cases he has been known to [[MotorMouth rattle off]] the entire Nicene Creed.
** He's even used his knowledge of the Bible to skewer other people who try to invoke this trope.Like the time when he asked a Congressman, who supported a bill requiring the display of the Ten Commandments in Congress, to quote all ten Commandments. He couldn't.
* The ''Series/CriminalMinds'' episode "Revelations" has an interesting play on the Literature/BookOfRevelation, where [[spoiler:Reid's kidnapper, Tobias Hankel, switches between three personalities--himself, his father, and an angel called Raphael.]] Although the Bible is quoted multiple times, Reid once [[spoiler:quotes it incorrectly, alerting the team to his location, as they know he'd never mess it up because of his eidetic memory]].
** Reid also tried to use biblical quotes to dissuade some cult members from blowing themselves up as their leader'd instructed. The leader catches him at it, and belts him one when Reid tries to argue similarly with him.
* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', the [[FamousLastWords last words]] of [[TheNthDoctor The Eighth Doctor]] are to quote Luke 4:23.
-->"Physician, heal thyself."
* Dot Cottom on ''Series/EastEnders'' frequently quoted Bible verses.
* One episode of ''Series/FawltyTowers'', "The Builders", featured an Irish builder named O'Reilly, who kept starting sentences with, "as the good book says," "as the good Lord says," and "if the good Lord had meant". Finally, sick of the builder's pious excuses for laziness, Fawlty responds in epic fashion:
-->'''O'Reilly''': If the good Lord --\\
'''Fawlty''': -- is mentioned once more, I shall move you closer to him!
* ''Series/{{Firefly}}'':
** "Our Mrs. Reynolds" has a PlayedWith example since it's not a real Bible quote. The most obvious explanation is that Saffron is making it up and hoping that the formerly devout but [[NayTheist now-misotheist]] Mal won't notice.
-->'''Saffron:''' I do know my bible, sir. "On the night of their betrothal, the wife shall open to the man, as the furrow to the plough, and he shall work in her, in and again, 'till she bring him to his fall, and rest him then upon the sweat of her breast."
-->'''Mal:''' Whoa. Good bible.
** Oddly enough, Shepherd Book, the ship's preacher, doesn't quote it much. He does mention the Parable of the Good Samaritan in "Bushwhacked" (hoping to convince Mal to investigate a derelict ship for survivors), and later alludes to it in a rather amusing fashion while prepping for a rescue mission to save Mal.
-->'''Zoe:''' Preacher, don't the Bible have some pretty specific things to say about killing?\\
'''Book:''' Quite specific. It is, however, somewhat fuzzier on the subject of [[KneeCapping kneecaps]].
* Parodied in ''Series/GarthMarenghisDarkplace'', where a completely irrelevant Shakespeare quote appears on the screen for several seconds for no apparent reason.
* In one episode of ''Series/TheGoldenGirls'', Blanche tries repeatedly to quote the Bible to show others how serious she is, but she can't remember any actual verses, so she quotes the postal creed and the Marine Hymn instead.
** Another episode has Blanche refer to her body as a temple, referring to taking care of herself...Okay, look up the original Biblical context (1 Corinthians 6: 15-20). Now think how far out of context the statement would have to be taken for [[DirtyOldWoman Blanche]] [[TheCasanova Devereaux]] to quote it. Sophia does call her on it; right after she says it, Sophia snarks, "Yeah, open to everyone, day or night."
* ''Series/TheHandmaidsTale'': The fundamentalist regime naturally is very fond of doing this (though as Offred recognizes, they do it [[QuoteMine quite selectively]]).
* In the ''Series/{{Highlander}}'' series, the second episode of the Four Horseman arc, is fittingly named Revelation 6:8, fitting because [[spoiler: Methos was Death]].
-->And I looked, and behold a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth.
* In the VH-1 basketball soap ''Hit the Floor,'' new teammate Zero frequently spouts off Bible verses to people to help his image. In his first episode, cheerleader Jelena catches on when he bungles Proverbs 8:20. He quoted it as "I follow life in the way of salvation, in the midst of the paths of righteousness." She quickly corrects him with, "I lead in the way of righteousness, in the midst of the paths of judgment," and quickly calls him out as being a fraud. Definite Foreshadowing that Zero wasn't what he appeared.
* Vicar Oddie and the Undead Prophet from ''Series/InTheFlesh'' are both fond of quoting Bible verses to justify their fundamentalist views.
* Mr. Eko quotes the Bible frequently on ''Series/{{Lost}}''. At first this lets us know he's deeply religious. Then it provides irony because [[spoiler:he's not really a priest, as he claims]]. Finally, one Bible quote becomes a plot point: [[spoiler:the sun shines on his scripture stick illuminating the quote, "Lift up your eyes and look north. John 3:05." John Locke takes this as a sign to go north on heading 305, which takes him right to the Flame station]].
* Spoofed on ''Series/MADtv'' with Bible Dude, who would recite verses that had absolutely nothing to do with the situation, but people would arrive at AnAesop regardless.
* Benjamin in ''Series/NeverWipeTearsWithoutGloves'' sometimes quotes the Bible. He's a Jehovah's Witness and knows The Good Book pretty well.
* ''Series/OrangeIsTheNewBlack'': Mendez quotes the Bible directly to Trisha, (Proverbs 22:7) when she is further stuck into the former's drug running schemes.
* ''Series/{{Oz}}''. Vern Schillinger to Reverend Cloutier, when warning him not to interfere in the affairs of the Aryan Brotherhood.
-->"And I will pour out mine indignation upon thee. I will blow against thee in the fire of my wrath, and deliver thee into the hand of brutish men. And skillful to destroy." Ezekiel 21:31
** Warden Glynn as SmugSnake Timmy Kirk is hauled off to Death Row.
-->"He who comes in vanity, shall depart in darkness. And his name shall be covered in darkness. He will never see the sun." Ecclesiastes 6:4
* Played with in spades in ''Creator/AgathaChristie's Series/{{Poirot}}'':
** During the flashback in ''The Adventure of the Clapham Cook'', you can hear a vicar recite Psalm 118:22-25.
** During the burial service of Emily Arundell in ''Dumb Witness'', we hear another vicar recite the KJV version of Psalm 103:14-18, followed by the KJV version of Job 1:21.
** In the opening credits for ''Literature/EvilUnderTheSun'', we hear Reverend Stephen Lane recite passages from the KJV version of 1 Kings 21 before saying that those who are like King Ahab's wife Jezebel in committing evil deserve punishment. [[spoiler:This {{foreshadow|ing}}s how Christine Redfern plays the Jezebel to her husband Patrick's Ahab by trickery.]]
** In the DownerBeginning of ''Literature/FiveLittlePigs'', we hear a priest recite the KJV version of Psalm 23 as Caroline Crale is being hanged for the murder of her husband Amyas.
** In ''After the Funeral'', we hear Gilbert Entwhistle recite the KJV version of Lamentations 3:59 ("O Lord, thou hast seen my wrong: judge thou my cause!") to Timothy Abernethie, which Poirot lampshades.
** In ''Appointment with Death'', Sister Agnieszka recites Luke 14:23, which is actually an excerpt from the Parable of the Great Feast (Luke 14:15-24). However, the Bible version she recites is the King James Version, which is the Protestant one and foreshadows that [[spoiler:Sister Agnieszka is not a real Catholic nun]]. Roman Catholics would never recite a Protestant Bible like the KJV one; they would have settled for the Douay–Rheims Bible instead if that is the case.
** In ''[[HalloweenEpisode Hallowe'en Party]]'', we hear Reverend Cottrell recite the KJV version of Luke 18:15-17[[note]]called "The Blessing of the Children", also in Matthew 19:13-15 and Mark 10:13-16[[/note]], and in another scene Edmund Drake recites Exodus 22:18 (KJV) when he and his sister Frances are seated at the library where the murder had occurred. After [[spoiler:the murder of Leopold Reynolds]], when Poirot approaches Reverend Cottrell and Mrs. Reynolds, she recites Job 1:16bc (KJV) before leaving.
** In ''Literature/MurderOnTheOrientExpress'', [[spoiler:after Poirot exposes the entire Armstrong family as murderers and delivers a speech on the importance of the rule of law, Greta Ohlsson tells him that Ratchett's/Casetti's escape is what is wrong with Catholicism and claims that she took the part in killing on God's orders, even quoting Jesus' words in John 8:7 ("Let those without sin throw the first stone")]].
* {{Played with}} on ''{{Series/Pramface}}'' when Mike, on a religious bent, gives us the following: "Thou shalt not feel up a godmother in the house of the Lord."
* Parodied in an episode of ''Series/{{Reba}}''. Van goes through a crisis of faith after an injury derails his lifelong goal of being a pro-football player, and he says outright he no longer believes in God. This horrifies his very-conservative family, especially Barbara Jean. She brings the Bible to him, saying she found a passage that might help him.
-->'''Barbara Jean''': If you look her at Matthew 12 Verse 3 "And Jesus says unto his disciples..." (''Closes the book and starts beating him with it.'') What is wrong with you boy?! Do you want to spend eternity in a fiery damnation?!
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** "The First Commandment" took its title from the Bible, and had as its Villain of the Week an insane SGC officer who spouted lines from it, convinced he was a god. At the episode's end, Carter quotes the commandment in question verbatim:
---> "I am the Lord your God, and you shall have no other gods before me."
** Seasons nine and ten introduce as the new BigBad the Ori, a group of ascended beings who act as gods. Their minions love to spout lines from their Bible-equivalent, the Book of Origin, and often out of context. Daniel Jackson, who read it cover-to-cover to learn more about the Ori, [[QuoteToQuoteCombat loves to counter with yet more quotes from the same document]]. Meanwhile Cam Mitchell once responds to a Prior giving a sermon by mockingly quoting from the [[Literature/TheBible Book of Ecclesiastes]] (his grandma was a Bible-thumper).
* Chuck Noblet in ''Series/StrangersWithCandy'' likes to read from the Bible before dinner with his family. We only see this once: when his friend (''not'' his secret gay lover) is visiting, and the verse he picks at random happens to be Leviticus 20:13.
* In ''Series/{{Survivor}} Philippines'', at one point Lisa Welchel (yes, [[Series/TheFactsOfLife that one]]) refers to the "do not throw pearls before swine" passage (Matthew 7:6) when discussing Abi-Maria. "Not that I'm calling Abi a pig, but..." She's referring to the idea that you're trying to help someone (giving "pearls") but they're openly dismissive and not listening ("swine" trampling the wisdom underfoot), you should quit wasting your time.
* Happens on ''Series/TheWalkingDead''. Hershel quotes a passage to Merle and Merle not only finishes the quote but gives the reference numbers: "Woodbury had a good library, the only thing I miss."
** The verse in question is Matthew 5:30: "And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell." (Both Merle and Hershel had made a LifeOrLimbDecision in the past.)
* President Bartlett on ''Series/TheWestWing'' is a devout Catholic (as is his actor, Martin Sheen) and occasionally whips out his thorough and [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment encyclopedic]] knowledge of the Bible. For example, in one episode a Christian fundamentalist quotes the Bible, particularly laws-heavy Leviticus, to support her stance against homosexuality. Bartlett [[QuoteToQuoteCombat matches her quote for quote]] with yet more lines from Leviticus to show how outdated it is.
* In the fifth season of ''Series/TheWire'', Proposition Joe sends flowers to [[spoiler: Butchie's]] funeral with a note quoting the first part of Isaiah 5:20 ("Woe to them who call evil good and good evil").
* ''{{Series/Misfits}}'': Rudy tries invoking the Good Samaritan when getting Helen to help him, Jess and Abbie. He then humorously gets this mixed up with the Crucifixion and Nativity stories however. Jess sarcastically comments after hearing it about how well he knows the scriptures.

* Tom Russell's song "The Sky Above, the Mud Below" when Deacon Black, preacher-turned-corrupt-sheriff confronts a pair of horse thieves: "The Old Testament, it says somewhere eye for eye and hair for hair/Covet not thy neighbor's mare, I believe it's Revelations." He's close but he jumbles things together.
* Not too many people realize the similarities between Music/BobDylan's "All Along the Watchtower" from ''Music/JohnWesleyHarding'' and Isaiah ch 21 verses 5-9 on how the city of Babylon had fallen. Given the song's anti-war theme, it's actually appropriate.
* Music/CradleOfFilth’s ''Damnation And A Day'' features a bit of scripture – specifically, Literature/{{Genesis}} 1:2 and Literature/{{Revelation}} 12:7-9 – read by Dave [=McEwen=] in possibly the best version of the Bible-on-tape EVER. A disappointing number of reviewers thought the quotes were from Dante or Paradise Lost, though.
* For a secular band, Music/{{Nightwish}} loves this trope. "The Carpenter" is ''about'' Jesus, "The Pharaoh Sails To Orion" opens with a death-grunt of Exodus 10:28, "Crownless" contains Psalm 27:17 in one of its verses...
* One of Music/IronMaiden's biggest hits, "NumberOfTheBeast", opens with the relevant biblical quote:
-->''Woe to you, Oh Earth and Sea, for the Devil sends the beast with wrath, because he knows the time is short...Let him who hath understanding reckon the number of the beast, for it is a human number; its number is Six hundred threescore and six.''
-->-- '''Literature/BookOfRevelation, 12:12, 13:18'''
* Music/JohnnyCash's ''The Man Comes Around'' opens and closes with him reading from the Book of Revelation, and contains a reference to the book of Job (the reference to a "Whirlwind in a thorn tree")
* From Charlie Daniels Band's ''Simple Man''[[labelnote:*]]absolutely no relationship to [[SimilarlyNamedWorks the Lynyrd Skynyrd song of the same name]][[/labelnote]]:
-->Well the good book says it, so I know it's the truth\\
An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth
* Music/TheByrds song "Turn, Turn, Turn" from ''Turn Turn Turn'' is taken almost entirely from the third chapter of Ecclesiastes.
* This trope is mocked in Music/TimMinchin's song ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxXrTRFVUkQ The Good Book]]'', which raises the issue of some people thinking everything that [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment the good book says is good because the good book says it's good, and if it wasn't good then the book wouldn't be the good book, but since it]] ''[[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment is]]'' [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment the good book, everything the good book says is good because the good books says so]] and thus it is supposedly always perfectly credible.
* Music/{{Metallica}}. Yes, Metallica. Read the Book of Exodus and then listen to "Creeping Death".
* Music/TheOffspring's "Hammerhead" has a botched version of the Psalm 23 before the TomatoSurprise, as another indication that the narrator is AxCrazy.
* Brazilian group Legião Urbana had "Monte Castelo", which is 50% [[http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1%20Corinthians%2013&version=NIV 1 Corinthians 13]] ("If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love...") and 50% a poem by Luis de Camões.
* The title and TitlerTrack from ''Music/CoatOfManyColors'' by Music/DollyParton are inspired by the story of Joseph and his multicolored dream coat.
* Music/SimonAndGarfunkel conclude their song "Sparrow" with a slightly paraphrased Genesis 3:19 -- "From dust were ye made; and dust ye shall be."
* Music/PinkFloyd subverts this with "Sheep", off the album ''{{Music/Animals}}''. The bridge begins with a recitation of Psalm 23 ("The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want..."), but it quickly takes a turn for the sinister:
--> ''With bright knives He releaseth my soul\\
He maketh me to hang on hooks in high places\\
He converteth me to lamb cutlets\\
For lo, He hath great power and great hunger''
* Music/{{Sabaton}}:
** [[https://youtu.be/Rix1VZOYfSU "Counterstrike"]] compares the Israeli performance in the [[UsefulNotes/ArabIsraeliConflict Six-Day War]] to [[Literature/BookOfGenesis the Genesis account]] with the chorus line, "Six days of fire / One day of rest".
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPHKn1JYHcA "The Carolean's Prayer"]] ([[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnfPywPhCVc Swedish lyrics]]) quotes the first half of the Lord's Prayer in Swedish in the bridge verse.
* ''Music/KidsPraise'': Being a Christian work aimed at kids, Bible quotes are expected to crop up. One song in the fifth album is even a series of Bible quotes, listed in alphabetical order!

[[folder:Mythology and Religion]]
* Literature/TheFourGospels:
** Jesus quotes the traditional interpretation of the Old Testament quite a few times to make a point and contrast his [[TurnTheOtherCheek new Christian ethics]] against [[PayEvilUntoEvil the older ones]].
** The Devil tossed references to scripture in the desert to convince Jesus to break His fast, test God, and bow to himself in exchange for powers. In each of these instances, Jesus rebukes the Devil and points to other Biblical verses that explain exactly why Jesus shouldn't give into these temptations.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* In ''ComicStrip/ModestyBlaise'', Willie can find a line from the Book of Psalms to fit almost any situation, as he once spent a year in an Indian prison with nothing else to read.
* Linus Van Pelt, of ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', is frequently given to quoting Scripture.
** Probably the most celebrated instance comes in the animated special ''WesternAnimation/ACharlieBrownChristmas'', when a frustrated Charlie Brown asks, "Isn't there anyone who knows [[TrueMeaningOfChristmas what Christmas is all about]]?" and Linus duly obliges by reciting Luke 2:8-14.
** One strip has Linus claiming that he has the right to choose what to watch on TV since he got there first, only for Lucy to change the channel and say, "In the 19th chapter of the book of Matthew it says, 'Many that are first will be last, and the last first.'[[labelnote:*]]Matthew 19:30 (KJV)[[/labelnote]]". Linus replies, "I'll bet Matthew didn't have an older sister!"
** Other characters do it as well; for example, in [[http://www.gocomics.com/peanuts/1970/10/11 one of]] the [[RunningGag football gags]], Charlie Brown cries out, "How long, O Lord?" Lucy recognizes the quote (it's from Isaiah 6:11), and continues and analyzes it, before pulling the football away.
** In another strip, Snoopy comes in the house. Charlie Brown looks up from the Bible he'd been reading and asks, "What's up? Are you hungry?" Snoopy silently takes his Bible, turns to a page, and hands it back. Charlie Brown reads the indicated passage, Ps 50:12: "If I were hungry, I would not tell thee." He shouts to Snoopy (now presumably in the kitchen), "Give me a week, and I'll find an answer!"
** Another strip has Charlie Brown scold Snoopy for taking food from the fridge, by showing him Exodus 20:15: "You shall not steal." Snoopy counters by taking the Bible, turning to another page, and having Charlie Brown read Deuteronomy 25:4: "You shall not muzzle the ox while it treads out the grain."
-->'''Charlie Brown:''' ''(calling after him)'' I don't see you treading out any grain!\\
'''Snoopy:''' ''(on his doghouse)'' It got me out the back door.
** Parodied at one point, in a moment used in one of the animated specials, when Lucy claims that the Bible says that brothers need to get their sisters Christmas gifts, to which Linus replies that that's not actually Biblical. Lucy goes to look it up and proclaims that she was able to find the word "sister" in the Bible - [[InsaneTrollLogic therefore, Linus has to get her a Christmas gift.]]
** Lampshaded once, after Peppermint Patty throws out a kid tutoring her because she found out he was getting paid to do so:
-->'''Maynard:''' "The laborer is worthy of his hire." Luke 10:4.
-->'''Marcie:''' He's quoting Scripture, sir.
-->'''Peppermint Patty:''' Is that fair?
** Of course, Schulz wasn't above [[QuoteMine deliberately taking a quote out of context]] for a gag. When Charlie Brown was feeling good from receiving a couple compliments, Linus dragged him back down with "Woe to you when all men speak well of you." from Luke 6.
** One Sunday strip had Schroeder trying to console Charlie Brown on another lost baseball game with the quote "Man is born to trouble, as the spark flies upward (Job 5:7)." And because Charlie Brown looked confused the entire team rushed in to offer character-appropriate interpretations on the book of Job.
-->'''Charlie Brown:''' I don't have a baseball team, I have a theological seminary!
** Charles Schulz was a Sunday School teacher, and scriptural lessons are sprinkled throughout ''Peanuts'', so much so that a man named Robert L. Short wrote a couple of bestselling "pop theology" books, ''The Gospel According to Peanuts'' (1965) and ''The Parables of Peanuts'' (1968), analyzing the strip's religious content.
* In a ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' strip, while Rat is watching a football game, [[TheDitz Pig]] claims that in every football game there is a guy named John who keeps forgetting his watch which forces a buddy of his to hold up a sign telling the time, hence why every game has a guy holding a sign reading "John 3:16" [[labelnote:*]]For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (KJV)[[/labelnote]]. Pig starts watching the game after Rat leaves and remarks "Great. Now Luke forgot his watch."
** The same joke was inverted in a ''ComicStrip/GetFuzzy'' strip: Rob gets home and finds a spooked out Satchel sitting in the dark babbling "John 3:16! John 3:16!". He then turns on the lights and says "Your friend John called at 3:16".
** [[http://www.buffettworld.com/crap/pearls/pearls2003052250810.gif Another Pearls example]] shows a squirrel, when fed by Pig, responds by quoting Revelations 18:21.
** The name of the strip itself comes from Matthew 7:6, in which Jesus, during his Sermon on the Mount, warns his followers not to cast "pearls before swine".

[[folder:Other/Multiple media]]
* "For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" -- Matthew 16:26, Mark 8:36 and Luke 9:25. If you see this one, count on the [[AnAesop Aesop]] being WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity, with LonelyAtTheTop being a key illustration of this. Such as:
** Creator/StephenKing's ''Literature/TheTalisman'' (1984), changed to "loses his own son", where the BigBad [[RhetoricalQuestionBlunder concludes]] that "It profits him the world."
** Oliver Stone's ''Film/{{Nixon}}'' (1995)
** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'' (1997), quoted by a dying {{Dracula}} to his son, a tacit admission of weariness.
--> '''Dracula:''' "Ah...sarcasm. 'For what profit is it to a man if he gains the world, and loses his own soul?' Matthew 16:26, I believe."
** ''Webcomic/AMiracleOfScience''. "Well, he'd profit by ''one whole world'', for one thing."
** Quoted by The Mad Thinker to Reed Richards in a "Civil War-era" ComicBook/FantasticFour story, when he sees the lengths Richards has gone to in order to prevent a predicted crisis.
** The Ranma fanfic ''Fanfic/PrideComesBeforeTheFall'' has Proverbs 16:18 as the intro. The title itself is a compact version of the verse.
** Quoted in the movie version of ''Literature/TheBonfireOfTheVanities''. It's used in the bookends' narration as Bruce Willis' journalist ponders his newfound fortune coming at the expense of many reputations. At the end, he decides he's been well compensated for losing his soul.
** A character in Piers Anthony's ''Literature/WithATangledSkein'' misquotes it as "''save'' the whole world", thus completely changing the nature of the point.
** ''Theatre/AManForAllSeasons'': "It profits a man nothing to give his soul for the whole world ... but for ''Wales'', Richard?"
** Intentionally inverted in "Starseed", the last volume of Creator/SpiderRobinson's ''Stardance'' trilogy, with the quote, "What shall it cost a man if he shall lose the world only to gain his soul?" The {{A|nAesop}}esop in this case is, "Humanity must ultimately leave the Earth behind if we are to take our place among the stars."
* Combined with LastSupperSteal: ''Entertainment Weekly'' [[http://www.ew.com/article/2010/01/15/lost-doc-jensen-examines-new-lost-supper-promo Issue #1186]] (January 22, 2010) says of the promotional image of Series/{{Lost}}'s ''[[Art/TheLastSupper Last Supper]]'' that "The castaways' imbibing evokes the Bible verse: 'If the dead are not raised: ''Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die''' [1 Corinthians 15:32b; Isaiah 22:13d, NAB]. Which is exactly what was at stake with last season's resurrection-or-bust Jughead cliffhanger."
** Speaking of ''Entertainment Weekly'': In the "Bullseye" section (#1505, March 9, 2018) one arrow that's pointed close to between "Miss" and "Near-Miss" says, "For our very real review of ''Living Bibically'' [the TV series], please go look up Mark 11:14", which is actually an excerpt from the story of Jesus cursing a fig tree[[note]]Mark 11:12-14, 20-25; also in Matthew 21:18-22[[/note]]; this Bible verse actually quotes Jesus' words to the fruitless fig tree (which the Bullseye staff foretells of the TV show), "May no one ever eat of your fruit again!" (NAB)
* The English stream of letters for the ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh OCG'' text in Qliphort Monolith reads 「God is angry on your doing and want to bring fire flood」, a reference to Noah's Ark in the Old Testament. The Japanese stream of text is written alternately in hiragana/kanji and katakana to obfuscate it; when converted to the proper grammar it reads 「見よ人は我々の一人のようになり善悪を知るものとなった彼は手を伸べ命の木からも取って食べ永久に生きるかもしれない」 ("Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:"). This is a direct quote from the biblical verse Genesis 3:22, and references the tree of life in the Old Testament.

[[folder:Radio Theater]]
* "As the Holy Book says, in the Book of Holes, chapter 1: 'And they knew not their holes, from an ass on the ground.'" - Nino "The Mind-Boggler" Savatt, in Creator/TheFiresignTheater's ''Everything You Know Is Wrong.''

* ''Theatre/FiddlerOnTheRoof'' employs this exact phrase with Tevye, even though we already know that he's deeply religious. There's no ulterior symbolism, other than to portray him as a religious, down-to-earth man living in a devout, tradition-bound culture. Mostly PlayedForLaughs, as he gets most of the quotes wrong and makes up some of them out of the air without realizing it:
-->'''Tevye:''' Of course, we don't eat like kings, but we don't starve, either. As the Good Book says, "When a poor man eats a chicken, one of them is sick."\\
'''Mendel:''' Where does the Book say that?\\
'''Tevye:''' Well, it doesn't exactly say that, but someplace it has something about a chicken!
** Humorously defied at one point, where Tevye, speaking to God, begins to quote the Good Book out of habit, then has a moment of FridgeLogic when he realizes that God, of all people, would know what the Good Book says.
* At the start of the [[UsefulNotes/JewishHolidays Chanukah]] scene of ''Theatre/TheDiaryOfAnneFrank'', the Frank family and their friends read Psalm 121 from the KJV Bible.
* In ''Theatre/{{Gypsy}}'', Mama Rose would often quote this trope before spouting an idiom with no Biblical subtext whatsoever.
* Seen in ''[[Theatre/SeventeenSeventySix 1776]]'': When the Southern states have walked out of Congress over the slavery clause, Dickinson gloats at Adams and Chase (who has just arrived with the badly mistimed and insufficient good news that he's talked Maryland into supporting independence) with the deliberate misquote, "What shall a man be profited if he shall gain Mary-land, but lose the entire South?" He then smirks and adds, "Matthew, chapter 16, verse 26" before walking out himself. The meaning -- that all of Adams' attempts to procure independence had just gone up in smoke and his winning over of Maryland was Pyrrhic -- would haunt Dickinson the next day when it became clear he and he alone really opposed independence on principle thanks to a last-second compromise by Adams and South Carolina's Edward Rutledge.
* In ''Theatre/TheThreepennyOpera'', Macheath and Polly's dialogue before their "Love Song" is from Ruth 1:16 (Kurt Weill set this verse as a song, not in the ''Threepenny Opera'' but in ''The Eternal Road'').
* In ''Theatre/TheBibleTheCompleteWordOfGodAbridged'', when the players are idly chatting about the weather, one of them quotes the apocryphal Bible verse, "Many are cold, few are frozen," from the Book of Galoshes in the New Testament.
* ''Theatre/InheritTheWind'' is named after a portion of Proverbs 11:29. Matthew Harrison Brady quotes this particular verse during the second act.
* In ''Theatre/AlbertHerring'', when the Committee members are talking about the wonderful April weather, Miss Wordsworth quotes Song of Solomon 2:11–12: "And lo! the winter is past, the rain is over and gone, / The flowers appear on the earth!" TheVicar, of course, chimes in with her.
* This doubles as a TitleDrop in ''Theatre/ThereShallBeNoNight'', when the protagonist quotes Revelation 22:4-5 and its vision of the new Eden, in which "there shall be no night". The play is set during the darkest hours of the 1939-1940 [[UsefulNotes/FinnsWithFearsomeForests Winter War]] between Finland and the Soviet Union, but the main character quotes this passage as a way of expressing his hope in the triumph of humanity's better nature.
* In ''Theatre/{{Hamilton}}'', Washington quotes "everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree, and no one shall make them afraid" from Micah 4:4[[note]]which also contains the famous "swords into ploughshares" quote[[/note]] in "One Last Time" to emphasize the necessity of leaving power while he's still alive and allowing the process of elections to go forward.
* ''Theatre/PerfectPie'' is [[BookEnds bookended]] by Pasty quoting Isaiah 49:16: "I will not forget you, you are carved in the palm of my hand."

[[folder:TV Tropes Wiki]]
* [[TropeNamers Trope names]] from Literature/TheBible:
** AdamAndEvePlot
** AngelUnaware
** BibleTimes
** TheBlindLeadingTheBlind
** CainAndAbel
** {{Canon}}
** CurseOfBabel
** CrucifiedHeroShot
** DavidVersusGoliath
** EleventhHourSuperpower (the "eleventh hour" part is from the Parable of the Laborers)
** FindingJudas (well, that and ''Series/{{House}}'')
** ForbiddenFruit
** AGodAmI
** AHouseDivided
** HolyHalo
** IAmLegion
** JacobAndEsau
** MosesInTheBulrushes
** NeverAcceptedInHisHometown
** NiceJobBreakingItHerod
** NumberOfTheBeast
** PalsWithJesus
** SecondComing
** TheAntiChrist
** TheScapegoat
** ThouShaltNotKill
** TowerOfBabel
** TurnTheOtherCheek
** UriahGambit
** YourDaysAreNumbered
* Some of page quotes, as of 28/11/2016
** BadWithTheBone
** BreathWeapon
** CavalryOfTheDead
** ChildrenAreInnocent
** CorruptChurch
** EasyRoadToHell
** FlamingSword
** HarbingerOfImpendingDoom
** HeroicSacrifice
** NoSympathyForGrudgeholders
** PerceptionFilter
** ReasoningWithGod
** TheScapegoat
** SilentScapegoat

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI'':
** In one eavesdropping mission, one of the two men Altaïr's listening to claims that "God helps those who help themselves" is a Bible quote, thus [[HolierThanThou justifying his unsavory activities]]. The other man promptly corrects him, saying it's from one of Aesop's Fables.
** The ending of the game leaves out subtlety and just quotes Bible verses outright. [[spoiler:During the scene with Altaïr looking at the holographic map of the Earth, a voice in the background directly quotes a verse from the book of Ecclesiastes. Additionally, once ''Deus Ex Machina'' graciously gives Desmond the ability to use his Assassin's vision just as he learns he will soon be executed, you can see quotes from various religious books and legends on the wall above his bed, including one from the book of Revelation]].
* In ''VideoGame/AviaryAttorney'' [[HidingBehindReligion Friar Remus]], if called out on his willingness to accept seemingly unChristian mob violence, quote multiple bloody passages from the Bible, old and new Testament.
* ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamAsylum'':
** In the original, one of the Arkham Chronicles mentions Poison Ivy being brought in by someone. Amadeus Arkham quotes Exodus 22:18 in this one:
-->''"I watched in silence as he brought in the woman. Her skin now a venomous green, the wanton creature no longer looked like a human being, much less a woman. The Bible says, 'Suffer not a witch to live,' yet he has once again delivered this female atrocity to our care. Once I have dealt with the monster, I think it will be time to see if green wood does, in fact, burn."''
** In ''VideoGame/BatmanArkhamOrigins'', during the Predator Challenge aboard the Final Offer, Alberto Falcone's bodyguard quotes Matthew 5:5 in saying, "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth" - insinuating that although the family is currently struggling with running their crime empire, they will arise as the victor in the ongoing turf wars. One of Penguin's goons, not familiar with the proverb, mishears the word "meek" as "weak" and instead thinks he's insulting him.
* The theme for ''VideoGame/TheBindingOfIsaac: Rebirth'' is titled Genesis 22:10, which reads "Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son." Fitting considering the game's [[MeaningfulName name]] and [[OffingTheOffspring premise]], of course.
* ''VideoGame/CallOfJuarez'':
** The original features Reverend Ray, who quotes fire and brimstone Bible scripture every other line.
** A much straighter example is found in ''VideoGame/CallOfJuarezBoundInBlood'', where William constantly cites the Bible to that very Ray, trying to prevent him from falling to TheDarkSide. [[spoiler:His words fail but [[HeroicSacrifice his actions]] don't]].
* ''VideoGame/CaptainBibleInDomeOfDarkness'' practically breathes this trope. The goal of the game is to find bible verses to defeat robots who are telling anti-Christian lies to the citizens of a city.
* ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'' falls into this trope, albeit surprisingly tastefully (considering the rest of the game's dialogue), with Dracula quoting Matthew 16:26 upon his final defeat.
-->''"For what profit is it to man if he gains the world, and loses his own soul?"''
* Ex-Belltower merc Michael Zelazny in ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'' is quite fond of quoting Literature/TheBible. When Jensen sarcastically asks if he decided to become a priest, he just says that he finds Scripture to be quite "evocative."
* ''VideoGame/{{Doom}}: The fourth episode of ''Ultimate Doom'' is entitled "Thy Flesh Consumed", which comes from Proverbs 5:11 (KJV). Every level title in that episode (Hell Beneath, Perfect Hatred, Sever The Wicked, Unruly Evil, They Will Repent, Against Thee Wickedly, And Hell Followed, and Unto The Cruel) come from the King James Version of the Bible, mostly completely and utterly out of context. But they sure do sound cool!
* ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' uses the very similar Revelation 21:6 (KJV) -- "I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely." It's the favorite quote of the protagonist's mother and "Waters of Life" forms the ArcWords of the game. [[spoiler: It also provides the passcode needed for final moment HeroicSacrifice.]]
** Another, more subtle example from ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' can be seen with the birthdate of the main character (7/13/2258). Micah 7:13 reads, "And the earth will become desolate because of her inhabitants, on account of the fruit of their deeds." It aptly describes the ''Fallout'' series as a whole.
* ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' DLC Honest Hearts features Mormon missionary, BadassPreacher and [[TheAtoner ex-legatus]] of Caesar's Legion, Joshua Graham (the Burned Man), who uses several aphorisms and occasional quotes from the Bible during the DLC. Especially his use of Psalm 137:1 + 7-9 to express his belief that one should PayEvilUntoEvil to the White Legs.
** His unique sidearm has John 1:5 ("And the light shineth in darkness, and the darkness [hath] comprehended it not"; KJV) engraved in the slide in Greek.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'':
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'': Big Smoke is prone to quoting the Bible (''"Man cannot live on bread alone. I know, [[FatBastard I tried that shit]]"''), all while [[HypocriticalHumor not being exactly a saint]].
** In ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoV'', Michael paraphrases part of Matthew 7:26 after pulling down a house with a pickup truck.
-->'''Michael:''' It's a foolish man who builds his house on the sand, baby!\\
'''Franklin:''' I don't think my boy Matthew was thinking trucks when he wrote that shit!
* ''VideoGame/Halo3ODST'': Used for a moment of comic relief during a pitched airel battle:
-->'''[[ReligiousBruiser Dutch]]:''' As The Good Book says, "Payback's a bitch!"\\
'''[[AcePilot Mickey]]''': I don't think it actually says that, Dutch.\\
'''Dutch:''' I'm paraphrasing, ya' heathen!
* ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'': The Swamp Fever campaign has Ellis asking Coach if he has any words to say before they enter the swamp.
-->'''Coach:''' As I walk through the valley of death, I will fear no evil.\\
'''Ellis:''' Okay. I was hopin' y'all wouldn't go all Fire and Brimstone on me.
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'', EDI quotes ''"[[IAmLegion My name is Legion, for we are many]]"'' when Shepard is trying to come up with a name for [[spoiler:the captured Geth platform]]. Legion then comes up with the proper source: ''"Christian Bible, gospel of Mark, verse five."''
* The first teaser for ''Videogame/OutlastII'' has an ominous old man quoting a verse from the Bible.
* ''VideoGame/{{Outlaws}}'' gives us a made up one:
-->'''[[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Dr. Death]]:''' What is it the Bible says, Slim?\\
'''Slim:''' I dunno Doctor.\\
'''Dr. Death:''' Ah yes, "you don't never, never look a gift horse in the mouth". That's a pearl of wisdom.
* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption''
** The final story mission is named "The Last Enemy That Shall Be Destroyed", which is from I Corinthians 15:26. The game leaves out the last two words of the verse: [[spoiler:"...is death," alluding to the fact that John Marston is killed defending his family.]]
** The last mission with Uncle is named "A Continual Feast", a reference to Proverbs 15:15 - "All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast."
* ''VideoGame/SidMeiersAlphaCentauri'' quotes the Bible at various points, usually as part of the description of some new civilization-changing secret project. It quotes plenty of other literary works, too, including several written by characters in the game.
** In particular, the game's opening cutscene begins with a quote from Genesis. The Universal Translator's quotation of the Bible comes across as very creepy, given the project's cutscene.
** So do ''VideoGame/{{Civilization}} IV'' and ''V'', for which the Bible is the single most common source of quotes, particularly for early-game techs.
*** The Biblical quote for the tech "Priesthood" in ''IV'' is a particularly [[GeniusBonus elaborate]] ShoutOut to the narrator, Creator/LeonardNimoy: it's the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Priestly_Blessing Priestly Blessing]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenogears}}'' begins by quoting Revelation of John 22:13:
-->''I am the Alpha and the Omega\\
the beginning and the end\\
the first and the last''.
* Likewise, ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'', although it is generally more inclined to quote Nietzsche, does borrow a quotation from the Bible: "Ye shall be as gods". This gets a lot more ominous if you happen to recall just who said the original words!
** Also present in Xenogears, as a message that is repeated endlessly, covering all computer screens on the opening cinematic.
** In ''Episode 1'', Albedo quotes John 12:24 - "Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone." - to describe his immortality and and the fear of living forever while his loved ones die.

[[folder:Visual Novels]]
* In ''VisualNovel/AtomGrrrl'', Big E quotes Zechariah 11:6 as she finishes off viciously killing her attempted rapist.
* In ''VisualNovel/WeKnowTheDevil'', when the kids tune in to God's station, he recites fictional Bible passages reflecting the symbolism and using the name of the girl who will be possessed. In the true ending, the Devil speaks instead.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* The online flash series ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'' uses religious symbolism and scripture extensively. (The BigBad has incorporated much of the Book of Revelations into his "Last Judgment" scenario for humanity.) This isn't surprising since the series has been somewhat influenced by apocalyptic pop culture works like ''Film/TheMatrix'' and ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion''.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/ButImACatPerson'' features several Christian characters who bring up Bible verses, with good intentions (Timothy) or not-so-good (Ann Walker). The Beings don't have their own religious beliefs, but you'll still see things like [[http://erinptah.com/catperson/comic/chapter-three-page-25/ Lily referencing the Book of Ruth]] or [[http://erinptah.com/catperson/comic/chapter-nine-pages-18-19/ Patrick quoting Psalms]].
* In ''Webcomic/MenInHats'', being able to quote Literature/TheBible chapter and verse [[http://www.meninhats.com/d/20020906.html saves Sam the trouble of thinking]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Reverie}}'' features an example of this in the srtip [[http://reverie.heavensentgaming.com/comic/something-technologic/ "Something Technologic"]]. Two of the main characters, Bronjay and Hoopes, are yrying to understand the meaning the phrase "Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh", which is a reference to the Hebrew languages version of the Book of Exodus where God says "I am what I am."
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sonichu}}'', Rosechu brings up the story of Joseph, saying that they should forgive Jason Kendrick Howell. However, [[{{Hypocrite}} she forgets this moments later]] after Jason throws a pickle at her and she [[spoiler:[[DisproportionateRetribution proceeds to facerape him]]]].
* ''Treading Ground'' lampshades this when [[http://www.treadingground.com/?p=200 Nate and Steve confront Derek after watching a fansubbed yaoi anime in his possession]].

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Each of the three chapters in [[WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation Yahtzee's]] ''VideoGame/TwelveThirteen'' begins with a Bible quote, each from a verse labeled, what else, 12:13 (he admits in the commentary he just picked the ones he thought fit the situation, as not all of the 12:13 verses had any relevance).
* In WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd's episode "Bible Games 3", when the Nerd types out the word "ass" in the Game Boy's ''The King James Version'', and the results got in a list of passages with the word "ass", the following passages he reads are:
** "Then they rent their clothes, and laded every man his ass..."[[labelnote:*]] Genesis 44:13, which is about eleven of Jacob's sons tearing off their clothes and reloading their donkeys before returning to Egypt[[/labelnote]]
** "...loose his ox or his ass..."[[labelnote:*]] Luke 13:15, which is about Jesus rebuking the synagogue officials for telling him not to heal on the sabbath day, saying to them, "Does not each one of you untie your ox or your ass from the manger and lead it out for watering?"[[/labelnote]]
** "...whose ass have I taken?"[[labelnote:*]]1 Samuel 12:3, about Samuel asking the Israelites whether he has committed any sins or not[[/labelnote]]
** "...deliver unto his neighbour an ass..."[[labelnote:*]]Exodus 22:9 about a person handing an animal to another, and the animal dying or being stolen or maimed without anyone addressing the fact, although the next passage (22:10) has said giver swear an oath that he did not harm anyone else's property, and the owner may accept the oath[[/labelnote]]
** "Which of you shall have an ass..."[[labelnote:*]]Luke 14:5, about Jesus asking the scribes and Pharisees if one among them would not help their ox or ass (although "ass" is replaced with the word "son" in most modern versions of the Bible) out of the cistern on the sabbath day[[/labelnote]]
** "...he had found a young ass..."[[labelnote:*]]John 12:14, about Jesus finding an ass' colt and sitting upon it before riding in triumph to Jerusalem on what is now Palm Sunday[[/labelnote]]
** "...the dumb ass..."[[labelnote:*]]2 Peter 2:16, about St. Peter retelling the story about how Balaam got a rebuke for his crime via a mute donkey that spoke with a human voice and restraining his madness (although Balaam is not portrayed in a bad light in Numbers 22, which is soon to follow, and the words "[[HaveAGayOldTime dumb ass]]" are replaced by "mute beast" in modern versions of the Bible)[[/labelnote]]
** "...saddled his ass..."[[labelnote:*]]Numbers 22:21, about the same Balaam riding off to Balak with the princes of Moab on God's command[[/labelnote]]
** "...opened his sack to give his ass..."[[labelnote:*]]Genesis 42:27, about one of Jacob's sons opening a bag to feed his donkey when he is surprised to find money in the mouth of the bag[[/labelnote]]
** "...the lion had not eaten the carcase, nor torn the ass..."[[labelnote:*]]1 Kings 13:28 about a prophet finding the servant of God lying dead on the road, with both the lion and the unharmed donkey standing next to his corpse[[/labelnote]]
** "...riding upon his ass..."[[labelnote:*]]Numbers 22:22, about the angels of God standing on the road to Balak to make a sneak attack on Balaam as he was riding on his donkey (as mentioned before in the passage preceding it, 22:21), which the Lord possessed to make it talk to Balaam[[/labelnote]].
--> '''Nerd:''' Heh heh. [[ImGoingToHellForThis I'm going to hell]].
* Alexander Anderson from ''WebVideo/HellsingUltimateAbridged'', like his canon counterpart, loves quoting the Bible (when he's not quoting ''Film/BoondockSaints''.) Psalms 2:11 and 12 sound ''great'' once you get him going:
--> '''Anderson:''' Serve the LORD with fear and rejoice with trembling!\\
'''Alucard:''' You got me a gift?!\\
'''Anderson:''' Kiss the Son lest He be angry, and ye perish from the way when His wrath is kindled but a little!
* In ''WebVideo/SwordArtOnlineAbridged'', the leader of the Laughing Coffin [[PlayerKilling PK]] guild does this as part of his "Bible-quoting serial killer" motif. Unfortunately when he picks verses like [[https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=judges+15%3A16&version=NIV Judges 15:16]], he just ends up confusing his would-be victims no matter how good his delivery is.
* Spoofed in the ''Blog/WhatIf'' entry "[[http://what-if.xkcd.com/90/ Great Tree, Great Axe]]." Randall butchers part of [[Literature/BookOfRevelation Revelation Chapter 6]] in the sixth image.
--> "And I looked and saw the angel open the second seal, a gigantic woodpecker emerged. The people wailed and cowered in terror as its wings blotted out the sun."
* Parodied in WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob and WebVideo/DiamandaHagan's review of ''Film/MyraBreckinridge''. (Apparently it was a case of ThrowItIn by Creator/BradJones.)
-->'''Hagan:''' "A lay a day keeps your virginity away!"\\
'''Snob:''' Matthew, chapter 5 verse 14.\\
''[Hagan nods knowingly]''
* Referenced in [[https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL201F1C36731623D0 this Battletoads race]]:
-->'''{{LetsPlay/PCULL44444}}''': Why don't these ducks turn around when I punch them?
-->'''{{LetsPlay/SuperJeenius}}''': If I punch you, you'll turn around!
-->'''{{LetsPlay/NintendoCapriSun}}''': What do you think they are? Christians?
--->[Achievement unlocked: Turn The Other Cheek - Matthew 5:38-42]
* Gail Connors from ''WebVideo/DeagleNation'' follows the bible and the "forgotten bible" "word for word" and considers anything that isn't explicitly stated in these pieces of literature to be either dumb, misguided, or just plain evil.
* The Bible is one of many sources mined for quotes in ''Roleplay/ScaryNewsOutOfTokyo3''. Late in the game, the players begin to ramp up the biblical quotations -- although one of them also adds fake (but [[MadProphet disturbingly coherent]]) quotes he apparently wrote in a drunken stupor, and then largely abandons the Bible in favor of Music/PinkFloyd lyrics.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Parodied in the ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' episode, "Mr. Griffin Goes to Washington".
-->'''Chris:''' Look what I made for the game! ''(holding a "John 3:16" sign)''
-->'''Meg:''' What does that mean, anyway?
-->'''Brian:''' ''(reading from a Bible)'' "And the Lord said, `Go Sox'"
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'' episode "Epilogue", we find that Amanda Waller has turned to the bible for comfort in her twilight years...
-->'''Waller:''' Like the good book says, He moves in mysterious ways. His plan is a mystery. But here's what isn't: He gave us free will, we choose our own fate. For good, or ill.
* ''TheSimpsons''
** Homer tries to sneak out of the nuclear plant via secret escape route. He encounters a giant spider, and his map says that he can get rid of it by quoting a Bible verse. Pretty quickly, Homer gives up and [[MundaneSolution just pegs it between the eyes with a rock]], [[OneHitPointWonder knocking it right out]].
** In ''The Otto Show''
-->'''Marge''': Well, Homer, doesn't the Bible say, "Whatsoever you do unto even the least of my brothers, that you do unto me?"
-->'''Homer''': Yes, but doesn't the Bible also say, "Thou shalt not take... moochers into thine... hut?"
** Again in the episode "Homer the Heretic:"
-->'''Rev. Lovejoy:''' Homer, I'd like you to remember Matthew 7:26. "A foolish man who who built his house on sand."
-->'''Homer:''' And ''you'' remember... Matthew ... 21:17!
-->'''Rev. Lovejoy:''' "And he left them and went out of the city into Bethany and he lodged there?"
-->'''Homer:''' Yeah... Think about it!
** Homer would use the Bible to "justify" male chauvinism, arguing against Marge working outside the home with "Thou shalt not...horn in on thy husband's...racket" and telling Lisa that the Bible commands girls to stick to "girls' sports" like hot-oil wrestling.
** Reverend Lovejoy also used his "knowledge" of the Bible to defend the sadistic snake-beating "Whacking Day" holiday ("Whacketh all the serpents that [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment crawl upon their bellies]] and thy town shall be a beacon unto others."), refusing to let Lisa check his bible for that, and to point out to Marge that, technically, the Bible forbids human beings to ''go to the bathroom''.
** In a Halloween episode, Lisa quotes "Judge, not lest ye be judged" for the town's InsaneTrollLogic on determining if Marge is a witch. Wiggum just counters with "The Bible says a lot of things, shove her!"
* Grandmum and occasionally Sol on ''WesternAnimation/ThreeTwoOnePenguins'' quote the Bible whenever Jason and/or Michelle are experiencing a moral dilemma.
* In the final episodes of ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}: WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', both Optimus Primal and Megatron begin quoting from their scripture, the Covenant of Primus, believing the events that they're a part of are the fulfillment of its prophesies. Megatron also seems to be trying to position himself as an Antichrist figure in the process.
* In ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'', Bob and Larry consult [[MeaningfulName QWERTY]] the computer at the end of every episode to support the show's {{Aesop}} with a quote from the Good Book.
* In ''WesternAnimation/XMenEvolution'', when the group is discussing Warren's activities:
-->'''Beast:''' Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels, unawares.
-->'''Professor X:''' Shakespeare?
-->'''Beast:''' The Bible.
-->'''Professor X:''' ...Ah, indeed.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* Oppenheimer's quotation of the ''Literature/BhagavadGita'' on witnessing the world's first atomic explosion probably fits in here as well: 'Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds'. The quote does not actually match any translation extant at the time - most had "shatterer" in place of "destroyer" - because he was translating it from the original Sanskrit in his head while he spoke.
* A real-life example: What do you tell ''one billion'' television viewers who are about to see the image of the planet Earth ''for the first time in their lives'' -- a tiny blue marble all alone in the night, framed only by desolate landscape that is the moon? [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apollo_8_Genesis_Reading "In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth..."]]
** The first few chapters of Genesis are also being used in a modern-day Rosetta Stone project that provides the passages in all of the known languages on Earth.
* But If Not -- These are the words (taken from Daniel 3:18) that spurred the British to help evacuate a group of soldiers trapped at [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_dunkirk Dunkirk]].
* "God preserve the United States. We know the Race is not to the Swift nor the Battle to the Strong. Do you not think an Angel rides in the Whirlwind and directs this Storm?" John Page to UsefulNotes/ThomasJefferson, July 20, 1776, quoting from Ecclesiastes 9:11
* Ernie Harwell, the late radio announcer for baseball's Detroit Tigers, would welcome listeners to the first spring training broadcast of each season with an apropos quotation from Song of Solomon 2:11-12: "For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone; the flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land."
* To all who think ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' is witchcraft, let it be known that its creator, Creator/GaryGygax, used Matthew 5:16 in his e-mail signature. "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven."
* Since ''Creator/HeavenSentGaming'' was founded as a Christian organization by two now married Christian HighSchoolSweethearts, Creator/MarioLucero and Creator/IsabelLucero, their motto reflects this as "1 Corinthians 9:25". The text reads "Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever." (NIV)