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 the devil could quote the Bible to his own advantage by choosing his verses with care.specifically 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 misquoting the Bible to point out that another character's quote is not actually from the Bible, either.
Commonly used for Love Is Like Religion. Compare Literary Allusion Title, which often serves a similar purpose. Contrast Useful Book, where a "good book" means something else entirely. See also Speaks in Shout-Outs.
- 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 Black Lagoon, in which Eda paraphrases part of Luke 11 as a sophisticated way of saying "get the fuck off my porch" to someone trying to seek sanctuary in the Corrupt Church. When the people after the woman in question come calling and fire a shot into the church, on the other hand, things get very violent very quickly.
- In Blue Exorcist: 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 Chrono Crusade 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. Aion even quotes the Bible as his Famous Last Words.
- One chapter of Dance in the Vampire Bund 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.
- Death Note: After the Bait-and-Switch Credits 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 Beauty Equals Goodness, 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 Take Over the World and rule as a god. 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.
- Ghost in the Shell 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 Mamoru Oshii as director.
- Claes from Gunslinger Girl frequently shows off her wide-reading. Bad developments 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."
- Hellsing's Alexander Anderson quotes the Bible every other sentence. Since he's a thoroughly insane priest and monster hunter, it doesn't really mean anything.
- Kaguya-sama: Love Is War has Karen quoting Luke 1:78-79 after she nearly dies from joy from seeing Kaguya and Shirogane's first kiss.
- Le Chevalier Deon focuses mostly in the Book of Psalms, especially Psalm 95.
- Monster starts with a quote from Revelation on the coming of The Antichrist, an appropriate comparison with Johan Liebert.
- 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 Mamoru Oshii directed both of them. The man loves his quotes (usually biblical, but not always).
- In Psycho-Pass, Makishima quotes the bible as he prepares to 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.
- Played With at one point in an episode of Overlord (2012) when Ainz quotes John 15:13 (Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.) when discussing Heroic Sacrifice with the NPCs. However, he claims it's a saying he and his guild mates used to use, rather than scripture. But aince the NPCs a) don't know about the Bible, and b) believe Ainz and his guild mates were gods, it amounts to the same thing in their minds.
- In the anime of Strawberry Marshmallow, 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 Umineko: When They Cry, the blood seals have passages from Psalms in them, and the Creepy Child gives the exact location in Bible.
- Weiß Kreuz: Although Aya doesn't specifically quote the Bible, a point is made of the fact that he reads it regularly; the Radio Drama "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.
- 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.
- Chick Tracts use this all the time, usually ripped right out of context.
- The Cloak & Dagger comics paraphrase Psalm 139:12-14.
"The darkness and light are both alike... I am fearfully and wonderfully made."
- In Fables, Kay used a Bible quote about looking at people with lust as an explanation for why he cut his eyes out. In his case however it was because he can see all the evil that anybody did in his life by just looking at them, so he's constantly blinding himself to escape the horrors. But due to the magical nature of his curse, they always grow back.
- Kingdom Come. The protagonist is a pastor, and since he observes the whole thing, the story is loaded. It's mainly Book of Revelation, which features The End of the World as We Know It, so it works.
- As a former student of theology, Gabe from The Maze Agency is able to pull out an appropriate bible quotation whenever he needs one.
- Used to terrible effect in 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 Universe stories often have had Bible allusions. Particularly where The Vision is concerned, as in the episode titles "Where There Is No Vision..." (Proverbs 29:18) and "Your Young Men Shall Slay Visions" — a play on the original verse of Acts 2:17 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, features the quote: "Your young men shall slay dragons."
- Watchmen — Would the Judge of All the Earth not do Right? (Doctor Manhattan = God; from Genesis 18:25).
- 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 Genius Bonus reference to 'The Blind Watchmaker') wonders if a watch can occur without a watchmaker.
- In Wacky Raceland, Red Baron quotes a passage from Genesis about the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah while watching Las Vegas being destroyed by a flood from the broken Hoover Dam.
- Ultimatum: Magneto compares his action with the great flood, and quotes passages of the Bible to that effect (the trope image cites Genesis 6:13 specifically). He was in full "A God Am I" mode.
- In A Changed World, Eleya quotes a Bajoran prophecy in response to a temporally displaced Bajoran criticizing her for working outside her 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 Chrysalis Visits The Hague, 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 youre Irish... but you dont need to quote scripture at me to make a point.
- In Empath: The Luckiest Smurf, the resident village bartender Tapper will occasionally throw in a Bible verse where appropriate for the situation.
- HERZ: Chapter 10 quotes a passage of the Book of Revelations right after Gendo's death.
- In Hogwarts School of Prayer and Miracles, 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 The Legend of Total Drama Island, 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 Old West, the snake-hunter Mon Hellsing has a habit of citing the Bible to decrease snakes.
- Wings To Fly 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 A Dream used this when Rarity was turned into a pillar of salt. Though instead of directly quoting Genesis, Bible, who is formed from the book he's named after, motioned to the portion of his body containing the relevant verses.
- In Game of Thrones: Vendetta Scripture is quoted several times:
- Ezekiel 25:17 is the quote used in the second chapter. As one reviewer states, "you can never go wrong with the holy word of God."
- The third chapter opens with Revelations 6:8.
- The fourth chapter opens up with Psalms 137: 1, 7-9.
- In Hellsister Trilogy, John Constantine quotes Psalm 23:4. Constantine being Constantine, he does this in irreverent fashion.
Constantine: 'Yea, though I walk through the valley of death, I shall fear no evil, 'cause I'm the meanest sonofayouknowwhat in the valley.'
- C.C. from Code Geass: The Prepared Rebellion cites 1 Corinthians 11:15 when she calls her long hair "a woman's pride and joy".
- In Superman of 2499: The Great Confrontation, super-villain Muto quotes Genesis after conquering Atlantis.
Muto looked upon his work and judged it good.
- The 6th Day — 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 of the Biblical creation, when God created all animal life, up to and including Man.
- The Bible is used mostly by the Christian protagonists in the 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 if the world could unite as one, then they would be able to achieve anything.
- A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master starts us off with Job 4:13-14: "When deep sleep falleth on men, fear came upon me, and trembling, which made all my bones to shake."
- Avengers: Age of Ultron: Ultron is quite the fan of Biblical references, sometimes quoting the good book directly ("upon this rock, I shall build my church" — Matthew 16:18) and sometimes alluding to it (when pressed on what will happen to the humans who refuse to "evolve" in the manner hes aiming for, his response is simply "ask Noah"). Given his fixation on apocalypses, it's perhaps appropriate.
- The vicar in The Baker's Wife quotes the story of Jesus and the adulteress from The Gospel of John.
- Bigger Than Life has a final sequence that gives dramatic weight and import to the story of Abraham and Isaac, which is read out in full.
- Blazing Saddles 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.
- Blood of the Tribades: The Bible is quoted right at the beginning (from Genesis, appropriately enough), and later several times by the priests of Bathor to back up their beliefs (i.e. traditional gender roles, homophobia).
- In The Book of Eli, the titular book is the Bible, from which Eli sometimes quotes, even using it as a Pre-Asskicking One-Liner (and/or monologue). He's had thirty years to memorize it.
- The Boondock Saints: 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.
- Subverted in A Bridge Too Far. While crossing the river under fire from the German forces, Major Cook tries to recite the Hail Mary prayer but is too agitated to remember the rest of the words, so he just keeps repeating the opening line.
- Brimstone: The Reverend actually goes so far as to use the story of Lot and his Daughters as justification for marrying his daughter against her will. Suffice to say, his interpretation of that part of the Bible is a bit... off...
- Carrie (2013): Zigzagged. Carrie's mother cites teachings and verses that are so skewed and outrageous that Carrie outright notes that they aren't even from the Bible. The other real ones she does cite are also quote mined or twisted, with Carrie countering them using others.
- In Cry Blood, Apache, the Deacon is frequently quoting the Bible; usually as he inflicts violence upon someone.
- In The Crying Game, 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 C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America, 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.
- In Dead Man Walking, the warden and Sister Helen Prejean get into a discussion about whether or not the death penalty for murder is sanctioned by the Bible, but no exact quotes are given. The warden folds early by admitting "I'm not gonna get in a Bible-quoting contest with a nun, because I know I'm gonna lose."
- A variation in Des hommes et des dieux: Christian quotes The Qur'an when speaking to Islamic militant leader Ali Fayattia, establishing good faith between the two.
- Deep Blue Sea 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 Dragonheart by Brother Gilbert, while sniping from a tree w/ bow & arrow.
Brother Gilbert fires an arrow to set off a trap, lowering a log to clothesline two knights on horseback.Brother Gilbert: Pride goeth before the fall.He notices a child being chased by another mounted knight, and fires off another arrow, catching the knight squarely in the butt.Brother Gilbert: (dryly) Turn the other cheek, brother.
- In Eegah!, when Eegah is killed by cops at the end, one person asks if he was real, a somber narrator replies that he was real and recites Genesis 4:32 "There were giants in the Earth in those days". When shown on Mystery Science Theater 3000, Joel complains that the quote was taken completely out of contextnote
- The Fourth Wise Man 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.
- In Gang of Roses, Rachel has found religion and takes her Bible with her on her Roaring Rampage of Revenge. At multiple times during the movie, she trots out an appropriate Bible verse.
- Gattaca opens with this quotation from Ecclesiastes 7:13: "Consider what God has done: Who can straighten what he has made crooked?"
- Gettysburg: Lee's "teaches my fingers to fight" narration is from Psalm 144.
- Ghostbusters (1984):
Ray: I remember Revelation 7:12 * ; "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 The Giant Spider Invasion, as immortalized by Mystery Science Theater 3000, 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.
- Gold Through the Fire: The title is derived from Revelation 3:18, "I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see." It's the quote at the end of the film.
- The Great Dictator: In his famous monologue at the end of the movie, Charlie Chaplin paraphrases Luke 17:21 ("Nor will people say, Here it is, or There it is, because the kingdom of God is within you.")
The Barber: In the seventeenth chapter of Saint Luke, it is written: "The kingdom of God is within man." Not one man, nor a group of men, but in all menin you!
- In Hard Rain, 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 Hardware was the MARK XIII, referring specifically to Mark 13:20, "...no flesh should be saved..."
- A rather obscure one in Husk. Natalie finds a sign with "GEN 4:11" written on it on the outside of the cornfield. This is never brought up again, but Genesis 4:11 describes Abel's murder by Cain the same way Corey murdered Alex. Specifically, it refers to the curse laid upon the field where Abel's blood was shed.
- The Grail Tablet in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 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."
- I Spit on Your Grave: A visual example occurs in the second film. Father Dimov sees that Katie has been looking at Romans 12:19, or "Vengeance is mine, sayeth the Lord; I will repay." The middle part is obscured, and he rightly suspects she's not going to wait on God avenging her.
- The plot of the Antichrist-conspiracy film Lost Souls revolves around a quotation from the book of Isaiah that the writers made up.
- In Lizzie Borden's Revenge, Lizzie's stepmother is unable to have a conversation with her stepdaughter without quoting the bible.
- In 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 numbers; an actual plague of frogs then ensues.
- Ethel is fond of quoting the Bible in The Marriage Chronicles, 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.
- 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, 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.
- The Matrix —
- 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 The Matrix Reloaded, Agent Smith's car license place is 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.
- The Miracle Woman: 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 Mission: Impossible, 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 The Mummy, Jonathan thoughtfully provides any necessary Bible quotes about the plagues of Egypt. In The Mummy Returns, he actually uses the phrase "as it says in the Good Book" only to discover Alex has a different book in mind.
- Lampshaded in The Mummy Returns. After Ardeth says another of his "It is written..." lines, Jonathan comments, "Where is all this stuff written?"
- One Night with the King: In this story based on The Bible, Esther recites older parts of it. This is actually how she wins the King's heart.
- In The Painted Hills, Pilot Pete quotes relevant Bible verses throughout dinner.
- In The Phenix City Story, Zeke talks John out of killing Tanner by pointing out that The Bible says "thou shalt not kill."
- In Prairie Fever, Blue is suffering from the religious mania and spends the first half the film doing nothing but quoting the bible.
- Pulp Fiction — 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 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 Kill Bill, in which he portentously presents the 'Old Klingon Proverb' "Revenge is a dish best served cold" at the beginning.
- He appears to confuse Ezekiel 25:17 "And I will execute great vengeance upon them with furious rebukes; and they shall know that I am the Lord, when I shall lay my vengeance upon them." with Psalm 23:4 "Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me."
- In Saving Private Ryan the American 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 praying a rosary in Latin. It then cuts to a chaplain giving a dying soldier 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").
- Sergeant York: Private Alvin York briefly debated the morality of fighting in World War I with his executive officer, Captain Danforth, by exchanging Bible quotes. The captain didn't convince York, but York later found the decisive quotation on his own.
- The Shawshank Redemption 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.* 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 a Chekhov's Gun for the main plot. "Salvation lies within."
- In Silver Lode, McCarty quotes "an eye for an eye" to Reverend Field, who counters that Turn the Other Cheek is also in The Bible.
- Six: The Mark Unleashed 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 Street Fighter 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!!!!"
- 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 Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, John Doherty (Thunderbolt) recites Isaiah 11:6: "And the wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid." In fairness, he is posing as a priest while hiding out after the heist.
- Some Fritz Lang 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 Mary Sue protagonist misquotes ("Love is stronger than death") repeatedly after reading it on a randomly opened Bible page.
- 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 Shirley Temple movie where Shirley takes advice from the Bible... by opening it to a random page and reading the first verse her finger points to.
- 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 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
- 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: Chapter 13!"
- Moby-Dick's cast of characters - most of whom are Quakers - are so steeped in scripture that they pepper their dialogue with little bits of Biblical language, hence all the "thees" and "thous" in Cpt. Ahab's famous Dying Declaration of Hate. This actually caused a minor controversy when the book was published, as many readers found the use of scripture in so profane a setting as a whaling ship (several of whose crew aren't even Christian!) to be blasphemous.
- In The Adventures of Good Soldier vejk:
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."
- 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 - 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.:
- Dante Alighieri:
- At the top of Purgatory in Dante's The Divine Comedy, Beatrice reminds those grieving over the corruption of the Catholic Church to have hope in the Church's restoration with Jesus's words before his death. She recites them in Latin instead of Italian, but the English translation of 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.
- Vita Nuova: Before announcing the death of the World's Most Beautiful Woman, Dante quotes the opening line Book of Lamentations to set the extreme desolation of the world sans his lady.
- At the top of Purgatory in Dante's The Divine Comedy, Beatrice reminds those grieving over the corruption of the Catholic Church to have hope in the Church's restoration with Jesus's words before his death. She recites them in Latin instead of Italian, but the English translation of John 16:16 is as follows:
- Berlin Alexanderplatz features many quotes from the Bible, especially the Ecclesiastes which is used in the finale juxtaposed with the murder of Mieze at the hands of Reinhold.
- In Stephen Leacock's parody of a Cliché Storm Christmas story (one of The Nonsense Novels) Caroline's Christmas: or, The Inexplicable Infant a slightly confused farmer (he's also 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.'"
- Isaac Asimov:
- "Breeds There a Man...?": Dr Ralston quotes from part of Book of Psalms 90:4 (For a thousand years in Your sight are like yesterday when it passes by), describing how a long-lived alien race might see humans as having lives as short as mayflies.
[Ralston] jumped to his feet, shaking his fists above his head. "A thousand years are but as yesterday-"
- An ongoing theme in The Caves of Steel is that Earthmen are familiar with the Bible but Spacers are not.
- Elijah and his wife Jezebel have meaningful names. 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". At the end, Daneel uses the exact words "Go and Sin No More".
- 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.
- "...That Thou Art Mindful of Him": The incomplete title is quoted in full during the first chapter; Psalms 8:4, "What is man, that thou art mindful of him?"
- "Unto the Fourth Generation": The title is made to reference the way the Old Testament would speak about children, your children's children, and unto the third and fourth generation.
- "Breeds There a Man...?": Dr Ralston quotes from part of Book of Psalms 90:4 (For a thousand years in Your sight are like yesterday when it passes by), describing how a long-lived alien race might see humans as having lives as short as mayflies.
- Chance and Choices Adventures is a Christian Fiction story, so naturally numerous characters quote The Bible throughout.
- Christian Nation: 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 The Siege of New York City, Steve Jordan quotes Deuteronomy 20:10-12.
- Commissar Ciaphas Cain 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 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 character who randomly drops in quotes from an obscure Mechanicus book of philosophy... which he wrote.
- In Confessions, Augustine quotes The Bible on every single page, with the first line of the book coming from the Book of Psalms and the final part of the book being dedicated to reinterpreting the Book of Genesis.
- In The Da Vinci Code, 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 Darkness at Noon (set in Stalinist Soviet Union) 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.
- Lu-Tze in Thief of Time 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, The Truth. Sacharissa thinks it sounds good but isn't quite sure what it means and since the Bible itself doesn't exist on Discworld she has to settle 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 Ice-Cream Koan, 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 Carpe Jugulum, 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.
- Minor J.T. Edson 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 reprobates he is lecturing will not have the biblical knowledge necessary to contradict him.
- The Ender's Shadow novels involve an elaborate reference of the Tree of Life and Tree of Knowledge to explain why Bean has superhuman intelligence but a very short lifespan.
- References to the Bible are ubiquitous in James Baldwin's novel Go Tell It on the Mountain, to the point that even the language in which the book is written mimics the style of the King James Version. Fitting, since almost the entire novel takes place in and around churches.
- J. K. Rowling included a couple of verses in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 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 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.
- In the novels by Sven Hassel, a Running Gag is 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."
- Honor Harrington: 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 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 matches him line for line, including at one point supplying the second half of a verse Brother Marchant quote mined.
- The clerical brawl between Friar Tuck and Prior Aymer in Ivanhoe is mostly conducted in 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).
- Gothic author M.R. James looooved this trope.
- In "The Ash-tree," a mysterious death prompts one character to open a Bible in the hopes of finding relevant advice. He hits on the verses Luke 13:7 ("Cut it down"), Isaiah 13:20 ("It shall never be inhabited"), and Job 39:30 ("Her young ones also suck up blood").
- In "The Stalls of Barchester Cathedral," one of the cathedral's haunted wooden carvings seems to behave very oddly during the singing of Psalm 109—a fervent (and really rather vicious) prayer for divine punishment of the wicked.
- In "The Treasure of Abbot Thomas," three panels of a stained-glass window feature portraits of Job, John, and Zechariah, with verses (in Latin) from their respective books. Two of the verses' texts have been altered slightly—a clue which points the way to the titular treasure, but also hints that the abbot may not have been an entirely holy man...
- Reading Jane Eyre (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.
- Jeeves and Wooster: Bertie Wooster in P. G. Wodehouse's novels is prone to quoting the Bible, often reminding the reader that he won the prize for Scripture Knowledge at school. Of course, he can't always remember all the details, sometimes resulting in memorable moments like when he needs to ask Jeeves to remind him who it was that used to prowl and prowl around.
The Midianites, sir?
- Knowledge Of Angels: Used by the religious side of the main debates between Beneditx and Palinor, along with 'As Thomas Aquinas Says'.
- The Left Behind series have the main characters use Scripture verses (especially the Apocalypse) throughout all its books, mostly in reference to events that are taking place within the seven-year Tribulation period.
- Played with in The Left Hand of God. Several characters quote or paraphrase the Bible in several places. However, owing to the ambiguous After the End 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 misquotes the Bible. (He was ordained through a mail-order seminary.)
- Modesty Blaise: 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.
- In the Frederick Forsyth novel The Negotiator, the British Prime Minister tries to comfort the U.S. President with a relevant bible verse, after 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!").
- In A Night in the Lonesome October, the cultists' sermon is an apocalyptic inversion of the Bible's Song of Songs.
- 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.
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 narration notes that the second brother knew his Proverbs better.
- The 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 Search the Seven Hills quote constantly, not just from the canonical Gospels but from assorted apocrypha as well.
- People in Pamela Dean's The Secret Country 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.
- 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).
- The Southern Reach Trilogy: 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.
- In Stephen King and Peter Straub's The Talisman, Wolf is constantly quoting "The Book of Good Farming" - an Alternate Universe version of the Bible.
- In The Three Musketeers, Aramis does this almost as a sort of Catchphrase, annoying his friends with his primly Holier Than Thou attitude. In 20 Years After he does it ironically, but after his FaceHeel Turn in The Vicomte de Bragelonne, the hypocrisy is back.
- In the novel To Sail Beyond the Sunset by Robert A. Heinlein, 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 Twilight, Stephenie Meyer 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."
- Equating Edward to "forbidden fruit" in the sexual sense.
- Characters in Manly Wade Wellman stories, being backwoods folk, have a tendency to quote "the Book". One of the most interesting cases is when a character in the Silver John 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 what sort of person he is.
- Joseph, a crusty servant in Wuthering Heights, 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 Wyrm opens with a quote from the Book of Revelation.
- Not surprisingly for a story set in Mennonite Country, Alien in a Small Town makes several biblical references over the course of the book.
- The Dresden Files:
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
- Michael, a devoutly Catholic Knight of the Sword, has an unsurprising habit of doing this. Harry, who has described himself as "theological Switzerland" has a slightly more surprising tendency to do the same.
- In their first meeting, Harry calls Nicodemus Archleone out on his comparing himself to the Devil (though, giving that Nicodemus is a willing collaborator with a fallen angel named Anduriel, it isn't that far off the mark), by correctly identifying that Nicodemus' name is a reference to 1 Peter, 5:8.
- In Spinning Silver, Miryem's father alludes to the story of Sodom and Gomorrah when he asks "Are there even ten righteous among them?" to convince her not to risk herself in a bid to save the Staryk, an icy example of The Fair Folk whose king was willing to kill all the humans in the country in order to stop a fire demon. However, Miryem knows three—the ones who pledged themselves to her while she was working at the king's seemingly-impossible task, and that steels her resolve to go anyway.
- The Arts of Dark and Light: Given Amorr's strongly religious culture, the Amorran heroes quote or allude to the holy scriptures of the Church on numerous occasions, and occasionally others do as well. Judging from the contents of the references, the Good Book is very similar to the real life Bible. For example, a brutal execution of a villain brings to mind the judgment of Solomon.
- Rowan Atkinson'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."
- The 100: 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."
- The Bionic Woman: 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 Doomsday Device 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."
- Stephen Colbert of The Colbert Report is fond of these, since both character and actor are devout Catholics. In extreme cases he has been known to 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 Criminal Minds episode "Revelations" has an interesting play on the Book of Revelation, where 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 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 Doctor Who, the last words of The Eighth Doctor are to quote Luke 4:23.
"Physician, heal thyself."
- From the Dragnet 1967 episode "The Big High", when the officers visit an allegedly pot-smoking couple, the wife, Jean Shipley, roughly cites Ephesians 6:4 in response to concern from her father:
Jean: "Fathers, provoke not your children unto wrath; the old ways are not their ways; your dusk is their dawn; the future is theirs."Friday: Try chapter 5, lady; the apostle Paul also said this.Jean: Yes, what is that?Friday: "See then, that ye walk circumspectly; not as fools, but as wise."*
- Dot Cottom on EastEnders frequently quoted Bible verses.
- One episode of Fawlty Towers, "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!
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.
- "Our Mrs. Reynolds" has a Played With 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 now-misotheist Mal won't notice.
Zoe: Preacher, don't the Bible have some pretty specific things to say about killing?
- 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.
Book: Quite specific. It is, however, somewhat fuzzier on the subject of kneecaps.
- Parodied in Garth Marenghis Darkplace, where a completely irrelevant Shakespeare quote appears on the screen for several seconds for no apparent reason.
- In one episode of The Golden Girls, 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 Blanche Devereaux to quote it. Sophia does call her on it; right after she says it, Sophia snarks, "Yeah, open to everyone, day or night."
- The Handmaid's Tale: The fundamentalist regime naturally is very fond of doing this (though as Offred recognizes, they do it quite selectively).
- In the Highlander series, the second episode of the Four Horseman arc, is fittingly named Revelation 6:8, fitting because 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 In the Flesh are both fond of quoting Bible verses to justify their fundamentalist views.
- Mr. Eko quotes the Bible frequently on Lost. At first this lets us know he's deeply religious. Then it provides irony because he's not really a priest, as he claims. Finally, one Bible quote becomes a plot point: 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 MA Dtv with Bible Dude, who would recite verses that had absolutely nothing to do with the situation, but people would arrive at An Aesop regardless.
- Benjamin in Never Wipe Tears Without Gloves sometimes quotes the Bible. He's a Jehovah's Witness and knows The Good Book pretty well.
- Orange Is the New Black: Mendez quotes the Bible directly to Trisha, (Proverbs 22:7) when she is further stuck into the former's drug running schemes.
- 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
"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
- Warden Glynn as Smug Snake Timmy Kirk is hauled off to Death Row.
- Played with in spades in Agatha Christie's 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 Evil Under the Sun, 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. This foreshadows how Christine Redfern plays the Jezebel to her husband Patrick's Ahab by trickery.
- In the Downer Beginning of Five Little Pigs, 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 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 DouayRheims Bible instead if that is the case.
- In Hallowe'en Party, we hear Reverend Cottrell recite the KJV version of Luke 18:15-17note , 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 the murder of Leopold Reynolds, when Poirot approaches Reverend Cottrell and Mrs. Reynolds, she recites Job 1:16bc (KJV) before leaving.
- In Murder on the Orient Express, 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 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 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 here 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?!
- Stargate SG-1:
- "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 Big Bad 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, 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 Book of Ecclesiastes (his grandma was a Bible-thumper).
- "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:
- Chuck Noblet in Strangers with Candy 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 Survivor Philippines, at one point Lisa Welchel (yes, 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.
- Played for laughs in an episode of Three's Company:
Mr. Roper: Like the good book says, "All's Well That Ends Well".
Jack: That was Shakespeare.
Mr. Roper: Well, it was still a good book.
- Happens on The Walking Dead. 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 Life-or-Limb Decision in the past.)
- President Bartlett on The West Wing is a devout Catholic (as is his actor, Martin Sheen) and occasionally whips out his thorough and 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 matches her quote for quote with yet more lines from Leviticus to show how outdated it is.
- In The Wire episode "Transitions", Proposition Joe sends flowers to Butchie's funeral with a note quoting the first part of Isaiah 5:20 ("Woe to them who call evil good and good evil").
- 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. After hearing it, Jess sarcastically comments about how well he knows the scriptures.
- CSI: NY: Det. Mac Taylor quotes scripture from memory twice during the series' run.
- In "The Ride-In," which has a "Noah's Story" Arc theme, the victim is a Noah-wannabe who had built an arc in his backyard. Coronor Sid Hammerback finds "7-10" tattooed on the inside of one of his wrists and speculates to Mac that it could be some sort of numeric code. Mac immediately responds, "It's from the Bible," specifically those verses from the 6th chapter of Genesis, and procedes to quote the passage.
- During the four-episode Cabbie Killer arc, the victims are all found with "L2729" carved into their necks by pieces of gravestones and the team, particularly Stella, spend a lot of time trying to deduce what it means. Near the end of the last episode, Mac finally realizes it refers to Levitcus 27:29 and immediately quotes it from memory as well.
- Avenged Sevenfold: "Beast and the Harlot" from City of Evil references the Great Prostitute and the Seven-Headed Beast from Revelation 17-18.
- 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 Bob Dylan's "All Along the Watchtower" from John Wesley Harding 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.
- Cradle of Filths Damnation And A Day features a bit of scripture specifically, Genesis 1:2 and 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, 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 Iron Maiden's biggest hits, "Number of the Beast", 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.— Book of Revelation, 12:12, 13:18
- Johnny Cash'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")
- "Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio starts off with Psalm 23:4 "As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death" to add some divine effect to the eponymous Gansta's Paradise.
- From Charlie Daniels Band's Simple Man* :
Well the good book says it, so I know it's the truth
An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth
- The Byrds song "Turn, Turn, Turn" from Turn Turn Turn is taken almost entirely from the third chapter of Ecclesiastes.
- This trope is mocked in Tim Minchin's song The Good Book, which raises the issue of some people thinking everything that 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 is the good book, everything the good book says is good because the good books says so and thus it is supposedly always perfectly credible.
- Metallica. Yes, Metallica. Read the Book of Exodus and then listen to "Creeping Death".
- The Offspring's "Hammerhead" has a botched version of the Psalm 23 before the Tomato Surprise, as another indication that the narrator is Ax-Crazy.
- Brazilian group Legião Urbana had "Monte Castelo", which is 50% 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 Titler Track from Coat of Many Colors by Dolly Parton are inspired by the story of Joseph and his multicolored dream coat.
- Simon & Garfunkel conclude their song "Sparrow" with a slightly paraphrased Genesis 3:19 — "From dust were ye made; and dust ye shall be."
- Pink Floyd subverts this with "Sheep", off the album 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
- Kids Praise: 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!
- The Guess Who's "Hang On To Your Life" concludes with Burton Cummings reciting Psalm 22:13-15.
They gaped upon me with their mouths
As a ravening and a roaring lion
I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint
My heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels
My strength is dried up like a potsherd,and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws
And thou hast brought me into the dust of death.
- Cypress Hill's "Legalize It" quotes Genesis 1:12:
- Taken from Psalm 126:5, One of the subtitles in R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts" is "What we sow in tears we reap in joy."
- The Four Gospels:
- Jesus quotes the traditional interpretation of the Old Testament quite a few times to make a point and contrast his new Christian ethics against 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.
- In Modesty Blaise, 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 Peanuts, is frequently given to quoting Scripture.
Charlie Brown: (calling after him) I don't see you treading out any grain!
- Probably the most celebrated instance comes in the animated special A Charlie Brown Christmas, when a frustrated Charlie Brown asks, "Isn't there anyone who knows 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.'* ". Linus replies, "I'll bet Matthew didn't have an older sister!"
- Other characters do it as well; for example, in one of the 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."
Snoopy: (on his doghouse) It got me out the back door.
Maynard: "The laborer is worthy of his hire." Luke 10:4.Marcie: He's quoting Scripture, sir.Peppermint Patty: Is that fair?
- 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 - 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:
Charlie Brown: I don't have a baseball team, I have a theological seminary!
- Of course, Schulz wasn't above 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.
- 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 Pearls Before Swine strip, while Rat is watching a football game, 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" * . Pig starts watching the game after Rat leaves and remarks "Great. Now Luke forgot his watch."
- The same joke was inverted in a Get Fuzzy 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".
- 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".
- "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 Aesop being With Great Power Comes Great Insanity, with Lonely at the Top being a key illustration of this. Such as:
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."
- Stephen King's The Talisman (1984), changed to "loses his own son", where the Big Bad concludes that "It profits him the world."
- Oliver Stone's Nixon (1995).
- Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (1997), quoted by a dying Dracula to his son, a tacit admission of weariness.
- A Miracle of Science. "Well, he'd profit by one whole world, for one thing."
- Quoted by The Mad Thinker to Reed Richards in a "Civil War-era" Fantastic Four story, when he sees the lengths Richards has gone to in order to prevent a predicted crisis.
- The Ranma fanfic Pride Comes Before The Fall has Proverbs 16:18 as the intro. The title itself is a compact version of the verse.
- Quoted in the movie version of The Bonfire of the Vanities. 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 With a Tangled Skein misquotes it as "save the whole world", thus completely changing the nature of the point.
- A Man for All Seasons: "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 Spider Robinson's Stardance trilogy, with the quote, "What shall it cost a man if he shall lose the world only to gain his soul?" The Aesop in this case is, "Humanity must ultimately leave the Earth behind if we are to take our place among the stars."
- Combined with "Last Supper" Steal: Entertainment Weekly Issue #1186 (January 22, 2010) says of the promotional image of Lost's 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 treenote ; 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 Yu-Gi-Oh! 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.
- One Game Informer review for Shrek: Fairy Tale Freakdown by Andrew Reiner (June 2001) has one of the game factors (Playability) quote the Book of Revelation as follows: "Revelation 20:7: 'When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison' [NIV]. Well, boys and girls, he's back, and making games to boot!"
- In episode four of Mystery Show, Starlee speculates that a mysterious license plate might refer to its owner's favorite bible passage, specifically Psalms 9:11.
Sing praises to the Lord, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings.
- "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 The Firesign Theater's Everything You Know Is Wrong.
- Fiddler on the Roof 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 Played for Laughs, 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, as shown in the page quote: Tevye, speaking to God, begins to quote the Good Book out of habit, then has a moment of Fridge Logic when he realizes that God, of all people, would know what the Good Book says.
- At the start of the Chanukah scene of The Diary of Anne Frank, the Frank family and their friends read Psalm 121 from the KJV Bible.
- In Gypsy, Mama Rose would often quote this trope before spouting an idiom with no Biblical subtext whatsoever.
- Seen in 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 The Threepenny Opera, 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 The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged), 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.
- Inherit the Wind is named after a portion of Proverbs 11:29. Matthew Harrison Brady quotes this particular verse during the second act.
- In Albert Herring, when the Committee members are talking about the wonderful April weather, Miss Wordsworth quotes Song of Solomon 2:1112: "And lo! the winter is past, the rain is over and gone, / The flowers appear on the earth!" The Vicar, of course, chimes in with her.
- This doubles as a Title Drop in There Shall Be No Night, 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 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 Hamilton, Washington quotes "everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree, and no one shall make them afraid" from Micah 4:4note 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.
- Perfect Pie is bookended by Pasty quoting Isaiah 49:16: "I will not forget you, you are carved in the palm of my hand."
- The chorus to "The Meek Shall Inherit" from Little Shop of Horrors starts with "They say the meek shall inherit. You know the book doesn't lie".
- Trope names from The Bible:
- Adam and Eve Plot
- Angel Unaware
- Bible Times
- The Blind Leading the Blind
- Cain and Abel
- Curse of Babel
- Crucified Hero Shot
- David vs. Goliath
- 11th-Hour Superpower (the "eleventh hour" part is from the Parable of the Laborers)
- Finding Judas (well, that and House)
- Forbidden Fruit
- A God Am I
- A House Divided
- Holy Halo
- I Am Legion
- Jacob and Esau
- Moses in the Bulrushes
- Never Accepted in His Hometown
- Nice Job Breaking It, Herod!
- Number of the Beast
- Pals with Jesus
- Second Coming
- The Anti-Christ
- The Scapegoat
- Thou Shalt Not Kill
- Tower of Babel
- Turn the Other Cheek
- Uriah Gambit
- Your Days Are Numbered
- Some of page quotes, as of 28/11/2016
- Assassin's Creed I:
- 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 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. 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 Aviary Attorney 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.
- Batman: Arkham Asylum:
"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 the original, one of the Arkham Chronicles mentions Poison Ivy being brought in by someone. Amadeus Arkham quotes Exodus 22:18 in this one:
- In Batman: Arkham Origins, 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 Binding of Isaac:
- Wrath of the Lamb, the first expansion for the original game, is a reference to Revelation 6:16, which reads "They called to the mountains and the rocks, 'Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb!'"
- The theme for 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 name and premise, of course.
- Blood: At the end of the E2M8 ("The Lair of Shial"), Caleb approaches the cocoon-wrapped trans-woman Gabriel/la and takes her heart from her body as he quotes John 6:53 before drinking her blood to gain power.
- Call of Juarez:
- The original features Reverend Ray, who quotes fire and brimstone Bible scripture every other line.
- A much straighter example is found in Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood, where William constantly cites the Bible to that very Ray, trying to prevent him from falling to The Dark Side. His words fail but his actions don't.
- Call of Juarez: Gunslinger has the phrase "Luke 16:28" engraved on the side of the upgraded rifle. The quote reads "For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment." (KJV), clearly referencing Silas' quest for vengeance on his brothers' killers.
- Captain Bible in Dome of Darkness 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.
- Castlevania: Symphony of the Night 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?"
- Command & Conquer: Red Alert: In the end of the Soviet campaign, Nadia reveals herself as being an agent of the Brotherhood of Nod, quoting Genesis 4:16 right after poisoning Stalin and telling the player that Nod's plan to sow chaos in Europe is successful.
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution: Ex-Belltower merc Michael Zelazny is quite fond of quoting The Bible. When Jensen sarcastically asks if he decided to become a priest, he just says that he finds scripture to be quite "evocative."
- 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!
- 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 Arc Words of the game. It also provides the passcode needed for final moment Heroic Sacrifice.
- Another, more subtle example from 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.
- Fallout: New Vegas DLC Honest Hearts features Mormon missionary, Badass Preacher and 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 Pay Evil unto Evil 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.
- Grand Theft Auto:
Michael: It's a foolish man who builds his house on the sand, baby!
- Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas: Big Smoke is prone to quoting the Bible ("Man cannot live on bread alone. I know, I tried that shit"), all while not being exactly a saint.
- In Grand Theft Auto V, Michael paraphrases part of Matthew 7:26 after pulling down a house with a pickup truck.
Franklin: I don't think my boy Matthew was thinking trucks when he wrote that shit!
- Halo 3: ODST: Used for a moment of comic relief during a pitched airel battle:
- Left 4 Dead 2: 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.
- Mass Effect 2: EDI quotes "My name is Legion, for we are many" when Shepard is trying to come up with a name for the captured Geth platform. Legion then comes up with the proper source: "Christian Bible, gospel of Mark, verse five. We acknowledge this as an appropriate metaphor."
- OFF: Enoch paraphrases Psalm 23:4 when he's about to chase the Batter through the hallway outside his office.
Enoch: "Yaaaahahaha!!! In the shadow of death valley you shall fear the apostle of darkness! I'll kill you Batter!"
- The first teaser for Outlast II has an ominous old man quoting a verse from the Bible.
- Outlaws gives us a made up one:
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.
- Red Dead Redemption
- 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: "...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."
- Red Dead Redemption II:
- In one camp interaction of the Colter chapter, Rev. Swanson reads a passage from Isaiah 40:20-31 (KJV) to a bunch of women. When one of them asks what this means, Swanson says he's not quite sure what the words meant.
- Two missions quote Matthew: "Blessed are the meek?" and "Blessed are the peacemakers". The former is the mission where you bust the decidedly not meek Micah out of jail before he's hanged. The latter is a parlay with a rival gang that quickly goes south.
- A Chapter 3 story mission is called, "Sodom? Back to Gomorrah", which is a reference to a story from the book of Genesis.
- Sid Meiers Alpha Centauri 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 Civilization IV and V, for which the Bible is the single most common source of quotes, particularly for early-game techs.
- 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, 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.
- Far Cry 4 has "LK 1018" engraved on the side of the rocket launcher, and considering that you mostly use it to shoot down helicopters "And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven." (KJV) is quite apropos.
- In ATOM GRRRL!!, Big E quotes Zechariah 11:6 as she finishes off viciously killing her attempted rapist.
- In We Know the Devil, 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.
- The online flash series Broken Saints uses religious symbolism and scripture extensively. (The Big Bad 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 The Matrix and Neon Genesis Evangelion.
- But I'm a Cat Person 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 Lily referencing the Book of Ruth or Patrick quoting Psalms.
- In Men in Hats, being able to quote The Bible chapter and verse saves Sam the trouble of thinking.
- Reverie features an example of this in the srtip "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 Sonichu, Rosechu brings up the story of Joseph, saying that they should forgive Jason Kendrick Howell. However, she forgets this moments later after Jason throws a pickle at her and she proceeds to facerape him.
- Treading Ground lampshades this when Nate and Steve confront Derek after watching a fansubbed yaoi anime in his possession.
- Each of the three chapters in Yahtzee's 1213 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 The Angry Video Game Nerd'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:
Nerd: ...It says "dumb ass" in the bible!
- "Then they rent their clothes, and laded every man his ass..."*
- "...loose his ox or his ass..."*
- "...whose ass have I taken?"*
- "...deliver unto his neighbour an ass..."*
- "Which of you shall have an ass..."*
- "...he had found a young ass..."*
- "...the dumb ass..."*
Nerd: Heh heh...Ahh, I'm going to hell.
- "...saddled his ass..."*
- "...opened his sack to give his ass..."*
- "...the lion had not eaten the carcase, nor torn the ass..."*
- "...riding upon his ass..."*
- Alexander Anderson from Hellsing Ultimate Abridged, like his canon counterpart, loves quoting the Bible (when he's not quoting his favorite movie.) 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 present?!
Anderson: Kiss the Son lest He be angry, and ye perish from the way when His wrath is kindled but a little!
- In Dragon Ball Z Abridged, Cooler attempts to do this when introducing his army of one thousand Meta-Coolers, but Vegeta cuts him off.
Cooler: My name is Legion, for we are—
Vegeta: A pain in my ass.
- In Sword Art Online Abridged, the leader of the Laughing Coffin PK guild does this as part of his "Bible-quoting serial killer" motif. Unfortunately when he picks verses like Judges 15:16, he just ends up confusing his would-be victims no matter how good his delivery is.
- Spoofed in the What If? entry "Great Tree, Great Axe." Randall butchers part of 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 The Cinema Snob and Diamanda Hagan's review of Myra Breckinridge. (Apparently it was a case of Throw It In! by Brad Jones.)
Hagan: "A lay a day keeps your virginity away!"
Snob: Matthew, chapter 5 verse 14.
[Hagan nods knowingly]
- Referenced in this Battletoads race:
PCULL44444: Why don't these ducks turn around when I punch them?SuperJeenius: If I punch you, you'll turn around!NintendoCapriSun: What do you think they are? Christians?[Achievement unlocked: Turn The Other Cheek - Matthew 5:38-42]
- Gail Connors from Deagle Nation 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 Scary News out of Tokyo-3. Late in the game, the players begin to ramp up the biblical quotations — although one of them also adds fake (but disturbingly coherent) quotes he apparently wrote in a drunken stupor, and then largely abandons the Bible in favor of Pink Floyd lyrics.
- Parodied in the Family Guy 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'"
- Also parodied through a Bait-and-Switch in Seth MacFarlane's other show, American Dad!, in the episode "An Incident at Owl Creek".
- In the Justice League 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 waysnote . 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.
- The Simpsons
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?"
- 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 just pegs it between the eyes with a rock, knocking it right out.
- In "The Otto Show"
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!
- Again in the episode "Homer the Heretic:"
- 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 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 Insane Troll Logic 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 3-2-1 Penguins! quote the Bible whenever Jason and/or Michelle are experiencing a moral dilemma.
- In the final episodes of Transformers: Beast Wars, 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 VeggieTales, Bob and Larry consult QWERTY the computer at the end of every episode to support the show's Aesop with a quote from the Good Book. Once an Episode, however, it's supplemented by a catchy jingle that, at least at first, annoys Bob to no end. He's since admitted that he likes it.
- In X-Men: Evolution, 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.
- Archer: Ray Gilette's brother Randy uses Genesis 38:8, Onan being commanded to sleep with his brother's wife, to justify his own open marriage and desire to sleep with Ray's (fake) wife.
- Oppenheimer's quotation of the Bhagavad Gita 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? "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 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 Thomas Jefferson, 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 Dungeons & Dragons is witchcraft, let it be known that its creator, Gary Gygax, 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." He was a Christian, and made that clear when lurid accusations were made against D&D in the 1980s (not that it stopped them of course).
- Since Heaven Sent Gaming was founded as a Christian organization by two now married Christian High-School Sweethearts, Mario Lucero and Isabel Lucero, 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)