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It’s very important for every Christian to know their Bible. It’s not good enough just to memorize the verses though. It is just as important to know what the Bible verses mean. Often people will memorize verses but take them completely out of context and misinterpret them. These six Bible verses are the most commonly misinterpreted Bible verses.
“You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.” – Exodus 20:7
This is the Bible verse where people get “don’t use the Lord’s name in vain” from but that is not what the verse really means. Don’t get me wrong, we shouldn’t use God’s name in vain but what this verse is actually saying is that we shouldn’t “swear to God” that we are going to do something.
“You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.” – Exodus 20:16
Like the first Bible verse this one is misinterpreted even though the incorrect interpretation is something we should still do. Many people will quote this as a reason not to lie. While it is true we should not lie this Bible verse is actually talking specifically about lying in court, committing perjury.
“Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,” – Exodus 21:24
A lot of people use this Bible verse when they decide to get revenge. Sometimes they’ll even try to justify it by saying the Bible says to take an “eye for an eye.” But in Matthew 5:38-39 Jesus clearly tells us, “You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth. But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.”
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, have been called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28
This Bible verse is often used to cheer people up. This Bible verse should cheer you up but not necessarily in the way people usually say. It is usually used to say “don’t worry, everything will be fine.” What this Bible verse really means is, “don’t worry, everything will be the way God wants it to be.” Unfortunately, what God wants isn’t always going to be something that is necessarily fine in your opinion.
“Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord.” – Ephesians 5:22
There are two misconceptions with this Bible verse and the passage it is in. 1) Women should always submit to their husbands. 2) Men should not submit to their wives. Totally false. The verse before Ephesians 5:22 says, “Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” In Ephesians 5:25 the Bible says, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her.” The Bible never says woman is the only one that should submit; he actually gives instructions for both to submit to each other.
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” – 1 Timothy 6:10
This Bible verse is used incorrectly so often that you’ve probably heard someone correct it before. “Money is the root of all evil” is what a lot of people get from this Bible verse but it actually says the love of money is the root of all evil.
Written by Lee Andrew Henderson
(Source: Associated Content)