Old Testament Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old old testament quotes, old testament sayings, and old testament proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


The Old Testament is the record of men's conviction that God speaks directly to men.      

Edith Hamilton

If you had to summarize the Old Testament, the summary would be: stop doing this to yourselves.     

Marilynne Robinson

The early Church had nothing but the Old Testament. The New Testament lies hidden in the Old; the Old Testament lies open in the New.     

Randall Terry

In the Old Testament, it says that if you have the power to do something good, then you have to do it. You're not to avoid helping somebody in their time of need.      

Rick Warren

The Old Testament contains fabulous elements. The New Testament consists mostly of teaching, not of narrative at all: but where it is narrative, it is, in my opinion, historical. As to the fabulous element in the Old Testament, I very much doubt if you would be wise to chuck it out.     

C. S. Lewis

Nature is God's Old Testament.      

Theodore Parker

The Old Testament gave us the law; the New Testament reveals the love upon which the law rests.     

William Jennings Bryan

In some Old Testament books, it's very evident that an editor has been at work. That's quite all right. It's part of the process.     

J. I. Packer

If someone doesn't know their Old Testament, they don't know right doctrine, right correction, and they can't be equipped for good works.     

Randall Terry

In the Old Testament, we are continually told that our good works are not enough, that God has made a provision. This provision is pointed to at every place in the Old Testament.     

Tullian Tchividjian

In the Old Testament, God dealt with His people as a nation...Their relationship was completely external. But in the New Covenant, the presence of God moved out of the temple and into our hearts.     

John Chisum

The Old Testament teaches us that if we humble ourselves and pray, God will hear from heaven and heal our land. And the New Testament assures us that the fervent prayers of righteous men can make a difference.     

David Jeremiah

The negative penalties of the Old Testament case laws were not harsh but just, not a threat to society but rather the necessary judicial foundation of civic freedom… the Old Testament was harsh on criminals because it was soft on victims.     

Gary North

Perhaps the best-known Old Testament example of perseverance is the story of Job.     

Joseph B. Wirthlin

The Old Testament is full of poetry, prophecies, chronicles, documentations, storytelling, fairytales.     

Amos Oz

The Old Testament does, in fact, seem to make a distinction between the life of a child and the life of a fetus.     

Mark Galli

First, it is not unimportant that the legislative texts of the Old Testament are placed in the mouth of Moses and within the narrative framework of the sojourn at Sinai.     

Paul Ricoeur

Among the Jews, especially in the Old Testament, teachings served not for the communication of religious truth, but rather to bring the one taught into direct confrontation with the Divine Will.     

Gordon Fee