This Too Shall Pass Bible Verse

Last updated on July 1st, 2023 at 07:38 pm

This Too Shall Pass Bible Verse

There are many famous stories and verses from the Christian Bible. One example of one of these well-known phrases is the phrase “This too shall pass”. Interestingly enough, it is actually not found in the text of the Bible but still has biblical significance. It comes from a retelling of one of the fables from the Bible.

Below, we will go over the “This too shall pass” Bible verse in greater detail, including some information such as its meaning, who said it, and some times in history that the verse has been referenced.  

The Meaning of the “This Too Shall Pass” Bible Verse

Quite literally, “This too shall pass” means that everything comes and goes, and whatever is going on in a person’s life will pass in time, eventually becoming a distant memory. If we read into it more to interpret the phrase, it can also be interpreted as a saying to invoke hope, as we do hope that all things in life will come to pass. If you are going through tough times, for instance, “This too shall pass” can remind you that there are better days ahead.

You will not be dealing with such troubles forever. God and our faith also give us hope, and we must always remember that God provides for us. “This too shall pass” can be a reminder to trust in God’s plan for our life.

Who Said the “This Too Shall Pass” Bible Verse 

“This too shall pass” is a phrase that is attributed to King Solomon. King Solomon, of course, was the son of David. He was the king of Israel and renowned for his incredible wisdom. Many people brought their troubles for him to be solved. The story in which he said “This too shall pass” is actually not found in the Bible at all. It is a retelling of one of the many stories of his wisdom.

The story told of how he was asked by a nameless sultan or Eastern monarch for a phrase that would be true in both good times and bad. When faced with this riddle, King Solomon replied with the phrase “This too shall pass”. We still use the phrase wisdom to this day!

Usage of the “This Too Shall Pass” Bible Verse

The “This too shall pass” Bible verse has been used to comfort many people in times of trouble. There are, however, some particular times that the phrase has been used throughout history. One of these, of course, is in the English poet Edward FitzGerald’s retelling of “Solomon’s Seal”, as we discussed earlier in this article. This is, in fact, where the phrase comes from.

Another time we saw “This too shall pass” being used in history is by the American President Abraham Lincoln, arguably one of the most famous American presidents. He used “This too shall pass” on September 30th, 1859. He retold the story of “Solomon’s Seal” as well. The story that both FitzGerald and Lincoln were retelling is thought to have originated in Jewish folklore, hence the biblical link— besides, of course, being about King Solomon, as he himself is a biblical figure. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who said this too shall pass in the Bible?

“This too shall pass” is a popular saying that is attributed to the Bible. You may wonder which biblical figure is behind the saying itself, though! Where did it come from? According to the Bible, “this too shall pass” was said by the wise King Solomon of Israel in the Old Testament. Solomon was the son of King David.

The saying came from one of the many stories about King Solomon’s wisdom and intelligence. In the story, which is the fable called “Solomon’s Seal”, a sultan asks King Solomon to give him a sentence that would be true in both good times and bad times. In response, King Solomon gives him the words “this too shall pass”.

Does the Bible say this too shall pass?

There are plenty of stories that are related to the Bible, but are not actually found within the pages of the holy text. This is also true for certain names and symbols, so you may be wondering if the saying “this too shall pass” can be found in the Bible. Technically, the Bible does not say “This too shall pass”.

That being said, the phrase is attributed to the wise King Solomon of Israel. “This too shall pass” is actually found in a retelling of one of the stories of King Solomon’s wisdom. The retelling is attributed to an English poet known as Edward FitzGerald in the year 1852. 

What Bible verse says all shall come to pass?

The “this too shall pass” Bible verse is one that has biblical significance but is not actually found in the text or translations of the Bible. It is from a retelling of one of the stories of King Solomon’s wisdom. That being said, there is a Bible verse that says something similar— so people do sometimes get confused.

The Bible verse we are talking about here says that “all shall come to pass”. This phrase comes from the verse Deuteronomy 28:1-14, and reads as follows:

“Now it shall come to pass, if you diligently obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments which I command you today, that the Lord your God will set you high above all nations of the earth.”

What is the meaning of 2 Corinthians 4 17?

The Bible verse of 2 Corinthians 4 17 is speaking of Paul and the others who preach the gospel with and like him. While they suffer greatly, God ensures that they are not wiped out and that they survive.

They also do not quit preaching because they have the knowledge that, after they pass away, they will be rewarded and resurrected like Jesus Christ was resurrected. The afflictions they were suffering were preparing them for a glorious future, and they were aware of this blessing. 

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