‘I keep reading and reading the Bible—I know it’s there someplace…’
(Joshua Paladino, Liberty Headlines) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has quoted the same verse from the Bible for nearly two decades, but there’s one problem—the verse isn’t actually in Scripture.
Pelosi most recently quoted her favorite “Bible verse” at an event for presidents of Christian colleges last week.
“To minister to the needs of God’s creation is an act of worship,” she said. “To ignore those needs is to dishonor the God who made us.”
Pelosi, a Catholic, went on, awkwardly, to detail that she doesn’t know what part of the Bible it is from.
“I can’t find it in the Bible, but I quote it all the time,” Pelosi said, according to Slate. “I keep reading and reading the Bible—I know it’s there someplace. It’s supposed to be in Isaiah.”
Although several online sites offer search engines that allow users to find specific scripture passages, a search of the King James Bible for Pelosi’s passage yielded no similar matches.
Will Kynes, an associate professor of the Old Testament at Whitworth University, concurred that the literal phrasing Pelosi had used was nowhere in the text that he had encountered.
“The Pelosi passage is not in the Bible,” he said, though he showed how Proverbs 14:31 has similar themes, though they relate to the poor, not creation as a whole.
“Those who oppress the poor insult their Maker, but those who are kind to the needy honor him,” Proverbs 14:31 says.
Pelosi began quoting the “verse” in 2002 and the Congressional Record shows that, through 2018 she had quoted the same “verse” 12 times.
Ruth Graham, writing for Slate, noted that Pelosi’s fake Bible verse allows her to receive God’s sanction for any legislation, any government action.
At the conference, the San Francisco congresswoman said what mattered was that the same message was conveyed in Scripture.
“It’s there somewhere, in some words or another, but certainly the spirit of it is there,” she continued. “And that we all have a responsibility to act upon our beliefs and the dignity and worth of every person.”