When many think of the Bible, they envision profound teachings, moral guidelines, and tales of redemption. Yet, nestled within its pages are verses that might raise an eyebrow or even cause a chuckle. The Bible is a vast collection of writings, and among them are 45 verses and 7 Christian quotes that stand out for their unexpectedness.
These verses and quotes remind us that the Bible is not just a spiritual guide but also a reflection of the human experience, complete with its quirks and oddities. Embarking on this journey through lesser-known passages, we invite readers to comprehensively understand the Bible's multifaceted nature.
"And the ass saw the angel of the LORD standing in the way, and his ass said unto him, Am not I thine ass, upon which thou hast ridden ever since I was thine unto this day? was I ever wont to do so unto thee? And he said, Nay."
- Numbers 22:30
"But these ye shall not eat: the eagle, and the ossifrage, and the ospray,"
- Deuteronomy 14:12
"And the hare, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you."
- Leviticus 11:6
"And the coney, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you."
- Leviticus 11:5
"And the owl, and the night hawk, and the cuckow, and the hawk after his kind,"
- Leviticus 11:16
"And the pelican, and the gier eagle, and the cormorant,"
- Deuteronomy 14:17
"And the stork, and the heron after her kind, and the lapwing, and the bat."
- Leviticus 11:19
"When men strive together one with another, and the wife of the one draweth near for to deliver her husband out of the hand of him that smiteth him, and putteth forth her hand, and taketh him by the secrets:"
- Deuteronomy 25:11
"Thou shalt not wear a garment of divers sorts, as of woollen and linen together."
- Deuteronomy 22:11
"Thou shalt not sow thy vineyard with divers seeds: lest the fruit of thy seed which thou hast sown, and the fruit of thy vineyard, be defiled."
- Deuteronomy 22:9
"And if a man cause a blemish in his neighbour; as he hath done, so shall it be done to him;"
- Leviticus 24:19
"Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard."
- Leviticus 19:27
"And if a man take a wife and her mother, it is wickedness: they shall be burnt with fire, both he and they; that there be no wickedness among you."
- Leviticus 20:14
"Thou shalt not boil a kid in his mother's milk."
- Exodus 23:19
"And Elisha went up from thence unto Bethel: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him, and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head."
- 2 Kings 2:23
"And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the LORD. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them."
- 2 Kings 2:24
"Behold, I will corrupt your seed, and spread dung upon your faces, even the dung of your solemn feasts; and one shall take you away with it."
- Malachi 2:3
"And if any man will hurt them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemies: and if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed."
- Revelation 11:5
"And the LORD opened the mouth of the ass, and she said unto Balaam, What have I done unto thee, that thou hast smitten me these three times?"
- Numbers 22:28
"And the LORD plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abram's wife."
- Genesis 12:17
"And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do."
- Genesis 11:6
"And thou shalt eat it as barley cakes, and thou shalt bake it with dung that cometh out of man, in their sight."
- Ezekiel 4:12
"But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I am not better than my fathers."
- 1 Kings 19:4
"And he looked, and, behold, there was a cake baken on the coals, and a cruse of water at his head. And he did eat and drink, and laid him down again."
- 1 Kings 19:6
"And the people went about, and gathered it, and ground it in mills, or beat it in a mortar, and baked it in pans, and made cakes of it: and the taste of it was as the taste of fresh oil."
- Numbers 11:8
"And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread."
- Numbers 21:5
"And the LORD said, Even thus shall the children of Israel eat their defiled bread among the Gentiles, whither I will drive them."
- Ezekiel 4:13
"But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him; How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests?"
- Matthew 12:3-4
"Thou hast played the whore also with the Assyrians, because thou wast unsatiable; yea, thou hast played the harlot with them, and yet couldest not be satisfied."
- Ezekiel 16:28
"Does not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?"
- 1 Corinthians 11:14
"Thine head upon thee is like Carmel, and the hair of thine head like purple; the king is held in the galleries."
- Song of Solomon 7:5
"And it shall come to pass, that instead of sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle a rent; and instead of well set hair baldness; and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth; and burning instead of beauty."
- Isaiah 3:24
"And I will punish her for the feast days of the Baals when she burned offerings to them and adorned herself with her ring and jewelry, and went after her lovers and forgot me, declares the LORD."
- Hosea 2:13
"Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet, with other delights, who put on ornaments of gold upon your apparel."
- 2 Samuel 1:24
"In that day the Lord will take away the bravery of their tinkling ornaments about their feet, and their cauls, and their round tires like the moon,"
- Isaiah 3:18
"And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it."
- Genesis 28:12
"And he said, Hear now my words: If there be a prophet among you, I the LORD will make myself known unto him in a vision, and will speak unto him in a dream."
- Numbers 12:6
"And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:"
- Joel 2:28
"In thoughts from the visions of the night, when deep sleep falleth on men,"
- Job 4:13
"And the king said unto them, I have dreamed a dream, and my spirit was troubled to know the dream."
- Daniel 2:3
"And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more."
- Genesis 37:5
"I was in the city of Joppa praying: and in a trance I saw a vision, A certain vessel descend, as it had been a great sheet, let down from heaven by four corners; and it came even to me:"
- Acts 11:5
"God does not give us everything we want, but He does fulfill His promises, leading us along the best and straightest paths to Himself."
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer
"God never said that the journey would be easy, but He did say that the arrival would be worthwhile."
- Max Lucado
"Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter."
- Francis Chan
"He said 'Love... as I have loved you.' We cannot love too much."
- Amy Carmichael
"Faith is to believe what we do not see, and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe."
- Augustine of Hippo
"The will of God will not take us where the grace of God cannot sustain us."
- Billy Graham
"God's work done in God's way will never lack God's supplies."
- Hudson Taylor
The Bible, with its vast array of teachings, stories, and guidelines, also offers moments of humor, peculiarity, and wonder. These verses and quotes remind us of the Bible's depth and the richness of the human experience it captures. Life, with all its complexities, is beautifully reflected in these verses and quotes. As we reflect on these unexpected passages, we're reminded that God's Word is not just a spiritual guide but also a mirror to our own lives, complete with all its quirks and intricacies.
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:"
- 2 Timothy 3:16
"For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope."
- Romans 15:4
"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."
- Psalm 119:105