The Bible

The Bible is the primary religious text of Christianity.

The Tanach is the primary religious text of Judaism and is referred to by Christians as the "Old Testament" in the Bible.

Note: There are many different translations of the Bible, and most have some small differences within their texts.

Quotes from the BibleEdit

Old Testament: PentateuchEdit

Genesis is a separate article.

Exodus 2, King James VersionEdit

22 And she bare him a son, and he called his name Gershom: for he said, I have been a stranger in a strange land.

Exodus 20, New International VersionEdit

And God spoke all these words:
2"I am the Lord your God,who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 3You shall have no other gods before me".

Exodus 21, King James VersionEdit

כד: "עין תחת עין שן תחת שן יד תחת יד רגל תחת רגל"

24 "Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot".

Exodus 22, King James VersionEdit

18 Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live.

Exodus 25, King James VersionEdit

10 Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee unto you.

Exodus 32, New American Standard BibleEdit

כו: "ויעמד משה בשער המחנה ויאמר מי ליהוה אלי ויאספו אליו כל בני לוי"

26 Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, "Whoever is for the LORD, come to me!" And all the sons of Levi gathered together to him.

Leviticus 1, New International VersionEdit

Burnt offeringsEdit

2...'When any of you brings an offering to the LORD, bring as your offering an animal from either the herd or the flock.

3'If the offering is a burnt offering from the herd, he is to offer a male without defect. He must present it at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting so that it will be acceptable to the LORD. 4He is to lay his hand on the head of the burnt offering, and it will be accepted on his behalf to make atonement for him. 5He is to slaughter the young bull before the LORD, and then Aaron's sons the priests shall bring the blood and sprinkle it against the altar on all sides at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. 6He is to skin the burnt offering and cut it into pieces. 7The sons of Aaron the priest are to put fire on the altar and arrange wood on the fire. 8Then Aaron's sons the priests shall arrange the pieces, including the head and the fat, on the burning wood that is on the altar. 9He is to wash the inner parts and the legs with water, and the priest is to burn all of it on the altar. It is a burnt offering, an offering made by fire, an aroma pleasing to the LORD.

10'If the offering is a burnt offering from the flock, from either the sheep or the goats, he is to offer a male without defect. 11He is to slaughter it at the north side of the altar before the LORD, and Aaron's sons the priests shall sprinkle its blood against the altar on all sides. 12He is to cut it into pieces, and the priest shall arrange them, including the head and the fat, on the burning wood that is on the altar. 13He is to wash the inner parts and the legs with water, and the priest is to bring all of it and burn it on the altar. It is a burnt offering, an offering made by fire, an aroma pleasing to the LORD.

14'If the offering to the LORD is a burnt offering of birds, he is to offer a dove or a young pigeon. 15The priest shall bring it to the altar, wring off the head and burn it on the altar; its blood shall be drained out on the side of the altar. 16He is to remove the crop with its contents and throw it to the east side of the altar, where the ashes are. 17He shall tear it open by the wings, not severing it completely, and then the priest shall burn it on the wood that is on the fire on the altar. It is a burnt offering, an offering made by fire, an aroma pleasing to the LORD.

Leviticus 3, New International VersionEdit

Fat and blood are tabooEdit

17This is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live: You must not eat any fat or any blood.'

Leviticus 4, New Revised Standard Version [1]Edit

Unintentional sin by a priestEdit

3If it is the anointed priest who sins, thus bringing guilt on the people, he shall offer for the sin that he has committed a bull of the herd without blemish as a sin-offering to the Lord. 4He shall bring the bull to the entrance of the tent of meeting before the Lord and lay his hand on the head of the bull; the bull shall be slaughtered before the Lord. 5The anointed priest shall take some of the blood of the bull and bring it into the tent of meeting. 6The priest shall dip his finger in the blood and sprinkle some of the blood seven times before the Lord in front of the curtain of the sanctuary. 7The priest shall put some of the blood on the horns of the altar of fragrant incense that is in the tent of meeting before the Lord; and the rest of the blood of the bull he shall pour out at the base of the altar of burnt-offering, which is at the entrance of the tent of meeting. 8He shall remove all the fat from the bull of sin-offering: the fat that covers the entrails and all the fat that is around the entrails; 9the two kidneys with the fat that is on them at the loins; and the appendage of the liver, which he shall remove with the kidneys, 10just as these are removed from the ox of the sacrifice of well-being. The priest shall turn them into smoke upon the altar of burnt-offering. 11But the skin of the bull and all its flesh, as well as its head, its legs, its entrails, and its dung— 12all the rest of the bull—he shall carry out to a clean place outside the camp, to the ash heap, and shall burn it on a wood fire; at the ash heap it shall be burned.

Leviticus 16, New Revised Standard Version [2]Edit

Approaching the altarEdit

2The Lord said to Moses: Tell your brother Aaron not to come just at any time into the sanctuary inside the curtain before the mercy-seat that is upon the ark, or he will die; for I appear in the cloud upon the mercy-seat. 3Thus shall Aaron come into the holy place: with a young bull for a sin-offering and a ram for a burnt-offering. 4He shall put on the holy linen tunic, and shall have the linen undergarments next to his body, fasten the linen sash, and wear the linen turban; these are the holy vestments. He shall bathe his body in water, and then put them on. 5He shall take from the congregation of the people of Israel two male goats for a sin-offering, and one ram for a burnt-offering.

6Aaron shall offer the bull as a sin-offering for himself, and shall make atonement for himself and for his house. 7He shall take the two goats and set them before the Lord at the entrance of the tent of meeting; 8and Aaron shall cast lots on the two goats, one lot for the Lord and the other lot for Azazel. 9Aaron shall present the goat on which the lot fell for the Lord, and offer it as a sin-offering; 10but the goat on which the lot fell for Azazel shall be presented alive before the Lord to make atonement over it, so that it may be sent away into the wilderness to Azazel.

11Aaron shall present the bull as a sin-offering for himself, and shall make atonement for himself and for his house; he shall slaughter the bull as a sin-offering for himself. 12He shall take a censer full of coals of fire from the altar before the Lord, and two handfuls of crushed sweet incense, and he shall bring it inside the curtain 13and put the incense on the fire before the Lord, so that the cloud of the incense may cover the mercy-seat that is upon the covenant,* or he will die. 14He shall take some of the blood of the bull, and sprinkle it with his finger on the front of the mercy-seat, and before the mercy-seat he shall sprinkle the blood with his finger seven times.

15He shall slaughter the goat of the sin-offering that is for the people and bring its blood inside the curtain, and do with its blood as he did with the blood of the bull, sprinkling it upon the mercy-seat and before the mercy-seat. 16Thus he shall make atonement for the sanctuary, because of the uncleannesses of the people of Israel, and because of their transgressions, all their sins; and so he shall do for the tent of meeting, which remains with them in the midst of their uncleannesses. 17No one shall be in the tent of meeting from the time he enters to make atonement in the sanctuary until he comes out and has made atonement for himself and for his house and for all the assembly of Israel. 18Then he shall go out to the altar that is before the Lord and make atonement on its behalf, and shall take some of the blood of the bull and of the blood of the goat, and put it on each of the horns of the altar. 19He shall sprinkle some of the blood on it with his finger seven times, and cleanse it and hallow it from the uncleannesses of the people of Israel.

Creating a scapegoatEdit

20When he has finished atoning for the holy place and the tent of meeting and the altar, he shall present the live goat. 21Then Aaron shall lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, and confess over it all the iniquities of the people of Israel, and all their transgressions, all their sins, putting them on the head of the goat, and sending it away into the wilderness by means of someone designated for the task. 22The goat shall bear on itself all their iniquities to a barren region; and the goat shall be set free in the wilderness.

23Then Aaron shall enter the tent of meeting, and shall take off the linen vestments that he put on when he went into the holy place, and shall leave them there. 24He shall bathe his body in water in a holy place, and put on his vestments; then he shall come out and offer his burnt-offering and the burnt-offering of the people, making atonement for himself and for the people. 25The fat of the sin-offering he shall turn into smoke on the altar. 26The one who sets the goat free for Azazel shall wash his clothes and bathe his body in water, and afterwards may come into the camp. 27The bull of the sin-offering and the goat of the sin-offering, whose blood was brought in to make atonement in the holy place, shall be taken outside the camp; their skin and their flesh and their dung shall be consumed in fire. 28The one who burns them shall wash his clothes and bathe his body in water, and afterwards may come into the camp.

Leviticus 17, New Revised Standard Version [3]Edit

Rules for sacrificesEdit

3 If anyone of the house of Israel slaughters an ox or a lamb or a goat in the camp, or slaughters it outside the camp, 4 and does not bring it to the entrance of the tent of meeting, to present it as an offering to the Lord before the tabernacle of the Lord, he shall be held guilty of bloodshed; he has shed blood, and he shall be cut off from the people. 5 This is in order that the people of Israel may bring their sacrifices that they offer in the open field, that they may bring them to the Lord, to the priest at the entrance of the tent of meeting, and offer them as sacrifices of well-being to the Lord. 6 The priest shall dash the blood against the altar of the Lord at the entrance of the tent of meeting....

Leviticus 19, New Revised Standard Version [4]Edit

Rules of conductEdit

27 You shall not round off the hair on your temples or mar the edges of your beard.

29 Do not profane your daughter by making her a prostitute, so that the land may not become prostituted and full of depravity.

32 You shall rise before the aged, and defer to the old....

33 When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. 34 The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the Lord your God.

35 You shall not cheat in measuring length, weight, or quantity. 36 You shall have honest balances, honest weights, an honest ephah, and an honest hin

Leviticus 20, New Revised Standard Version [5]Edit

Insolence to parentsEdit

9 All who curse father or mother shall be put to death; having cursed father or mother, their blood is upon them.

Sexual sinsEdit

10 If a man commits adultery with the wife of his neighbour, both the adulterer and the adulteress shall be put to death.

11 The man who lies with his father’s wife has uncovered his father’s nakedness; both of them shall be put to death; their blood is upon them.

12 If a man lies with his daughter-in-law, both of them shall be put to death; they have committed perversion; their blood is upon them.

13 If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall be put to death; their blood is upon them.

14 If a man takes a wife and her mother also, it is depravity; they shall be burned to death, both he and they, that there may be no depravity among you.

15 If a man has sexual relations with an animal, he shall be put to death; and you shall kill the animal. 16 If a woman approaches any animal and has sexual relations with it, you shall kill the woman and the animal; they shall be put to death, their blood is upon them.

17 If a man takes his sister, a daughter of his father or a daughter of his mother, and sees her nakedness, and she sees his nakedness, it is a disgrace, and they shall be cut off in the sight of their people; he has uncovered his sister’s nakedness, he shall be subject to punishment.

18 If a man lies with a woman having her sickness [menstrual period] and uncovers her nakedness, he has laid bare her flow and she has laid bare her flow of blood; both of them shall be cut off from their people.

19 You shall not uncover the nakedness of your mother’s sister or of your father’s sister, for that is to lay bare one’s own flesh; they shall be subject to punishment.

20 If a man lies with his uncle’s wife, he has uncovered his uncle’s nakedness; they shall be subject to punishment; they shall die childless.

21 If a man takes his brother’s wife, it is impurity; he has uncovered his brother’s nakedness; they shall be childless.

DivinationEdit

27 A man or a woman who is a medium or a wizard shall be put to death; they shall be stoned to death, their blood is upon them.

Leviticus 22Edit

Distinguishing Between Rape and AdulteryEdit

If a damsel that is a virgin be betrothed unto an husband, and a man find her in the city, and lie with her; Then ye shall bring them both out unto the gate of that city, and ye shall stone them with stones that they die; the damsel, because she cried not, being in the city; and the man, because he hath humbled his neighbour's wife: so thou shalt put away evil from among you.

Leviticus 23, New Revised Standard Version [6]Edit

Acceptable sacrificesEdit

10...When you enter the land that I am giving you and you reap its harvest, you shall bring the sheaf of the first fruits of your harvest to the priest. 11 He shall raise the sheaf before the Lord, so that you may find acceptance; on the day after the sabbath the priest shall raise it. 12 On the day when you raise the sheaf, you shall offer a lamb a year old, without blemish, as a burnt-offering to the Lord. 13 And the grain-offering with it shall be two-tenths of an ephah of choice flour mixed with oil, an offering by fire of pleasing odour to the Lord; and the drink-offering with it shall be of wine, one-fourth of a hin. 14 You shall eat no bread or parched grain or fresh ears until that very day, until you have brought the offering of your God: it is a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your settlements.

15 And from the day after the sabbath, from the day on which you bring the sheaf of the elevation-offering, you shall count off seven weeks; they shall be complete. 16 You shall count until the day after the seventh sabbath, fifty days; then you shall present an offering of new grain to the Lord. 17 You shall bring from your settlements two loaves of bread as an elevation-offering, each made of two-tenths of an ephah; they shall be of choice flour, baked with leaven, as first fruits to the Lord. 18 You shall present with the bread seven lambs a year old without blemish, one young bull, and two rams; they shall be a burnt-offering to the Lord, along with their grain-offering and their drink-offerings, an offering by fire of pleasing odour to the Lord. 19 You shall also offer one male goat for a sin-offering, and two male lambs a year old as a sacrifice of well-being. 20 The priest shall raise them with the bread of the first fruits as an elevation-offering before the Lord, together with the two lambs; they shall be holy to the Lord for the priest. 21 On that same day you shall make proclamation; you shall hold a holy convocation; you shall not work at your occupations. This is a statute for ever in all your settlements throughout your generations.

Leviticus 24Edit

Offering of breadEdit

5 You shall take choice flour, and bake twelve loaves of it; two-tenths of an ephah shall be in each loaf. 6 You shall place them in two rows, six in a row, on the table of pure gold. 7 You shall put pure frankincense with each row, to be a token offering for the bread, as an offering by fire to the Lord. 8 Every sabbath day Aaron shall set them in order before the Lord regularly as a commitment of the people of Israel, as a covenant for ever. 9 They shall be for Aaron and his descendants, who shall eat them in a holy place, for they are most holy portions for him from the offerings by fire to the Lord, a perpetual due.

BlasphemyEdit

16 He that blasphemeth the name of the LORD, he shall surely be put to death, and all the congregation shall certainly stone him.

One law for allEdit

22 You shall have one law for the alien and for the citizen: for I am the Lord your God.

Numbers 23, Authorised VersionEdit

23 What hath God wrought!

Deuteronomy 2, New Revised Standard VersionEdit

Moses slaughters the inhabitants of SihonEdit

31 The Lord said to me [Moses], ‘See, I have begun to give Sihon and his land over to you. Begin now to take possession of his land.’ 32 So when Sihon came out against us, he and all his people for battle at Jahaz, 33 the Lord our God gave him over to us; and we struck him down, along with his offspring and all his people. 34 At that time we captured all his towns, and in each town we utterly destroyed men, women, and children. We left not a single survivor. 35 Only the livestock we kept as spoil for ourselves, as well as the plunder of the towns that we had captured. 36 From Aroer on the edge of the Wadi Arnon (including the town that is in the wadi itself) as far as Gilead, there was no citadel too high for us. The Lord our God gave everything to us. [7]

Deuteronomy 3, New Revised Standard VersionEdit

Moses destroys BashanEdit

1 When we headed up the road to Bashan, King Og of Bashan came out against us, he and all his people, for battle at Edrei. 2 The Lord said to me, ‘Do not fear him, for I have handed him over to you, along with his people and his land. Do to him as you did to King Sihon of the Amorites, who reigned in Heshbon.’ 3 So the Lord our God also handed over to us King Og of Bashan and all his people. We struck him down until not a single survivor was left. 4 At that time we captured all his towns; there was no citadel that we did not take from them—sixty towns, the whole region of Argob, the kingdom of Og in Bashan. 5 All these were fortress towns with high walls, double gates, and bars, besides a great many villages. 6 And we utterly destroyed them, as we had done to King Sihon of Heshbon, in each city utterly destroying men, women, and children. 7 But all the livestock and the plunder of the towns we kept as spoil for ourselves. [8]

Deuteronomy 5, Literal TranslationEdit

The Ten CommandmentsEdit

7You shall have no other gods before Me.

8You shall not make a graven image for you, any likeness of anything in the heavens above, or in the earth beneath, and in the waters from under the earth. 9You shall not bow yourself to them nor serve them, for I, Jehovah your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of fathers on sons, and on the third, and on the fourth generation of those that hate Me, 10and doing kindness to thousands of those who love Me and keep My commandments.

11You shall not take the name of Jehovah your God in vain; for Jehovah will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.

12Observe the sabbath day, to keep it holy, as Jehovah your God has commanded you. 13Six days you shall labor, and shall do all your work, 14And the seventh day shall be a sabbath to Jehovah your God. You shall not do any work, you nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male slave, nor your female slave, nor your ox, nor your ass, nor any of your livestock, nor your stranger that is within your gates; so that your male slave and your female slave may rest like yourself. 15And remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and Jehovah your God brought you out from there by a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm. On account of this Jehovah your God has commanded you to keep the sabbath day.

16Honor your father and your mother, as Jehovah your God has commanded you, so that your days may be prolonged, and so that it may be well with you in the land which Jehovah your God is giving to you.

17You shall not commit murder.

18And you shall not commit adultery.

19And you shall not steal.

20And you shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

21You shall not lust after your neighbor's wife; nor shall you covet your neighbor's house, his field, nor his male slave, nor his female slave, his ox, nor his ass, nor anything which is your neighbor's.

Deuteronomy 6Edit

Jewish credo (The Shema)Edit

ד: שמע ישראל: יהוה אלהינו, יהוה אחד
ה: ואהבת את יהוה אלהיך, בכל לבבך ובכל נפשך ובכל מאדך
ו: והיו הדברים האלה, אשר אנכי מצוך היום על לבבך
ז: ושננתם לבניך ודברת בם, בשבתך בביתך ובלכתך בדרך ובשכבך ובקומך
ח: וקשרתם לאות על ידך והיו לטטפות בין עיניך
ט: וכתבתם על מזזות ביתך, ובשעריך.

4 Hear, Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One.
5 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.
6 And these words that I command you today shall be in your heart.
7 And you shall teach them diligently to your children, and you shall speak of them when you sit at home, and when you walk along the way, and when you lie down and when you rise up.
8 And you shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be for frontlets between your eyes.
9 And you shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Note: English translation from The Jewish FAQ.

Deuteronomy 13, New Revised Standard VersionEdit

Divination by dreamsEdit

5 ...those who divine by dreams shall be put to death for having spoken treason against the Lord your God. [9]

Deuteronomy 14, New Revised Standard VersionEdit

Free slaves after seven yearsEdit

12 If a member of your community, whether a Hebrew man or a Hebrew woman, is sold* to you and works for you for six years, in the seventh year you shall set that person free. 13 And when you send a male slave* out from you a free person, you shall not send him out empty-handed. 14 Provide liberally out of your flock, your threshing-floor, and your wine press, thus giving to him some of the bounty with which the Lord your God has blessed you. 15 Remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God redeemed you; for this reason I lay this command upon you today. [10]

Deuteronomy 16, King James VersionEdit

Appoint honest judgesEdit

18 Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, throughout thy tribes: and they shall judge the people with just judgment. 19 Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous. 20 That which is altogether just shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Deuteronomy 28, King James VersionEdit

4Blessed shall be the fruit of thy cattle, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep.

Old Testament: Historical booksEdit

Joshua 1:9Edit

I command you: be strong and steadfast! Do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD, your God, is with you wherever you go.

Joshua 6 New Revised Standard VersionEdit

Joshua conquers JerichoEdit

20So the people shouted, and the trumpets were blown. As soon as the people heard the sound of the trumpets, they raised a great shout, and the wall fell down flat; so the people charged straight ahead into the city and captured it. 21Then they devoted to destruction by the edge of the sword all in the city, both men and women, young and old, oxen, sheep, and donkeys. [11]

Joshua 8 New Revised Standard VersionEdit

Joshua slaughters the inhabitants of AiEdit

24 When Israel had finished slaughtering all the inhabitants of Ai in the open wilderness where they pursued them, and when all of them to the very last had fallen by the edge of the sword, all Israel returned to Ai, and attacked it with the edge of the sword. 25 The total of those who fell that day, both men and women, was twelve thousand—all the people of Ai. 26 For Joshua did not draw back his hand, with which he stretched out the sword, until he had utterly destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai. 27 Only the livestock and the spoil of that city Israel took as their booty, according to the word of the Lord that he had issued to Joshua. 28 So Joshua burned Ai, and made it for ever a heap of ruins, as it is to this day. 29 And he hanged the king of Ai on a tree until evening; and at sunset Joshua commanded, and they took his body down from the tree, threw it down at the entrance of the gate of the city, and raised over it a great heap of stones, which stands there to this day. [12]

Judges 12, King James VersionEdit

ShibbolethsEdit

5 And the Gileadites took the passages of Jordan before the Ephraimites: and it was so, that when those Ephraimites which were escaped said, Let me go over; that the men of Gilead said unto him, Art thou an Ephraimite? If he said, Nay; 6 Then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth: and he said Sibboleth: for he could not frame to pronounce it right. Then they took him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan: and there fell at that time of the Ephraimites forty and two thousand.

Judges 16, New International VersionEdit

ט והארב, ישב לה בחדר, ותאמר אליו, פלשתים עליך שמשון; וינתק, את-היתרים, כאשר ינתק פתיל-הנערת בהריחו אש, ולא נודע כחו.

9 With men hidden in the room, she called to him, "Samson, the Philistines are upon you!" But he snapped the thongs as easily as a piece of string snaps when it comes close to a flame. So the secret of his strength was not discovered.

10 Then Delilah said to Samson, "You have made a fool of me; you lied to me. Come now, tell me how you can be tied".

27 Now the temple was crowded with men and women; all the rulers of the Philistines were there, and on the roof were about three thousand men and women watching Samson perform.

28 Then Samson prayed to the LORD, "O Sovereign LORD, remember me. O God, please strengthen me just once more, and let me with one blow get revenge on the Philistines for my two eyes".

ל ויאמר שמשון, תמות נפשי עם-פלשתים, ויט בכח, ויפל הבית על-הסרנים ועל-כל-העם אשר-בו; ויהיו המתים, אשר המית במותו, רבים, מאשר המית בחייו.

30 Samson said, "Let me die with the Philistines!" Then he pushed with all his might, and down came the temple on the rulers and all the people in it. Thus he killed many more when he died than while he lived.

1st SamuelEdit

1st Samuel 9:2 (KJV)Edit

  • And he had a son, whose name was Saul, a choice young man, and a goodly: and there was not among the children of Israel a goodlier person than he: from his shoulders and upward he was higher than any of the people.
    • Often quoted as "he was head and shoulders taller than any of the people.

1st Samuel 15:32Edit

  • And Agag came unto him delicately. And Agag said, Surely the bitterness of death is past. (KJV)
  • And Agag came unto him in chains. And Agag said: "Surely the bitterness of death is at hand." (JPS)
  • Agag came to him confidently thinking, "Surely the bitterness of death is past." (NIV).

2nd Samuel 2Edit

יד ויאמר אבנר, אל-יואב, יקומו נא הנערים, וישחקו לפנינו; ויאמר יואב, יקמו.

14 Abner said to Joab, “Please let the young men arise and play before us!” Joab said, “Let them arise!”

17 The battle that day was very fierce, and Abner and the men of Israel were defeated by David's men.

1st Kings 7Edit

23 He made the Sea of cast metal, circular in shape, measuring ten cubits from rim to rim and five cubits high. It took a line of thirty cubits to measure around it.

2 Chronicles 7:14 If my peopleEdit

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Book of Job is a separate article.Edit

Psalms is a separate article.Edit

Book of Proverbs is a separate article.Edit

Song of Solomon is a separate article.Edit

Old Testament: Prophetic booksEdit

Isaiah 40:31Edit

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

Isaiah 49:14-16Edit

But Zion said, "The Lord has forsaken me, the Lord has forgotten me." Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.

Isaiah 50:5-7Edit

The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backward. I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face from insult and spitting. The Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame; he who vindicates me is near.

Isaiah 53:5Edit

He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities, the punishment that brought us peace was upon Him, and by His wounds we are healed. It was our sins that did that to Him, that ripped and tore and crushed Him.

Jeremiah 1, King James VersionEdit

11 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what seest thou? And I said, I see a rod of an almond tree. 12 Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it.

Jeremiah 22, King James VersionEdit

15 Shalt thou reign, because thou closest thyself in cedar? Did not thy father eat and drink, and do judgment and justice, and then it was well with him?

Jeremiah 29:11-13Edit

For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. Then when you call upon Me and come and pray to Me, I will hear you. When you search for Me, you will find Me; if you seek Me with all your heart, I will let you find Me.

Lamentations 3:20-23, 37-39, 55-59Edit

My soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.

Who do you think "spoke and it happened"? It's the Master who gives such orders. Doesn't the High God speak everything, good things and hard things alike, into being? And why would anyone gifted with life complain when punished for sin?

I called out Your name, O God, called from the bottom of the pit. You listened when I called out, 'Don't shut Your ears! Get me out of here! Save me!' You came close when I called out. You said, 'It's going to be all right.' You took my side, Master; You brought me back alive! God, You saw the wrongs heaped on me. Give me my day in court!

Ezekiel 23, New International VersionEdit

19 Yet she became more and more promiscuous as she recalled the days of her youth, when she was a prostitute in Egypt. 20 There she lusted after her lovers, whose genitals were like those of donkeys and whose emission was like that of horses. 21 So you longed for the lewdness of your youth, when in Egypt your bosom was caressed and your young breasts fondled.

27 So I will put a stop to the lewdness and prostitution you began in Egypt. You will not look on these things with longing or remember Egypt anymore.

Ezekiel 25:17Edit

And I will execute great vengeance upon thee with furious rebukes; and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I shall lay my vengeance upon them.

Ezekiel 33:9Edit

If you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.

Daniel 2:44, New World Translation of the Holy ScripturesEdit

And in the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be brought to ruin. And the kingdom itself will not be passed on to any other people. It will crush and put an end to all these kingdoms, and it itself will stand to times indefinite.

Daniel 2:44

Michah 4:3 Swords into plowshares..spears into pruninghooks...neither shall they learn war any moreEdit

And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.

Micah 6:8, New King James VersionEdit

He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God?

Habakkuk 2:3Edit

These things I plan won't happen right away. Slowly, steadily, surely, the time approaches when the vision will be fulfilled. If it seems slow, do not despair, for these things will surely come to pass. Just be patient! They will not be overdue a single day!

Old Testament: WritingsEdit

Psalms, Proverbs and Job are separate articles.

Ecclesiastes 1, American Standard VersionEdit

ב': הבל הבלים אמר קהלת, הבל הבלים הכל הבל.

2. “Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher; “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.”

ד': דור הלך ודור בא, והארץ לעולם עמדת

4. "One generation goes, and another generation comes; but the earth remains forever".

ז': כל-הנחלים הלכים אל-הים, והים איננו מלא; אל-מקום, שהנחלים הלכים--שם הם שבים, ללכת.

7. "All the rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full. To the place where the rivers flow, there they flow again".

ט': מה-שהיה, הוא שיהיה, ומה-שנעשה, הוא שיעשה; ואין כל-חדש, תחת השמש.

9. That which has been is that which shall be; and that which has been done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

18. For in much wisdom is much grief; and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.

Ecclesiastes 3, American Standard VersionEdit

For everything there is a seasonEdit

א לכל, זמן; ועת לכל-חפץ, תחת השמים. {פ}
ב עת ללדת, ועת למות;
עת לטעת, ועת לעקור נטוע.
ג עת להרוג ועת לרפוא,
עת לפרוץ ועת לבנות.
ד עת לבכות ועת לשחוק,
עת ספוד ועת רקוד.
ה עת להשליך אבנים, ועת כנוס אבנים;
עת לחבוק, ועת לרחק מחבק.
ו עת לבקש ועת לאבד,
עת לשמור ועת להשליך.
ז עת לקרוע ועת לתפור,
עת לחשות ועת לדבר.
ח עת לאהב ועת לשנא,
עת מלחמה ועת שלום. {פ}

3:1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven:
3:2 a time to be born,
and a time to die;
a time to plant,
and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3:3 a time to kill,
and a time to heal;
a time to break down,
and a time to build up;
3:4 a time to weep,
and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn,
and a time to dance;
3:5 a time to cast away stones,
and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace,
and a time to refrain from embracing;
3:6 a time to seek,
and a time to lose;
a time to keep,
and a time to cast away;
3:7 a time to tear,
and a time to sew;
a time to keep silence,
and a time to speak;
3:8 a time to love,
and a time to hate;
a time for war,
and a time for peace.

New TestamentEdit

Gospel of Matthew

Matthew 5:13Edit

  • Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

Matthew 6:5Edit

  • The hypocrites ... love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men.

Matthew 6:6Edit

  • But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

Matthew 6:9-13Edit

Matthew 7:12, Do as you would be done by, King James VersionEdit

  • Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.


Jesus said to him," I am the way, and the truth and the life: no one comes to Father, but through Me".-John 14:6

"Has it not been written in your Law, " I said, You are GODS?"-John 10:34

"While you have the light, believe in the light, in order that you may become sons of light"-John 12:36

"Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in Heaven"-Matthew 5:16

"The lamp of the body is the eye; if therefore your eye is single, your whole body will be full of light"-Matthew 6:22

I protest , brethren, by the boasting in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, "I die daily"-I Corithians 15:31

"Do you know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of GOd dwells in you"-I Corithians 3:16

"Cease striving and know that I am GOD"-Psalms 46:10

He who planted the ear, does he not hear? He who formed the eye, does he not see? He who chastens the nations, will he not rebuke, even he who teaches man knowledge? The Lord knows the thoughts of man, That they are a mere breath.

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen-Hebrews 11:1 Ev

Matthew 10:42Edit

  • If, as My representatives, you give even a cup of cold water to a little child, you will surely be rewarded.

Matthew 12:34Edit

  • For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

Matthew 16:26Edit

  • For what profit is it to a man if he gains the world and loses his own soul?

Matthew 24:14, New World Translation versionEdit

  • And this good news of the kingdom will be preached in all the inhabited earth for a witness to all the nations; and then the end will come.

Mark 10:43-44, New American Standard BibleEdit

  • But it is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant; and whoever wishes to be first among you shall be slave of all.

Luke 2:29-32, King James VersionEdit

  • Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.

Luke 10:20Edit

  • Rejoice that your names are written in heaven.

Luke 21:9, New World Translation versionEdit

These things must occur first, but the end does not [occur] immediately.

Luke 21:13-19Edit

This will be a time for you to bear testimony. Settle it therefore in your minds, not to meditate beforehand how to answer; for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relatives and friends; and they will put some of you to death. And you will be hated by all for My name's sake. But not a hair of your head shall be lost. By your endurance you will gain your lives.

John 1, King James VersionEdit

1–5 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in the darkness, and the darkness comprehended it not.

12-14 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

16 And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace.

51And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.

Jesus said to him," I am the way, and the truth and the life: no one comes to Father, but through Me".-John 14:6

"Has it not been written in your Law, " I said, You are GODS?"-John 10:34

"While you have the light, believe in the light, in order that you may become sons of light"-John 12:36

John 2, King James VersionEdit

19-22 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? But he spake of the temple of his body. When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this unto them; and they believed the scripture, and the word which Jesus had said.

John 3, King James VersionEdit

3-7 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.

8 The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

12 If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I tell you of heavenly things?

13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him, should not perish, but have everlasting life.

19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

31 He that cometh from above is above all: he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all.

John 4, King James VersionEdit

24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

34 Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

43-44 Now after two days he departed thence, and went into Galilee. For Jesus himself testified, that a prophet hath no honor in his own country.

John 8:7Edit

  • He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

John 8:32Edit

  • And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

John 15:13Edit

  • Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends.

John 16:22, King James VersionEdit

  • 'And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.'

John 21:25, King James VersionEdit

  • And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.

Acts 2:21,22,32, King James VersionEdit

21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:
32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.

Romans is also contained in a separate article.Edit

Romans 1:16-25, King James VersionEdit

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; 19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. 20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: 21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, 23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: 25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

Romans 3:23, King James VersionEdit

23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God

Romans 5:3-4Edit

Tribulation produces perseverance, and perseverance, character, and character, hope.

Romans 6:23, King James VersionEdit

For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Romans 8: 38-39Edit

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 9:33, King James VersionEdit

As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

Romans 12:1–2, "The Message"Edit

Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.

Romans 12:5–8, "The Message"Edit

Since we find ourselves fashioned into all these excellently formed and marvelously functioning parts in Christ's body, let's just go ahead and be what we were made to be. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.

Romans 13:1Edit

Everyone must submit himself to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.

1 Corinthians 10:12, King James VersionEdit

Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.

1 Corinthians 13Edit

  • 1If I speak in human and angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal. 2And if I have the gift of prophesy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing. 3If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing.
    4Love is patient, love is kind. It is not jealous, [love] is not pompous, it is not inflated, 5it is not rude, it does not seek its own interests, it is not quick-tempered, it does not brood over injury, 6it does not rejoice over wrongdoing but rejoices with the truth. 7It bears all things, believes in all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
    8Love never fails. If there are prophecies, they will be brought to nothing; if tounges, they will cease; if knowledge, it will be brought to nothing. 9For we know partially and we prophesy partially, 10but when the perfect comes, the partial will pass away. 11When I was a child, I used to talk as a child, think as a child, reason as a child; when I became a man, I put aside childish things. 12At present, we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face. At present I know partially; then I shall know fully, as I am fully known. 13So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
  • Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.
    Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
    Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away. For we know in part and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away.
    When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.
    And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
    • I Corinthians Ch. 13 (NKJV).
  • Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing. Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth; Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
    Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away. For we know in part, and we prophesy in part. But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
    When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known. And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
    • I Corinthians Ch. 13 (KJV) The word Charity is here used as a translation of the Latin Caritas, and the original Greek Agape, which were words for "Love", and used to denote the highest and most self-transcending forms of Love.

1 Corinthians 15:3-8, King James VersionEdit

3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: 6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. 7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. 8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.

1 Corinthians 15:55, King James VersionEdit

O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

2 Corinthians 4:8–10, King James VersionEdit

We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.

2 Corinthians 4:16–18, English Standard VersionEdit

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. .

Galations 1:10, New International VersionEdit

Am I now trying to win the approval of men or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.

Galations 1:15–16, New International VersionEdit

But when God, who set me apart from birth and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not consult any man,

Galations 6:1–5, New International VersionEdit

Brothers, if someone is caught in a sin, you who are spiritual should restore him gently. But watch yourself, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other's burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. If anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. Each one should test his own actions. Then he can take pride in himself, without comparing himself to somebody else, for each one should carry his own load.

Colossians 3:4, King James VersionEdit

When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

Colossians 3:19, King James VersionEdit

Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.

1 Timothy 1:15, King James VersionEdit

This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.

1 Timothy 4:12, King James VersionEdit

Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

2 Timothy 2:15, King James VersionEdit

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

Hebrews 11:1, New International VersionEdit

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

Hebrews 13:2, NKJVEdit

Be not forgetful to entertain strangers; for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.

James 4:17, King James VersionEdit

Therefore, to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

1 John 4:18, King James VersionEdit

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

Jude, Verse 3, King James VersionEdit

Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

Quotes about the BibleEdit

  • “In the Bible it says You have to Forgive Seventy times Seven. I want You ALL to Know, I'm Keeping a Chart”
    • @VOTE_HILIARY Twitter, {{#fortmatdate:2013-09-01}}
  • To most Christians, the Bible is like a software license. Nobody actually reads it. They just scroll to the bottom and click "I agree."
    • @thealmightygod, Twitter, 2012-08-16
  • Too many of our best scholars, themselves indoctrinated from infancy in a religion of one kind or another based upon the Bible, are so locked into the idea of their own god as a supernatural fact – something final, not symbolic of transcendence, but a personage with a character and will of his own – that they are unable to grasp the idea of a worship that is not of the symbol but of its reference, which is of a mystery of much greater age and of more immediate inward reality than the name-and-form of any historical ethnic idea of a deity, whatsoever ... and is of a sophistication that makes the sentimentalism of our popular Bible-story theology seem undeveloped. – Joseph Campbell
  • Thou shalt have one God only; who
    Would be at the expense of two?
    No graven images may be
    , except the currency:
    not at all; for for thy curse
    Thine enemy is none the worse:
    church on Sunday to attend
    serve to keep the world thy friend:
    thy parents; that is, all
    whom advancement may befall:
    Thou shalt not kill; but needst not strive
    Officiously to keep alive:
    Do not adultery commit;
    Advantage rarely comes of it:
    Thou shalt not steal; an empty feat,
    When it's so lucrative to cheat:
    Bear not false witness: let the lie
    Have time on its own wings to fly:
    Thou shalt not covet; but tradition
    Approves all forms of competition.

    The sum of all is, thou shalt love,
    If any body, God above:
    At any rate shall never labour
    More than thyself to love thy neighbour.
    • Arthur Hugh Clough, "The Latest Decalogue", in A. L. P. Norrington, ed., The Poems of Arthur Hugh Clough (1968), p. 60–61, on the Ten Commandments.
  • The real reason that we can't have the Ten Commandments in a courthouse: You cannot post "Thou shalt not steal", "Thou shalt not commit adultery" and "Thou shalt not lie" in a building full of lawyers, judges and politicians. It creates a hostile work environment.
  • But no public man in these islands ever believes that the Bible means what it says: he is always convinced that it says what he means; and I have no reason to hope that Mr Coote may be an exception to the rule.
  • It is full of interest. It has noble poetry in it; and some clever fables; and some blood-drenched history; and some good morals; and a wealth of obscenity; and upwards of a thousand lies.

For the BibleEdit

  • Most wondrous book! bright candle of the Lord!
    Star of Eternity! The only star
    By which the bark of man could navigate
    The sea of life, and gain the coast of bliss
    Securely.
  • The Bible is a book of faith, and a book of doctrine, and a book of morals, and a book of religion, of especial revelation from God.
  • We search the world for truth; we cull
    The good, the pure, the beautiful,
    From all old flower fields of the soul;
    And, weary seekers of the best,
    We come back laden from our quest,
    To find that all the sages said
    Is in the Book our mothers read.
  • If you have no Bible, you have no way to live. Those who either don't have the Bible or choose to curse the Bible are lost. They have nothing to guide them to redemption. I feel sorry for them. - Rosa Parks[citation needed]
  • If there is anything in my thoughts or style to commend, the credit is due to my parents for instilling in me an early love of the Scriptures. If we abide by the principles taught in the Bible, our country will go on prospering and to prosper; but if we and our posterity neglect its instructions and authority, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity. – Daniel Webster[citation needed]
  • I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good from the Savior of the world is communicated to us through this book. – Abraham Lincoln[citation needed]
  • In the Bible, there is no mention of the Trinity. . . . We get to know God, not through our proud philosophical concepts, but through Christ. – Michael Servetus[citation needed]
  • The Bible has been the Magna Carta of the poor and oppressed. The human race is not in a position to dispense with It. – Thomas Huxley[citation needed]
  • The existence of the Bible, as a book for the people, is the greatest benefit which the human race has ever experienced. Every attempt to belittle it is a crime against humanity. – Immanuel Kant[citation needed]
  • Let mental culture go on advancing, let the natural sciences progress in ever greater extent and depth, and the human mind widen itself as much as it desires, beyond the elevation and moral culture of Christianity, as it shines forth in the gospels, it will not go. – Goethe[citation needed]
  • If the Bible is only human lore, and not divine truth, then we have no real answer to those who say, "Let's pick the best out of all religions and blend it all into Pan-Deism - one world religion with one god made out of many". – J. Sidlow Baxter, The Most Critical Issue (1991)[13]

Against the BibleEdit

  • If you suspect that my interest in the Bible is going to inspire me with sudden enthusiasm for Judaism and make me a convert of mountain‐moving fervor and that I shall suddenly grow long earlocks and learn Hebrew and go about denouncing the heathen — you little know the effect of the Bible on me. Properly read, it is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived.
  • The Bible may, indeed does, contain a warrant for trafficking in humans, for ethnic cleansing, for slavery, for bride-price, and for indiscriminate massacre, but we are not bound by any of it because it was put together by crude, uncultured human mammals.
  • Is there an intelligent man or woman now in the world who believes in the Garden of Eden story? If you find any man who believes it, strike his forehead and you will hear an echo. Something is for rent.
  • It's fair to say that the Bible contains equal amounts of fact, history, and pizza.
  • Take some time and put the Bible on your summer reading list. Try and stick with it cover to cover. Not because it teaches history; we've shown you it doesn't. Read it because you'll see for yourself what the Bible is all about. It sure isn't great literature. If it were published as fiction, no reviewer would give it a passing grade. There are some vivid scenes and some quotable phrases, but there's no plot, no structure, there's a tremendous amount of filler, and the characters are painfully one-dimensional. Whatever you do, don't read the Bible for a moral code: it advocates prejudice, cruelty, superstition and murder. Read it because: we need more atheists — and nothin' will get you there faster, than readin' the damn Bible.
  • Reading the Bible is the fast track to atheism. Reading the Bible means starting at "In the beginning..." and throwing it down with disgust at "...the grace of the lord Jesus be with all. Amen." I'm sure there are lots of religious people who've read the Bible from start to finish and kept their faith, but in my self-selected sample, all the people I know who have done that are atheists.
  • I sincerely detest it, the Bible as I detest everything that is cruel.
  • It is from the Bible that man has learned cruelty, rapine, and murder; for the belief of a cruel God makes a cruel man.
  • I have heard many times that atheists know more about religion than religious people. Atheism is an effect of that knowledge, not a lack of knowledge. I gave a Bible to my daughter. That's how you make atheists.
  • The Bible and the Church have been the greatest stumbling blocks in the way of women's emancipation.

Other quotes about the BibleEdit

  • There is, after all, no beatitude that reads: "Blessed are the editors, for they shall make stuff shorter to read."
    • Mark Rice-Oxley, "Christianity in a nutshell: Britain's '100-Minute Bible'", The Christian Science Monitor, 27 September 2005 [14]
    • on objections to the new 100-Minute Bible
  • But the truth is, that when a Library expels a book of mine and leaves an unexpurgated Bible lying around where unprotected youth and age can get hold of it, the deep unconscious irony of it delights me and doesn't anger me. ~ Letter to Mrs. F. G. Whitmore (February 7, 1907) by Mark Twain
  • God damn America! That's in the Bible, for killing innocent people.
    • Reverend Jeremiah Wright.

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical QuotationsEdit

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 693.
  • His studie was but litel on the Bible.
  • A glory gilds the sacred page,
    Majestic like the sun,
    It gives a light to every age,
    It gives, but borrows none.
  • One day at least in every week,
    The sects of every kind
    Their doctrines here are sure to seek,
    And just as sure to find.
  • And that the Scriptures, though not everywhere
    Free from corruption, or entire, or clear,
    Are uncorrupt, sufficient, clear, entire
    In all things which our needful faith require.
  • Out from the heart of nature rolled
    The burdens of the Bible old.
  • The word unto the prophet spoken
    Was writ on tablets yet unbroken:
    The word by seers or sibyls told,
    In groves of oak or fanes of gold,
    Still floats upon the morning wind,
    Still whispers to the willing mind.
  • It was a common saying among the Puritans, "Brown bread and the Gospel is good fare."
  • Shallows where a lamb could wade and depths where an elephant would drown.
  • Bibles laid open, millions of surprises.
  • Starres are poore books, and oftentimes do misse;
    This book of starres lights to eternal blisse.
  • So we're all right, an' I, for one,
    Don't think our cause'll lose in vally
    By rammin' Scriptur' in our gun,
    An' gittin' Natur' for an ally.
  • The history of every individual man should be a Bible.
    • Novalis, Christianity or Europe, Carlyle's translation.
  • I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditations.
    • Psalms. CXIX. 99.
  • Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.
    • Psalms. CXIX. 105.
  • The sweet psalmist of Israel.
    • II Samuel, XXIII. 1.
  • Within that awful volume lies
    The mystery of mysteries!
    Happiest they of human race,
    To whom God has granted grace
    To read, to fear, to hope, to pray,
    To lift the latch, and force the way:
    And better had they ne'er been born,
    Who read to doubt, or read to scorn.
  • But Thy good word informs my soul
    How I may climb to heaven.
  • How glad the heathens would have been,
    That worship idols, wood and stone,
    If they the book of God had seen.

The Dictionary of Legal Quotations (1904)Edit

Quotes reported in James William Norton-Kyshe, The Dictionary of Legal Quotations (1904), p. 18-19.
  • I do not know how far I ought to sit here and suffer a gentleman at the bar to bring forward parts of the Bible in this way. It is for you, gentlemen of the jury, to say whether you wish to hear them read.
    • Lord Kenyon, Williams' Case (1797), 26 How. St. Tr. 683.
  • If the purity of the Bible is to be maintained, it must be by the King, who is the head both of our civil and religious establishments. It is not only his right, but it is his duty, to preserve the purity of the scriptures.
    • Lord Hermand, Manners and others v. The King's Printers (1826), 2 St. Tr. (N. S.) 225.
  • Kissing the Book.
    Morris: My lords, I except against this Brooke.
    Court: Sir, he is sworn, and you speak too late.
    Morris: My lord, I appeal to him whether he be sworn or no.
    Brooke: Sir, I am not to answer you, but the Court. My lord, I did not kiss the book.
    Court: Sir, that is no matter, it's but a ceremony.
    • Morris' Case (1649), 4 How. St. Tr. 1255.

Readings from the Bible - in print and on the netEdit

See alsoEdit

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