Because God liked Abel's animal sacrifice more than Cain's vegetables, Cain kills his brother
Abel in a fit of religious jealousy. 4:8
"I will destroy ... both man and beast."
God is angry. He decides to destroy all humans, beasts, creeping things, fowls, and "all
flesh wherein there is breath of life." He plans to drown them all.
"Every living substance that I have made will I destroy."
God repeats his intention to kill "every living substance ... from off the face of the earth."
But why does God kill all the innocent animals? What had they done to deserve his wrath? It
seems God never gets his fill of tormenting animals. 7:4
"All flesh died that moved upon the earth."
God drowns everything that breathes air. From newborn babies to koala bears -- all
creatures great and small, the Lord God drowned them all. 7:21-23
God sends a plague on the Pharaoh and his household because the Pharaoh believed
Abram's lie. 12:17
God tells Abram to kill some animals for him. The needless slaughter makes God feel
Hagar conceives, making Sarai jealous. Abram tells Sarai to do to Hagar whatever she
wants. "And when Sarai dealt hardly with her, she fled." 16:6
"I will not destroy it for ten's sake."
I guess God couldn't find even ten good Sodomites because he decides to kill them all in Genesis 19.
Too bad Abraham didn't ask God about the children. Why not save them? If Abraham could find 10 good children, toddlers, infants, or babies, would
God spare the city? Apparently not. God doesn't give a damn about children. 18:32
Lot refuses to give up his angels to the perverted mob, offering his two "virgin daughters"
instead. He tells the bunch of angel rapers to "do unto them [his daughters] as is good in your
eyes." This is the same man that is called "just" and "righteous" in
2 Peter 2:7-8. 19:7-8
God kills everyone (men, women, children, infants, newborns) in Sodom and Gomorrah
by raining "fire and brimstone from the Lord out of heaven." Well, almost everyone -- he
spares the "just and righteous" Lot and his family. 19:24
Lot's nameless wife looks back, and God turns her into a pillar of salt.
God gets angry with king Abimelech, though the king hasn't even touched Sarah. He
says to the king, "Behold, thou art but a dead man," and threatens to kill him and all of his
people. To compensate for the crime he never committed, Abimelech gives Abraham sheep,
oxen, slaves, silver, and land. Finally, after Abraham "prayed unto God," God lifts his
punishment to Abimelech, "for the Lord had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of
Abimelech, because of Sarah." 20:3-18
Sarah, after giving birth to Isaac, gets angry again at Hagar (see
16:5-6) and tells Abraham to 'cast out this bondwoman and her son." God commands Abraham to
"hearken unto her voice." So Abraham abandons Hagar and Ishmael, casting them out into the
wilderness to die. 21:10-14
God orders Abraham to kill Isaac as a burnt offering. Abraham shows his love for
God by his willingness to murder his son. But finally, just before Isaac's throat is slit, God
provides a goat to kill instead. 22:2-13
Abraham shows his willingness to kill his son for God. Only an evil God would ask a father to do that; only a bad
father would be willing to do it. 22:10
"Because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son." Why did God love Abraham so much?
Because he was willing to murder his son for him. (Greater evil hath no man than this, that he is willing to kill his own son for God.)
Dinah, the daughter of Jacob, is "defiled" by a man who seems to love her dearly. Her
brothers trick all of the men of the town and kill them (after first having them all circumcised),
and then take their wives and children captive. 34:1-31
"The terror of God was upon the cities that were round about them." 35:5
"And Er, Judah's firstborn, was wicked in the sight of the Lord; and the Lord slew him."
What did Er do to elicit God's wrath? The Bible doesn't say. Maybe he picked up
some sticks on Saturday. 38:7
After God killed Er, Judah tells Onan to "go in unto they brother's wife." But "Onan
knew that the seed should not be his; and ... when he went in unto his brother's wife ... he
spilled it on the ground.... And the thing which he did displeased the Lord; wherefore he slew
him also." This lovely Bible story is seldom read in Sunday School, but it is the basis of many
Christian doctrines, including the condemnation of both masturbation and birth control.
After Judah pays Tamar for her services, he is told that she "played the harlot" and "is
with child by whoredom." When Judah hears this, he says, "Bring her forth, and let her be
Joseph interprets the baker's dream. He says that the pharaoh will cut off the baker's
head, and hang his headless body on a tree for the birds to eat.
God brought a seven year, "very grievous" famine on the whole earth for no apparent reason (except maybe to make Joseph wealthy).
Moses murders an Egyptian after making sure that no one is looking. 2:11-12
"I will ... smite Egypt with all my wonders." 3:20
God threatens to kill the Pharaoh's firstborn son. 4:23
God decides to kill Moses because his son had not yet been circumcised.
Moses and Aaron ask the Pharaoh to let all the Israelites go into the desert to pray for three days, or else God
will kill them all "with pestilence, or with the sword." 5:3
"Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh." 6:1
God will make sure that Pharaoh does not listen to Moses, so that he can kill Egyptians with his
"And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD." Who else could be so cruel and unjust?
God tells Moses and Aaron to smite the river and turn it into blood. This is the first of the
famous 10 plagues of Egypt. 7:17-24
The fifth plague: all cattle in Egypt die. But a
little later (9:19-20, 12:29), God
kills them again a couple more times. 9:6
The sixth plague: boils and blains upon man and beast. 9:9-12
"For I will at this time send all my plagues upon thine heart, and upon thy servants, and upon thy
people; that thou mayest know that there is none like me in all the earth." Who else but the biblical
god could be so cruel? 9:14
God made the Pharaoh king so that God could show off his power. 9:16
The seventh plague is hail. "And the hail smote throughout the land of Egypt all
that was in the field, both man and beast." 9:22-25
God wants to be remembered forever for the mass murder of little children. 10:2
These verses clearly show that the mass murder of innocent children by God was
premeditated. (see 12:29-30) 11:4-6
God will kill the Egyptian children to show that he puts "a difference between the Egyptians and
God explains to Moses that he intends to "smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast.
After God has sufficiently hardened the Pharaoh's heart, he kills all the firstborn Egyptian children. When he was finished
"there was not a house where there was not one dead." Finally, he runs out of little babies to kill, so he slaughters the firstborn
cattle, too. 12:29
To commemorate the divine massacre of the Egyptian children, Moses instructs the Israelites to "sacrifice to the
Lord all that openeth the matrix" -- all the males, that is. God has no use for dead, burnt female bodies.
13:2, 12, 15
"For the horse of Pharaoh went in with his chariots and with his horsemen
into the sea, and the LORD brought again the waters of the sea upon them." 15:19
"Horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea." 15:21
If you do what God says, he won't send his diseases on you (like he did to the Egyptians).
But otherwise.... 15:26
Joshua, with God's approval, kills the Amalekites "with the edge of the sword." 17:13
"I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven." 17:14
"The Lord has sworn [God swears!] that the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation." So God
is still fighting Amalek. I hope Moses can still keep his hand up. 17:14-16
Any person or animal that touches Mt. Sinai shall be stoned to death or "shot through." Did Moses impose such severe
penalties because he feared that someone might see him fake his meeting with God?
Like the great and powerful Wizard of Oz, nobody can see God and live. 19:21
God gives instructions for killing and burning animals. He says that if we will make such "burnt offerings," he will bless
us for it. What kind of mind would be pleased by the killing and burning of innocent animals? 20:24
A child who hits or curses his parents must be executed. 21:15, 17
It's okay to beat your slaves; even if they die you won't be punished,
just as long as they survive a day or two after the beating (see verses 21:20-21).
But avoid excessive damage to their eyes or teeth. Otherwise you may have to set them free. 21:26-27
An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. 21:24-25
If an ox gores someone, "then the ox shall surely be stoned."
If an ox gores someone due to the negligence of its owner,
then "the ox shall be stoned, and his owner shall be put to death.".
If an ox gores a slave, the owner of the ox must pay the owner of the slave 30 shekels of silver,
and "the ox shall be stoned." 21:32
"Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live." Thousands of innocent women have suffered excruciating deaths because of this
"Whosoever lieth with a beast shall surely be put to death." Is it really necessary to kill such people? Couldn't we just
send them to counseling or something? 22:19
"He who sacrificeth unto any god, save unto the Lord only, he shall be utterly destroyed." If this commandment is obeyed,
then the four billion people who do not believe in the biblical god must be killed. 22:20
If you make God angry enough, he will kill you and your family with his own sword. 22:24
"The firstborn of thy sons thou shalt give unto me." (As a burnt offering?) 22:29
God promises to "send his fear before the Israelites" and
to kill everyone that they encounter when they enter the promised land.
Moses has some animals killed and their dead bodies burned for God. Then he sprinkles their blood on the altar and on
the people. This makes God happy. 24:5-8
Get some animals, kill them, chop up their bodies, wave body parts in the air, burn the carcasses, and sprinkle the
blood all around -- in precisely the way God tells you. It may well make you sick, but it makes God feel good.
Have you killed and offered your bullock for a sin offering today? How about the two lambs you are supposed to
offer each day? 29:36-39
Wash up or die. This is a good verse to use when reminding the kiddies to wash their hands before supper.
Whoever puts holy oil on a stranger shall be "cut off from his people."
Those who break the Sabbath are to be executed. 31:14
God asks to be left alone so that his "wrath may wax hot" and he can "consume them. 32:10
Moses burned the golden calf, ground it into powder, and then forced it down the throats
of all the people. 32:20
God orders the sons of Levi (Moses, Aaron, and the other members of their tribe that were "on the Lord's side") to kill
"every man his neighbor." "And there fell of the people that day about 3000 men." 32:27-28
"Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I
blot out of my book." 32:33
But God wasn't satisfied with the slaughter of the 3000, so he killed some more people with a plague.
If you can't redeem him, then just "break his neck." Hey, it's all for the glory of God. 34:20
Whoever works, or even kindles a fire, on the Sabbath "shall be put to death." 35:2-3
God gives detailed instructions for performing ritualistic animal sacrifices. such bloody rituals
must be important to God, judging from the number of times that he repeats their instructions.
Indeed the entire first nine chapters of Leviticus can be summarized as follows: Get an animal,
kill it, sprinkle the blood around, cut the dead animal into pieces, and burn it for a "sweet savor
unto the Lord." Chapters 1 - 9
The peace offering: An unblemished bull or cow 3:1-5
The peace offering: An unblemished male or female sheep 3:6-11
The peace offering: A goat (blemished or unblemished, male or female) 3:12-17
All firstborn men and beasts belong to God, since God killed all the firstborn of Egypt. 3:13
The offering for an individual who sins through ignorance: An unblemished bullock 4:1-12
The offering for a congregation that sins through ignorance: A bullock (blemished or unblemished) 4:13-21
The offering for a ruler who sins through ignorance: A young unblemished male goat 4:22-25
The offering for a common person who sins through ignorance: A young unblemished female sheep or goat 4:27-35
"He shall bring his trespass offering unto the LORD ... a female from the flock, a lamb or a kid of the goats."
If you touch an insect, dead animal, or "the uncleanness of man" or if you swear to do something good or bad (5:2-4), kill a female lamb or goat for God. (A female
will do since it's a minor offense.) 5:6
"If he be not able to bring a lamb, then he shall bring ... two turtledoves, or two young pigeons, unto the LORD ...
and wring off his head."
If you don't have a lamb to kill for God, then you can wring off the head of a pigeon or dove. 5:7
"And he shall sprinkle of the blood of the sin offering upon the side of the altar; and the rest of the blood shall
be wrung out at the bottom of the altar: it is a sin offering."
If you sin without knowing that you've done anything wrong, kill an unblemished ram for God. 5:14-15
"This is the law of the sin offering: the sin offering [shall] be killed before the LORD: it is most holy." 6:25
The holy law of trespass offering: Find an animal; kill it; sprinkle the blood around; offer God the fat, rump, kidneys,
and caul; burn and eat it in the holy place, for "it is most holy." 7:1-6
Kill the trespass offering: and the blood thereof shall he sprinkle round about upon the altar." 7:2
The law of peace offerings requires a priest to sprinkle blood around. 7:11-14
Be careful what you eat during these animal sacrifices. Don't eat fat or blood -- these
are for God. (And he doesn't like to share!) 7:18-27
The fat with the breast shall be waved for a wave offering before the Lord. 7:30
The priest shall burn the fat on the altar, but the breast is for Aaron and his sons. 7:31
Give the priest the right shoulder for a heave offering. 7:32
Aaron's sons offer the blood and fat of peace offerings, so they get the right shoulders. 7:33
God gave the wave breasts or heave shoulders to the priests by a statute forever. 7:34
The law of the burnt offering, meat offering, sin offering, trespass offering, and peace offering are all
commanded by God to be statutes forever. 7:36-37
Moses does it all for God. First he kills an animal; wipes the blood on Aaron's ears,
thumbs, and big toes. Then he sprinkles blood round about and waves the guts before the Lord.
Finally he burns the whole mess for "a sweet savour before the Lord."
"Aaron and his sons laid their hands upon the head of the bullock for the sin offering and he slew it." 8:14-15
"Moses took the blood, and put it upon the horns of the altar round about with his finger .. and poured the blood at the bottom of the altar."
"And he took all the fat that was upon the inwards, and the caul above the liver, and the two kidneys, and their fat, and Moses burned it upon the altar."
"But the bullock, and his hide, his flesh, and his dung, he burnt with fire without the camp; as the LORD commanded Moses."
"Aaron and his sons laid their hands upon the head of the ram. And he killed it." 8:18-19
"Moses sprinkled the blood upon the altar round about." 8:19
"And he cut the ram into pieces; and Moses burnt the head, and the pieces, and the fat." 8:20
"And he washed the inwards and the legs in water; and Moses burnt the whole ram upon the altar: it was a burnt sacrifice for a sweet savour, and an offering made by fire unto the LORD;
as the LORD commanded Moses." 8:21
"Aaron and his sons laid their hands upon the head of the ram. And he slew it." 8:22-23
"Moses took of the blood of it, and put it upon the tip of Aaron's right ear, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot."
"And he brought Aaron's sons, and Moses put of the blood upon the tip of their right ear, and upon the thumbs of their right hands, and upon the great toes of their right feet:
and Moses sprinkled the blood upon the altar round about." 8:24
"And he took the fat, and the rump, and all the fat that was upon the inwards, and the caul above the liver, and the two kidneys,
and their fat, and the right shoulder." 8:25
"And he put all upon Aaron's hands, and upon his sons' hands, and waved them for a wave offering before the LORD." 8:27
"Moses ... burnt them ... for a sweet savour." 8:28
"And Moses took the breast, and waved it for a wave offering before the LORD." 8:29
"And Moses took ... of the blood which was upon the altar, and sprinkled it upon Aaron, and upon his garments, and upon his sons, and upon his
sons' garments." 8:30
"Moses said unto Aaron and to his sons, Boil the flesh." 8:31
And that which remaineth of the flesh .... shall ye burn with fire." 8:32
More killing, sprinkling of blood, waiving animal parts, and burning carcasses "before the
"Take thee a young calf for a sin offering, and a ram for a burnt offering, without blemish, and offer them before the LORD."
"Take ye a kid of the goats for a sin offering; and a calf and a lamb, both of the first year, without blemish, for a burnt offering."
"Also a bullock and a ram for peace offerings, to sacrifice before the LORD; and a meat offering." 9:4
Kill the calf, dip your finger in the blood, sprinkle the blood round about,
burn the fat and entrails, and wave the breast for a wave offering before the Lord.
"Aaron ... slew the calf of the sin offering." 9:8
"And the sons of Aaron brought the blood unto him: and he dipped his finger in the blood, and put it upon the horns of the altar, and poured out the blood at the bottom of the altar."
"But the fat, and the kidneys, and the caul above the liver of the sin offering, he burnt upon the altar; as the LORD commanded Moses."
"And the flesh and the hide he burnt with fire without the camp." 9:11
"And he slew the burnt offering; and Aaron's sons presented unto him the blood, which he sprinkled round about upon the altar."
"And they presented the burnt offering unto him, with the pieces thereof, and the head: and he burnt them upon the altar."
"And he did wash the inwards and the legs, and burnt them upon the burnt offering on the altar." 9:14
"And he ... took the goat ... the people, and slew it." 9:15
"He slew also the bullock and the ram ... and Aaron's sons presented unto him the blood, which he sprinkled upon the altar round about."
"And the fat of the bullock and of the ram, the rump, and that which covereth the inwards, and the kidneys, and the caul above the liver."
"And they put the fat upon the breasts, and he burnt the fat upon the altar." 9:20
"And the breasts and the right shoulder Aaron waved for a wave offering before the LORD; as Moses commanded." 9:21
Two of the sons of Aaron "offered strange fire before the Lord" and "there went out fire
from the Lord, and devoured them, and they died before the Lord." 10:1-2
Moses tells Aaron that his sons were burned to death to sanctify and glorify God. 10:3
Moses tells Aaron's cousins to drag the burned bodies out of the camp, and he warns Aaron not to mourn the death of his sons or God will
kill him too, along with everyone else. 10:4-6
If priests misbehave at the tabernacle by uncovering their heads, tearing their clothes, leaving
with holy oil on them, or by drinking "wine or strong drink", then God will kill them and send his
wrath on "all the people." 10:6-9
God will kill any priest that leaves the tabernacle. 10:7
If priests misbehave at the tabernacle by by drinking "wine or strong drink," then God will kill them and send his
wrath on "all the people." "It shall be a statute for ever." 10:9
"And the wave breast and heave shoulder shall ye eat in a clean place." 10:14
"The heave shoulder and the wave breast ... bring with the offerings
made by fire of the fat, to wave it for a wave offering before the LORD." 10:15
"She shall bring a lamb ... for a burnt offering, and... a young pigeon, or dove, for a sin offering."
After a woman gives birth, a priest must kill a lamb, pigeon, or dove as a sin offering. This is because having children is sinful and God likes it when things are
killed for him. 12:6
"If she be not able to bring a lamb, then she shall bring two turtles, or two young pigeons ... and she shall be clean."
Lepers must tear up their clothes, not wear hats, cover their upper lips, and cry "unclean, unclean."They are defiled, unclean,
and must live alone, away from everyone else. 13:45-46
The Law of the Leper (for those who can afford it) 14:2-20
"Then shall the priest command to take for him that is to be cleansed two birds alive and clean ...
and the priest shall command that one of the birds be killed in an earthen vessel over running water." 14:4
"And on the eighth day he shall take two he lambs without blemish, and one ewe lamb of the first year without blemish ...
And the priest shall take one he lamb, and offer him for a trespass offering ... and wave them for a wave offering before the LORD."
"And he shall slay the lamb ... in the holy place: ... it is most holy." 14:13
"And the priest shall take some of the blood of the trespass offering, and ...
put it upon the tip of the right ear of him that is to be cleansed,
and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot." 14:14
"The priest shall offer the sin offering ... and afterward he shall kill the burnt offering." 14:19
The Law of Leprosy (for those who can't afford the standard law) 14:21-32
"If he be poor, and cannot get so much; then he shall take one lamb for a trespass offering to be waved ... and two turtledoves,
or two young pigeons ... and the one shall be a sin offering, and the other a burnt offering." 14:21-22
"And the priest shall take the lamb of the trespass offering ... and the priest shall wave them for a wave offering before the LORD:"
"And he shall kill the lamb of the trespass offering, and the priest shall take some of the blood of the
trespass offering, and put it upon the tip of the right ear of him that is to be cleansed,
and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot." 14:25
"And he shall offer the one of the turtledoves, or of the young pigeons, such as he can get." 14:30
"Even such as he is able to get, the one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering, with the meat offering."
"When ye be come into the land of Canaan ... I put the plague of leprosy in ... the land of your possession."
God "put the plague of leprosy" on the Canaanites. 14:34
"He shall take to cleanse the house two birds ... And he shall kill the one of the birds ...
And he shall take ... the living bird, and dip them in the blood of the slain bird ...
and sprinkle the house seven times ... And he shall cleanse the house with the blood of the bird." 14:49-52
"On the eighth day he shall take to him two turtledoves, or two young pigeons ... and ... offer them, the one for a sin offering,
and the other for a burnt offering." 15:14-15
"On the eighth day she shall take unto her two turtles, or two young pigeons ... for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt offering; and the priest shall make an atonement
for her before the LORD for the issue of her uncleanness." 15:29-30
God warns Aaron that he might have to burn him to death like he did his sons. (10:1-2)
God explains the use of scapegoats. It goes like this: Get two goats. Kill one. Wipe,
smear, and sprinkle the blood around seven times. Then take the other goat, give it the sins of all
the people, and send it off into the wilderness. 16:8-28
"Take of the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it ... seven times." 16:14
"Kill the goat of the sin offering, that is for the people, and bring his blood ... and sprinkle it upon the mercy seat."
"Take of the blood of the bullock, and of the blood of the goat, and put it upon the horns of the altar round about."
"He shall sprinkle of the blood upon it with his finger seven times." 16:19
Sprinkle the blood and burn the fat for a sweet savour unto the Lord. 17:6
If you upset God, he'll cause the land to vomit you out.
"Keep my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations ... that the land spue not you out also,
when ye defile it, as it spued out the nations that were before you." 18:26-28
"Whosoever shall commit any of these abominations ... shall be cut off from among their people." 18:29
Don't eat sacrifices on the third day or God will cut you off from among your
"Whosoever ... giveth ... his seed unto Molech ... the people ... shall stone him with stones." 20:2
If you refuse to kill someone who gives his seed to Molech, God set his face against you and your family.
"For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall surely be put to death." Couldn't
we try spanking first? 20:9
If a man has sex with his father's wife, kill them both. 20:11
If a man "lies" with his daughter-in-law, then both must be killed.
If a man has sex with another man, kill them both. 20:13
If you "lie" with your wife and your mother-in-law (now that sounds fun!), then all three
of you must be burned to death. 20:14
If a man or woman "lie with a beast" both the person and the poor animal are to be
People with "familiar spirits" (witches, fortune tellers, etc.) are to be
stoned to death. 20:27
A priest's daughter who "plays the whore" is to be burned to death.
"Ye shall offer ... a male without blemish ... Blind, or broken, or maimed, or having a wen, or scurvy, or scabbed, ye
shall not offer these unto the LORD ... Ye shall not offer unto the LORD that which is bruised, or crushed, or
broken, or cut."
God wants us to kill lots of animals for him. Not just any animals, though. God only wants dead, male animals without any blemishes. Don't
kill any blind , broken, maimed, or scabbed, or female animials for him. 22:19-24
God gives us more instructions on killing and burning animals. I guess the first nine
chapters of Leviticus wasn't enough. He says we must do this because he really likes the smell
-- it is "a sweet savour unto the Lord." 23:12-14, 18
Don't do any work on the day of atonement or God will destroy you.
A man curses and blasphemes while disputing with another man. Moses asks God what to
do about it. God says that the whole community must stone him to death. "And the children of Israel did as the Lord
and Moses commanded." 24:10-23
Anyone who blasphemes or curses shall be stoned to death by the entire community.
"He that killeth any man shall surely be put to death." 24:17
"If a man cause a blemish in his neighbour; as he hath done, so shall it be done to him." 24:19
"Breach for breach, eye for eye, tooth for tooth: as he hath caused a blemish in a man, so shall it be done to him again."
"He that killeth a man, he shall be put to death." 24:21
God tells the Israelites to make slaves out of their neighbors and their families. The "heathens" and
"strangers" are to be their possessions forever. 25:44-46
God tells the Israelites to "chase" their enemies and make them "fall before you by the
sword." He figures five of the Israelites will be able to "chase" a hundred of their enemies, and a
hundred will be able to "put ten thousand to flight." 26:7-8
If you don't follow all of the laws in the Old Testament, God will shower you with all of the curses in the next 25 verses.
"I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning
ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed
in vain, for your enemies shall eat it." 26:16
"I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies." 26:17
"I will bring seven times more plagues upon you according to your sins." 26:21
"I will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of your children, and destroy your cattle." 26:22
"I will bring a sword upon you ... I will send the pestilence among you; and ye shall be delivered into the hand of the enemy."
"And ye shall eat the flesh of your sons, and the flesh of your daughters shall ye eat." 26:29
"I will ... cast your carcases upon the carcases of your idols, and my soul shall abhor you." 26:30
God shows his hospitality with the admonition: "The stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death."
1:51, 3:10, 3:38
Two of Aaron's sons are killed by God for "offering strange fire before the Lord." 3:4
All firstborn men and beasts belong to God, since God killed all the firstborn of Egypt. 3:13
Don't touch or "go in to see when the holy things are covered." God kills people who touch or look
at covered holy things. 4:15, 20
God tells the people to expel from camp "every leper, every one that hath an issue, and whoever is defiled by the dead."
So by God's instructions, the sick are abandoned and left to suffer and die alone. 5:1-4
"He shall bring two turtles, or two young pigeons, to the priest ... and the priest shall offer the one for a sin offering,
and the other for a burnt offering." 6:10-11
"He ... shall bring a lamb of the first year for a trespass offering." 6:12
"He shall offer his offering unto the LORD, one he lamb of the first year without blemish for a burnt offering, and one ewe lamb
of the first year without blemish for a sin offering, and one ram without blemish for peace offerings." 6:14
"The priest shall bring them before the LORD, and shall offer his sin offering, and his burnt offering." 616:
"The priest shall offer also his meat offering." 6:17
"And the priest shall take the sodden shoulder of the ram." 619:
"And the priest shall wave them for a wave offering before the LORD: this is holy for the priest,
with the wave breast and heave shoulder." 6:20
When Moses set up the tabernacle, each of the twelve tribes kills a bullock, lamb, ram, and a kid, two oxen, and five rams, goats,
and lambs for God, for a grand total of 240 animal sacrifices. 7:15-88
"The Levites shall lay their hands upon the heads of the bullocks: and
thou shalt offer the one for a sin offering, and the other for a burnt
All firstborn Israelites, "both man and beast", belong to God. He got them the day that he killed every Egyptian firstborn
child and animal. 8:17
"And when the people complained, it displeased the Lord: and the Lord heard it (He had his hearing aid on.) .... and his
anger was kindled; and the fire of the LORD burnt among them, and consumed them."
God burned the complainers alive. That'll teach them! 11:1-2
"And while the flesh [of the quails] was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the Lord was kindled
against the people, and the Lord smote the people with a very great plague. "The Bible isn't too clear about what these poor
folks did to upset God so much; all it says is that they had "lusted." 11:33
Miriam and Aaron (Moses' brother and sister) criticize Moses for marrying an Ethiopian woman and thus breaking
the law of God. But God makes it clear that his rules
don't apply to his favorites, and he strikes Miriam with leprosy. Notice that
only Miriam is punished, though both she and Aaron complained.
God tells Moses that he is going to kill all of the Israelites -- every last whining one of the them, and then
make a whole bunch of brand new Israelites. 14:12
God punishes the children for the failings of their great-great grandfathers.
So Moses talked God out of killing everyone. He'll just see to it that no one over 20 years old survives the trip to Israel.
Their "carcases shall fall in the wilderness." 14:20-35
God killed the ten spies that gave a discouraging report with a plague.
To further punish the Israelites for whining and plotting against Moses, God will send the Amelekites and
Canaanites to smite them. 14:43-45
God gives more instructions for the ritualistic killing of animals. The smell of burning
flesh is "a sweet savour unto the Lord." 15:3, 13-14, 24
The Israelites find a man picking up sticks on the sabbath. God commands them to kill him by throwing
rocks at him. 15:32-36
Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, the first freethought/democracy martyrs, refused to follow Moses blindly, saying
that everyone is holy and should be free to think for him or herself. God killed them and their
families for daring to challenge Moses. 16:1-35
Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment."
God warns everyone to get away; he's going to kill some more people. 16:20-21
"Hereby ye shall know that the LORD hath sent me ... if the LORD make ... the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all
that appertain unto them, and they go down quick into the pit..."
Moses tells the people that if the ground opens up and swallows the rebels and their families, then you'll know that God's on his side.
"The earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto
Korah ... They ... went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them." 16:31-33
"And there came out a fire from the LORD, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that
offered incense." 16:35
After God killed Korah, his family, and 250 innocent bystanders, the people complained saying, "ye have killed the
people of the Lord." So God, who doesn't take kindly to criticism, sends a plague on the people. And "they that died in the
plague were 14,700." 16:41-50
"Get you up from among this congregation, that I may consume them as in a moment."
God threatens (again) to kill everyone (but his special friends, Moses and Aaron). 16:44-45
"For there is wrath gone out from the LORD; the plague is begun ... they that died
in the plague were fourteen thousand and seven hundred." 16:46-49
"Thou shalt quite take away their murmurings from me, that they die not."
God threatens to kill those who murmur. 17:10
God threatens to kill those who murmur. To which the people reply, "Behold, we die, we perish, we all perish ....
Shall we be consumed with dying?" 17:12-13
"They shall not come nigh the vessels of the sanctuary and the altar, that neither they, nor ye also, die."
Stay away from holy things and places -- like churches. God might have to kill you if you get too close.
God shows us how to make new friends by saying : "The stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death."
God describes once again the procedure for ritualistic animal sacrifices. such rituals must be extremely important to
God, since he makes their performance a "statute" and "covenant" forever. Why, then don't Bible-believers perform these
sacrifices anymore? Don't they realize how God must miss the "sweet savour" of burning flesh? Don't they believe God when
he says "forever"? 18:17-19
"Neither must the children of Israel henceforth come nigh the tabernacle of the congregation, lest they bear sin, and die."
"Neither shall ye pollute the holy things of the children of Israel, lest ye die." 18:32
"This is the ordinance of the law which the LORD hath commanded."
These absurd rituals, cruel sacrifices, and unjust punishments are vitally
important to God. They are to be "a perpetual statute" for everyone on earth. 19:1-22
"Take of her blood with his finger, and sprinkle ... seven times."
God's instructions for putting blood on fingers, sprinkling it around, and then burning the dung of sacrificial animals.
This is something that everyone needs to know about. (That's why it's in the Bible!). 19:4-5
"And the Lord hearkened to the voice of Israel, and delivered up the Canaanites; and they utterly destroyed them and
their cities." This verse demonstrates the power of prayer: If you ask God, he will destroy entire cities for you.
God sends "fiery serpents" to bite his chosen people, and many of them die. 21:6
God delivers the Amorites into Moses' hands. (You're in God hands with Moses.) So Moses does the usual thing,
killing everyone "until their was none left alive." 21:34-35
God's people will kill like a lion and then "drink the blood of the slain." 23:24
God, who is as strong as a unicorn, will eat up the nations, break their bones, and then pierce them through with his
arrows. What a guy! 24:8
After the people "commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab," Moses has them all killed. Then God tells Moses to
hang their dead bodies up in front of him; God says that this will satisfy him. 25:1-5
When one of the Israelite men brings home a foreign woman, "Phinehas (Aaron's grandson) sees them and throws a spear "through the man .. and the woman through her belly."
This act pleases God so much that "the plague was stayed from the children of Israel." But not before
24,000 had died. 25:6-9
For impaling the interracial couple, God rewards Phinehas and his sons with the everlasting
God tells Moses how to care for his neighbors by saying: "Vex the Midianites, and smite them."
The ground swallow Korah and his companions and a fire consumes 250 men. 26:10
"And Nadab and Abihu died when they offered strange fire before the Lord." When you go camping avoid making any
unusual fires. 26:61
In these chapters (28, 29), God provides ridiculously detailed instructions for the ritualistic sacrifice of animals. The burning of
their dead bodies smells great to God. Eleven times in these two chapters God says that they are to him a "sweet savour."
Under God's direction, Moses' army defeats the Midianites. They kill all the adult males, but take the women and
children captive. When Moses learns that they left some live, he angrily says: "Have you saved all the women alive? Kill
every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. But all the women children,
that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves." So they went back and did as Moses (and
presumably God) instructed, killing everyone except for the virgins. In this way they got 32,000 virgins -- Wow!
gets some of the booty -- including the virgins.) 31:1-54
"The prey that was taken, both of man and of beast" was
offered as a "heave offering of the LORD." 31:26-29
"Every man armed for war, before the LORD to battle" 32:27
God tells Moses to exterminate the residents of Canaan and destroy all of their religious symbols and possessions.
But if the Israelites don't kill them all, then God will make them pricks in their eyes and
thorns in their sides. And he will do unto the Israelites as he planned to do to the inhabitants of
"The revenger of blood himself shall slay the murderer: when he meeteth him, he shall slay him."
The "revenger of blood" (the victim's closest relative) must murder the murderer just as soon as he sees him. 35:19, 21
"But if the slayer shall at any time come without the border of the city of his refuge ... and the revenger of blood kill the slayer; he shall not be guilty of blood. Because he should have remained in the city of his refuge until the death of the high priest"
If the accidental killer leaves the city of refuge and is caught by the revenger of blood, then the revenger can legally kill the accidental killer.
"Whoso killeth any person, the murderer shall be put to death." 35:30
"The land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is shed therein, but by the blood of him that shed it." 35:33
"The hand of the LORD was against them, to destroy them from among the host, until they were consumed."
God killed all the Israelite soldiers -- slowly. It took him 38 years to kill them all, but he finally got the job done.
"A land of giants: giants dwelt therein in old time ...
but the Lord destroyed them." 2:20
"The Lord destroyed them before them" -- the general treatment of the people who were supposedly
displaced by the Israelites. 2:21-22
"I have given into thine hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon, and his land:
begin to possess it, and contend with him in battle." 2:24
All nations shall be terrorized by the followers of Yahweh. 2:25
God hardened the heart of the king of Heshbon and so that
he could have him and all of his people killed. 2:30
At God's instructions, the Israelites "utterly destroyed the men, women, and the little ones" leaving "none to
The Israelites, with God's help, kill all the men, women, and children of every
"And we utterly destroyed them, as we did unto Sihon king of Heshbon, utterly destroying the men, women, and children, of every city."
Moses promises Joshua that God will massacre kings and kingdoms for him, too. 3:21
When going to war, don't be afraid. God is on your side; "he shall fight for you."
"What God is there in heaven or in earth, that can do according to thy works?"
What other God can kill so many people? 3:24
"And thine eye shall not pity. Life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth,
hand for hand, foot for foot." 19:21
God travels with people and fights in their wars. 20:4
In the cities that god "delivers into thine hands" you must kill all the males (including old men, boys, and babies) with
"the edge of the sword .... But the women ... shalt thou take unto yourself." 20:13
"But of the cities ... which the Lord thy God doth give thee for an inheritance, thou shalt save alive nothing that
breatheth." Kill the old men and women, the sick and the dying, the blind and the lame, pregnant mothers, nursing mothers,
infants, toddlers, and babies. 20:16
If you find a dead body and don't know the cause of death, then get all the elders together, cut off the head of a
heifer, wash your hands over its body, and say our hands have not shed this blood. (That'll do it!)
If you have a "stubborn and rebellious son," then you and the other men in your neighborhood "shall stone him
with stones that he die." 21:18-21
When someone commits "a sin worthy of death" that person is "accursed of God" and should be hung on a tree. 21:22-23
If a man marries, then decides that he hates his wife, he can claim she wasn't a virgin when they were married. If
her father can't produce the "tokens of her virginity" (bloody sheets), then the woman is to be stoned to death at her father's
"If a man be found lying with a woman married to a husband, then they shall both of them die."
If a betrothed virgin is raped in the city and doesn't cry out loud enough, then "the men of the city shall stone her to
Legal disputes are settled by a judge who determines guilt or innocence. No lawyers or jury
are needed. Those found guilty will be beaten with 40 stripes. 25:1-3
If two men fight and the wife of one grabs the "secrets" of the other, "then thou shalt cut off her hand" and "thine eye
shall not pity her." 25:11-12
God commands the Israelites to "blot out the rembrance of Amalek from under heaven." A few hundred years later
God orders Saul to kill of the Amalekites "both man and woman, infant and suckling."
(1 Samuel 15:2-3) 25:19
If you don't obey all of the laws that are given in the Old Testament, God shower you with the curses that are given
in the next 52 verses. 28:16-68
"The LORD shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand unto for to do,
until thou be destroyed, and until thou perish quickly." 28:20
"The LORD shall make
the pestilence cleave unto thee, until he have consumed thee." 28:21
"The LORD shall make the rain of thy land powder and dust: from heaven shall it come down upon thee, until thou be destroyed."
"The LORD shall cause thee to be smitten before thine enemies." 28:25
"And thy carcass shall be meat to
all the fowls of the air, and no man shall fray them away." 28:26
"The Lord will smite thee with the botch of Egypt, and the emerods [hemorrhoids], and with the scab, and with the
itch, whereof thou canst be healed. The Lord will smite thee with madness, and blindness, and astonishment of heart."
"The Lord will smite thee with the botch of Egypt, and the emerods [hemorrhoids], and with the scab, and with the
itch, whereof thou canst be healed." 28:27
"The Lord will smite thee with madness, and , and astonishment of heart." 28:28
"And thou shalt grope at noonday, as the blind gropeth in darkness, and thou shalt not prosper in thy ways:
and thou shalt be only oppressed and spoiled evermore, and no man shall save thee." 28:29
"Thine ox shall be slain before thine eyes ... thine ass shall be violently taken away." 28:31
"Thy sons and thy daughters shall be given unto another people." 28:32
You will be enslaved and driven mad in another country. 28:33-34
"The Lord will smite thee in the knees, and in the legs, with a sore botch that cannot be healed, from the sole of thy
foot unto the top of thy head." 28:35
You will be ruled by other nations, forced to serve other gods, become a laughingstock among your neighbors, have
your crops destroyed by locusts, your vines eaten by worms, and have fruitless olive trees.
"Thou shalt begat sons and daughters, but thou shall not enjoy them; for they shall go into
"All these curses shall come upon thee ... and upon thy seed for ever." 28:48-49
God will enslave you and destroy you with hunger, thirst, hardship,
and all kinds of deprivation. 28:48-52
"And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters."
"So that the man that is tender among you, and very delicate, his eye shall be evil toward his brother, and toward the wife of his
bosom, and toward the remnant of his children which he shall leave: So that he will not give to any of them of the flesh of his
children whom he shall eat." 28:54-55
"The tender and delicate woman" will be forced to eat her own children "that cometh out from between her
"If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book. Then the LORD will make thy plagues wonderful,
and the plagues of thy seed ...
Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, them will
the LORD bring upon thee, until thou be destroyed." 28:58-61
If the Jews don't follow God's laws he'll have most of them killed. 28:62
"The LORD will rejoice over you to destroy you, and to bring you to nought." 28:63
"And the LORD shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods."
"The LORD shall give thee there a trembling heart, and failing of
eyes, and sorrow of mind." 28:65
"And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have
none assurance of thy life." 28:66
"In the morning thou shalt say, Would God it were even! and at even thou shalt say, Would God it were morning!
for the fear of thine heart wherewith thou shalt fear, and for the sight of thine eyes which thou shalt see." 28:67
God will have you sold to your enemies -- but even they won't buy you. 28:68
If you serve the gods of other nations, "all the curses that are in
this book" will fall upon you. 29:18-20
"And the Lord will put all these curses upon thine enemies." See Deuteronomy 28:16-64 for some
of the curses God has in mind. 30:7
Moses tells the people that God will destroy
all the inhabitants of the lands that they pass through. 31:3
When God gets mad -- watch out! He'll starve you to death, burn you with fire, and send vicious beasts to
devour you. He'll "destroy both the young man and the virgin, the suckling also with the man of gray hairs." Not even the
helpless and innocent are spared by this psychotic God. 32:21-26
"For a fire is kindled in mine anger, and shall burn unto the lowest hell, and shall
consume the earth with her increase, and set on fire the foundations of the
"I will heap mischiefs upon them; I will spend mine arrows upon them." 32:23
"They shall be burnt
with hunger, and devoured with burning heat, and with bitter destruction: I
will also send the teeth of beasts upon them, with the poison of serpents of
the dust." 32:24
"The sword without, and terror within, shall destroy both the young man and the virgin, the suckling also with the man of gray hairs."
"I said, I would scatter them into corners, I would make the remembrance of them to cease from among men." 32:26
God says, "To me belongeth vengeance, and recompense ... for the day of their destruction is
at hand." 32:35
God says, "I kill ... I wound ... I will make my arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall devour flesh."
Someone should take his sword and arrows away, at least until he's feeling better.
"Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid,
neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest."
Donald Rumsfeld sent this verse to inspire the troops during the 2003
invasion of Iraq. 1:9
"Whosoever ... will not hearken unto thy words ... shall be put to death."
Whoever disobeys Joshua must be killed. 1:18
God "magnifies" Joshua and promises to "without fail" drive out all the inhabitants of the lands through which they passed. 3:7
"And the city shall be accursed ... and all that therein, to the Lord: only Rahab the harlot shall live." God explains that
Rahab is to be spared since she hid Joshua's spies and lied to those who were searching for them (2:4-5). But why was
everyone else killed? Some of them were probably liars too. 6:17
"And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass,
with the edge of the sword." 6:21
After killing everyone, "they burnt the city with fire, and all that was therein." Only the valuables (silver, gold, brass,
and iron) did they keep to "put into the treasury of the house of the Lord." 6:24
Joshua says that those who try to rebuild Jericho will be accursed by God, and will have to sacrifice both their oldest
and their youngest sons in its construction. But Jericho still exists today, and is often considered to be the world's oldest,
continuously occupied city. 6:26
God tells Joshua to kill whoever took "the accursed thing." 7:10-12
If you happen to see "the accursed thing," don't touch it. If you do, you, your family, and all of your animals must
be burned. 7:15
"And Joshua ... took Achan ... and his sons, and his daughters, and his oxen, and his sheep... And all of Israel
stoned them with stones, and burned them with fire, after they had stoned them with stones." This is because Achan "took
of the accursed thing" -- whatever that means. But why would God require that Achan's sons and daughters (and even his
animals) be stoned to death along with him? The Bible doesn't say. But it does tell us that "the Lord turned from the
fierceness of his anger" when Achan, his children, and his animals were stoned to death and their dead bodies burned.
"When ye have taken the city [Ai] ... ye shall set the city on fire: according to the commandment of the LORD.
"They smote them, so that they let none of them remain or escape." 8:22
"When Israel had made an end of slaying all the inhabitants of Ai in the field ... all the Israelites returned unto Ai,
and smote it with the edge of the sword." 8:24
"All that fell that day, both of men and women, were twelve thousand." 8:25
Joshua hangs the king of Ai on a tree until evening. 8:29
After Joshua kills all the inhabitants of Ai, burns their city, and hangs their king on a tree, he kills some animals and
burns them as a "peace offering" to his warlike God. 8:31
God curses the Gibeonites to be slaves of the Jews forever. 9:21-27
"And the LORD said unto Joshua, Fear them not: for I have delivered them into thine hand."
God delivers the Amorites into Joshua's hand (so he can kill them all). 10:8
"And the LORD discomfited them before Israel, and slew them with a great slaughter at Gibeon, and chased them along the way."
God slaughters the Amorites and even chases them along the way. 10:10
"The LORD cast down great stones from heaven upon them ... and they died."
As the Amorites try to escape, God sends down huge hailstones and kills even more of them. 10:11
In a divine type of daylight savings time, God makes the sun stand still so that Joshua can get all his killing done
before dark. 10:12-13
God tells Joshua to "pursue after your enemies and smite the hindmost of them." (Kick their butts.) Don't let any of
them escape "for the Lord your God hath delivered them into your hand." 10:19
Joshua tells his captains to "put your feet upon the necks of these kings." He says, "thus shall the Lord do to all of
your enemies." Then Joshua kills the kings and hangs them on trees. 10:24-26
Joshua, at God's command, kills everyone and everything that he can find (including babies and little children)--
or, as the Bible puts it, he "utterly destroyed all that breathed, as the Lord commanded." 10:28-32
Then Horam king of Gezer came up to help Lachish; and Joshua smote him and his people, until he had left him none remaining."
"Joshua passed unto Eglon ... and smote it with the edge of the sword, and all the souls that were therein he utterly destroyed."
"Joshua went ... unto Hebron ... and smote it with the edge of the sword ... and all the cities ... and all the souls that were therein;
he left none remaining." 10:36-37
"Joshua returned ... to Debir ... And he took it ... and all the cities ... and they smote them with the edge of the sword,
and utterly destroyed all the souls that were therein; he left none remaining."10:38-39
"So Joshua ... left none remaining, but utterly destroyed all that breathed, as the LORD God of Israel commanded."
"All these kings and their land did Joshua take at one time, because the LORD God of Israel fought for Israel."
God delivers the Hazorites into Joshua's hand, and he knows just what to do with them: he smites them all with
(you guessed it) the edge of the sword until "there was not any left to breathe." 11:6-17
"And the LORD delivered them into the hand of Israel, who smote them ... and they smote them, until they left them none remaining."
"And Joshua did unto them as the LORD bade him: he houghed their horses." 11:9
"Joshua ... smote the king thereof with the sword." 11:10
"And they smote all the souls that were therein with the edge of the sword, utterly destroying them: there was not any left to breathe."
"And all the cities of those kings, and all the kings of them, did Joshua take, and smote them with the edge of the sword, and he utterly destroyed them,
as Moses the servant of the LORD commanded." 11:12
"Every man they smote with the edge of the sword, until they had destroyed them, neither left they any to breathe."
"As the LORD commanded Moses his servant, so did Moses command Joshua, and so did Joshua; he left nothing undone of all
that the LORD commanded Moses." 11:15
"So Joshua took ... all their kings ... and smote them, and slew them." 11:16-17
"For it was of the Lord to harden their hearts, that they should come against Israel in battle, that he might destroy
them utterly." Notice that God hardens their hearts so that he can have an excuse to kill them. 11:20
"Joshua destroyed them utterly with their cities." 11:21
Caleb offers to give his daughter to whoever conquers the city of Debir. Caleb's nephew wins the contest
and is given his cousin for a prize. 15:16-17
"Did not Achan son of Zerah commit a trespass in the accursed thing, and wrath fell on all the congregation of
Israel?" To find out see Joshua 7:1-26. 22:20
God appoints Judah to succeed Joshua. The Lord delivers his foes into his hands and another 10,000 are slain.
In the process, they capture Adonibezek and "cut off his thumbs and great toes." Nice guys. 1:2-6
The LORD delivered the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hand: and they slew of them in Bezek ten thousand men."
"They slew the Canaanites that inhabited Zephath, and utterly destroyed it ... And the Lord was with Judah."
(You can tell by the number of innocent people he killed.) 1:17, 19
The Israelite spies killed everyone in Bethel, except for the man (and his family) who
showed them how to enter the city. 1:25
"The children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD: and
the LORD strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against Israel ...
So the children of Israel served Eglon the king of Moab eighteen years." 3:12-14
Ehud delivers a "message from God" to the king of Moab. God's message consists of a knife thrust so deeply
into the king's belly that it could not be extracted, "and the dirt came out." Just another lovely Bible story.
God "delivers" more folks into the hands of his chosen people. "And they slew of Moab ... about 10,000 men
... and their escaped not a man." 3:28-29
Shamgar kills 600 Philistines with an ox goad. Praise God. 3:31
"The Lord shall sell Sisera into the hand of a woman." 4:9
"The Lord discomfited Sisera ... with the edge of the sword ... and there was not a man left."
Jael (our heroine) offers food and shelter to a traveler (Sisera, Jabin's captain), saying "turn in my Lord ...
fear not." Then after giving him a glass of milk and tucking him in, she drives a tent stake through his head. "So God
subdued on that day Jabin." 4:17-23
For murdering her guest while he slept, Jael is "blessed above women." (Hail Jael, full of grace, the Lord is
with thee. Blessed art thou among women....?) 5:24-26
"So let all thine enemies perish, O Lord." (Let them all have their temples pierced by blessed women.)
"The children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD: and
the LORD delivered them into the hand of Midian seven years."
God forces the Israelites to be slaves to the Midianites for seven years. 6:1
"The LORD said unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man."
God promises to help Gideon kill all the Midianites. 6:16
"The second bullock was offered upon the altar." 6:28
When Gideon and his water-lapping companions blow their trumpets, God forces all the enemy soldiers to kill
each other, killing 120,000. 7:22, 8:10
Two princes are killed and their heads are brought to Gideon. 7:25
For refusing to feed him and his army, Gideon swears that he'll tear the flesh off the elders of Succoth.
(And he carries out his threat in verse 16.) 8:7
"He took the elders of the city, and thorns of the wilderness and briers, and with them he taught the men of Succoth."
"He beat down the tower of Penuel, and slew the men of the city." 8:17
Gideon orders his son to kill two kings, but he refuses. So Gideon has to do it himself since his son isn't "man"
enough to do it. 8:20-21
The curse of Jotham: "Let fire come out from Abimelech, and devour the men of Shechem." (See 9:57) 9:20
God sends evil spirits that cause humans to deal treacherously with each other.
"And all the evil of the men of Shechem did God render upon their heads:
and upon them came the curse of Jotham the son of Jerubbaal."
God had one thousand men and women burned to death to punish them for supporting Abimelech rather than Jotham.
"God ... delivered Sihon and all his people into the hand of Israel, and they smote them: so Israel possessed all the land of the Amorites."
"Whomsoever the LORD our God shall drive out from before us, them will we [the Israelites]
When "the spirit of the Lord" comes upon Jephthah, he makes a deal with God: If God will help him kill the
Ammonites, then he (Jephthah) will offer to God as a burnt offering whatever comes out of his house to greet him.
God keeps his end of the deal by providing Jephthah with "a very great slaughter." But when Jephthah returns, his
nameless daughter comes out to greet him (who'd he expect, his wife?). Well, a deal's a deal, so he delivers her to
God as a burnt offering -- after letting her spend a couple of months going up and down on the mountains bewailing
her virginity. 11:29-39
"The LORD delivered them into his hands ... And he smote them ... even twenty cities ... with a very great slaughter."
"Her father ... did with her according to his vow which he had vowed." 11:39
42,000 Ephraimites fail the "shibboleth" test and are killed by Jephthah's army. 12:6
"Manoah took a kid with a meat offering, and offered it upon a rock unto
the LORD." 13:19
Samson's lust for the Philistine woman was "of the Lord." It was all a part of God's plan for killing Philistines.
Samson rips up a young lion when "the spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him." Later, when going to "take"
his Philistine wife he notices a swarm of bees and honey in the lion's carcass (a Divine miracle -- or just rotting flesh, flies,
and maggots?). 14:5-8
"And the Spirit of the LORD came upon him, and he went down to Ashkelon, and slew thirty men ...
and gave change of garments unto them which expounded the riddle."
When the Spirit of the Lord came upon Samson, he killed 30 men at random and took their clothes and gave it to the guys at the
party as a prize for guessing his riddle.
(Samson might have been a decent person if he could have kept the spirit of the Lord off him.) 14:19
Samson catches 300 foxes, ties their tails together, and sets them on fire; the Philistines
burn Samson's ex-wife and father-in-law; and Samson smites them "hip and thigh with a great
"The spirit of the Lord came mightily upon" Samson and "he found a new jawbone of an ass ... and took it,
and slew 1000 men therewith." 15:14-15
Samson, with God's help, kills himself and 3000 Philistine men and women by causing a roof to collapse,
setting an example for Bible-based terrorism. 16:27-30
The Massacre of the Peaceful, Unsuspecting People
The story begins with the tribe of Dan (one of the 12 tribes of Israel) looking for a nice place to live.
So they sent out five men to find some land. 18:1-27
After taking in a traveling Levite, the host offers his virgin daughter and his guest's concubine to a mob of
perverts (who want to have sex with his guest). The mob refuses the daughter, but accepts the concubine and they
"abuse her all night." The next morning she crawls back to the doorstep and dies. The Levite puts her dead body on an
ass and takes her home. Then he chops her body up into twelve pieces and sends them to each of the twelve tribes of
"I took my concubine, and cut her in pieces, and sent her throughout all the country."
The Levite tells everyone his story (leaving out the part about how he gave his concubine to the
mob to do with as they pleased), explaining the mysterious rotting body part messages that brought everyone in Israel together.
After the Benjamites refuse to turn over the men from Gibeah (the town that wanted to have sex with the Levite
but settled for his concubine instead), the Israelites asked God which tribe should go to war with them. God said the tribe
of Judah should go first. So Judah goes to war, but the Benjamites with their sharp shooting lefties kill 22,000 Israelites.
After 22,000 Israelites were killed by the Benjamites, they cry all day before the Lord. Then they ask God (again)
if they should go to war against Benjamin. God said yes, so they try it again, and another 18,000 Israelites are killed.
Once again all of the Israelites sit and weep before God, and ask again (for the third time) if they should attack the Benjamites. God give them his usual answer: Attack. This time he promises
(he was just kidding the last couple times) that he "will deliver them into thine hand." 20:26-28
God helps the Israelites kill 25,100 Benjamites. 20:35
The Israelites killed everyone in the city with the edge of the sword.
Another 25,000 Benjamites are killed by the God-assisted Israelites.
The Israelites finish their massacre of the Benjamites by killing all the men, animals, and
everything they could find in every Benjamite city. Then they burned the cities to the ground.
(In this way God helped the Israelites make everything better after the rape and dismemberment of
the concubine.) 20:48
Here's what the Israelites decide to do. They will go and kill everyone in Jabeshgilead except for the virgin
women and give them to the 600 surviving Benjamites. 21:11
"The Lord killeth" -- every chance he gets. 2:6, 25
"The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them." If God doesn't
like you, he'll send a thunderstorm your way to break your body into little pieces. 2:10
"Because the LORD would slay them." Eli's sons didn't listen to him, because God had already decided to kill them.
(Which he does in 4:11.) 2:25
"A man of God unto Eli, and said unto him, Thus saith the
LORD ... I will cut off thine arm... There shall not be an old man in thine house for ever ... I shall ...
consume thine eyes and ... grieve thine heart."
A "man of God" tells Eli that God will "consume his eyes" and "grieve his heart" and make sure that all of his decendants will
die young" because of the stuff his sons did. 2:27-32
"And this shall be a sign unto thee, that shall come upon thy two sons, on Hophni and Phinehas; in one day they shall die
both of them."
God says he'll kill his two sons as a sign to him. (Just ot remind him of the nasty things he plans to do to him and his
descendants to punish him for what his sons did.) 2:34
God will punish Eli's descendants forever for the sins of Eli's sons. 3:12-13
"The two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, were slain."
God killed Eli's sons as he promised to do. (See 2:25 and 34) 4:11
God smites the people of Ashdod with hemorrhoids "in their secret parts."
God kills 50,070 men for looking into the ark. "And the people lamented, because the Lord had smitten many of
the people with a great slaughter." 6:19
"And Samuel took a sucking lamb, and offered it
for a burnt offering wholly unto the LORD." 7:9
The LORD thundered with a great thunder on that day upon the Philistines, and discomfited them; and they were smitten before Israel."
"And the spirit of God came upon Saul ... and he took a yoke of oxen, and hewed them in pieces, and sent them
throughout all the coast of Israel." People do the darnedest
things when the spirit of God comes upon them! 11:6-7
"Saul ... slew the Ammorites unto the heat of the day." Then he took a little break. After all, killing is
hard work. 11:11
To day the LORD hath wrought salvation in Israel."
God saved the Israelites by slaughtering the Ammonites. 11:13
"Saul said, Bring hither a burnt offering to me, and peace offerings. And he offered the burnt offering."
God delivers the Philistines into Jonathan's hand. And his very "first slaughter ... was about twenty men."
Not bad for a first slaughter. 14:12
Under God's influence, the Philistines killed each other. 14:20
"So the LORD saved Israel that day."
God saved Israel by forcing Philistines to kill each other. 14:23
But later, Saul and his army kill all of those who had not already been killed.
God orders Saul to kill all of the Amalekites: men, women, infants, sucklings, ox, sheep, camels, and asses.
Why? Because God remembers what Amalek did hundreds of years ago. 15:2-3
Saul killed everyone but Agag (the king) and the best of the animals. But still God was furious with Saul for
not killing everything as he had been told to do. He said, "it repenteth me that I have set Saul up to be king."
Saul is rebuked by Samuel for "doing evil in the sight of the Lord" by failing to kill all of the
Because Saul didn't kill everyone as God commanded, God changes his mind about him
being king. 15:23-26
To please God, Samuel hacks Agag in pieces "before the Lord" [I bet God enjoyed that!] -- after Agag
pleads with him saying, "surely the bitterness of death has past." 15:32-34
After God rejects Saul for refusing to kill
indiscriminately, he sends Samuel to find another king. David is chosen and
anointed by Samuel, and "the spirit of the Lord came upon him from that
day forward." 16:13
"But the spirit of the Lord
departed from Saul [since he was not murderous enough for God], and an evil
spirit from the Lord troubled him." But if God is good, then how could
he have an evil spirit? 16:14-16, 23
David kills Goliath with his sling, beheads him, and carries the head back to
David and Saul have a contest to see who can kill the most people for God, and the women act as
cheerleaders saying, "Saul has killed his thousands, and David his tens of thousands."
18:6-7, 21:11, 29:5
David kills 200 Philistines and brings their foreskins to Saul to buy his first wife (Saul's daughter Michal).
Saul had only asked for 100 foreskins, but David was feeling generous. 18:25-27
"David went out, and fought with the Philistines, and slew them with a great slaughter." 19:8
God will wipe all of David's enemies off the face of the earth. 20:15-16
Saul kills 85 priests of Nob and all men, women, children, and animals in the city of Nob. 22:18-19
"David inquired of the Lord, saying, Shall I go and smite these Philistines? And the Lord said unto David, Go, and
smite the Philistines."
"Then David enquired of the LORD yet again. And the LORD answered him and said ... I will deliver the Philistines into thine hand."
"So David ... fought with the Philistines ... and smote them with a great slaughter." 23:5
"If I leave ... any that pisseth against the wall."
David vows to will kill Nabal and all his men (or as he put it, "any that pisseth against the wall".) 25:22
"Except thou hadst hasted and come to meet me, surely there had not been left unto Nabal by the morning light any that pisseth
against the wall."
If Abigail hadn't come and paid him off, David would have killed Nabal and any of his people "that pisseth against the wall".
"And it came to pass about ten days after, that the Lord smote Nabal, that he died." This was convenient for
David who then took his property and his wife, Abigail. 25:38
"When David heard that Nabal was dead, he said,
Blessed be the LORD ... And David sent and communed with Abigail, to take
her to him to wife." 25:39
"And David smote the land and left neither man nor woman alive." (No wonder God liked David so much!)
Saul visits a woman with a "familiar spirit" and she brings Samuel back from the dead. Samuel once again
explains that God is angry at Saul for not killing all of the Amalekites. He says God is going to deliver all of Israel
into the hands of the Philistines. (Since Saul refused to slaughter innocent people, God will slaughter the Israelites.
Fair is fair.) 28:8-19
"Because thou obeyedst not the voice of the LORD, nor executedst his fierce wrath upon Amalek,
therefore hath the LORD done this thing unto thee this day." 28:18
"The LORD will also deliver Israel with thee into the hand of the Philistines: and to morrow shalt thou and thy sons be with me."
God sent a message to Saul (through a dead man brought back to life by a witch) was that tomorrow God would make sure that the
Philistines kill him and his sons (to punish Saul for not killing all the Amalekites like God told him to in
The Philistine leaders didn't trust David, even though David had committed many genocides for them.
They had heard about how the Israelite dancing girls used to sing about David's killings, singing, "Saul has killed his
thousands, and David his tens of thousands." So they worried that David could not be trusted to kill his own people. But
they were wrong about that. David was always willing to kill anyone at anytime for any reason whatsoever. That's why God
loved him so much. 29:5
"David said unto Achish, But what have I done ... that I may not go fight against the enemies of my lord the king?"
David was disappointed. He wanted to go kill Israelites with the Philistines. 29:8
"David smote them from the twilight even unto the evening of the next day:
and there escaped not a man of them, save four hundred young men."
David spends the day killing more of those pesky Amalekites. He kills all of them except for 400 that escaped on camels. (See
15:7-8 and 27:8-9 for the last two times
they were exterminated.) 30:17
"Now the Philistines fought against Israel; and the men of Israel fled from
before the Philistines, and fell down slain in mount Gilboa."
God used the Philistines to kill the Israelite soldiers to punish Saul for not killing all the Amalekites. (See
"The Philistines slew Jonathan, and Abinadab, and Melchishua, Saul's sons."
God had the Philistines kill Saul's sons to punish him for not killing all the Amalekites. See
"So Saul died, and his three sons, and his armourbearer, and all his men, that same day together." 31:6
They cut off his head ... and sent into the land of the Philistines round about ... and they fastened his body to the wall of Bethshan."
Was this a part of Saul's punishment for not killing all the Amalekites? 31:9-10
David tells one of his "young men" to kill the Amalekite messenger who claimed to have mercifully killed Saul
at Saul's own request. 1:15
Joab and Abner watch as the young men "play" a cruel game. "And they caught every one his fellow by the
head, and thrust his sword in his fellow side, so they fell down together." 2:14
Abner smites Asahel "under the fifth rib." (It seems that in 2
Samuel this is the preferred place to get smitten. 3:27, 4:6,
When Joab (David's captain) kills Abner (by smiting him under the fifth rib of course), David says that he
and his kingdom are not responsible. The blame, he says, lays with Joab. So David curses Joab, his family, and their
descendants forever. Let them all be plagued with venereal diseases and leprosy, starve to death, commit suicide, or
lean on staves. (The Revised Standard Version translates "leaneth on a staff" as "holds a spindle," apparently
meaning effeminate -- real men don't spin or weave.) 3:27-29
Some of David's men kill Saul's son (by smiting him under the fifth rib, of course) and bring his head to
David, thinking that he'll be pleased. But he wasn't. David has the assassins killed, their hands and feet chopped off,
and their bodies hung up (for decorations?) over the pool in Hebron. 4:6-7
Whoever kills the lame and the blind will be David's "chief and captain." 5:8
"David ... grew great, and the LORD God of hosts was with him." 5:10
David asks God if he should kill some more Philistines. God says yes, and he'll even help. So David and
God "smote the Philistines" again. 5:19
"David smote them there, and said, The LORD hath broken forth upon mine enemies before me."
God helps David slaughter his enemies. 5:20
"When thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees ... then shall the LORD go out before thee, to smite the host
of the Philistines." 5:24
"And David did so, as the LORD had commanded him; and smote the Philistines." 5:25
Uzzah tries to keep the ark from falling off the cart, and God kills him for it. I guess it was God's way of saying
"I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies out of thy sight."
God was with David wherever he went and killed all of his enemies for him. 7:9
David kills two thirds of the Moabites and makes the rest slaves. He also cripples the captured horses.
"David slew of the Syrians two and twenty thousand men ... and the Lord preserved David
withersoever he went." 8:5-6, 14
"David gat him a name when he returned from smiting of the Syrians in
the valley of salt, being eighteen thousand men ... And the LORD preserved David
whithersoever he went." 8:13-14
David tells Joab (his captain) to send Bathsheba's husband (Uriah) to "the forefront of the hottest battle
... that he may be smitten and die." In this way, David gets another wife. 11:15,
To punish David for having Uriah killed, God kills Bathsheba's baby boy. 12:14-18
"He ... put them under saws, and under harrows of iron, and under axes of iron, and made them pass through the brick-kiln."
David tortured or enslaved (depending on translation) all the inhabitants of several cities. 12:31
Absalom has his servants kill his brother for raping his sister. (This chapter, which includes incest, rape,
murder, should be rated NC-17.) 13:28-29
"There was there a great slaughter that day of twenty thousand men ... and the wood devoured more people that day than the
It must have been a really spooky forest to have devoured more than 20,000 men! 18:7-8
Poor Absalom gets his head caught in an oak tree, and before he can get free, Joab thrusts three darts through
his heart. 18:14
"Then said Ahimaaz ... Let me now run, and bear the king tidings, how that the LORD hath avenged him of his enemies."
(See 2 Samuel 17:14) 18:19
Amasa is viciously slaughtered by Joab, who "shed out his bowels to the ground ... And Amasa wallowed
in blood in the midst of the highway." 20:10, 12
"Then cried a wise woman out of the city ... Behold, his head shall be thrown
to thee over the wall ... And they cut off the head of Sheba ... and cast it out to Joab." 20:16-22
A famine is sent on David's kingdom for three years. When David asks God why, God answers: "It is for Saul,
and his bloody house, because he slew the Gibeonites. "So God sent a famine to punish a kingdom for something that
a former king had done. 21:1
To appease God and end the famine that was caused by his predecessor (Saul), David agrees to have two of Saul's sons and five
of his grandsons killed and hung up "unto the Lord." 21:6-9
"They hanged them in the hill before the LORD." 21:9
"They gathered the bones of them that were hanged ... And after that God was intreated for the land."
God stopped the famine after Saul's two sons and five grandsons were killed and hung up for him. 21:13-14
"He teacheth my hands to war."
Might as well learn from an expert. 22:35
"I have pursued mine enemies, and destroyed them; and turned not again until I had consumed them. And I have consumed them,
and wounded them, that they could not arise: yea, they are fallen under my feet." 22:38-39
"Thou hast also given me the necks of mine enemies, that I might destroy them that hate me." 22:41
"They looked, but there was none to save; even unto the LORD, but he answered them not." 22:42
"I beat them as small as the dust of the earth, I did stamp them as the mire of the street." 22:43
"It is God that avengeth me, and that bringeth down the people under me. And that bringeth me forth from mine enemies:
thou also hast lifted me up on high above them that rose up against me." 22:48-49
"And the LORD wrought a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to spoil." 23:10-12
The chief of David's captains killed with his own spear 800 guys at one time.
"Eleazar the son of Dodo ... smote the Philistines until his hand was weary, and his hand clave unto the sword:
and the LORD wrought a great victory that day." 23:9-10
"Shammah the son of Agee ... slew the Philistines: and the LORD wrought a great victory." 23:11-12
"Abishai ... lifted up his spear against three hundred, and slew them." 23:18
"Benaiah the son of Jehoiada ... slew two lionlike men of Moab: he went down also and slew a lion in the midst
of a pit in time of snow. And he slew an Egyptian, a goodly man: and the Egyptian had a spear in his hand."
God offers David a choice of punishments for having conducted the census: 1) seven
years of famine (1 Chr 21:12 says three years), 2) three months fleeing from enemies, or
3) three days of pestilence. David can't decide, so God chooses for him and sends a pestilence, killing 70,000 men
(and probably around 200,000 women and children). 24:13
In David's last words, he commands his son Solomon to murder Joab and Shimei. 2:1-9
Solomon has his brother (Adonijah) murdered. 2:24-25
Solomon carries out the deathbed instructions of his father David by having Joab murdered.
Solomon justifies the murder of Joab by saying that Joab also was a murderer, and that the blood of Joab's victims
"shall therefore return upon the head of Joab, and upon the head of his seed for ever."
But Solomon is not done murdering yet. He has Shimei murdered -- or as Solomon put it, "The Lord shall return
thy wickedness upon thine own head." 2:44, 46
Solomon killed and sacrificed 1000 animals to God at Gibeon. 3:4
When the ark of the covenant was brought into the temple, Solomon killed
more animals than could be numbered. 8:5
When dedicating the temple, Solomon killed 22,000 oxen and 120,000 sheep. 8:63
"Joab ... had smitten every male in Edom."
Joab (David's captain) spent six months killing every male in Edom. Yet a few years later Edom revolted. (2 Kings 8:22) 11:15-16
"Solomon sought therefore to kill Jeroboam." 11:40
King Josiah is prophesied to sacrifice the priests of the "high places" on their altars. And he does so in
2 Kings 23:20. Note that this is a guy who "did what was right in the eyes of the Lord"
(2 Kings 22:2). 13:2
"And his hand, which he put forth against him, dried up ... And the man of God besought the LORD, and the king's
hand was restored him again."
Ever the playful spirit, God withers, and then restores, the hand of king Jeroboam. 13:4-6
"A lion met him by the way, and slew him."
So there were these two prophets. The first prophet lied to the second. To the punish the second for believing the first's lie,
God sent a lion to kill him. Get it? 13:11-24
"When the prophet ... heard thereof, he said, It is the man of God, who was disobedient unto the word of the LORD:
therefore the LORD hath delivered him unto the lion, which hath torn him, and slain him, according to the word of the LORD."
God promises to "bring evil upon the
house of Jerobaom," saying he will "cut off" anyone "that
pisseth against the wall." Then, after he is done with them, their dead bodies will be eaten by dogs (if they are
city dwellers) or fowls (if they are country folk). 14:10-11
"Him that dieth of Jeroboam in the city shall the dogs eat; and him that dieth in the field shall the fowls of the air eat:
for the LORD hath spoken it." 14:11
"When thy feet enter into the city, the child shall die." 14:12
"For the LORD shall smite Israel ... because they have made their groves, provoking the LORD to anger."
"When she came to the threshold of the door, the child died."
To punish Jeroboam for making gold calves, God killed his son. 14:17
Baasha kills "all of the house of Jeroboam" leaving none "to breath." This slaughter was done "according to the
word of the Lord." 15:29
"I will ... make thy house like the house of Jeroboam. Him that dieth of Baasha in the city shall the dogs eat;
and him that dieth of his in the fields shall the fowls of the air eat."
God says he's going to kill Baasha's family (like he did Jeroboam's). 16:3-4
"He slew all the house of Baasha: he left him not one that pisseth against a wall, neither of his kinsfolks,
nor of his friends. Thus did Zimri destroy all the house of Baasha, according to the word of the LORD."
Zimri kills everyone "that pisseth against a wall ... according to the word of the Lord." 16:11-12
"When Zimri saw that the city was taken, that he went into the palace of the king's house, and burnt the king's house over him
with fire, and died. For his sins which he sinned in doing evil in the sight of the LORD, in walking in the way of Jeroboam,
and in his sin which he did, to make Israel to sin."
Did God force Zimri to burn himself to death? 16:18-19
"Zimri ... died ... doing evil in the sight of the LORD." 16:18-19
"He laid the foundation thereof in Abiram his firstborn, and set up the gates thereof in his
youngest son Segub, according to the word of the LORD."
When Hiel rebuilds Jericho, he lays the foundation with the body of his oldest son and sets up the gates with his
youngest son's body "according to the word of the Lord."
Did God want Hiel to sacrifice his sons in this way? Did he make him do it? What does "according to the word of the Lord" mean here?
"There came a prophet unto Ahab king of Israel, saying, Thus saith the LORD, Hast thou seen all this great multitude? behold,
I will deliver it into thine hand this day; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD." 20:13
"They slew every one his man: and the Syrians fled; and Israel pursued them ... And the king of Israel ...
slew the Syrians with a great slaughter."
The first God assisted "great slaugher" of the Syrians. 20:21
God delivers the Syrians into the Israelites' hands, and 100,000 were killed in one day. Of those that escaped,
27,000 were crushed by a falling wall. (It was a really big wall.) 20:28-30
"A man of God ... said, Thus saith the LORD, Because the Syrians have said, The LORD is God of the hills,
but he is not God of the valleys, therefore will I deliver all this great multitude into thine hand, and ye shall
know that I am the LORD."
God kills 127,000 Syrians because they said he was God of the hills but not God of the valleys. 20:28
"The children of Israel slew of the Syrians an hundred thousand footmen in one day." 20:29
"There a wall fell upon twenty and seven thousand of the men that were left." 20:30
"Ben-hadad said unto him, The cities, which my father took from thy
father, I will restore ... Then said Ahab, I will send thee away with this
covenant. So he made a covenant with him, and sent him away."
King Ahab is merciful to king Beh-hada. God will later kill him for it. (See 1 Kings 20:42 and
There was this son of a prophet that said to his neighbor, "Smite me." But the neighbor refused.
So God sent a lion to devour him. 20:35-36
Thus saith the LORD, Because thou hast let go out of thy hand a man whom I appointed to utter destruction,
therefore thy life shall go for his life, and thy people for his people."
The prophet tells king Ahab that he will be killed and his people punished for not killing Ben-hadad:
"Your life shall go for his life, and your people for his people." 20:42
"Thou didst blaspheme God and the king."
Although Naboth was set up here by Jezebel to steal his land, the text assumes that the proper punishment for
"blaspheming God and the king" is death by stoning. 21:10-13
"Thus saith the Lord, in the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick thy blood, even thine."
God says that dogs with lick Ahab's blood. But Jezebel, not Ahab, was repsonsible for Naboth's death.
"Behold, I will bring evil upon thee,
and will take away thy posterity, and will cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall."
God will "bring evil upon" Ahab and kill everyone in his family "that pisseth against the wall." 21:21
The dogs shall eat Jezebel."
Jezebel (Ahab's "strange" wife) "stirred up" Ahab to "work wickedness in the sight of the Lord." To punish her,
God will feed her dead body to the dogs. He also plans to feed Ahab's family to the dogs (if they live in the city)
and to the birds (if they are country folks). 21:23-25
"Seest thou how Ahab humbleth himself before me? because he humbleth himself before me, I will not bring the evil in his days:
but in his son's days will I bring the evil upon his house."
Since Ahab humbles himself before the Lord, God decides not to bring evil on him; he'll
he'll bring it on Ahab's son instead. 21:29
"And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab?"
God asks for volunteer among the guys hanging out with him. He wants one of them to lie for him so that he can get Ahab kiiled.
Jehoshaphat "did that which was right in the eyes of the Lord" and "took" the homosexuals (sodomites) "out
of the land," or as the RSV says, "he exterminated" them. 22:43, 46
Ahaziah was sick and sent messengers to Baalzebub to ask if he would recover. God was jealous of the
attention given to his competitor and tells Ahaziah that he will die for asking the wrong god.
Elijah shows that he is "a man of God" by burning 102 men to death. He
did the job in two shifts of 51 men each. 1:9-12
God kills Ahaziah for consulting another God. 1:16-17
God sends two bears to rip up 42 little children for making fun of Elisha's bald head. 2:23-24
God instructs the Israelites, through the prophet Elisha, to implement a scorched earth policy on the
Moabites. "Strike every fortified city and every choice city, and fell every good tree and stop all springs of water,
and mar every good piece of land with stones." 3:19-25
In a desperate attempt to halt the slaughter of his people by the Israelites, the king of Moab sacrifices his oldest
son as a burnt offering. And it seems to have worked! 3:27
Elisha not only can cure leprosy, he can also dish it out. Here he makes his servant (Gehazi) and all his
descendants lepers forever. 5:27
"Elisha prayed unto the LORD, and said, Smite this people, I pray thee, with blindness.
And he smote them with blindness according to the word of Elisha. 6:18
"So we boiled my son, and did eat him." Women killed, boiled and ate their own
children because of a plague that God sent, or as the Bible puts it: "Behold, this evil is of the
Lord." 6:28-29, 33
Someone questions Elisha's forecast, and Elisha tells him (indirectly) that he'll be killed for it. (And he is. See
A man is trampled to death for disbelieving Elisha. 7:17-20
God sends a famine on the people that lasts for seven years. 8:1
God announces his plan to kill Ahab's family. 9:6-10
"Thus saith the LORD God ... thou shalt smite the house of Ahab thy master, that I may avenge the blood of my servants the prophets,
and the blood of all the servants of the LORD, at the hand of Jezebel." 9:6-7
"For the whole house of Ahab shall perish: and I will cut off from Ahab him that pisseth against the wall."
"I will make the house of Ahab like the house of Jeroboam ... Baasha."
God will kill Ahab's family just like he did the families of
"And the dogs shall eat Jezebel ... and there shall be none to bury her." 9:10
God has Jezebel thrown off a wall. Her blood is sprinkled on the wall and on the horses, by which she is
trampled. Her body is eaten by dogs and all that remains of it is her hands, feet, and skull. God says that she "shall be
as dung upon the face of the field." 9:33-37
All seventy of king Ahab's sons are killed, their heads put in baskets, and sent to Jezreel. He says, "Lay ye
them in two heaps ..." 10:7-8
Jehu kills all that remained of king Ahab's family. 10:11
Jehu meets with 42 brothers of Ahaziah, and then he murders them. 2 Chronicles 22:7 says
that his killing was "of God." 10:13-14
Jehu shows off his zeal for the Lord by murdering "all that remained unto Ahab in Samaria, till he had
destroyed him according to the word of the Lord." 10:16-17
Jehu lied to the followers of Baal so that he could trap and kill them. 10:19
Jehu warns his guards saying, "If any of the men escape, he that letteth him go, his life shall be for the life of
Jehu, when he finishes his animal sacrifices, orders his men to "Go in, and slay them, let none come forth. And
they smote them with the edge of the sword." 10:25
God is greatly pleased with all of Jehu's killings, saying "because thou hast done well in executing that which
is right in mine eyes, and hast done unto the house of Ahab according to all that was in mine heart [Jehu murdered
them all], thy children of the fourth generation shall sit on the throne of Israel." 10:30
The "Lord's people" destroyed the "house of Baal" and killed "the priest of Baal
before the altars." 11:17-18
Amaziah "did that which was right in the sight of the Lord" and killed ten thousand Edomites.
God strikes king Azariah with leprosy "unto the day of his death" for not removing the high places.
God sent lions to devour the foreigners in Samaria because "they feared not the Lord," and even worse
"they knew not the manner of the God of the land." 17:25-26
I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a rumour, and
shall return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land."
God will cause Sennacherib to be killed by the sword. (See verse 37 where Sennacherib is
killed by his own sons while praying.) 19:7
An "angel of the Lord" kills 185,000 men while they sleep. "And when they arose early in the morning, behold,
they were all dead corpses." I guess they all woke up and said, "Shucks, I'm dead." 19:35
"Sennacherib ... departed ... And ... as he was worshipping in the
house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons smote him with the sword."
God made the sons murder their father. (See verse 7.) 19:36-37
Josiah, apparently with God's approval, kills "all the priests of the high places" and sacrifices them to God on
their altars. Note that this is a guy who "did what was right in the eyes of the Lord"
(2 Kings 22:2). 23:20
Even though Josiah did all that God asked of him, God still punished him and all Jerusalem for the acts of his
God killed Er for being "evil in the sight of the Lord." 2:3
The sons of Reuben made war with the Hagarites and "there fell down many slain, because the
war was from God." They did pretty well for themselves, too, in God's war, taking 250,000
sheep and 100,000 slaves. 5:18-22
But the Israelites "transgressed against the God of their fathers, and went a whoring
after the gods of the people of the land, whom God destroyed before them." So God inspired the
Assyrians to enslave the Israelites. 5:25-26
"Phinehas ... the LORD was with him."
See Numbers 25:7-8 to see what he did when the Lord was with him.
"Now the Philistines fought against Israel; and the men of Israel fled from
before the Philistines, and fell down slain in mount Gilboa."
God used the Philistines to kill the Israelite soldiers to punish Saul for not killing all the Amalekites. (See
1 Samuel 28:19) 10:1
"Solomon ... offered a thousand burnt offerings upon it." 1:6
"Solomon ... sacrificed sheep and oxen, which could not be told
nor numbered for multitude." 5:6
"When Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from
heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices." 7:1
Solomon, when dedicating the temple, killed 22,000 oxen and 120,000 sheep. 7:5
God sent Shishak, the king of Egypt, to attack Jerusalem because Rehoboam "and all Israel transgressed against the Lord."
Shishak had 1200 chariots, 60,000 horsemen and "people without number" and he attacked Judah and "took the fenced cities which
pertained to Judah." When Shishak's army came to Jerusalem, "the princes of Israel and the king humbled themselves" and said,
"The Lord is righteous." So God decided not to destroy Jerusalem, but just make them Shishak's slaves instead.
God kills the king of Israel and helps Abijah kill 500,000 Israelites. "The children of Judah prevailed,
because they relied upon the Lord God of their fathers." (That is, they had God on their side.)
In the largest single God-assisted massacre in the Bible, Asa, with God's help, kills one million Ethiopians.
"Nation was destroyed of nation, and city of city: for God did vex them with all
"And they offered unto the LORD ... seven hundred oxen and seven thousand sheep." 15:9
"Whosoever would not seek the LORD God of Israel should be put to death, whether small or
great, whether man or woman." 15:13
"A certain man drew a bow ... and smote the king of Israel ... and about the time of the sun going down he died."
God killed Ahab for showing mercy to king Benhadad. (See 1 Kings 20:42)
The spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel (the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel,
the son of Mattanaiah) and told the people of Judah that they didn't have to fight against the Moabites, Ammonites,
and Edomites. God would fight for them. And he did. God fought for them by forcing the members of the opposing army
to kill each other. Then the people of Judah spent three days stripping the jewels and other valuables from the dead bodies.
Elijah tells Jehoram that God will smite his children, wives, and the people of Judah with a
great plague (for things that Jehoram did) and God will smite him with a disease of his bowels until
his bowels fall out. 21:14-15
The LORD stirred up against Jehoram the spirit of the Philistines, and of the Arabians ...
And they came up into Judah, and ... and carried away ... his sons also, and his wives; so that there
was never a son left him, save Jehoahaz, the youngest of his sons." 21:16-17
"And after all this the LORD smote him in his
bowels with an incurable disease. And it came to pass, that in process of time, after the end of two years, his bowels
fell out by reason of his sickness: so he died of sore diseases." 21:18-19
God told Jehu to kill everyone in the house of Ahab and then later condemned him for
it (Hosea 1:4). 22:7-9
Only Levites can enter "the house of the Lord". "Whosoever else cometh
into the house, he shall be put to death." 23:6-7
The priest (Jehoiada) tells the people to kill Athaliah and her followers. So they find her and kill
her. "And all the people of the land rejoiced: and the city was quiet, after
that they had slain Athaliah with the sword." (Don't you just love happy endings?)
"Then all the people went to the house of Baal" and broke its altar into pieces
and killed Mattan the priest of Baal. 23:17
The spirit of God came upon Zechariah and he condemned everyone for disobeying God, so the people stoned him to death.
As he was dying, Zechariah asked God to avenge his death. So God sent the Syrians to kill all the princes and God delivered
the army of Judah into their hand. In the process, Joash was wounded and then killed in his bed. 24:20-25
Amaziah (who "did that which was right in the sight of the Lord") killed 10,000 people; another
10,000 he left alive to throw off a cliff "that they all were broken in pieces."
God was pleased with Amaziah when he was slaughtering Edomites and throwing people off cliffs, but not when he decided
to worship other gods. So God decided to kill Amaziah and cause his army to be defeated by the Israelites.
"Uzziah ... did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all
that his father Amaziah did."
LIke throwing 10,000 men off a cliff? (See 25:12) 26:3-4
"He went forth and warred against the Philistines ... And God helped him against the Philistines, and against the Arabians that
dwelt in Gurbaal, and the Mehunims." 26:6-7
"Jothan ... did that which was right in the sight of the LORD ...
He fought ... with the king of the Ammonites." 27:1-5
God makes Uzziah a leper for burning incense without a license. 26:19-21
Pekah killed 120,000 people in one day and enslaves 200,000 women and children
"because they had forsaken the Lord God of their fathers." 28:6-8
Hezekiah's priests kill 70 bullocks, 100 rams, 200 lambs, 600 oxen, and 3000 sheep for God.
The blood of the dead animals is then sprinkled on the altars. 29:22-35
The priests killed the passover and sprinkled the blood around to sanctify all
the unclean people for the Lord. 30:15-17
"With us is the LORD our God to help us, and to fight our battles." 32:8
God sent an angel to kill the Assyrian army. (According to
2 Kings 19:35 the angel killed 185,000 sleeping soldiers who
woke the next morning to discover that they were dead.) 32:21
God vows to "bring evil upon this place ... even all the curses that are written in the book." He says his
"wrath shall be poured out upon this place, and shall not be quenched." 34:24-25
God gets angry with his people, so he sends the king of the Chaldees to kill all the "young men with the
sword." He has compassion for no one, not even old men that are "stooped for age." In his tender mercy and loving
kindness he has them all slaughtered. 36:16-17
With nothing more than suspicion and hearsay, Esther has two men hanged (after a brief
Without a trial, Esther has another man (Haman) hung. 7:6-10
After hanging Haman at Esther's request, the king gave Esther (and her buddy Mordecai) Haman's ring and house.
At Esther's request, the king orders a preemptive strike on all 127 provinces from Egypt to Ethiopia. Everyone who planned
to kill Jews shall be killed by Jews, along with their wives and children. And all this killing is to take place on a single day.
(How are the Jews to figure out who planned to kill them and who didn't? Were they supposed to just kill them all and let God sort it out?
And why did they need to kill the women and children?) 8:9-11
On the day when all Jew-haters (and their families) were killed by Jews, "the Jews had light, and gladness, and joy, and honour
... a feast and a good day." 8:16-17
"Many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them."
God's favorite way of making converts: Convert or be killed! 8:17
The Jews kill everyone who ever had a bad thought toward them, along with their Jew-hating families. 9:1-16
"The Jews smote all their enemies with the stroke of the sword, and slaughter, and destruction,
and did what they would unto those that hated them." 9:5
"In Shushan the palace the Jews slew and destroyed five hundred men." 9:6
"The ten sons of Haman the son of Hammedatha, the enemy of the Jews, slew they." 9:10
Esther asks the king to kill all those who planned to kill the Jews and hang the already dead bodies of Haman's ten sons on trees.
"The Jews ... slew three hundred men at Shushan." 9:15
"The other Jews ... slew of their foes seventy and five thousand." 9:16
If you ask God, he'll force heathens to be your slaves and help you
"dash them in pieces." 2:8-9
Kiss the Son or God will get angry and might have to kill you. 2:12
God has smitten his "enemies upon the cheek bone" and has "broken the teeth of
the ungodly." 3:7
Christians often say that one should love the sinner but hate the sin. Perhaps, but God hates sinners
and plans to destroy them. 5:5-6
God has prepared deadly weapons (swords, bows, etc.) and plans to use them. 7:11-13
If you pray to God, he will kill your enemies for you. 9:3-6
God will rain fire and brimstone on "wicked" folks. 11:6
The God of peace teaches us how to kill our neighbors in war. 18:34
God helps believers kill and enslave their enemies. 18:40-43
If you make God angry, he'll burn you and your children to death. 21:9-10
God will shoot his adversaries in the back with his arrows. 21:12
A sweet prayer for the destruction of one's enemies: Let their way be dark and slippery: and let the angel of the LORD persecute
them.... Let destruction come upon him at unawares." 35:6,8
God laughs at those that he will later torment. 37:13
If you forget God, God will tear you into pieces. 50:22
If you don't trust in God, he'll kill you and while you're dying the "righteous" will laugh at you.
Referring to his enemies, the psalmist says: "Let death seize upon them, and let them go down
quick into hell." 55:15
The psalmist devoutly prays: "Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth ... let them be
cut in pieces." 58:6-7
"Let every one of them pass away: like the untimely birth of a woman, that they may not see the sun."
A prayer that your enemies will die like an aborted fetus. 58:8
"The righteous" will rejoice when he sees "the wicked" being dismembered by God.
He'll even get a chance to wash his feet in their blood. Now that's entertainment!
The psalmist asks God to kill all "the heathen" and not show them any mercy. 59:5
God will laugh at the heathen as he kills them. 59:8
"The God of mercy" will let the psalmist see his enemies tormented. 59:10
"Consume them in thy wrath, consume them." -- more sweet prayers to a savage god.
Joab returned, and smote of Edom in the valley of salt twelve thousand. 60:1
God will shoot people with his arrows and make their tongues fall upon themselves.
God will "wound the head of his enemies" so that the righteous can wash their feet "in the blood
of thine enemies, and the tongue of thy dogs in the same." 68:21, 23
The psalmist prays that his enemies be tormented and blinded by God. He asks God to "make their loins
continually to shake." 69:23-28
"They that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee." 73:27
"The LORD heard this" (he had his hearing aid on) and became angry, and burned people
"because they believed not in God." 78:21-22
"The wrath of God came upon them" and God killed many of the Israelites for not believing in "his
wondrous works." 78:31-34
The psalmist asks God to " do unto them as unto the Midianites ... which became as dung for the earth."
If you don't follow God's commandments, he will beat you with a rod. 89:31-32
"A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about." 97:3
"I will ... destroy all the wicked of the land." 101:8
God gives the lions their meat. The cruelty and brutality of nature are all part of God's plan.
"He [God] called for a famine upon the land: he brake the whole staff of bread."
The psalmist recounts God's treatment of the Egyptians: "He smote the firstborn in their land." See Exodus 12:29-30 for the gory details. 105:29-36
God is praised for the creative ways that he kills people: drowning, earth-swallowing, burning,
God sent a plague on the Israelites for "committing whoredom with the daughters of Moab." But
"then stood up Phinehas, and executed judgment [by throwing a spear through a newly married couple]:
and so the plague was stayed." But not before 24,000 (1 Corinthians 10:8
says 23,000) had died. (See Numbers 25:6-9 for all the gory details.)
The psalmist asks God to do all sorts of unpleasant things to his enemies. "Set thou a wicked man over
him; and let Satan stand at his right hand .... Let his prayer become sin." He asks God to take away his possessions,
kill him, and have his children suffer for the sins of their fathers. 109:6-14
"Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow." 109:9
"Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg." 109:10
God will "fill the places with dead bodies" of heathens. 110:6
God is praised for slaughtering kings, nations, and little babies.
"To him that smote Egypt in their first born: for his mercy endures forever."
God "overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea: for his mercy endureth for ever."
God "smote great kings: for his mercy endureth for ever." 136:17-18
God will send people to smash little Babylonian children against stones to punish the Babylonians for enslaving
the Israelites during the Babylonian captivity. These happy
("blessed" in the ESV)
children smashers are God's instruments for carrying out his vengeance. 137:8-9
"Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones."137:9
The psalmist excels at hating. He hates people with a "perfect hatred" and asks God to kill
A prayer that God will burn people to death. 140:10
The God of Peace teaches us to kill each other in war. 144:1
The saints praise God while they kill and enslave "the heathen." 149:5-8
Beat your children and don't stop just because they cry. 19:18
Scorners (skeptics?) should be condemned; fools should be beaten. 19:29
"A wise king scattereth the wicked, and bringeth the wheel over them."
A wise king will crush those that he considers "wicked." 20:26
"The blueness of a wound cleanseth away evil: so do stripes the inward parts of the belly."
"The wicked shall be a ransom for the righteous." 21:18
Beating your children will make them less foolish. Have you beaten your
child today? 22:15
Beat your children hard and often. Don't worry about hurting them. You
may break a few bones and cause some brain damage, but it isn't going to
kill them. And even if they do die, they'll be better off. They'll thank
you in heaven for beating the hell out of them. 23:13-14
Whip horses and strike the backs of foolish people with rods. 26:3
After God "washed away the filth" from the women and killed the men, he set up
"a cloud and smoke by day" and a "flaming fire by night." 4:4-5
God will kill those who despise his word and fail to follow his laws. Their
carcasses will be "torn in the midst of the streets." 5:24-25
If you associate or gird yourself, God will break you in pieces. 8:9
God will have no mercy on the widows and children of hypocrites. 9:17
God will make every man kill his brother and then force him to eat "the flesh of his own arm."
God will "smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked." God must
have some pretty bad breath! 11:4
Some day God will have his "mighty ones ... destroy the whole land." 13:3-5
On God's day he will kill sinners with great anger, wrath, and cruelty. Those who die will have their faces consumed by flames.
If God can find you, he will "thrust you through," smash your children "to pieces" before your eyes, and rape your wife.
He will have no mercy, but will even kill your little children. 13:15-18
God will slaughter children "for the iniquity of their fathers." 14:21
After God destroys Moab, the rivers will be red with blood. He will send lions to
eat any survivors. 15:9
The God of Peace will set brother against brother and kingdom against kingdom. Then he'll make the survivors seed the
counsel of "wizards," and subject them to a "cruel lord." 19:2-4
The Apocalypse of Isaiah: God will destroy the earth, burning everyone and every living thing
alive (except maybe a few men). 24:1-6
"And the people shall ... be burned in the fire." 33:12
"Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell
with everlasting burnings?" 33:14
God is furious at everyone and is ready to kill them all. Or as Isaiah so delicately puts it: "Their stink shall come up
out of their carcasses, and the mountains shall be melted with their blood." 34:2-3
"My sword shall be bathed in heaven ... it shall come down ... upon the people of my curse." 34:5
"The sword of the LORD is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness ... and a great slaughter." 34:6
"The streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof
into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch." 34:9
"It shall not be quenched night nor day; the smoke thereof shall go up for ever: from
generation to generation it shall lie waste ... for ever and ever." 34:10
"The LORD said unto me, Go up against this land, and destroy it." 36:10
I will send a blast upon him, and he shall hear a rumour, and
shall return to his own land; and I will cause him to fall by the sword in his own land."
God will cause Sennacherib to be killed by the sword. (See verse 38 where Sennacherib is
killed by his own sons while praying.) 37:7
"Sennacherib ... departed, and ... as he was worshipping in the
house of Nisroch his god, that Adrammelech and Sharezer his sons smote him with the sword."
God made the sons murder their father. (See verse 7.) 37:37-38
An angel of God kills 185,000 men. "And when they [those killed by the angel?] arose early in the morning, behold,
they were all dead men." 37:36
God will "go forth as a mighty man" who cries and roars, and "will cry like a travailing woman." After he tires of
roaring and crying he'll "destroy and devour." What a guy. 42:13
God makes Egypt, Ethiopia, and Seba pay for Israel's sins. He says that
he likes Israel better than any other country so he's willing to sacrifice other countries for the
Israel's sake. 43:3-4
No astrologer, stargazer, or prognosticator will be able to save those that God plans to burn to death.
"The Lord ... will do his pleasure on Babylon, and his arm shall be on the Chaldeans." 48:14
"I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with
their own blood, as with sweet wine." 49:26
"I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness: their fish stinketh, because there is no water, and dieth for
God brags about the strangest things. 50:2
"The heavens shall vanish away like smoke, and the earth shall wax old like a
garment, and they that dwell therein shall die in like manner." (God plans to destroy the universe.)
"I will ... trample them in my fury; and their blood ... will stain all my raiment." (God's clothes
will get stained with the blood of humans.) 63:2-6
"God's servants" will eat, drink, and be merry; everyone else will be hungry, thirsty,
and ashamed -- until God kills them, that is. 65:13-15
"Ye are they that forsake the LORD ... Therefore will I number you to the sword, and ye shall all bow down to the slaughter."
God will "plead with all flesh" with fire and sword, "and the slain of the Lord shall be many."
Don't worship incorrectly or eat swine flesh (like ham or bacon) or God will have to kill you. 66:17
"They shall ... look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall t
heir fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh." 66:24
God tries to "correct" people by killing their children. 2:30
"Circumcise the foreskin of your heart" or God will burn you to death. 4:4
"I will bring evil from the north, and a great destruction." 4:6
"The lion is come up from his thicket ... and thy cities shall be laid waste, without an inhabitant." 4:7
Lament and howl: for the fierce anger of the LORD is not turned back from us." 4:8
What was once fruitful is now barren. Birds have fled, people are gone, towns are in ruins. All "by his (God's) fierce anger."
God tries to reform people by tormenting them and then wonders why it doesn't work. 5:3
God will send lions, wolves, and leopards to tear people to pieces.5:6
God will burn the people to death for discovering his non-existence. 5:14
God again talks of bringing a foreign nation to destroy his chosen ones and their lands.
God just can't hold in his fury any longer. He will kill everyone: husbands and wives, children and old people.
God will punish the men by taking away their property, including their wives, and giving it to others.
God plans to kill pretty much everyone: fathers and sons,
family, friends, and neighbors. God plans to kill them all after laying a stumbling block before them.
God will send soldiers from the north that will kill everyone and
have no mercy. 6:22-23
God will pour out his anger on both man and beast. Not even the trees will
be spared from his wrath. And the ground itself will burn forever. 7:20
God will feed the people to the birds and the beasts, "and none shall fray
them away." 7:33
God will cover the earth with dead bodies that will not be buried. "They shall be for dung
upon the face of the earth." 8:2
People will choose to kill themselves, rather than be killed by their vicious
God will give the people bad food and water, and then kill them with a
God will kill children and young men, and the dead bodies "shall fall as dung .... and none shall
gather them." 9:21-22
"Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will punish all them which are circumcised with the
uncircumcised." I guess that'd include just about everyone -- well, all the men
Jeremiah prays for the destruction of people and families that don't call on God's name.
God "will bring evil upon" people from which they will not be able to escape. And if they
cry out to him for help, he will not help them. 11:11
God forbids others from praying for his victims. Such prayers would go unanswered anyway, he says,
because he "will not hear them in their time of trouble." 11:14
God will punish the people by killing their young men in war and starving their children to death. 11:22
Jeremiah asks God to drag away his enemies like "sheep for the slaughter."
God delivered his people "into the hand of her enemies." He "hates" his "dearly
beloved" people and plans to feed them to the birds. 12:7-9
God's sword will "devour" everyone until "no flesh shall have peace." 12:12
If any nation does not listen to God, he "will utterly pluck up and destroy that
God plans to make everyone in the kingdom drunk and then "dash the fathers and the sons
together." The merciful God of peace vows to "not pity, nor spare, nor have mercy, but destroy them." 13:12-14
God tells Jeremiah not to pray for the people. God has decided to kill them all and he doesn't want to
be talked out of it. 14:11
God will ignore the peoples' prayers, and kill them all with war, starvation, and disease.
God will destroy by famine and sword those who are misled by the prophets, as well as the prophets
God tells Jeremiah not to bother praying for the people. Even if Moses and Samuel (and
Jesus?) were to ask him to reconsider, he wouldn't. He's going to kill everybody and nobody can stop him!
God has it all planned out. He'll kill some with the sword, some with famine, and he'll feed the rest to the dogs and birds.
Why will he do these terrible things? Because of something a former king did. 15:2-4
God again threatens Jerusalem with mass destruction. Here are some of the highlights:
He will kill children, make more widows than there are grains of
sand, terrorize cities, and then kill the survivors. 15:7-9
"A fire is kindled in mine anger, which shall burn upon you." 15:14
God tells Jeremiah not to get married or have children, because he's
going to kill everyone (mothers and daughters, fathers and sons). They all "shall die of grievous
deaths," and that shall neither "be lamented" nor buried, but "shall
be as dung upon the face of the earth." For he has removed peace, "lovingkindness," and mercy
from the people. 16:1-7
God will kill children if their parents worship other gods. 16:10-11
If you don't honor the Sabbath, God will burn you to death unquenchable fire.
God admits that he does evil things to people. 18:11
Jeremiah asks God to kill the young men in war and the children by starvation.
God will do so much evil to the people that whoever hears of it will have their ears tingle.
God will make parents eat their own children, and friends eat each other. 19:7-9
God will break those who worship other gods as though they were made of clay, killing
so many that there will not be enough room to bury them all. 19:11-13
"Thus saith the LORD ... I will bring upon this city and upon all her towns all the evil that I have pronounced against
it, because they have hardened their necks, that they might not hear my words." 19:15
Jeremiah prophesies his rival's death (along with his famly and friends). 20:4-6
God himself will fight and kill everyone in fury "with an outstretched hand and
with a strong arm." 21:5
"I will smite the inhabitants of this city, both man and beast: they shall die of a great
God will deliver Zedekiah and those that survive the famine, disease, and war into Nebuchadrezzar's hand,
and "he shall smite them with the edge of the sword; he shall not spare them, neither
have pity, nor have mercy. 21:7
God tells the Judeans to either surrender to the Babylonians and become their slaves or die.
"Behold, I am against thee." No kidding. 21:9-13
God will have Jeconiah's enemies kill him and his mother and then
ensure that he die without leaving any sons. 22:25-30
God promises to kill everyone by war, starvation, and disease. 24:10
Because the people of Judah were unfaithful to him, God will send the king of Babylon (Nebuchadrezzar) to destroy
Jerusalem and enslave Judah. 25:6-11
God will force "all the kingdoms of the world" to drink "and be
drunken." Then he'll kill "all the inhabitants of the earth" with a sword. 25:15-29
God is really getting into all of this killing. He roars, he mightily roars, and shouts. He "pleads with all flesh"
while an whirlwind roars and a noise can be heard everywhere on earth. 25:30-32
God will kill so many people that the entire earth will be covered with their dead bodies. No one is to
mourn them or even bury them; "they shall be dung upon the ground." 25:33-39
God will destroy "the peaceable habitations" and make the land desolate "because of his fierce anger."
Anyone who disobeys King Nebuchadnezzar will be punished "with the sword, and with the famine, and
with the pestilence, until I have consumed them by his hand." 27:8
God kills Hananiah for disagreeing with Jeremiah. 28:16-17
God will send his usual blessings upon his people: "the sword, the famine, and the
pestilence." He "will make them like vile figs, that cannot be eaten, they are so
God will kill those who refuse listen to his prophets. 29:19
God will deliver Ahab and Zedekiah into the hands of Nebuchadrezzar "and he shall slay them
before your eyes" and Ahab will be "roasted
in the fire." 29:21-22
"Thus saith the LORD ... concerning this city [Jerusalem]...It shall be delivered into the hand
of the king of Babylon by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence." 32:36
God litters the ground "with the dead bodies of men" that he has killed in
his anger and fury. 33:5
To punish the people for refusing to free their slaves, God over-reacts (just a tad) by
threatening to send the sword, pestilence, and
famine, saying he'll feed their dead bodies to the fowls and beasts of the earth. 34:17-20
All those who move to Egypt will die by the sword, famine, or pestilence. None "shall
escape from the evil" that comes directly from God. But many, including Jews, have moved to Egypt
and most seem to have escaped from God's promised evil. 42:15-18, 22
God's not finished with Judah. He'll bring more evil upon them. Even those Jews that flee to Egypt will not be spared.
God will hunt them down and kill them all with war, famine, and disease. 44:11-13
"I will watch over them for evil, and not for good." So begins another pronouncement of death and destruction on his chosen people.
God's killing rules:
If Ezekiel doesn't warn the wicked that God's going to kill them for being wicked, God will kill the wicked people and Ezekiel, too.
If Ezekiel warns the wicked, then God will kill the wicked people (if they don't change their wicked ways), but not Ezekiel.
If a good person does something wrong after God "lays a stumbling block before him," then God will kill him. "He shall die in his sin"
and whatever good he has done will be forgotten. And Ezekiel will be killed, too, if he didn't warn the good guy beforehand. 3:18-20
God will force fathers to eat their sons and the to eat their fathers. 5:10
God will slaughter
everyone by killing one third with plagues, one third with famines, and one third
with wars. If any somehow survive, he'll send "evil beasts" to devour
them. Finally, after he's done killing, he "will be comforted." 5:11-17
God will decorate the land with the bones and dead bodies of those who worship a different god.
God makes his presence known by killing people with famine, disease, and war. 6:7-14
God tells Ezekiel to clap his hands and stamp his feet while saying, "they shall fall
by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence." 6:11
God will pour out his fury on
everyone, with pity toward none. By so doing he says that
"ye shall know that I am the Lord that smiteth." 7:3-11
God's is mad at everyone and no one will escape his wrath. He'll kill them all with war,
disease, and starvation. "Horror shall cover them" and "they shall know that I am the Lord."
God promises again to slaughter everyone. He says that he will ignore them when they plead with him for mercy.
God screams in Ezekiel's ears, telling him to round up the six angels ("men") that are going to do God's dirty work. 9:1-2
God sends a "man clothed with linen" to mark the foreheads of the men who will be saved. Apparently only men are considered
good enough to keep, the others (unmarked men, "maids", little children, and women) are to be slaughtered. God says he'll "fill
the courts with the slain" and will have pity on no one. 9:4-11
"Go ye after him through the city, and smite: let not your eye spare, neither have ye pity." 9:5
"Slay utterly old and young, both maids, and little children, and women." 9:6
"Fill the courts with the slain: go ye forth. And they went forth, and slew in the city." 9:7
"Mine eye shall not spare, neither will I have pity." 9:10
Ezekiel tells the 25 men that God is going to kill them. That way they'll know that God is the Lord. 11:8-12
"And it came to pass, when I prophesied, that Pelatiah ... died." 11:13
God will kill nearly everyone in one way or another (sword, famine, pestilence), but he’ll leave a few men
standing “to declare their abominations among the heathen.” 12:15-16, 20
God has Ezekiel do another clever demonstration: eat and drink carefully while shaking. That way, when the people see him doing that, they will know that God
is going to starve them to death, which will teach them that God is the Lord. 12:18-20
God again vows to destroy those that dare worship something or someone other than him.
God deceives some of his prophets and then kills them for believing his lies.
When really bad things happen (like you or your children get eaten by wild beasts, get killed in war, get sick and die, etc.), then you'll know that it was God that did it to you.
And he won't spare children just because there are a few righteous people around. 14:13-21
God will burn the inhabitants of Jerusalem to show everyone that he is the Lord.
For being such a whore, God punished Jerusalem by starving the Israelites and handing
them over to the Philistines. 16:17
After exposing her nakedness, God will give her "blood in fury and jealousy" and strip her naked once more.
Then he'll have her stoned "with stones and thrust through with swords." 16:38-41
A son who misbehaves by robbing, killing, eating on mountains, defiling his neighbor's wife,
oppressing the poor, looking at idols, loaning money with interest, or committing abomination (Lev 18:22 type
or otherwise) then that son must be killed. 18:10-13
God will kill you for making a single mistake; all your good deeds he will ignore.
God will set a fire in the southern kingdom that will devour everything and burn everyone. "And
all flesh shall see that I the LORD have kindled it." 20:47-48
God gave the Israelites "statutes that were not good and judgments whereby they should not live." He "polluted" them so that he "might make them desolate"
and force them to kill and sacrifice their children "that they might know" that he is the Lord. 20:25-26
God will kill everyone -- good and bad, just and unjust. 21:3-5
God is sharpening a sword for the slaughter of his people. 21:8-32
"Thou shalt be for fuel to the fire; thy blood shall be in the midst of the land ... for I the LORD
have spoken it." 21:32
God will gather all of Israel and consume them in the fires of his anger. 22:20-22
God couldn't find anyone to stand up to him, so he's going to destroy everyone. 22:30-31
Two sisters were guilty of "committing whoredoms" by pressing their breasts and
bruising "the teats of their virginity." As a punishment, one sister's nakedness was
discovered, her children were taken from her, and she was killed by the sword. And the fate of the
surviving sister was even worse: Her nose and ears were cut off, she was made to "pluck off"
her own breasts, and then after being raped and mutilated, she is stoned to death.
"These discovered her nakedness: they took her sons and her daughters, and slew her with the sword." 23:10
"They shall take away thy nose and thine ears; and thy remnant shall fall by the sword: they shall take thy sons and thy daughters;
and thy residue shall be devoured by the fire." 23:25
"I will deliver thee into the hand of them whom thou hatest ... And they shall deal
with thee hatefully." 23:28-29
"Thou shalt ... pluck off thine own breasts: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord GOD." 23:34
"The company shall
stone them with stones, and dispatch them with their swords; they shall slay
their sons and their daughters, and burn up their houses with fire." 23:47
God gets all excited about cooking with "scum" and human flesh, saying "kindle the fire, consume the
flesh, and spice it well, and let the bones be burned. Her scum shall be in the fire." 24:3-14
God kills Ezekiel's wife and then tells him not to mourn her. 24:16-18
God killed Ezekiel's wife to demonstrate his intention to kill the Israelites' children. And just as God told Ezekiel not to mourn his wife's death,
God forbids the parents to mourn the death of their children. 24:21-24
God will kill everyone that claps his hands or stamps his feet "against the land of Israel."
When he's done with the killing everyone will know that he is the Lord. 25:6-7
"I will execute judgments upon Moab; and they shall know that I am the LORD." 25:11
God will send Israelites to slaughter the people of Edom. 25:13-14
God will "stretch out his hand" to the Philistines (to kill them all). 25:16-17
God says he will destroy Tyrus. He plans to kill everyone, but he is especially looking
forward to killing all of the women. "And her daughters which are in the field shall be slain by the sword; and
they shall know that I am the LORD." 26:1-21
Now God has singled out the king of Tyre for his tirades. 28:7-10, 18-19
Watch out or God will make you "die the deaths of the uncircumcised," which is,
no doubt, a most unpleasant death. 28:10
God says that Zidon will know that he is the Lord when he sends "pestilence and
blood into her streets." 28:22-23
God tells Ezekiel to prophesy against the pharaoh and against all Egypt. God says he will
feed the Egyptians to the birds and beasts. 29:2-9
God will punish Egypt and her allies by sending Nebuchadrezzar to "fill the land with
the slain." Then he will make "the rivers dry," sell the land to "the
wicked," make "the land waste," light fires, and kill all their young men with
the sword. 30:4-26
"And they shall know that I am the LORD, when I have set a fire in Egypt." (The Divine Pyromaniac)
30:8, 30:14, 30:16
"Thou shalt lie in the midst of the uncircumcised with them that be slain by the sword. This is Pharaoh and all his multitude, saith the Lord GOD."
God will treat Pharaoh like a whale fished out of the sea. Every bird and beast in the world
will feed upon him. 32:3-6
God will vex the hearts of many people, destroy entire nations, brandish his sword, kill animals,
and cause floods. In this way people will come to know him (just before he kills them?).
God takes a break from killing people while he kills all the animals in Egypt.
Pharaoh and all his multitude, along with the uncircumcised, will be killed with the sword.
When God is getting ready to kill people with the sword, it's the watchman's duty to warn them about it by
blowing a trumpet. If the people hear the trumpet but don't "take warning," then God will kill the people but not the watchman. But if the watchman doesn't
blow the trumpet when he sees God coming, then God will kill the people and the watchman. 33:2-6
God tells Ezekiel that he is the watchman. So the usual watchman rules apply to him. 33:7-9
If a "righteous" person does something wrong, God will forget every good thing
that that person has ever done. Then God will kill him for the single mistake. 33:12-13
God plans some more killing by the sword, beasts, and the pestilence. 33:27-29
God tells Ezekiel about his plans for the Edomites (Seir). He's going to kill them all. That way they'll know for sure that he is the Lord.
"Thou shalt come up against my people of Israel ... in the latter days, and I will bring thee against my land, that the heathen may know me ... O Gog."
God will cause each man's sword to be against his brother; he will send disease and make it
rain fire and brimstone. He says that by doing this he'll magnify and sanctify himself and let
everyone know that he is the Lord. 38:21-23
God will have birds and beasts eat human flesh and drink human blood until
they are full and drunken. 39:4, 17-20, 28
God sets a fire on Magog and feeds Gog and all of his people to the birds and beasts. He did all this to let them know that he is the Lord.
After the Israelites spend seven years burying Gog's soldiers, God (somehow) feed their bodies to the birds and beasts and gets t
hem drunk on their blood. 39:17-28
"They have even defiled my holy name by their abominations that they have committed: wherefore I have consumed them in mine anger."
God's instructions for ritualistic animal sacrifices 43:18-25
Don't bring any strangers or people with uncircumcised hearts or flesh to God's sanctuary when offering him fat and blood.
Stay away from idols or you'll bear your iniquity (i.e., God will kill you). But be sure to offer God lots of fat and blood and burnt offerings.
After Daniel gave Belshazzar the bad news, Belshazzar rewarded him by making him the "third ruler in the kindgdom." Later that night
Belshazzar died. (Did God kill him?) 5:29-30
King Darius, after trying to feed Daniel to the lions, orders those who accused Daniel (and their
wives and children) to be cast into the lion den. "And the lions ... brake all their bones in
"I will no more have mercy upon the house of Israel." 1:6
God (or Hosea?) tells his children that their mother is a whore who is not his wife. He asks
them to tell their mother to "put away her whoredoms" and "her adulteries from between her breasts" or
he'll "strip her naked ... and slay her with thirst." 2:2-3
Because of the Israelites' disobedience, the land mourns, and all the animals are dying. 4:3
"Ephraim shall be desolate in the day of rebuke." 5:9
"The princes of Judah were like them that remove the bound: therefore I will pour out my wrath upon them like water." 5:10
God will tear up Ephraim like a lion so that "in their affliction they will seek me." 5:14
"I hewed them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth." 6:5
"I will spread my net upon them; I will bring them down as the fowls of the heaven." 7:12
"Woe unto them! for they have fled from me: destruction unto them!" 7:13
"They return, but not to the most High ... their princes shall fall by the sword for the rage of their tongue." 7:16
The divine pyromaniac threatens to "send fire unto" Hazael, Gaza, Tyrus, Teman,
Rabbah, Moab, and Judah. 1:4, 7, 10,
12, 14; 2:2, 5
"I will ... cut off the inhabitant from the plain of Aven ... and the people of Syria shall go into captivity." 1:5
"I will cut off the inhabitant from Ashdod, and him that holdeth the sceptre from Ashkelon, and I will turn mine hand against Ekron:
and the remnant of the Philistines shall perish, saith the Lord GOD." 1:8
God destroyed the Amorites who were a race of giants as tall
as cedars and as strong as oaks. 2:9
God's creative ways of kiilling people and breaking things. 3:12-15
God afflicted the Israelites with "cleanness of teeth" (famine,) drought, blasting, and mildew. He killed them with pestilence,
slaughtered them with the sword, and "made the stink of their camps come up into their noses." Destroyed them like they were from Sodom
and Gomorrah. And yet they still didn't return to him. What is wrong with people? 4:6-11
"Therefore thus will I do unto thee .... Prepare to meet thy God, O Israel." 4:12
"For thus saith the Lord GOD; The city that went out by a thousand shall leave an hundred, and that
which went forth by an hundred shall leave ten." 5:3
"Seek the LORD, and ye shall live; lest he break out like fire in the house of Joseph, and devour it." 5:6
When there is wailing and mourning, you'll know God's been there. 5:16-17
God says, "If there remain ten men in one house, that they shall die." 6:9
"The LORD commandeth, and he will smite the great house with breaches, and the little house with clefts."
(God will destroy people's houses.) 6:11
Next God sends a fire that consumes both land and sea. 7:4
God will kill the house of Jeroboam with the sword. 7:9-11
Amos tells Amaziah that his wife will become a whore, his children will be
killed, and he'll die in a pagan country. 7:17
"The songs of the temple shall be howlings in that day, saith the Lord GOD: there shall be many dead bodies in every place." 8:3
God will kill so many people that dead bodies will lay everywhere. 8:3
"I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into lamentation; and I will bring up sackcloth upon all loins, and baldness upon every head;
and I will make it as the mourning of an only son, and the end thereof as a bitter day." 8:10
"In that day shall the fair virgins and young men faint for thirst." 8:13
God will "cut them in the head" and "slay the last of them with the sword." Any that try to escape by diving to the bottom of the sea will be bitten,
at God's command, by a sea-serpent. God will set his "eyes upon them for evil, not for good." 9:1-4
God will melt the land with his touch and then drown it in a flood. 9:5
God will destroy the "the sinful kingdom" and "all the sinners" among
his people. 9:8-10
God accuses the Israelite leaders of plucking off skin, flesh from bones, eating human flesh, flaying off skin, breaking bones,
chopping bodies in pieces, making human stew. To punish them he will ignore them when they call on him. 3:1-4
God will strengthen the Israelites so they can "beat in pieces
many peoples" and give the booty to God. 4:13
"They shall waste the land of Assyria with the sword." 5:6
Like a young lion "the remnant of Jacob" will tear the Gentiles to pieces.
"Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine
enemies shall be cut off." 5:9