Top 10 worst Bible passages

Top 10 worst Bible passages 

A list of the top 10 worst Biblical verse has been drawn up, which includes approval for sexism, genocide and slavery. 

Readers of the humorous Christian website shipoffools.com were asked to submit their ‘favourite’ worst verses to compile the list, in a light-hearted project called Chapter & Worse.

Topping it was St Paul’s advice in 1 Timothy 2:12, in which the saint says: “I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, she must be silent.”

The extract is often used to justify opposition to women priests.

Next was this worrying verse endorsing genocide, from 1 Samuel 15:3: “This is what the Lord Almighty says … ‘Now go and strike Amalek and devote to destruction all that they have. Do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’ “

Third was Moses’s call to kill witches, in Exodus 22:18: “Do not allow a sorceress to live.”

Another gruesome verse to make the list was Psalm 137, which celebrates this terrible revenge: “Happy is he who repays you for what you have done to us / He who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks.”

A more controversial inclusion was that of St Paul’s thoughts on homosexuality, from Romans 1:27, currently an extremely divisive matter with the Anglican church: “In the same way also the men, giving up natural intercourse with women, were consumed with passion for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men and received in their own persons the due penalty for their error.”

Others on the list included God’s test of Abraham in Genesis 22, in which Abraham is made to offer his son Isaac as a sacrifice; this endorsement of female subservience in Ephesians 5:22, “Wives, submit to you husbands as to the Lord”; and similar advice for slaves in 1 Peter 2:18: “Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the cruel.”

Simon Jenkins, editor of shipoffools.com, said the idea behind the web poll was to make people think about the dangers of selectively quoting from the bible.

The list was unveiled at the Greenbelt Festival in Cheltenham on Monday evening.

 

This is the top 10 list in full:

No. 1:St Paul’s advice about whether women are allowed to teach men in church:

“I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent.” (1 Timothy 2:12)

 

No. 2: In this verse, Samuel, one of the early leaders of Israel, orders genocide against a neighbouring people:

“This is what the Lord Almighty says… ‘Now go and strike Amalek and devote to destruction all that they have. Do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’” (1 Samuel 15:3)

 

No. 3: A command of Moses:

“Do not allow a sorceress to live.” (Exodus 22:18)

 

No. 4: The ending of Psalm 137, a psalm which was made into a disco calypso hit by Boney M, is often omitted from readings in church:

“Happy is he who repays you for what you have done to us – he who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks.” (Psalm 137:9)

 

No. 5: Another blood-curdling tale from the Book of Judges, where an Israelite man is trapped in a house by a hostile crowd, and sends out his concubine to placate them:

“So the man took his concubine and sent her outside to them, and they raped her and abused her throughout the night, and at dawn they let her go. At daybreak the woman went back to the house where her master was staying, fell down at the door and lay there until daylight. When her master got up in the morning and opened the door of the house and stepped out to continue on his way, there lay his concubine, fallen in the doorway of the house, with her hands on the threshold. He said to her, ‘Get up; let’s go.’ But there was no answer. Then the man put her on his donkey and set out for home.” (Judges 19:25-28)

 

No. 6: St Paul condemns homosexuality in the opening chapter of the Book of Romans:

“In the same way also the men, giving up natural intercourse with women, were consumed with passion for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men and received in their own persons the due penalty for their error.” (Romans 1:27)

 

No. 7: In this story from the Book of Judges, an Israelite leader, Jephthah, makes a rash vow to God, which has to be carried out:

“And Jephthah made a vow to the Lord, and said, ‘If you will give the Ammonites into my hand, then whoever comes out of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return victorious from the Ammonites, shall be the Lord’s, to be offered up by me as a burnt-offering.’ Then Jephthah came to his home at Mizpah; and there was his daughter coming out to meet him with timbrels and with dancing. She was his only child; he had no son or daughter except her. When he saw her, he tore his clothes, and said, ‘Alas, my daughter! You have brought me very low; you have become the cause of great trouble to me. For I have opened my mouth to the Lord, and I cannot take back my vow.’” (Judges 11:30-1, 34-5)

 

No. 8: The Lord is speaking to Abraham in this story where God commands him to sacrifice his son:

‘Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt-offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you.’ (Genesis 22:2)

 

No. 9: “Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:22)

 

No. 10: “Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the cruel.” (1 Peter 2:18)

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12 thoughts on “Top 10 worst Bible passages

  1. marwanyafi

    There is most worst of all: Exodus 4:20
    So Moses took his wife and sons, mounted them on the donkey, and returned to the land of Egypt; and Moses took the “penis” of God in his hand.
    This is why Christians worship the “Holy Spirit” as Dove’s Jesus, he is the Father… In the new versions it is rod of God, but in the actual Bible of Louis Second in French it is “Verge=penis”, and in the Jewish book in Hebrew too, the Tanach…
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  4. E DOMS THORN

    I wanted to point out something concerning this; …”No. 2: In this verse, Samuel, one of the early leaders of Israel, orders genocide against a neighbouring people:

    “This is what the Lord Almighty says… ‘Now go and strike Amalek and devote to destruction all that they have. Do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’” (1 Samuel 15:3)

    God was correct in commanding the Children of ISRAEL to kill AMALEK, they were the grandson of EDOM and CAIN, AND they are the so called JEWS today!

    Anyway, I have said that the ARAB People are my ally since 1989, we ALL share a common enemy that seeks to destroy us ALL and that is the SO CALLED JEW!, They want us to fight and hate each other and those disgusting Christian Zionist’s are all to willing to be manipulated be the Vipers that want to bring about the N.W.O. AT my website I have presented the irrefutable truth that is hated by JEWS and Christians a like! The Christians hate me (A CHRISTAN) because I point out the fact that they have chosen to believe JEWISH FABLES!

    If you find the time check out just WHO those JEWS really are!
    http://www.e domsthorn.wordpress.com/edom-the-story-of-jacob-and-esau-is-

    PEACE to you and yours

    E.T.

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  5. Christos

    Marwanyafi you are seriously delusional it says מַטֶּה meaning, a staff, rod, shaft, branch, a tribe not a penis. Go educate yourself. Show me one imam who is a woman? show me one mosque where they teach men. The Koran says that women are deficient and are tilth for a man, allows physical reproof, the Koran condemns homosexuality and Mohammad massacred 800 jews and took their children and women as slaves. SO on the basis of this you have nothing to complain about hypocrites !. And finally Christians were largely slaves and were not in an position to change the system

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  6. Timmy

    Hahahhahah lmao…..haaaa muslims….u r always funny….those ar un standard…prov….cus had it been u start reading from d chapter den u wll know……it unlike d quran where every thing is mixed up………READ WELL OPEN YOUR EYES ND BRAIN…..1 tin I noticed from all muslim….there always ignorant of one thing

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  7. qmcdanielhms

    I cannot answer all of these objections, because I do not know all of the answers. But I can say this about the people of Amalek and why they were wiped out. The Amelekites whole mission in life was to wipe out all Israel. Think of what was at stake-the genealogy of Jesus Christ. To give you a picture of how horrid they were, they would follow after Israel while they traveled and would attack the elderly and sick-in other words, they would just attack the most vulnerable and run away again.

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  8. qmcdanielhms

    No. 3: A command of Moses:

    “Do not allow a sorceress to live.” (Exodus 22:18)
    The reason God condemned sorcery, divination, and other practices of that sort is because it is trying to undermine God’s powers and gain powers that God does not wish for us to have. In essence, you are trying to put yourself over God.

    No. 5: Another blood-curdling tale from the Book of Judges, where an Israelite man is trapped in a house by a hostile crowd, and sends out his concubine to placate them:

    “So the man took his concubine and sent her outside to them, and they raped her and abused her throughout the night, and at dawn they let her go. At daybreak the woman went back to the house where her master was staying, fell down at the door and lay there until daylight. When her master got up in the morning and opened the door of the house and stepped out to continue on his way, there lay his concubine, fallen in the doorway of the house, with her hands on the threshold. He said to her, ‘Get up; let’s go.’ But there was no answer. Then the man put her on his donkey and set out for home.” (Judges 19:25-28)
    This is a case where the Bible RECORDS something but does not CONDONE it. Just because it records it does not mean it is right.

    No. 6: St Paul condemns homosexuality in the opening chapter of the Book of Romans:

    “In the same way also the men, giving up natural intercourse with women, were consumed with passion for one another. Men committed shameless acts with men and received in their own persons the due penalty for their error.” (Romans 1:27)
    Homosexuality is wrong because it goes against the Lord’s divine plan. It my opinion, even without God it goes against nature.

    No. 7: In this story from the Book of Judges, an Israelite leader, Jephthah, makes a rash vow to God, which has to be carried out:
    “And Jephthah made a vow to the Lord, and said, ‘If you will give the Ammonites into my hand, then whoever comes out of the doors of my house to meet me, when I return victorious from the Ammonites, shall be the Lord’s, to be offered up by me as a burnt-offering.’ Then Jephthah came to his home at Mizpah; and there was his daughter coming out to meet him with timbrels and with dancing. She was his only child; he had no son or daughter except her. When he saw her, he tore his clothes, and said, ‘Alas, my daughter! You have brought me very low; you have become the cause of great trouble to me. For I have opened my mouth to the Lord, and I cannot take back my vow.’” (Judges 11:30-1, 34-5)
    He shouldn’t have vowed such a rash vow. Obedience to the Lord is to surpass everything-even family ties.

    No. 8: The Lord is speaking to Abraham in this story where God commands him to sacrifice his son:
    ‘Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt-offering on one of the mountains that I shall show you.’ (Genesis 22:2) When Abraham was told this, keep in mind what he believed. He believed that God, the creator of heaven and earth, could do anything he wanted. He believed that God can and would resurrect his son from the dead.

    No. 9: “Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:22) You left out the next couple of verses. “Men, love your wives.” Paul is talking about sacrificial love-the kind of love that makes you want to take care of her, to support her, to keep her happy.

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