In this article, we will explore some interesting Bible verses about unicorns! Are these creature what we think they are? We will find out…so, grab your Bible, and let’s dig in!
In recent years, unicorns have become a popular topic in movies, shows, and books. I remember being an 80’s child and having my colorful Lisa Frank unicorn folder in my school bag.
But believe it or not, this mythical creature is even mentioned in the Bible! Well… wait a second…
Not the My Little Ponies version of unicorns but an animal that is described as having only one horn.
While many might be surprised to find out about references to unicorns in Scripture, these verses can show us the importance of studying scripture and understanding the differences in Bible translations.
Now, if you really want to dig deep into the topic of unicorns in the Bible, please head over to my article, Are Unicorns in the Bible? In that article, I go in depth of what the creatures could have been during Biblical times by looking into the Hebrew language and history.
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Bible Verses About Unicorns
Several Bible verses reference unicorns and the ones below all come from the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible. This version of the Bible is quite popular (still considered one of the most popular versions) and came onto the scene in 1611 AD.
But I have also added the NIV (New International Version) translation of each verse so you can see the difference between the translations.
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God brought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn. (KJV)
God brought them out of Egypt; they have the strength of a wild ox. (NIV)
God brought him forth out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn: he shall eat up the nations his enemies, and shall break their bones, and pierce [them] through with his arrows. (KJV)
“God brought them out of Egypt; they have the strength of a wild ox. They devour hostile nations and break their bones in pieces; with their arrows they pierce them. (NIV)
His glory [is like] the firstling of his bullock, and his horns [are like] the horns of unicorns: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth: and they [are] the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they [are] the thousands of Manasseh. (KJV)
In majesty he is like a firstborn bull; his horns are the horns of a wild ox. With them he will gore the nations, even those at the ends of the earth. Such are the ten thousands of Ephraim; such are the thousands of Manasseh.” (NIV)
Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib? 10 Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee? (KJV)
“Will the wild ox consent to serve you? Will it stay by your manger at night? Can you hold it to the furrow with a harness? Will it till the valleys behind you? (NIV)
Save me from the lion’s mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns. (KJV)
Rescue me from the mouth of the lions; save me from the horns of the wild oxen. (NIV)
He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn. (KJV)
He makes Lebanon leap like a calf, Sirion like a young wild ox. (NIV)
But my horn shalt thou exalt like [the horn of] an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil. (KJV)
You have exalted my horn like that of a wild ox; fine oils have been poured on me. (NIV)
And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust made fat with fatness. (KJV)
And the wild oxen will fall with them, the bull calves and the great bulls. Their land will be drenched with blood, and the dust will be soaked with fat. (NIV)
Other Bible Translations That Use The Term Unicorn
The King James Version of the Bible isn’t the only version we see the word unicorn in the Bible. We actually see it in serval other translations. You will also notice that these translations are older translations. Most modern translations use a different word instead of a unicorn.
- BRG Bible Translation
- 1599 Geneva Bible
- Jubliee 2000 Bible
- Wycliffe Bible
The Douay Rheims 1899 Bible actually has different verses that use the word Unicorn than the KJV. Some of its translations and references are not common. Here is a prime example:
Psalm 77:69 – And he built his sanctuary as of unicorns, in the land which he founded for ever. (Douay Rheims)
Psalm 78:69 –And he built his sanctuary like high palaces, like the earth which he hath established for ever.
Other Suggested Unicorn Bible Verses, AKA the Goat Unicorn
The book of Daniel is full of prophetic visions with deep symbolism. And one of the things he saw during a vision was a “unicorn.” But it was actually a goat with one horn…a goat unicorn! It counts, right?
Daniel 8:5 KJV – And as I was considering, behold, an he goat came from the west on the face of the whole earth, and touched not the ground: and the goat had a notable horn between his eyes.
Daniel 8:5 NIV – As I was thinking about this, suddenly a goat with a prominent horn between its eyes came from the west, crossing the whole earth without touching the ground.
With all this in mind, I hope we can now look at these bible verses about unicorns and understand how a Bible translation can make a huge difference. I hope you have found this article interesting and have learned something! If you would like to leave me a comment below, I would love to hear from you!
Melissa is a passionate minister, speaker and an ongoing learner of the Bible. She has been involved in church and vocational ministry for over 18 years. And is the founder of Think About Such Things. She has the heart to equip the saints by helping them get into the Word of God and fall more in love with Jesus. She also enjoys family, cooking, and reading.
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