In this article, we will explore some of the most strange or weird Bible verses and their meaning. So, grab your Bible, and let’s dig in…
Have you ever read any of the Bible passages that make you question, “What in the world did I just read?” I know I have, and I’ve read through the whole Bible several times. From dietary restrictions to strange encounters like talking donkeys, there are some truly weird verses in the Bible. But here’s the thing: these odd Bible scriptures can still teach us something about our faith.
The goal is not to point out how weird or crazy they seem merely – it’s about exploring their context, history, and spiritual meaning. So here we go – join us as we explore some of the weirdest (yet very real!) Bible verses that you may never have heard before!
What Makes A Bible Verse Weird or Strange?
When it comes to Bible verses, being weird or strange can come from a variety of factors. One of the main factors is not understanding the context or historical background behind a particular verse or passage. This is especially true when you cherry-pick verses.
Without this information, you can read something and can get confused really fast. Or think, “Wow, that was one strange Bible verse!.” I know I have done that before! But when we read with an understanding of the context and historical background, these bizarre verses tend not to be.
And another reason a Bible verse might be weird or odd is the translation you read it in. Some things are translated into English and are not translated too well. If you are serious about learning the Word, look into the original language and culture. This is the same when the Bible uses symbolism.
Weird Bible Verses
Below we will go over 12 Bible passages that will have your head scratching! If you are curious and want to learn more about these specific weird Bible verses, I have provided a link that will help clarify what the passage means.
Judges 3:21-22 NKJV
Then Ehud reached with his left hand, took the dagger from his right thigh, and thrust it into his belly. 22 Even the hilt went in after the blade, and the fat closed over the blade, for he did not draw the dagger out of his belly; and his entrails came out.
- Learn more about Ehud here: Judge Ehud in the Bible: Lessons and Facts
2 Kings 2:23-24 NKJV
Then he went up from there to Bethel; and as he was going up the road, some youths came from the city and mocked him, and said to him, “Go up, you baldhead! Go up, you baldhead!” 24 So he turned around and looked at them, and pronounced a curse on them in the name of the LORD. And two female bears came out of the woods and mauled forty-two of the youths.
- How could Elisha do such a thing?? Well, learn more here: 2 Kings 2:23–24—How Could a Man of God Curse These 42 Young Men So That They Were Mauled by She-Bears?
Exodus 23:19 NKJV
“The first of the firstfruits of your land you shall bring into the house of the LORD your God. You shall not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk.
- Learn why it would be a problem to cook a young goat in its mother’s milk!
2 Kings 6:29 NKJV
“So we boiled my son, and ate him. And I said to her on the next day, ‘Give your son, that we may eat him’; but she has hidden her son.”
- Say what?? Yeah, shocking and crazy, right? Well, let’s learn what’s going on in this passage. Did God Command Israel to Boil and Eat Their Children in 2 Kings 6:29?
Psalm 137:9 NKJV
Happy the one who takes and dashes Your little ones against the rock!
- The NIV version of this verse says… Happy is the one who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks. Ouch! Throwing babies against rocks? What could this all means? This is another one that context and history are really important. Check it out here: Psalm 137:9—Dashing Babies’ Heads Against a Stone
Proverbs 21:9 NKJV
Better to dwell in a corner of a housetop, Than in a house shared with a contentious woman.
- This should be pretty self-explanatory as anyone living with someone who is argumentative and mean is NOT fun. I would rather live in the corner of the house too. #wisdom
Isaiah 36:12 NKJV
But [the] Rabshakeh said, “Has my master sent me to your master and to you to speak these words, and not to the men who sit on the wall, who will eat and drink their own waste with you?”
- The KJV is keeping it real… “that they may eat their own dung, and drink their own piss with you?” Dude…YUCK! Talk about weird and gross! But reading God Will Make a Way, you will see what is going on with Rabshakeh.
Galatians 5:12 NIV
As for those agitators, I wish they would go the whole way and emasculate themselves!
- The Amplified version really brings to light the verse above…”I wish that those who are troubling you [by teaching that circumcision is necessary for salvation] would even [go all the way and] castrate themselves!” Here the Apostle Paul is getting upset at those who are bringing legalism back into the gospel. You can learn more about Galatians 5:12 here.
Exodus 4:24-26 NKJV
And it came to pass on the way, at the encampment, that the LORD met him and sought to kill him. 25 Then Zipporah took a sharp stone and cut off the foreskin of her son and cast [it] at [Moses]’ feet, and said, “Surely you [are] a husband of blood to me!” 26 So He let him go. Then she said, “[You are] a husband of blood!”–because of the circumcision.
- Thanks to Zipporah, we have this weird Bible verse! This is a story in Exodus, and it’s an interesting one as we don’t have a lot of detail about why the Lord wanted to take Moses out. But apparently, it has to do with Moses not circumcising his son. Read more on it Why was God going to kill Moses in Exodus 4:24-26?
Leviticus 26:29 NKJV
You shall eat the flesh of your sons, and you shall eat the flesh of your daughters.
- This passage is actually a prediction of what will come for the Israelites. Famine, war, and other calamities can drive people to do insane things. To clarify, here is what Ellicott’s Commentary for English Readers says…
And ye shall eat the flesh of your sons.—The harrowing scene here described is also depicted in Deuteronomy 28:53-57. This prediction actually came to pass at the siege of Samaria by the Syrians (2Kings 6:28-29), and at the siege of Jerusalem by the Chaldæans, which Jeremiah thus bewails, “the hands of pitiful women have sodden their own children, they were their meat in the destruction of the daughter of my people” (Lamentations 4:10; comp. also Jeremiah 19:9; Ezekiel 5:10; Zechariah 11:9, &c.).
This also happened at the siege of Jerusalem by Titus. A woman named Mary killed her infant child and boiled it during the height of the famine, and after she had eaten part of it, the soldiers found the rest in her house.
Deuteronomy 25:11-12 NKJV
If [two] men fight together, and the wife of one draws near to rescue her husband from the hand of the one attacking him, and puts out her hand and seizes him by the genitals, 12 “then you shall cut off her hand; your eye shall not pity [her].
- Apparently, if you tag team fight with your spouse, low blows are not allowed. Penalty? You lose a hand! David Atwell’s take on this verse is very interesting and …
“Remember all the way back in May, when we examined a verse about how men who were castrated weren’t allowed into the Temple? That law comes not too long before this one, so this one must be read in light of the one that came before it. The woman in this scenario isn’t just hoping the man she is fighting will be unable to have children anymore; She’s flat-out saying that she doesn’t want to worship with him in the Temple any longer. She’s saying that he deserves to be treated like a foreigner. “You don’t deserve to be a part of this nation.” (source)
Genesis 38:8-10 NKJV
And Judah said to Onan, “Go in to your brother’s wife and marry her, and raise up an heir to your brother.” 9 But Onan knew that the heir would not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in to his brother’s wife, that he emitted on the ground, lest he should give an heir to his brother. 10 And the thing which he did displeased the LORD; therefore He killed him also.
- A lot is going on in this story, and this passage comes off as strange and maybe a little TMI (too much information). But when we understand the whole context and history of the story, everything starts making sense. Learn more at… Genesis 38 – Tamar and the Sin of Judah
More Interesting Bible Verses To Check Out
If you have enjoyed learning about weird Bible verses, you might also be interested in checking out some other fun Bible verse topics.
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- 8 Interesting Bible Verses about Bees, Wasps, and Hornets
- 25 Comforting Bible Verses for a Broken Heart
Well, there you have it. We have gone through some crazy Bible verses. And I hope they have encouraged you to get into the Word more. If you know of some of odd verses feel free to drop them down below.
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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