Bible Atrocities from the Old Testament
GE 34:13-29 The Israelites kill Hamor, his son, and all the men of their
village, taking as plunder their wealth, cattle, wives and
GE 6:11-17, 7:11-24 God is unhappy with the
wickedness of man and decides to do something about it. He kills
every living thing on the face of the earth other than Noah's family
and thereby makes himself the greatest mass murderer in history.
7:1, 14, 9:14-16, 10:1-2, 11:7 The purpose of the devastation that
God brings to the Egyptians is as follows:
to show that he is
to show that there is none like him in all the earth;
show his great power;
to cause his name to be declared throughout
to give the Israelites something to talk about with
to show that he makes a distinction between Israel
EX 9:22-25 A plague of hail from the Lord strikes
down everything in the fields of Egypt both man and beast except in
Goshen where the Israelites reside.
EX 12:29 The Lord kills
all the first-born in the land of Egypt.
EX 17:13 With the
Lord's approval, Joshua mows down Amalek and his people.
21:20-21 With the Lord's approval, a slave may be beaten to death
with no punishment for the perpetrator as long as the slave doesn't
die too quickly.
EX 32:27 "Put every man his sword by his
side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and
slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every
man his neighbor.
EX 32:27-29 With the Lord's approval, the
Israelites slay 3000 men.
LE 26:7-8 The Lord promises the
Israelites that, if they are obedient, their enemies will "fall
before your sword."
LE 26:22 "I will also send wild
beasts among you, which shall rob you of your children."
26:29, DT 28:53, JE 19:9, EZ 5:8-10 As a punishment, the Lord will
cause people to eat the flesh of their own sons and daughters and
fathers and friends.
LE 27:29 Human sacrifice is condoned.
(Note: An example is given in JG 11:30-39)
NU 11:33 The Lord
smites the people with a great plague.
NU 16:27-33 The Lord
causes the earth to open and swallow up the men and their households
(including wives and children) because the men had been
NU 16:35 A fire from the Lord consumes 250
NU 16:49 A plague from the Lord kills 14,700 people.
21:3 The Israelites utterly destroy the Canaanites.
Fiery serpents, sent by the Lord, kill many Israelites.
21:35 With the Lord's approval, the Israelites slay Og "... and
his sons and all his people, until there was not one survivor
NU 25:4 (KJV) "And the Lord said unto
Moses, take all the heads of the people, and hang them up before the
Lord against the sun ...."
NU 25:9 24,000 people die in a
plague from the Lord.
NU 31:9 The Israelites capture Midianite
women and children.
NU 31:17-18 Moses, following the Lord's
command, orders the Israelites to kill all the Midianite male
children and "... every woman who has known man ...."
(Note: How would it be determined which women had known men? One can
NU 31:31-40 32,000 virgins are taken by the
Israelites as booty. Thirty-two are set aside (to be sacrificed?) as
a tribute for the Lord.
DT 2:33-34 The Israelites utterly
destroy the men, women, and children of Sihon.
DT 3:6 The
Israelites utterly destroy the men, women, and children of Og.
7:2 The Lord commands the Israelites to "utterly destroy"
and shown "no mercy" to those whom he gives them for
DT 20:13-14 "When the Lord delivers it into your
hand, put to the sword all the males .... As for the women, the
children, the livestock and everything else in the city, you may take
these as plunder for yourselves."
DT 20:16 "In the
cities of the nations the Lord is giving you as an inheritance, do
not leave alive anything that breathes."
DT 21:10-13 With
the Lord's approval, the Israelites are allowed to take "beautiful
women" from the enemy camp to be their captive wives. If, after
sexual relations, the husband has "no delight" in his wife,
he can simply let her go.
DT 28:53 "You will eat the
fruit of the womb, the flesh of the sons and daughters the Lord your
God has given you."JS 1:1-9, 18 Joshua receives the Lord's
blessing for all the bloody endeavors to follow.
With the Lord's approval, Joshua destroys the city of Jericho men,
women, and children with the edge of the sword.
With the Lord's approval, Joshua utterly smites the people of Ai,
killing 12,000 men and women, so that there were none who
JS 10:10-27 With the help of the Lord, Joshua utterly
destroys the Gibeonites.
JS 10:28 With the Lord's approval,
Joshua utterly destroys the people of Makkedah.
JS 10:30 With
the Lord's approval, Joshua utterly destroys the Libnahites.
10:32-33 With the Lord's approval, Joshua utterly destroys the people
of Lachish. (a people "peaceful and secure")
10:34-35 With the Lord's approval, Joshua utterly destroys the
JS 10:36-37 With the Lord's approval, Joshua
utterly destroys the Hebronites.
JS 10:38-39 With the Lord's
approval, Joshua utterly destroys the Debirites.
JS 10:40 (A
summary statement.) "So Joshua defeated the whole land ...; he
left none remaining, but destroyed all that breathed, as the Lord God
of Israel commanded." (actually, this is contradicted later)
11:6 The Lord orders horses to be hamstrung. (Exceedingly cruel.)
11:8-15 "And the lord gave them into the hand of Israel,
...utterly destroying them; there was none left that breathed
JS 11:20 "For it was the Lord's doing to
harden their hearts that they should come against Israel in battle,
in order that they should be utterly destroyed, and should receive no
mercy but be exterminated, as the Lord commanded Moses."
11:21-23 Joshua utterly destroys the Anakim.
JG 1:4 With the
Lord's support, Judah defeats 10,000 Canaanites at Bezek.
1:6 With the Lord's approval, Judah pursues Adoni-bezek, catches him,
and cuts off his thumbs and big toes.
JG 1:8 With the Lord's
approval, Judah smites Jerusalem.
JG 1:17 With the Lord's
approval, Judah and Simeon utterly destroy the Canaanites who
JG 3:29 The Israelites kill about 10,000
JG 3:31 (A restatement.) Shamgar killed 600
Philistines with an oxgoad.
JG 7:19-25 The Gideons defeat the
Midianites, slay their princes, cut off their heads, and bring the
heads back to Gideon.
JG 8:15-21 The Gideons slaughter the men
JG 9:5 Abimalech murders his brothers.
9:45 Abimalech and his men kill all the people in the city.
9:53-54 "A woman dropped a stone on his head and cracked his
skull. Hurriedly he called to his armor-bearer, 'Draw your sword and
kill me, so that they can't say a woman killed me.' So his servant
ran him through, and he died."
JG 11:29-39 Jepthah
sacrifices his beloved daughter, his only child, according to a vow
he has made with the Lord.
JG 14:19 The Spirit of the Lord
comes upon a man and causes him to slay thirty men.
Samson slays 1000 men with the jawbone of an ass.
Samson, with the help of the Lord, pulls down the pillars of the
Philistine house and causes his own death and that of 3000 other men
JG 18:27 The Danites slay the quiet and
unsuspecting people of Laish.
JG 19:22-29 A group of sexual
depraved men beat on the door of an old man's house demanding that he
turn over to them a male house guest. Instead, the old man offers his
virgin daughter and his guest's concubine (or wife): "Behold,
here are my virgin daughter and his concubine; let me bring them out
now. Ravish them and do with them what seems good to you; but against
this man do not do so vile a thing." The man's concubine is
ravished and dies. The man then cuts her body into twelve pieces and
sends one piece to each of the twelve tribes of Israel
20:43-48 The Israelites smite 25,000+ "men of valor" from
amongst the Benjamites, "men and beasts and all that they
found," and set their towns on fire.
JG 21:10-12 "...
Go and smite the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead with the edge of the
sword and; also the women and little ones.... every male and every
woman that has lain with a male you shall utterly destroy." They
do so and find four hundred young virgins whom they bring back for
their own use.
1SA 4:10 The Philistines slay 30,000 Israelite
1SA 5:6-9 The Lord afflicts the Philistines
with tumors in their "secret parts," presumably for having
stolen the Ark.
1SA 6:19 God kills seventy men (or so) for
looking into the Ark (at him?). (Note: The early Israelites
apparently thought the Ark to be God's abode.)
Samuel and his men smite the Philistines.
1SA 11:11 With the
Lord's blessing, Saul and his men cut down the Ammonites.
14:31 Jonathan and his men strike down the Philistines.
14:48 Saul smites the Amalekites.
1SA 15:3, 7-8 "This is
what the Lord says: Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all
that they have; do not spare them, but kill both man and woman,
infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass ....' And Saul ...
utterly destroyed all the people with the edge of the sword."
15.33 "Samuel hewed Agag in pieces before the Lord ...."
18:7 The women sing as they make merry: "Saul has slain his
thousands and David his ten thousands."
1SA 18:27 David
murders 200 Philistines, then cuts off their foreskins.
30:17 David smites the Amalekites.
2SA 4:7-8 Rechan and Baanah
kill Ish-bosheth, behead him, and take his head to David.
4:12 David has Rechan and Baanah killed, their hands and feet cut
off, and their bodies hanged by the pool at Hebron.
"And David did as the Lord commanded him, and smote the
2SA 6:2-23 Because she rebuked him for
having exposed himself, Michal (David's wife) was barren throughout
her life.2SA 8:1-18 (A listing of some of David's murderous
2SA 8:4 David hamstrung all but a few of the
2SA 8:5 David slew 22,000 Syrians.
2SA 8:6, 14
"The Lord gave victory to David wherever he went."
8:13 David slew 18,000 Edomites in the valley of salt and made the
2SA 10:18 David slew 47,000+ Syrians.
11:14-27 David has Uriah killed so that he can marry Uriah's wife,
2SA 12:1, 19 The Lord kills David's child dead for
the sin that David has committed.
2SA 13:1-15 Amnon loves his
sister Tamar, rapes her, then hates her.
2SA 13:28-29 Absalom
has Amnon murdered.
2SA 18:6 -7 20,000 men are slaughtered at
the battle in the forest of Ephraim.
2SA 18:15 Joab's men
2SA 20:10-12 Joab's men murder Amasa and leave
him "... wallowing in his own blood in the highway. And anyone
who came by, seeing him, stopped."
2SA 24:15 The Lord
"moved" David to take a census (2 Sam. 24:1) but then the
Lord sends a pestilence on Israel that kills 70,000 men as punishment
for taking the census.
1KI 2:24-25 Solomon has Adonijah
1KI 2:29-34 Solomon has Joab murdered.
2:46 Solomon has Shime-i murdered.
1KI 13:15-24 A man is
killed by a lion for eating bread and drinking water in a place where
the Lord had previously told him not to. This is in spite of the fact
that the man had subsequently been lied to by a prophet who told the
man that an angel of the Lord said that it would be alright to eat
and drink there.
1KI 20:29-30 The Israelites smite 100,000
Syrian soldiers in one day. A wall falls on 27,000 remaining
2KI 1:10-12 Fire from heaven comes down and consumes
2KI 2:23-24 Forty-two children are mauled and
killed, presumably according to the will of God, for having jeered at
a man of God.
2KI 5:27 Elisha curses Gehazi and his
descendants forever with leprosy.
2KI 6:18-19 The Lord answers
Elisha's prayer and strikes the Syrians with blindness. Elisha tricks
the blind Syrians and leads them to Samaria.
2KI 6:29 "So
we cooked my son and ate him. The next day I said to her, 'Give up
your son so we may eat him,' but she had hidden him."
9:24 Jehu tricks and murders Joram.
2KI 9:27 Ahaziah has Jehu
2KI 9:30-37 Jehu has Jezebel killed. Her body is
trampled by horses. Dogs eat her flesh so that only her skull, feet,
and the palms of her hands remain.
2KI 10:7 Jehu has Ahab's
seventy sons beheaded, then sends the heads to their father.
10:14 Jehu has forty-two of Ahab's kin killed.
2KI 10:17 "And
when he came to Samaria, he slew all that remained to Ahab in
Samaria, till he had wiped them out, according to the word of the
2KI 10:19-27 Jehu uses trickery to massacre
the Baal worshippers.
2KI 11:1 Athaliah destroys all the royal
2KI 15:3-5 Even though he did what was right in the
eyes of the Lord, the Lord smites Azariah with leprosy for not having
removed the "high places."2KI 14:5, 7 Amaziah kills his
servants and then 10,000 Edomites.
2KI 15:16 Menahem ripped
open all the women who were pregnant.
2KI 19:35 An angel of
the Lord kills 185,000 men.
1CH 20:3 (KJV) "And he
brought out the people that were in it, and cut them with saws, and
with harrows of iron, and with axes."
2CH 13:17 500,000
Israelites are slaughtered.
2CH 21:4 Jehoram slays all his
PS 137:9 Happy will be the man who dashes your
little ones against the stones.
PS 144:1 God is praised as the
one who trains hands for war and fingers for battle. (This is the God
IS 13:15 "Everyone who is captured will be
thrust through; all who are caught will fall by the sword. Their
infants will be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their ... wives
will be ravished."
IS 13:18 "Their bows also shall
dash the young men to pieces; and they shall have no pity on the
fruit of the womb; their eye shall not spare children."
14:21-22 "Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquity of
IS 49:26 The Lord will cause the
oppressors of the Israelite's to eat their own flesh and to become
drunk on their own blood as with wine.
JE 16:4 "They
shall die grievous deaths; they shall not be lamented; neither shall
they be buried; but they shall be as dung upon the face of the earth:
and they shall be consumed by the sword, and by famine; and their
carcasses shall be meat for the fowls of heaven, and for the beasts
of the earth."
LA 4:9-10 "Those slain by the sword
are better off than those who die of famine; racked with hunger, they
waste away for lack of food. ... pitiful women have cooked their own
children, who became their food ...".
EZ 6:12-13 The
Lord says: "... they will fall by the sword, famine and plague.
He that is far away will die of the plague, and he that is near will
fall by the sword, and he that survives and is spared will die of
famine. So will I spend my wrath upon them. And they will know I am
the Lord, when the people lie slain among their
idols around their
altars, on every high hill and on all the mountaintops, under every
spreading tree and every leafy oak ...."
EZ 9:4-6 The
Lord commands: "... slay old men outright, young men and
maidens, little children and women ...."
EZ 20:26 In
order that he might horrify them, the Lord allowed the Israelites to
defile themselves through, amongst other things, the sacrifice of
their first-born children.
EZ 21:3-4 The Lord says that he
will cut off both the righteous and the wicked that his sword shall
go against all flesh.
EZ 23:25, 47 God is going to slay the
sons and daughters of those who were whores.
HO 13:16 "They
shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and
their women with child shall be ripped up."
MI 3:2-3 "...
who pluck off their skin ..., and their flesh from off their bones;
Who also eat the flesh of my people, and flay their skin from off
them; and they break their bones, and chop them in pieces, as for the
pot, and as flesh within the caldron."
Don Morgan's list of Bible atrocities