By: Steve Shirley
For those out there (like me) who are fascinated by both useful and useless bits of trivia, this is for you. Please let me warn you ahead of time not to take all of these as absolute fact. I have checked most to see if they are true, but some (like there are 3,566,480 letters in the Bible), I did not verify. Feel free to check them out on your own, and if you find an error, please go to the homepage and leave a message letting me know.
The Bible has:
Over 8000 prophesies
1845 references to Christ's second coming in the OT (318 in the NT)
Shortest verse: Jn 11:35: "Jesus wept"
Longest verse: Esther 8:9
Longest chapter: Ps 119
Shortest chapter: Ps 117
Shortest book: 3 John
Longest book: Psalms
Most used word: "the" (over 24,000 times)
The exact middle of the Bible is (Ps 118:8).
The Bible was written over a period of 1500 years by 40 different authors.
The longest sentence in the Bible (KJV Version) is found in (Eph 1:3-14).
Nine out of every ten people own a Bible.
The Bible has been translated into at least 600 languages.
Have you ever taken the time to read your Bible cover to cover? Assuming your Bible is 1000 pages long (not counting study notes), and you read a page every 5 minutes, it should take you 84 hours or just under 3 and a half days to read it all. You have read many other books cover to cover, but have you read the most important book of all time?
Methuselah was the oldest man at 969 yrs old (Gen 5:27).
Six other people also lived to be over 900 yrs old: (Adam 930 yrs old:
(Seth 912 yrs old: Gen 5:8)(Enos [Enosh] 905 yrs old: Gen 5:11)
(Cainan [Kenan] 910 yrs old: Gen 5:14) (Jared 962 yrs old: Gen 5:20)
(Noah 950 yrs old: Gen 9:28)
** Note: After the flood, longevity of life greatly decreased.
Seven people committed suicide in the Bible: (Zimri: 1 Kin 16:18) (Judas:
(Abimelech: Judg 9:53-54)(Ahithophel: 2 Sam 17:23) (Samson: Judg 16:25-30)
(Saul: 1 Sam 31:4-5, 1 Chr 10:4-5) (Saul's armorbearer: 1 Sam 31:5, 1 Chr 10:5).
There are 10 places where people were raised from the dead in the Bible:
Elijah raised the widow's son (1 Kin 17:17-24).
Elisha raised the Shunammites son (2 Kin 4:18-37).
A dead man came to life when his body was set on the dead bones of Elisha (2 Kin 13:20-21).
Jesus raised a widow's son (Lk 7:11-15).
Jesus raised the daughter of Jarius (Lk 8:41-42,49-56).
Jesus raised Lazarus (Jn 11:1-46).
Jesus was resurrected (Mt 28)(Mk 16)(Lk 24)(Jn 20-21).
Many dead saints came out of their graves after Jesus' resurrection (Mt 27:51-53)
Peter raised Tabitha (Dorcas) (Acts 9:36-51).
Paul raised Eutychus (Acts 20:9-12).
The 10 commandments had writing on both sides (Ex 32:15).
Ehud was the 1st left handed man in the Bible (Judg 3:15).
Dogs are mentioned 41 times in the Bible, cats are never mentioned.
Ostriches are mentioned only twice in the Bible: (Job 39:13-18)(Lam 4:3). They are described as cruel and harsh towards their young, having no wisdom or understanding, but faster than a horse.
Jubal invented the harp and flute (Gen 4:21).
Delilah did not cut Samson's hair (Judg 16:19).
Everyone spoke the same language until the incident at the Tower of Babel (Gen 11:1-9).
There was a lady named Noah (Josh 17:3).
Samson used the jawbone of an ass to kill 1000 men (Judg 15:15).
The only boat mentioned by name in the Bible is the Castor and Pollux (Acts 28:11).
Manasseh was the longest reigning king at 55 years (2 Kin 21:1).
Zimri was the shortest reigning king at 7 days (1 Kin 16:15).
Joash was the youngest king at 7 years old (2 Chr 24:1).
Genesis never says Adam and Eve ate an apple, only that they ate fruit.
The only place an apple tree is mentioned is in the Bible is (Song of Solo 2:3).
Er was the 1st person God killed for being wicked (Gen 38:7).
Isaiah is the Old Testament book most quoted in the New Testament (419 times).
Psalms is second with (414 quotes).
Genesis is third with (260 quotes).
Lamech was the first person recorded in the Bible to commit polygamy (Gen 4:19).
Noah's Ark was 450' long, 75' wide, and 45' high, and had 3 stories (Gen 6:15-16).
God shut the door of the Ark (Gen 7:16).
There were 4 creatures sent as part of the 10 plagues against Egypt: frogs, lice, flies, and locusts.
Goliath's armor weighed 125 pounds (Judg 17:5).
David kept Goliath's armor in his tent after defeating him (Judg 17:54).
Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines (1 Kin 11:3).
Stephen was the 1st Christian martyr (Acts 6:7-8:2).
James was the first apostle martyred (Acts 12:1-2).
Othniel was the 1st judge of Israel (Judg 3:9-10).
Green is the 1st color mentioned in the Bible (Gen 1:30).
Joshua captured 31 kings (Josh 12:9-24).
David is mentioned 1139 times in the Bible, second only to Jesus.
Sarah is the most mentioned woman (59 times), Rachel is 2nd (47 times).
Miriam is the 1st woman recorded singing in the Bible (Ex 15:21).
Gamaliel was Paul's teacher (Acts 22:3).
He as also an important member of the Sanhedrin (Acts 5:34).
There are 7 Mary's in the New Testament.
There was a man with 6 fingers and 6 toes (2 Sam 21:20).
Two men never died in the Bible: Enoch (Gen 5:22-24) and Elijah (2 Kin 2:11).
The book of Job dates before Exodus.
God is not mentioned in the book of Esther.
The longest word in the Bible is Maher-shalal-hash-baz.
Every quote Jesus used against Satan was from the book of Deuteronomy.
Jesus quoted from Genesis 25 times.
Jesus, Moses, Elijah, and Joshua were the only people who fasted 40 days in the Bible. Moses also went without water for 40 days (Ex 34:28)(Deut 9:18).
Word for word, Luke wrote more of the New Testament than Paul.
The books Paul wrote in the NT were named for the people they were written to.
Jesus never once told His disciples He loved them in the Bible, He showed them with His actions.
Bethlehem means "house of bread."
Amen means basically "so be it."
Hosanna means "save now."
Manna means "what is it."
When the king of Nineveh called the people to repent, even the animals were to fast and be covered in sackcloth (Jonah 3:7-8).
Job at one time had 7000 sheep, 3000 camels, 500 oxen, and 500 female donkeys (Job 1:3).
There are approximately 125 animals mentioned in the Bible.
Job said his wife thought he had bad breath (Job 19:17).
Solomon had 12,000 horses and 1400 chariots (1 Kin 10:26).
Solomon wrote 3000 proverbs and 1005 songs (1 Kin 4:32).
Silver was of little value in Solomon's day (1 Kin 10:21).
Egyptians despised shepherds (Gen 46:34).
Adam was 130 years old when Seth was born (Gen 5:3).
Jacob had 12 sons, but also had a daughter named Dinah (Gen 34:1).
The Levites could not serve in the Tabernacle until 25 years old and had to retire at age 50 (Num 8:24-25).
When Moses lead the people out of Egypt, he took along Joseph's bones (Ex 13:19).
God Himself buried Moses and no one knows where (Deut 34:5-6).
Jerusalem at one time was called Jebus (Judg 19:10). It was also called Salem (Ps 76:2)(Gen 14:18)(Heb 7:1-2).
Og, the king of Bashan, had a bed made of iron that was 13' long and 6' wide (Deut 3:11).
Eglon was a very fat man (Judg 3:17).
During a severe famine in Samaria, a donkey's head was being sold for 80 pieces of silver and 16 oz of a dove's dung was being sold for 5 pieces of silver (ewwww)(2 Kin 6:25).
When Nehemiah saw that the men of Judah had married foreign wives, he rebuked them, beat some of them, and pulled out their hair (Neh 13:25).
There are 12 books of the Bible that start with J.
The disciples were called Christians for the 1st time at Antioch (Acts 11:26).
Jesus was about 30 when He began His ministry (Lk 3:23).
Jesus performed over 30 miracles in the Gospels.
The last place we see the Ark of the Covenant in the Bible is in (2 Chr 35:3) when God told the Levites to place it in the Temple that Solomon built.
There is nothing in the Bible stating men and women danced with one another.
The new Earth won't have any seas (Rev 21:1).
The law was given 430 years after God's covenant was established with Abraham (Gal 3:16-17).
The Sea of Galilee was also known as the Sea of Tiberias (Jn 21:1).
Joseph was the only person in Genesis to live less than 120 years.
Isaiah (Greek word Esaias) is quoted by name more than any other Old Testament prophet in the New Testament (21 times).
Jesus asked 107 questions in the Bible.
There are 613 articles in the law.
There is only one place in the Bible that shows Jesus sleeping; it is in the midst of a storm (Mt 8:23-27)(Mk 4:35-41)(Lk 8:22-25).
Unlike today, people who died during Bible times were almost always buried the same day they died.
Verily I say unto you (or thee) is used 77 times in the Gospels.
The 4 Gospels record about 50 days of Jesus 3 year ministry.
The time period of the book of Genesis spans more time than all of the rest of the Bible combined.
The walls surrounding Babylon were 87 ft thick and 387 ft high.
King Ahasuerus made a feast that went for 180 days (Est 1:3-4).
The only woman the Bible tells us to remember is Lot's wife (Lk 17:32).
Enoch was the first man to prophesy in the Bible (Jude 14).
Paul was guarded by 470 soldiers when He was taken to Governor Felix (Acts 23:23).
Speaking of Felix, He is one of only 3 people in the Bible who's name begins with an F: Felix, Fortunatus (1 Cor 16:17), and Festus (Acts 24-26).
A ball is mentioned only once in the Bible (Isa 22:18).
Joseph is the first man mentioned as shaving (Gen 41:14).
Cheese is mentioned 3 times in the Bible (1 Sam 17:18)(2 Sam 17:29)(Job 10:10).
There was a king named So (2 Kg 17:4), an altar named Ed (Josh 22:34), and a man named Hen (Zech 6:14).
Sarah is the only woman mentioned as laughing in the Bible (Gen 18:12-13).
Paul had a sister (Acts 23:16).
Boys didn't officially get their names until they were circumcised on the 8th day after being born.
Abraham was circumcised when he was 99 years old (Gen 17:24).
Can you find a place in the Bible where it says angels sing?
Abraham got remarried after Sarah died, to Keturah. He had 6 children with her (Gen 25:1-2).
There are approximately 34 false gods mentioned in the Bible.
Four of the false gods were women: (Asherah: Judg 3:7, 2 Kin 21:7, 1 Kin
(Ashteroth [Aphrodite to the Greeks, Venus to the Romans]: 1 Sam 31:10, 1 Kin 11:5,33)
(Succoth Benoth: 2 Kin 17:30)(Diana: Acts 19:27,35,37).
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego are the only people mentioned in the Bible as wearing hats (Dan 3:21).
Only those who breathed through their nostrils were killed in the flood (Gen 7:22).
Three of Benjamin's sons were named Muppim, Huppim, and Ard (Gen 46:21).
Jacob was buried with Leah and not Rachel when he died (Gen 49:31).
Embalming in early Bible times took 40 days (Gen 50:3).
When Moses went up to Mt. Sinai to get the 10 commandments, he went up, then had to go back down, then up again before he received them (Ex 19:24).
Anything that walked on four paws was a forbidden food under the law (Lev 11:27).
The six "cities of refuge" were a part of the land given to the Levites (Num 35:6).
In the book of Deuteronomy, God was still taking care of the descendants of Esau (Deut 2:4-5).
The Israelites left Egypt in the evening at sunset (Deut 16:6).
There was a city called Adam (Josh 3:16).
God also dried up the Jordan River so His people could pass through (Josh 3:14-17).
God rained down large stones from Heaven on some of Israel's enemies (Josh 10:11).
Samson not wanting to marry a Philistine girl (who was not of his own people) was of the Lord (Judg 14:4).
The Gileadites tested people to see if they were their enemies the Ephraimites by making them say "Shibboleth." The Ephraimites couldn't pronounce it right, saying "Sibboleth," and when they mispronounced it, they were captured and killed.
Saul was so afraid when they tried to make him king, he hid in some luggage so they couldn't find him (1 Sam 10:22).
Saul gave David's wife Michal to a man named Palti (1 Sam 25:44).
The Lord named Solomon "Jedediah," meaning "beloved of the Lord" (2 Sam 12:25).
Absalom made a monument to himself (2 Sam 18:18).
A man named Ben-hur was a deputy over Israel (1 Kin 3:16).
The pillars in front of the Temple had names: Jachin and Boaz (1 Kin 7:21)(2 Chr 4:17).
Samaria was named after a man called Shemer, and bought for two talents of silver (1 Kin 16:24).
King Ahab built an ivory house (1 Kin 22:39).
Elijah was a hairy man (2 Kin 1:8).
God parted the Jordan River for both Elijah and Elisha (2 Kin 2:7-9,14).
Jehu was a crazy chariot driver (2 Kin 9:20).
Elisha died from an illness (2 Kin 13:14).
David had a son named Daniel (1 Chr 3:1).
Joab became David's commander and chief because he killed the first person when David took over Jerusalem (1 Chr 11:6).
The Gadites had faces like lions (1 Chr 12:8).
David's sons had a tutor named Hachmoni (1 Chr 27:32).
Esther was also called Hadessah (Est 2:7).
Job had worms in his skin during his trial (Job 7:5).
Solomon had black, wavy hair (Song 5:11).
There were cities named Michmash (Isa 10:28), Hanes (Isa 30:4), and Sin (Ezek 30:15).
Kings Zedekiah and Ahab were burned to death (Jer 29:22).
Herod had a brother named Philip (Mk 6:17).
When Jesus was walking on water, He intended to pass by the disciples boat (Mk 6:48).
The prodigal son had spent part of his inheritance on prostitutes (Lk 15:30).
Andrew was a disciple of John The Baptist before becoming Jesus' disciple (Jn 1:35,40).
In the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden (Jn 19:41).
Paul spoke both Greek and Hebrew (Acts 21:37,40).
The Sadducees didn't believe in resurrection from the dead, angels, or spirits (Acts 23:8).
Paul was unskilled in speech (2 Cor 11:6).
Mark was a cousin of Barnabas (Col 4:10).
Elijah prayed, and it didn't rain on the Earth for three and a half years (Jas 5:17).
David had two sisters named Zeruiah and Abagail (1 Chr 2:16).
Jacob didn't destroy his idols, he hid them under a tree (Gen 35:4).
God told the Israelites no animal of the sea should be eaten unless it
had fins or scales
There were 6 steps to Solomon's throne (1 Kin 10:19).
Goliath had a brother named Lahmi (1 Chr 20:5).
Who wrote the book of Deuteronomy? Did you say Moses? Well he wrote MOST of it, but not ALL of it. He could not have written the last chapter (34), because he was dead. Most believe Joshua finished it.
Joshua also could not have written Joshua 24:29-33, because he had died.
Jesus called Himself the "Son of man" 75 times in the Gospels.
Jesus was born during the reign of Caesar Augustus (Lk 2:1).
Elephants are never mentioned in the Bible. However, ivory, which comes from elephants' tusks, is mentioned 13 times.
Psalm 111 is an example of an acrostic psalm. Each line begins with a
different letter of the
Hebrew alphabet from beginning to end (22 letters).
Other examples of acrostics can be found in Psalms 9,10,25,34,37,112,119,145.
Why does the Bible say that people were always "going up" to Jerusalem? Because Jerusalem sits upon a hill, and no matter what direction you approach from, you will always be going up to it.
Absalom cut his hair once a year, and when he did what was cut off weighed just about 5 pounds (1 Sam 14:26)!
Rachel was a shepherdess (Gen 29:9).
Even though Leah and Rachel were both married to Jacob, Leah had to buy a night with her husband from Rachel for some mandrakes her son had brought her (Gen 30:14-16).
The golden calf which Aaron made for the Israelites was made ONLY from earrings (Ex 32:2-4).
John The Baptist never performed any miracles (Jn 10:41).
Abraham had sons with some of his concubines too (Gen 26:6).
Only two people died by hanging in the Bible, and both were suicides (Ahithophel 2 Sam 17:23)(Judas Mt 27:5).
Four squads of soldiers (16 soldiers) were assigned to guard Peter in prison (Acts 12:4). He was also chained between two soldiers at all times (Acts 12:6).
Peter obviously knew he would never be a part of a rapture because Jesus told him how he would die (Jn 21:18-19).
David's tomb was still visible in Jerusalem at the time of Pentecost (Acts 2:29).
There was a place near Gilgal called the "Hill of the Foreskins" (Josh 5:3). (see footnotes in versions other than KJV)
The Valley of Hinnom was a place just south of Jerusalem where the garbage of the city was taken and burned. It was burning continually. The Greek word for this place was Gehenna, which was used in the New Testament 12 times, and it was translated as Hell.
There was a man named Salmon (Ruth 4:20-21)(Mt 1:4-5)(Lk 3:32).
A man named Judas lived on "Straight Street" (Acts 9:11).
Speaking of Barnabas, keep in mind that the only vowel in his name is "a." It is not Barnabus as many often spell it.
Elizabeth, the mother of John The Baptist was a descendant of Aaron (Lk 1:5).
John The Baptist was Jesus' cousin (Lk 1:36).
There were 13 plagues in the Bible.
There were 25 fasts in the Bible.
Timothy was mentioned by Paul 17 times in his letters.
Timothy had a Jewish mother and a Gentile father (Acts 16:1).
In (Ezek 24:23), the KJV Bible says the house of Israel wore "tires" on their heads. Modern translations make this a "turban."
A few Pharisees were converted (i.e. Paul, Nicodemus), but there is no record of any Sadducees being converted.
The Bible records God the Father speaking audibly to Jesus 3 times while He was on the Earth: (Mt 3:17)(Mt 17:5)(Jn 12:28).
Jesus proclaimed His deity 7 times in the book of John by saying "I AM"
(Jn 6:35, 8:12, 10:7,9, 10:11,14, 11:25, 14:6, 15:1).
Noah and his family were on the Ark for just over a year (Gen 7:11, 8:14).
The Earth has been completely covered with water twice: at the beginning of creation (Gen 1) and during the flood (Gen 7).
Nehemiah, along with some other men, returned to Jerusalem after the exile and rebuilt it's walls in 52 days (Neh 6:15)!
The Bible never says that there were only 3 wise men, however, tradition says that their names were Gaspar, Balthazar, and Melchior.
There was an unnamed river that flowed out of the Garden of Eden which parted into 4 more rivers: Pishon, Gihon, Hiddekel (Tigris) and Euphrates (Gen 2:10-14).
Eden means "delight" in Hebrew.
The first question God asked in the Bible was "Where art thou?" to Adam (Gen 3:9).
Twenty different birds were forbidden food (Lev 11:13-19).
The first person to be called a Hebrew in the Bible was Abram (Gen 14:13).
Only two nuts are mentioned by name in the Bible: almonds and pistachios.
Salt is mentioned 41 times in the Bible, but pepper is never mentioned.
The word "hate" is used 87 times in the Bible, but the word "love" is used 310 times.
The only angels mentioned by name in the Bible are: Gabriel, Michael, and Lucifer.
God parted bodies of water for 4 men in the Bible: Moses (Ex 14:21-22), Joshua (Josh 3:13-17), Elijah (2 Kin 2:8), Elisha (2 Kin 2:13-14).
After his conversion, Paul went to Arabia for 3 years (Gal 1:17-18).
The phrase "It is written" (referring to the Old Testament) is found 62 times in the New Testament.
Babylon in the Bible was located approximately where modern day Baghdad, Iraq is today.
Psalm 110:1 is quoted or referred to more in the New Testament than any other Old Testament verse.
The word "Psalm" comes from the Hebrew word "mizmowr" meaning "instrumental music."
Nathanael, one of Jesus' 12 disciples, was from Cana (Jn 21:2), the same place where Jesus performed His first miracle at a wedding (Jn 2:1-10).
Judas "Iscariot" (Gr.Iskariotes) meant "Judas of Kerioth."
There will be no marriages in Heaven (Lk 20:34-35)(Mt 22:30)(Mk 12:25).
Jesus had at least 4 brothers named: James, Joses, Juda (Jude), and Simon as well as sisters (Mk 6:3)(Mt 13:55-56). (James and Jude wrote books of the Bible.)
An ostrich was the largest unclean bird (Lev 11:16).
If an unclean animal fell into a container, the container was to be broken (Lev 11:33).
Under Old Testament purification laws, anyone stepping on a grave was unclean for 7 days (Num 19:16).
The prophet Zechariah (son of Berechiah)(Zech 1:1), who wrote the book of Zechariah, was martyred between the Temple and the altar (Mt 23:35)(Lk 11:51).
Moses is credited as the author of Psalm 90.
In the genealogy of Jesus (Mt 1:1-16: the "royal line" through Joseph) are 4 women. Tamar and Rahab were prostitutes, Bathsheba was an adulterous, and Rahab and Ruth were Gentiles.
The phrase "under the sun" is used 29 times in Ecclesiastes.
Lawyers are mentioned 8 times in the Bible. Only Zenas (Titus 3:13) is mentioned by name.
Only Joseph is said to have been placed in a "coffin" (Gen 50:26).
Adoni-bezek cut off the thumbs and big toes of 70 kings. He was later captured and had his cut off (Judg 1:5-7).
God told Gideon to pick his men for war by how they drank water (Judg 5:4-7).
The camels of kings Zebah and Zalmunna had crescent ornaments on their necks (Judg 8:21).
Those same kings (Zebah and Zalmunna) had killed Gideons' brothers. When Gideon captured them in battle, he asked his firstborn (likely teenage) son to kill them, but he was afraid to do so, therefore, Gideon killed them (Judg 8:18-21).
Gideon had 71 sons (Judg 8:30-31). One of his sons, Abimelech, later killed 69 of them (Judg 9:5-6).
Samson caught 300 foxes, tied them tail to tail, put a lighted torch between their two tails, and set them loose to destroy the fields of the Philistines (Judg 15:4-5).
Samson had 7 locks of hair (Judg 16:19).
David had a praise team of 4000 men (1 Chr 23:5).
There are 106 names beginning with "Z" in the Bible.
(Ezra 7:21) contains every letter of the alphabet but "J."
About 100 pounds of myrrh and aloes were placed on the body of Jesus (Jn 19:29).
Noah lived for 350 years after the flood (Gen 9:28).
Noah's Ark contained only 1 window (Gen 6:16).
Noah built the Ark with gopher wood (Gen 6:14).
The Ark of the Covenant was made with acacia (shittim) wood (Ex 25:10).
Daniel prayed on his knees 3 times a day (Dan 6:10).
Job said the white of an egg has no taste (Job 6:6).
A "Sabbath Day's Journey" (Acts 1:12) was about a half-mile.
(This was a man-made tradition that determined how far the Jews could walk on the Sabbath.)
Paul was a tentmaker (Acts 18:1-3).
Israel (Jacob) gave Joseph his coat of many colors when he was 17 (Gen 37:2-3).
Mary Magdalene had been possessed with 7 demons (Lk 8:2).
The Valley of Siddim was full of tar pits (Gen 14:10).
Jericho` was also known as the "city of palm trees" (Deut 34:3).
There were 3 men named "Dodo" in the Bible: Grandfather of Tola (Judg 10:1), Father of Eleazar (2 Sam 23:9)(1 Chr 11:12), Father of Elhanan (2 Sam 23:24)(1 Chr 11:26).
Horses are mentioned 150 times in the Bible.
150,000 laborers cut and carried the stone used to build the Temple (2 Chr 2:18)(1 Kin 5:15).
The Aramaic word "Raca" used by Jesus in (Mt 5:22) was a word that was used as a sign of great disrespect towards someone. It basically meant the person was "empty-headed."
There are approximately 33 different birds listed in the Bible.
Approximately 20 precious stones are mentioned in the Bible.
Lions killed people 3 times in the Bible (1 Kin 13:23-24)(1 Kin 20:35-36)(Dan 6:24).
Three people also killed lions in the Bible: (Samson: Judg 14:5-9) (David: 1 Sam 17:34-36)(Benaiah: 2 Sam 23:20).
Speaking of Benaiah, when he "killed a lion in a pit on a snowy day" (2
(1 Chr 11:22), it is the only time that the Bible talks about it snowing.
Amos was a herdsman and grower of sycamore figs (Amos 7:14).
The daily provisions for Solomon's palace were: 150 bushels of flour, 300 bushels of meal, 10 stall fed cattle, 20 pasture fed cattle, 100 sheep and goats, as well as deer, gazelles, roebucks, and choice fowl (1 Kin 4:22).
When David ordered Joab and the army commanders to count all of the fighting men of Israel, it took them 9 months and 20 days. There were 1,100,000 men (2 Sam 24:1-9).
When the Angel of the Lord sent a pestilence upon Israel, he was actually visible in the sky with a sword in his hand (2 Sam 24:15-17)(1 Chr 21:14-17).
David paid 600 shekels of gold (about 15 pounds) for the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. This was where God's Temple was later built (1 Chr 21:14-17) (2 Chr 3:1).
The plans for how God's Temple was to be built were put in David's mind by the Holy Spirit (1 Chr 28:12).
Jehiel the Gershonite was the first person put in charge of the Temple treasury (1 Chr 29:8).
Joab's house was located in the wilderness (1 Kin 2:33-34).
There were 30,000 Israelites (plus other non-Israelites) who helped build God's Temple. They worked in shifts, 10,000 worked for one month, then they had 2 months off (1 Kin 5:13-14).
The construction of God's Temple began 480 years after the Israelites had come out of Egypt (in the 4th year of Solomon's reign)(1 Kin 6:1).
Some of the side chambers of God's Temple were 3 stories high (1 Kin 6:5-8).
The walls of God's Temple were made with cedar wood and the floor with cypress wood (1 Kin 6:15).
When God's Temple was dedicated, 22,000 oxen and 120,000 sheep were sacrificed by Solomon (1 Kin 8:62-63).
Solomon had even more wisdom than Ethan the Ezrahite, and the sons of Mahol (Heman, Calcol, and Darda)(1 Kin 4:29-31)!
Solomon had 12 officers (district governors) over all of Israel. Two of these, were married to his daughters: Ben-Abinadab to his daughter Taphath and Ahimaaz to his daughter Basemath (1 Kin 4:7,11,15).
Nobody ever offered more spices as a present than the Queen of Sheba gave to Solomon (1 Kin 10:10)(2 Chr 9:9).
(Prov 30:24-28) says four animals are exceedingly wise: ants, coneys, locusts, and lizards.
God appeared to Solomon 3 times (1 Kin 11:9-13).
Rehoboam, Solomon's son, had 18 wives and 60 concubines. With them, he fathered 28 sons and 60 daughters (1 Kin 11:21).
Zimri was king for only 7 days when he killed himself (1 Kin 16:15-18).
When a group of soldiers was lead into Samaria, the king asked Elisha if he should kill them. Elisha replied no, but instead feed them. The king threw a great feast and then sent them on their way. They never bothered Israel again (2 Kin 6:20-23).
There was such a bad famine in Samaria that 2 ladies agreed to kill their sons and eat them to have food... The first day, they ate one ladies son, then on the 2nd day, when they were to eat the other ladies son, she hid him (2 Kin 6:25-29).
No one was sorry when King Jehoram died (2 Chr 21:18-20).
After the temple of Baal was destroyed, the Israelites used it as a latrine (2 Kin 10:26-28).
Hazael, the king's servant, killed his master and king Ben-Hadad, and became king in his place (2 Kin 8:14-15). Oddly though, he named his son after him (2 Kin 13:3), who later became king himself (2 Kin 13:24).
A city in Egypt was named Memphis (Hos 9:6).
King Uzziah loved the soil (2 Chr 26:10).
During the simultaneous reigns of Uzziah and Jeroboam II, there was a very destructive earthquake (Amos 1:1). (Also see: Zech 14:5) Modern geologists have also confirmed this.
Isaiah was married to a woman referred to only as "the prophetess" (Isa 8:3). He had at least 2 sons with her named Maher-Shalal-Hash-Baz (Isa 8:3) and Shear-Jashub (Isa 7:3).
The men of Lud (Lydians) were famous as archers (Isa 66:19).
King Sennacherib was assassinated by 2 of his sons, who then ran away, leaving a third son to reign in his place (2 Kin 19:36-37)(2 Chr 32:21).
King Manasseh was buried in his garden (2 Kin 21:18).
Jeremiah is the only man in the Bible God would not allow to get married (Jer 16:1-2).
Sadly, in the later years of his life, Solomon had places built to worship the heathen gods Ashtoreth, Chemosh, and Milcom. These places were still present over 300 years later when Josiah was king. Josiah destroyed them (2 Kin 23:13-14).
King Josiah was only about 13-14 years old when he became a father (connect these verses to figure this out: 2 Kin 22:1, 2 Kin 23:31, 2 Kin 23:34-36).
Also, Jehoiachin, who would have been Josiah's grandson, was 18 years old when he became king, and he already had "wives" (2 Kin 24:8,15).
God said He has 4 dreadful judgments: sword (war), famine, wild beasts, and plague (Ezek 14:21). (How many of these are we seeing today?)
In approximately 588 B.C., King Nebuchadnezzar began his siege of Jerusalem (2 Kin 25:1)(Jer 39:1-2)(Jer 52:4). The moment it began, God told Ezekiel, who was 100's of miles away, about it (Ezek 24:1-2).
Ezekiel wore a turban (Ezek 24:16).
Papers placed in an earthen jar lasted for a long time (Jer 32:14). (This is how the Dead Sea Scrolls were stored when we found them 1000's of years after they were written.)
Jonathan the scribe had his house turned into a prison (Jer 37:15,20).
When 70 men were brutally killed at Mizpah, their bodies were thrown into a cistern that King Asa had made about 300 years earlier (Jer 41:4-9)(1 Kin 15:16-22).
King Nebuchadnezzar made a golden statue of himself that was 90' high and 9' wide (Dan 3:1).
God said the house of Judah should hold fasts in the 4th, 5th, 7th, and 10th months (Zech 8:19).
It took Nehemiah and the exiles who returned to Jerusalem 52 days to rebuild the wall around the city that had been destroyed (Neh 6:15).
Nehemiah had a brother named Hanani (Neh 7:2).
David had 6 brothers and 2 sisters (1 Chr 2:13-16).
Both Joab and Amasa were commanders of David's army. They were also his nephews (1 Chr 2:15-17).
David's best friend Jonathan had a son named Mephibosheth. He was also known as Merib-Baal (1 Chr 8:34)(1 Chr 9:40). He became crippled in both feet when he fell at 5 years old while fleeing with his nurse (2 Sam 4:4).
When Elizabeth became pregnant with the baby John The Baptist, she went into seclusion for 5 months (Lk 1:24).
John The Baptist wore clothes made from camel hair (Mt 3:4).
Nazareth was built on a hill (Lk 4:16,29).
One of the women who followed Jesus was Joanna. Her husband was the manager of the evil King Herod's household (Lk 8:2-3).
There was a tower in Siloam (located in the southern part of Jerusalem) that fell and killed 18 people (Lk 13:4).
There was also a "pool" in Siloam that is mentioned in (Jn 9:7). It was built hundreds of years earlier by King Hezekiah (2 Kin 20:20)(2 Chr 32:30).
Jesus taught from a boat 2 times: (Mt 13:1-3)(Mk 4:1-2) and (Lk 5:1-3).
Do you remember where Jesus and the disciples were in their boat crossing the Sea of Galilee in rough weather and Jesus calmed the sea? Did you know that other boats were with them? (Mt 8:23-27)(Mk 4:35-41)(Lk 8:22-25)(See: Mk 4:36)
When Jesus cast the demons out of a demon possessed man into a herd of pigs, they went into about 2000 pigs (Mk 5:13).
Mark recorded Jesus as saying that 2 sparrows sold for a copper coin (Mk 10:29). However, Luke tells us in recording Jesus' words that you could get a bargain deal if you bought 5 sparrows. They only cost 2 copper coins (Lk 12:6-7)!
When Jesus approached the disciples' boat while walking on water, they had been rowing for about 3 or 4 miles (Jn 6:19).
The disciple Thomas was also called Didymus (Greek meaning the "twin") (Jn 11:16) (Jn 20:24).
Bethany, home to Mary, Martha, and Lazarus (close friends of Jesus), was only about 2 miles from Jerusalem (Jn 11:18).
Jesus' disciples carried 2 swords (Lk 22:38).
King Herod and Pontus Pilate, who had been enemies, became friends during their persecution of Jesus (Lk 23:12).
Pilates' judgment seat was located at a place called "The Pavement" or "Gabbatha" in Hebrew (Jn 19:14).
Standing near the cross as Jesus was dying were 4 women; 3 of them were
When the resurrected Jesus appeared to the disciples fishing on the Sea of Galilee, and told them to cast their net on the right side of the boat, they hauled in 153 fish (Jn 21:1-11).
The field where Judas Iscariot committed suicide was named Aceldama or "The Field of Blood" (Acts 1:19).
The Holy Spirit was given at 9 a.m. on the Day Of Pentecost (Acts 2:1-4,15).
The east gate to the Temple was called "Beautiful" (Acts 3:2,10).
Barnabas, whose name meant "Son of Encouragement" was also called Joseph (Acts 4:36).
Have you ever put your fingers in your ears and made some loud noise (like "na,na, na na,na") when you didn't want to hear what someone had to say? The Jewish leaders did this when Stephen was speaking. They were so upset, they killed him (Acts 7:57-58)!
When the apostle Philip found the Ethiopian eunuch, he was reading out loud from the book of Isaiah (Acts 8:30). He was converted a short time later (Acts 8:27-40).
In (Acts 19:23-41), it speaks about a great riot that occurred in Ephesus. Apparently, it started slow, but "soon the whole city was in an uproar" (Acts 19:29). What I find funny is that verse 32 says that most of the crowd didn't even know why they were there or shouting.
Epenetus was the first convert to Christ from Asia (Rom 16:4).
There were 276 people aboard the boat that was shipwrecked while taking Paul to Rome (Acts 27:37). (However, none of the people aboard died in that shipwreck as Paul prophesied.)
After being shipwrecked, Paul and the rest of his shipmates swam to an island called Malta, where Publius was the chief official (Acts 28:7).
After being shipwrecked and swimming to the island of Malta, Paul, his shipmates, and the islanders decided to start a fire. As Paul was getting ready to lay sticks on the fire that he had gathered, he was bitten by a poisonous snake that was in the sticks. All around thought he would die, but when he did not, they decided he was a god (Acts 28:1-6).
The 5th commandment says to "honor your father and mother" (Ex 20:12). But, did you know that the next sentence says if you do, God promises to prolong your days?
Timothy's mother was named Eunice and his grandmother was named Lois (2 Tim 1:2-5).
"Beth" is the 2nd letter of the Hebrew alphabet. It also represents a "house." In this context, it is used to describe over 40 different places in the Bible.
Naomi's husband (Elimelech) and 2 sons (Mahlon and Chilion) all died within a period of 10 years (Ruth 1:1-5).
The name of Ruth's first husband was Mahlon (Ruth 1:4-5, 4:10). After he died, she later married Boaz (Ruth 4:13).
King David was Ruth's (the book of Ruth) great-grandson (Ruth 4:21-22)(Matt 1:5-6).
When the pregnant Mary (mother of Jesus) went to see her pregnant cousin Elizabeth (mother of John the Baptist) (Lk 1:39-56), she had to travel approximately 70 miles on winding and hilly roads. The journey probably took 3 or 4 days!
Sarah died when she was 127 years old (Gen 23:1), 37 years after she had given birth to Isaac (Gen 17:17).
Stay with me here, this is a long and tricky one! After his wife Sarah died at 127 years old (Gen 23:1), Abraham remarried a lady named Keturah with whom he had 6 sons (Gen 25:1-4). He would have been more than 137 years old when he married her (Gen 17:17). Abraham was 100 years old when his son Isaac was born (Gen 21:5). Isaac married Rebekah when he was 40 years old. He prayed to God on her behalf because she was barren, but they had to wait 20 years to have children (Gen 25:19-26). If Rebekah had not been barren for 20 years, Abraham would have been having children at over 140 years old at the same time his son Isaac was having them at 40 years old! However, there is no record saying for sure they didn't have kids at the same time (when Abraham was 160 years old). Abraham was 175 years old when he died (Gen 25:7).
Isaac was 75 years old and Ishmael 89 years old when they buried their father Abraham (Gen 21:5)(Gen 16:15)(Gen 25:7).
In the Bible, Cain spoke directly to God, however, Abel never did (Gen 4:6-15).
At one time, Zechariah carried 2 staffs. He named them "Beauty" and "Bonds" (Zech 11:7).
Approximately 29 musical instruments are mentioned in the Bible.
The king of Babylon looked at an animals liver to determine the future (Ezek 21:21).
As Jesus was praying in the Garden of Gethsemane hours before His crucifixion, He was under such extreme stress that His sweat became like "giant drops of blood falling to the ground" (Lk 22:44). The medical term for this is "hematidrosis." (Only Luke, the physician, mentions this happening to Jesus.)
There were 8 weapons used in the Bible to fight with: Ax, Bow & Arrow, Club, Dagger, Mace, Sling, Spear, Sword.
Three types of Arks are mentioned in the Bible: Noah's Ark (Gen 6:14-16), Moses Ark (a small type of basket that the infant Moses was placed in)(Ex 2:3-6), the Ark of the Covenant (Ex 25:10-22).
Jesus was on the cross for 6 hours (Mk 15:25,34-37).
The only time the word "grease" is used in the Bible is in (Ps 119:70).
The Bible says to "wait on God" 54 times.
Men first began to "call upon the name of the Lord" in (Gen 4:26).
How many times have you been asked, "If you could have one wish, what would it be?". God basically offered this to Solomon, and Solomon asked for "an understanding heart." This pleased God and Solomon was given more wisdom than any man in history (1 Kin 3:5-14).
Isn't it interesting that Pharaoh ordered every newborn Israelite boy to be drowned in the Nile (Ex 1:22), then many years later Pharaoh's Egyptian army was drowned when the Red Sea swept over them (Ex 14:26-28)?
When the Israelites crossed the Red Sea, they did so at night, with a "pillar of cloud" providing light for them to see (Ex 14:19-27).
God brought the plague of locusts upon Egypt, and also parted the Red Sea with a strong east wind (Ex 10:19)(Ex 14:21).
The first time the word "love" is used in the Bible is when Isaac spoke about loving food (Gen 27:4).
The Psalms mention the heart 122 times.
Jairus' daughter was 12 years old when Jesus brought her back to life (Lk 8:40-56).
You know that scene we often see where Joseph and the pregnant Mary are going to Bethlehem, and Joseph is walking while leading a donkey on which Mary is riding? The Bible never says Mary was riding a donkey (she may have walked).
Have you ever noticed that dogs are always spoken of unfavorably in the Bible? They are compared to prostitutes (Deut 23:18), greedy men (Isa 56:10), and evil men (Phil 3:2)(Rev 22:15). Did you know that in Bible times, dogs were despised?
When Jesus told Nicodemus that we must be born again (Jn 3:1-3), it was at night.
Mary, the mother of Jesus, speaks in 15 verses in the Bible (190 words). Her last words are significant, "Whatever He (Jesus) says to you, do it." (Jn 2:5)
The word "Christian" is used 3 times in the Bible (Acts 11:26)(Acts 26:28)(1 Pet 4:16).
Angels are mentioned in 34 books of the Bible.
Jacob had 4 wives: Leah, Rachel, Bilhah, and Zilpah (Gen 29:24-29)(Gen 30:4,9). They had 13 children.
God had the first spoken words in the Bible, "let there be light" (Gen 1:3).
Jesus stayed up all night praying before choosing His 12 disciples (Lk 6:12-13).
The 1st animal sacrifice in the Bible was a sheep (Gen 4:2-4).
The first war took place at the Valley of Siddim (or Salt Sea) (Gen 14:2-3).
The word "faith" is used 245 times in the New Testament, but only 2 times in the Old Testament.
There are 14 Jonathan's mentioned in the Bible.
God's first prophecy in the Bible was to the serpent who deceived Adam and Eve (Gen 3:14-15).
Paul uses the word "joy" more in Philippians than any other Epistle. It was written while he was in prison.
Peter's father was named "John" (or Jonas in Aramaic)(Jn 1:42)(Jn 21:15-17).
The law that Moses wrote was to be read every 7 years during the Feast of Tabernacles (Deut 31:9-13).
The Ethiopian eunuch that Philip witnessed to was the Secretary Of The Treasury for Ethiopia (Acts 8:26-40).
Acts, the longest book in the New Testament never uses the word "love."
(Acts and 2 Peter are the only New Testament books that don't.)
The hyssop plant was used to sprinkle lamb's blood on the top and sides of the doorframe during the Passover (Ex 12:22). The hyssop plant was also used when giving Jesus a drink while He was on the cross (Jn 19:29).
Have you ever felt like you are the only person left who is standing for the truth? There is a term for this: "An Elijah Complex." Elijah felt this way and God told him, "... I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him." (see: 1 Kin 19:11-18)
Israel's first 3 kings each reigned for 40 years: Saul (Acts 13:21), David (1 Kin 2:11)(2 Sam 5:4-5), Solomon (1 Kin 11:42).
The covering for the tabernacle was made out of rams' skins dyed red, and a covering of badgers' skins above that (Ex 26:41)(Ex 36:19).
Deborah, the only female judge of Israel, used to hold court under what was known as "the palm tree of Deborah" (Judg 4:4-5).
The commander of the army of Caanan was killed by a woman named Jael who drove a tent peg through his head (Judg 4:1-2,17-21).
How many of you, like me, have always heard that when Noah sent the dove from the Ark to see if the water had receded from the Earth, it returned with an olive branch in it's beak? It wasn't actually an olive branch, but an olive leaf (Gen 8:11).
I always thought that leprosy in the Bible must have been very contagious since it appeared to be everywhere, but research tells us that about 95% of all humans are naturally immune to it when exposed.
Most of us know that Eden was the first city mentioned in the Bible (Gen 2:10). However, the 2nd city mentioned is Havilah, and it had gold, bdellium, and onyx. "The gold of that land is (was) good" (Gen 2:11-12).
When the two witnesses are slain in the Tribulation, the people on Earth will give gifts to each other (Rev 11:10).
Supposedly, 4090 words appear only once in the KJV Bible (the last four are: Zoreah, Zorites, Zuriel, and Zuzims).
There are no "x" words in the KJV Bible.
The spies that Moses sent into Canaan returned with grapes, figs, and pomegranates (Num 13:23).
Solomon spent 7 years building God's Temple (1 Kin 6:38), but took almost twice as long (13 years) to build his own palace (1 Kin 7:1).
Nineveh was founded by Nimrod (Gen 10:8-11)(Noah's great-grandson: Gen 10:1-8) in app. 2200 B.C.. About 1440 years later (app. 760 B.C.), Jonah preached there. About 150 years after that, it was destroyed forever in 612 B.C..
Based on (Gen 5:21-22), it appears that Enoch may not have believed in God for the first 65 years of his life, until after his son Methuselah was born.
It appears that Methuselah, who lived longer than anyone in history (969 years: Gen 5:27), died in the year of the flood (maybe in the flood?)(add up the numbers of Gen 5:26-28 & Gen 7:6). Interestingly, he outlived his son, Lamech who died 5 years prior to the flood at age 595 (see: Gen 5:28,30 & 7:6).
Demas, Paul's friend and fellow worker in Christ (Col 4:11)(Phile 24), abandoned him right before he was martyred, having "loved this present world." He left for Thessalonica (2 Tim 4:10).
Aaron was 3 years older than his brother Moses (Ex 7:7).
It was Aaron, not Moses, who threw down his rod before Pharaoh and it turned into a snake (Ex 7:8-12).
It appears that Moses and Aaron died in the same year. When they left Egypt, Moses was 80 and Aaron was 83 (Ex 7:7). Aaron died at the age of 123, 40 years after leaving Egypt (Num 33:38-39). Moses died at the age of 120 (Deut 34:7). Scholars who have studied the dates say the deaths were about 7 months apart.
After Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane, all of his disciples "forsook Him and fled" (Mt 26:56)(Mk 14:50). John and Peter returned (Jn 18:15-16), but Peter denied Him (Mt 26:69-75)(Mk 14:66-72). Only John was there at Jesus' crucifixion (Jn 19:26-27).
Sheep are mentioned more than any other animal in the Bible: 187 times.
The flask of oil that Mary poured upon Jesus (Mt 26:6-13)(Mk 14:3-9)(Jn 12:1-6) was worth 300 denarii (Mk 14:5). One denarius was equal to a day's wages, so 300 was equal to a year's wages (no money earned on the Sabbath).
Satan is mentioned 18 times in the Old Testament, but he is never called the devil until the New Testament.
Paul performed the last recorded miracles in the Bible (Acts 28:7-9).
The Father spoke to Jesus audibly 3 times: at His baptism (Mt 3:17)(Lk 3:22), at the Transfiguration (Mt 17:5)(Mk 9:7)(Lk 9:35), and just before Jesus went to the cross (Jn 12:28).
Jesus healed 10 men who had leprosy, but only one returned to thank Him (Lk 17:12-19).
It is often said that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute, but nowhere does the Bible say this. (Some believe this idea may have come from the Jewish Talmud, which said the city of Magdala had a reputation for prostitution.)
Of the 55 verses in Malachi, 47 are God speaking. This is the highest percentage of any Old Testament prophetic book.
Moses had 2 sons: Gershom (Ex 2:21-22) and Eliezer (Ex 18:3-4).
At least one idol was kept in David and Michal's house (1 Sam 19:12-13,16).
According to Jewish tradition, Isaiah was killed during the reign of the evil Manasseh, when he was put into a hollow log and sawn in half. (see: Heb 11:37)
Under Roman law, a Roman citizen could not be flogged or crucified. Paul was a Roman citizen, so he could not legally be flogged (Acts 16:37-38)(Acts 22:24-29). Tradition says he was martyred by beheading in 67 A.D. on the Ostian Way.
Our word "excruciating" comes from the Latin word "cruciare" meaning "to crucify."
Only two people were embalmed in the Bible: Jacob (Gen 50:1-2) and Joseph (Gen 50:26).
The time between when Joseph was sold into slavery and he saw his brothers again was just over 20 years (Gen 37:2)(Gen 41:46,53-54)(Gen 42:3).
When we use the word "but," it is usually in a negative sense. However, when the Bible uses "but," it is often in a positive way. See: (Gen 50:20)(Mt 6:33) (Ps 73:26)(Rom 5:8)(Rom 6:23). (Several studies have been written on this called "Great But's In The Bible.")
2nd Kings 19 and Isaiah 37 are almost identical.
The sign above Jesus on the cross was written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin (Lk 23:38)(Jn 19:20).
Joseph wept 7 times (Gen 42:24)(Gen 43:30)(Gen 45:2,14-15)(Gen 46:29)(Gen 50:1,17).
The time period between Jesus' resurrection and ascension was 40 days (Acts 1:3).
Paul uses the word "grace" within the first 5 verses of each book he wrote.
Paul also gives "thanks" in the 1st chapter of 11 of his 13 books.
Judah gave his first son (Er) to marry Tamar. God killed him for being wicked. Then Judah gave his second son (Onan) to marry Tamar. God killed him too for being wicked. Judah would not give his third son to marry Tamar, but later unknowingly had sex with her, thinking she was a prostitute. She bore him twins. (Gen 38:6-26).
God miraculously caused the sun to stand still in the sky, providing light for 24 hours straight (Josh 10:12-14).
As a sign to Hezekiah, God caused the sun's shadow on a sundial to go back ten degrees (Isa 38:7-8).
In response to King Belshazzar's contempt for the holy things of God, God
sent a "hand" which wrote a message on the wall. The King was terrified.
Daniel told him the message said he would die. He was killed that night. (Daniel 5)
(I always get a picture of "Thing" from the Addams family. Creepy!)
Moses was not allowed into the Promised Land because he disobeyed God (Num 20:2-13)(Deut 34:4), but many scholars believe that when he appeared with Jesus on the Mount Of Transfiguration (Mt 17:1-9)(Mk 9:2-8), that the mountain was in the Promised Land.
As far as I can find, there are 8 people in the Bible with 2 letter names: Ir - (1 Chr 7:12), Og - (Num 21:33), On - (Num 16:1), So - (2 Kin 17:4), and four men named Uz - (Gen 10:23)(Gen 22:21)(Gen 36:28)(1 Chr 1:17).
There are also 7 cities with 2 letter names: Ai - (2 cities named Ai) (Gen 12:8) (Jer 49:3), Ar - (Num 21:15), No - (Ezek 30:15), On - (Gen 41:45,50), Ur - (Gen 11:28,31), Uz - (Job 1:1).
In (Ps 72:6) it mentions grass that has been mowed.
The well called "Jacob's Well" (Jn 4:6), where Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman (Jn 4:1-26) was, according to tradition, built by Jacob centuries earlier (possibly after he bought that land in Gen 33:18-19). That well can still be seen today in the Palestinian village of Tell Balata!
In (2 Sam 12:1-14), the prophet Nathan confronted David about his sin of adultery with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband by telling him a parable. After hearing the parable, David became angry and said the man in it should die, and make restitution "fourfold." It turned out David was the man in the parable, and the "fourfold" restitution he "prophesied" about himself sadly came true. For the one man he had killed (Bathsheba's husband), he later had 4 sons die: (2 Sam 12:15-19)(2 Sam 13:28-33)(2 Sam 18:14-15)(1 Kin 2:23-25).
Jesus used "fish" to perform a miracle 4 times in His earthly ministry:
1. Feeding 5000: (Mt 14:15-21)(Mk 6:35-44)(Lk 9:12-17)(Jn 6:1-13)
2. When a coin appeared in the mouth of a fish to pay taxes: (Mt 17:27)
3. When Jesus told Simon Peter to let down his nets again, then they were filled with fish: (Lk 5:4-11)
4. When Jesus told the disciples who were fishing to cast their net on the right side of the boat, and it was filled with fish: (Jn 21:4-11)
First promise in the Bible: (Gen 2:17) "But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die."
Last promise in the Bible: (Rev 22:20) "He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus."
The book of John contains no parables.
The only time in the synoptic Gospels (Mt, Mk, Lk) where John the disciple spoke is in (Mk 9:38) "And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us." (Also see: Lk 9:49)
42 youth were mauled by 2 female bears because they made fun of Elisha's
(2 Kin 2:23-24).
Remember to show hospitality to strangers because you might be helping an angel (Heb 13:2).
While the Israelites were in the desert for 40 years, God kept their clothes and sandals from wearing out (Deut 29:5).
King Saul was very tall (1 Sam 9:2)(1 Sam 10:23).
God told Isaiah to walk around naked for 3 years (Isa 20:1-4).
Here is something to think about: the same Greek word "martus" is used for a "martyr" or a "witness."
Noah built the first altar in the Bible (Gen 8:20).
Abraham built more altars than anyone in the Bible (Gen 12:7)(Gen 12:8)(Gen 13:18)(Gen 22:9-14).
God caused Aaron's rod to bud and produce almonds (Num 17:8).
A man who was a newlywed was exempt from military service for a year (Deut 24:5).
You could hire a professional mourner (Jer 9:17-18).
Jesus was crucified at a place called "Golgotha" which meant "Place Of A Skull" (Mt 27:33)(Mk 15:22)(Jn 19:17).
Lydia was the first Christian convert in Europe (Acts 16:14-15).
Goliath was about 9'9" tall (1 Sam 17:4).
The Hebrew Bible actually has 24 books, not 39. 1&2 Samuel, Kings, Chronicles are each counted as one book, not two. Ezra and Nehemiah are combined. The 12 books of the minor prophets are all one book called "The Book Of The Twelve."
Jabal was the father of those who lived in tents and raised livestock (Gen 4:20).
Most of us know that Cain was the first to kill a person in the Bible when he killed his brother (Gen 4:9), but did you know that Lamech is the 2nd person said to have killed someone (Gen 4:23)?
The Philistines, who we hear about constantly in the Old Testament, started with a man named Casluhim (Gen 10:14).
There was a well known terebinth tree in Moreh at Shechem (Gen 12:6).
It was detestable for an Egyptian to eat with a Hebrew (Gen 43:32).
As Joseph sent his brothers out of Egypt back to their father, he said to them, "Do not quarrel on the journey" (Gen 45:24).
Psalm 136 says of God, "For His mercy endureth for ever" 26 times!
The Israelites brought so many offerings to construct the Tabernacle that Moses had to tell them to stop giving (Ex 36:2-7).
The weight of the offerings used to construct the Tabernacle were: just over one ton of gold, three and three quarter tons of silver, two and a half tons of bronze (Ex 38:24-25,29).
As part of purifying themselves, the Levites had to shave their whole body (Num 8:6-7).
When moving the Ark Of The Covenant, it was to be covered with 3 coverings (Num 4:5-6).
Moses was the most meek (humble) man on the face of the Earth (Num 12:3).
Moses changed Hoshea's name to Joshua (Num 13:16).
The Levites had to tithe on the tithes that were given to them (Num 18:25).
Nobah captured a city and then named it after himself (Num 32:42).
God commanded Moses to record the stages of the Israelites journey after leaving Egypt (Num 33:1-2).
Elim had 12 springs and 70 palm trees (Num 33:9)(Ex 15:27).
The Israelites could not light a fire on the Sabbath (Ex 35:3).
Any grain offering made to the Lord had to have salt on it (Lev 2:13).
When the Israelites entered the Promised Land and planted a fruit tree, they were forbidden to eat its fruit for 5 years (Lev 19:23-25).
A mother and its offspring were not to be sacrificed on the same day (Lev 22:28).
God said that when a new house was built, it must have a parapet for the roof to prevent anyone from falling off, and bringing bloodguilt on the house (Deut 22:8).
Each time (but one) the word "bad" is used in the Bible, it is contrasted with the word "good" in the same sentence.
Technically, the word "Sabbath" means "STOP" in both Hebrew and Greek.
When Moses lead the Israelites out of Egypt, he took the body ("bones") of Joseph with him (Ex 13:19). (Joseph had made this request about 360 years earlier when he prophesied that God would lead the Israelites out of Egypt [Gen 50:24-26].) They later buried his bones in Shechem (Josh 24:32).
Many scholars believe that the average life expectancy during Jesus' time on Earth was about 30-40 years. (Low in part because so many infants and children died.)
Did you ever notice that Adam and Cain both received the same punishment for their sin: banishment (Gen 3:23-24)(Gen 4:11-16).
When David defeated Goliath, the champion of the Philistines, he cut off his head and put his armor in his tent (1 Sam 17:51,54). Later, when the Philistines defeated Israel and their king (champion) Saul, they cut off his head and put his armor in their temple (1 Sam 31:9-10).
The Hebrew words used for Tabernacle, "ohel" and "mishkan," simply mean "tent."
Before Jeroboam became the king of Israel, he was King Solomon's servant (1 Kin 11:26).
From my count, there is a command "to sing" in 37 verses in the Bible.
(Zeph 3:17) says God sings.
Jesus "sat down" before preaching His "Sermon On The Mount" (Mt 5:1-2).
For a brief moment, Moses had leprosy (Ex 4:6-7).
Two men in the Old Testament were known for their hair: Samson and Absalom. Interestingly, their hair later lead to their downfall (Judg 16)(2 Sam 18:9-15).
(Isa 53:9) prophesied that Jesus would be buried in a rich man's tomb. This was fulfilled hundreds of years later (Mt 27:57-60)(Mk 15:42-46).
In the synoptic Gospels, Jesus only called His disciples "disciples" one time: when He gave them directions for preparing for the Last Supper (Mt 26:18)(Mk 14:14)(Lk 22:11).
Eli, the High Priest, died when he fell backwards off his chair and broke his neck after hearing bad news (1 Sam 4:17-18).
After the Philistines defeated the Israelites in battle, they took the Ark of God. Because of this, God struck the Philistines with "tumors." Putting together several verses, it appears this was a disease (possibly bubonic plague) caused by God sending swarms of rats (1 Sam 5:6-12)(1 Sam 6:4-5,11).
Laban was Rebekah's brother (Gen 24:29). Rebekah became Issac's wife (Gen 24:66). Issac and Rebekah's son Jacob later married Laban's two daughters Leah and Rachel (Gen 29:15-30).
In all of the Bible, there is not one place that shows a conversation between Adam and Eve.
God formed Adam from "the dust of the ground" (Gen 2:7), but He created Eve from Adam's rib (Gen 2:21-22).
"Jesus" means "the Lord is salvation" and "Christ" means "the anointed one."
David was the youngest of 8 sons (1 Sam 16:10-11)(1 Sam 17:12-14).
When David went to battle with Goliath, he had his staff, sling, and 5 smooth stones (1 Sam 17:40). Goliath had a shield, sword, spear, and javelin (1 Sam 17:41,45).
The first time Jeremiah calls himself a "prophet" in the book of Jeremiah is in (Jer 20:2).
Sarah is the only woman in the Bible that we know the age at which she died: 127 years old. (Gen 23:1)
The phrase "Am I my brother's keeper?" comes from (Gen 4:9).
The Canaanites were descended from Canaan, son of Ham, son of Noah (Gen 9:18).
There were 3 brothers: Abram (Abraham), Nahor, and Haran (Gen 11:27). After Haran died (Gen 11:28), Nahor married Haran's daughter (Gen 11:29).
The first spoken words of Jesus in the New Testament are: “Why is it that you were looking for Me? Did you not know that I had to be in My Father’s house?” (Lk 2:49)
The Book Of John never mentions the Sadducees.
Two women died as a result of childbirth in the Bible: Rachel, after giving birth to Benjamin (Gen 35:16-19) and Phinehas' wife, after giving birth to Ichabod (1 Sam 4:19-22).
Ishmael was an archer (Gen 21:20).
The name "Malachi" means "my messenger" or "His (The Lord's) messenger." Because of this, some believe the Book of Malachi was not written by a man named Malachi, but rather, by an anonymous author. (I believe he was the author.)
Angels do eat sometimes (Gen 18:1-8,22 with Gen 19:1). (Also see: Ps 78:23-25)
Joseph was warned in a dream to take Mary and the baby Jesus to Egypt so that Jesus would not be killed when King Herod issued his decree that all male children 2 years old or younger must be put to death (Mt 2:13-16)(Hos 11:1).
Neither leaven nor honey could be used for a burnt offering (Lev 2:11).
If a woman gave birth to a male child, she was unclean for a week. If she gave birth to a female child, she was unclean for two weeks (Lev 12:2,5).
During the Feast Of Tabernacles, the Israelites were to build "booths" (little structures made of shrubs and branches: Neh 8:15) and live in them for 7 days (Lev 23:42-43).
When besieging a city, the Israelites were not to cut down fruit trees to use in the siege (Deut 20:19-20).
God pronounced a "curse" on anyone who hired a hitman (Deut 27:25).
During their time in the wilderness, after their exodus from Egypt, the Israelites did not circumcise their sons (Josh 5:2-7).
God had a special recipe for making both anointing oil and incense for the Tabernacle that no one was allowed to use for themselves (Ex 30:22-38).
If a man built an altar, he was not to use a tool to shape the stones (Ex 20:25) (Deut 27:5-6)(Josh 8:30-31).
Rahab was a prostitute (Josh 2:1). She was the great-great grandmother of David (Mt 1:5-6).
God's command in (Lev 19:18) to "love your neighbor as yourself" is quoted 9 times in the New Testament (Mt 5:43)(Mt 19:19)(Mt 22:39)(Mk 12:31,33)(Lk 10:27)(Rom 13:9) (Gal 5:14)(James 2:8). This is the most of any Old Testament verse.
By God's supernatural power, Elijah ran ahead of King Ahab's horse drawn chariot for about 15-20 miles to get to Jezreel (1 Kin 18:46).
When Samuel worked in the Tabernacle as a child, his mother would bring him a new little robe every year (1 Sam 2:18-19).
Members of Caesar's household were Christians (Phil 4:22).
A FEW INTERESTING PIECES OF NON BIBLE TRIVIA/FACTS:
The 39 Psalms we don't know the authors of are called "orphan" Psalms.
Tradition says James was called "Old Camel Knees" because he spent so much time on his knees in prayer.
The biggest church in the world at this time is in Seoul, South Korea. It has over 1 million members!
There are approximately 350,000 churches in the Unites States.
A funny line I heard: "Want to make God laugh?" "Tell Him you have a plan."
The Jordan River flows into the Sea of Galilee which flows into the Dead Sea. It should be noted that the Dead Sea is the lowest place on the surface of the Earth. Because of its high content of salt, it has no fish, and it is impossible to sink in it.
Dalmatia (2 Tim 4:10) was a city that was part of the Roman Empire located near Macedonia. Some logically believe this is where Dalmatian dogs originated.
"Goodbye" is actually a contraction of the phrase "God be with ye."
It is reported that 20% of the people give 80% of the money in churches.
Neither John Wesley, nor John Calvin, nor Charles Spurgeon allowed musical instruments to be used during worship in their churches.