Curious Scripture verses

We are putting a light hearted or curious scripture verse on a noticeboard in our kitchen area of church, to encourage conversation…

We’ve begun with:

The elephants were roused for combat with the blood of grapes and mulberries. 1 Macc 6.3

It worked too 🙂

Bishop Nigel led worship last Sunday evening. He tried to persuade another priest, that this is the text to preach on when he preaches here soon!

So:     What’s your verse?

have a look at the verses already offered below.

Please join the game, and let us know your verse by adding a comment here.


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7 Responses to Curious Scripture verses

  1. Clair Jaquiss says:

    I always thought this was a good one for parish week end charades, but once they’d guessed the key words the current vicar got it in one. Modern translations are slightly less bizarre but not nearly so much fun.

    Ps 60:8 “Moab is my wash-pot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe: Philistia, be thou glad of me.”

  2. A few more we’ve collected. Suggested texts for sermons?

    There were giants in the earth in those days Genesis 6.4

    At a lodging place on the way, the LORD met Moses and was about to kill him. Exodus 4.24

    Left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers Isaiah 1.8

    The wings of the ostrich flap joyfully,
    but they cannot compare with the pinions and feathers of the stork. Job 39.13

  3. Penny King says:

    “They are as quiet as a scarecrow in a field of cucumbers…”
    (Jeremiah 10:5)

  4. Our good friend Fr Michael Burgess contributes the following, from the Authorized Version of the Bible:

    Isaiah 37.36
    When they arose early in the morning, behold they were all dead corpses

    1 Kings 13.27
    He spake and said Saddle me the ass – and they saddled him (Who is him?)

  5. “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!”

    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.

    2 Kings 2.23,24

  6. Elizabeth Bond says:

    I’ve discovered some but they are just a bit too pornographic to repeat! One included that a woman’s hand should be removed if she struck a man where no man should be struck, evidence that men wrote the Bible I think.
    I’ve also found that most of the weirdest passages are from the Old Testiment. I wonder if some of the passages have been lost in translation and nobody has questioned weither it means the same thing once it was translated.

    There is a lot about cucumbers! I wonder what is the obscurest object that has been mentioned?

  7. And this from Fr Fergus Butler-Gallie:
    Jeremiah 39.3
    And all the princes of the king of Babylon came and sat in the middle gate: Nergal-sharezer, Samgar-nebo, Sarsechim the Rabsaris, Nergal-sharezer the Rabmag, with all the residue of the princes of the king of Babylon.

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