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Friday, December 16, 2011

Mythical creatures mentioned in the bible

Many bible-versions mention odd creatures, such as a dragon, unicorn and satyr, and they even have flying serpents, and more.

The word unicorn occurs 9 times in the Old Testament (King James Version):

1.Numbers 23:22 – God brought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn.

2.Numbers 24:8 – 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.

3.Deuteronomy 33:17 – 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.

4.Job 39:9 – Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib? Report Reply0 Vote up Vote down Jeff Dixon · 1 minute ago

5.Job 39:10 – Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee?

6.Psalm 22:21 – Save me from the lion’s mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.

7.Psalm 29:6 – He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn.

8.Psalm 92:10 – But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.

9.Isaiah 34:7 – 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.

There are also these references to other imaginary creatures.

In Isaiah 13:21 we read, "But wild beasts of the desert shall lie there; and their houses shall be full of doleful creatures; and owls shall dwell there, and satyrs shall dance there." A satyr is a creature of Greek mythology. It is supposed to be a man with a goat's legs, ears and horns.
In Numbers 21:6 we find the lord of the Bible sending "fiery serpents" to torment the people. What a great guy this Bible god must be! It reads, "And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died." And God is love??? To date, there never has been "fiery serpents" that actually existed.

In another case of the Bible god letting anger and hatred get the best of him is Jeremiah 8:17 - "For, behold, I will send serpents, cockatrices, among you, which will not be charmed, and they shall bite you, saith the Lord." A cockatrice is another mythological creature. It is supposed to be a serpent that can kill just by looking at someone.

Probably the best known of all the mythical monsters that is found in the Bible is the dragon. There are 16 separate references to this mythological beast! And they're not only mentioned in a figurative way. Malachi 1:3 states: "And I hated Esau, and laid his mountains and his heritage waste for the dragons of the wilderness." Again, another mythological creature in a book of myth.

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