The 9 Most Badass Bible Verses

The 9 Most Badass Bible Verses

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If the Bible had been written by King Leonidas and the rest of the Spartans from 300, it would probably read pretty much the same as it does now. It turns out, the Bible is already chock full of ass kicking. Here are the verses that make us want to take to the streets and put some unbelievers to the sword.

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Exodus 2:11-12

Sure, Moses was a great leader, an emancipator of his people and a prophet. Most people don’t know that he also was the Biblical equivalent of Splinter Cell‘s Sam Fisher–a well-honed killing machine, able to slay from the shadows without pity or remorse. Martin Luther King may have had a dream, but Moses had a body count.

You can almost picture the scene: An Egyptian soldier is wailing on a hapless Hebrew when Moses, clothed in head-to- toe black, drops down from the ceiling. Moving with cat-like grace, he sneaks up behind the soldier and, taking his head in his hands, snaps the man’s neck with one savage twist. As the lifeless body slumps to the ground, Moses lights up a cigar. “Well,” he quips, “looks like someone bit off more than he could Jew.”

Moses, seen here, is about to murder the hell out of an unsuspecting Egyptian.

Moses later defeated the Egyptian Pharaoh, who, if we remember correctly, had been using Hebrew slaves to construct a 40-foot-high armored battle suit capable of launching nuclear missiles to anywhere in the world.

II Kings 2:23-24

We’ve all been there. You’re walking along, minding your own business, when a gang of cocky, young bastards start hurling abuse at you. Most of us would just keep walking, or maybe, yell some insults back or flip them the bird. Elisha (commonly regarded as the Luke Skywalker to the Prophet Elijah’s Obi-Wan Kenobi), however, decides to take it one step further. Invoking the name of God, he summons motherfucking bears to come and claw the shit out of them.

Christians are constantly asking for prayer in schools to help get today’s kids in line, but we beg to differ. We need bears in schools. If every teacher had the power to summon a pair of child-maiming grizzly avengers, you can bet that schoolchildren nowadays would be the most well-behaved, polite children, ever. It’s a simple choice: listen to the biology lesson, or get first-hand knowledge of the digestive system of Ursus horribilis.

Every year in Israel, divine-bear attacks kill over 500 children.

It should be pointed out that even after his death, Elisha continued to kick ass. II Kings 13:20-21 tells us that when a dead body was thrown into his tomb and touched Elisha’s bones, it sprang back to life. It’s unknown whether Elisha had this power in life, as well as death, but we like to think he did and that he had the habit of killing his victims with bears, resurrecting them, and then promptly re-summoning the bears to kill them, again. He’d just repeat the whole thing over and over until he got bored.

Ezekiel 23:19-20

Contrary to what you may think, the Bible has never shied away from talking about sex. In fact, the entire Song of Solomon is dedicated to describing a couple getting it on, complete with lines like “I am a wall, and my breasts are like towers”. This verse is particularly explicit, though, informing us that Egyptians are hung like farmyard animals, and can ejaculate in quantities to rival the annual flooding of the Nile.

Keep in mind, the Egyptians were the Jews’ former slave masters and are the bad guys in this story. So, you know their reputation for supreme endowment was well earned when the worst their enemies could say was, “Go on! Go back to those big-cocked bastards! I hope you’re happy with their enormous dongs.”

The old Egyptians didn’t exactly run from their reputation. Egyptian ruins are littered with statues like the one on the right (this one is Min, the god of huge dong-having). They even invented the phallic obelisk to advertise it (picture the Washington Monument, that’s an obelisk). That was their statement to the world: “Gaze upon our dick tower and despair.”

This passage creates a problem for many new Bible readers. Once you’ve read this, it is impossible to go back and read the above story of Moses killing the Egyptian guy the same way. When it speaks of the Egyptian beating the Hebrew slave, you have no choice but to imagine him turkey slapping the man. If anything, however, it makes Moses’ deadly intervention all the more justified.

Judges 3:16-23

They say that history repeats itself, and this verse illustrates that clearly. Our hero Ehud came up with the idea of concealing a weapon by strapping it to his body several thousand years before John McClane did in Die Hard.

Instead of strapping it to his back, Ehud chose to tie it to his thigh. One wonders why the royal guards didn’t comment when they frisked Elud and felt 18 inches of rigid steel in his pants. Maybe, they just assumed he was Egyptian.

After bypassing the tight security, Ehud continues to act like a Bruce Willis character by busting out a snappy one liner: “I have a message from God for you,” he declares shortly before whipping out his blade and shanking the evil, grotesquely obese King Eglon in the belly.

Really, the only way to improve on this would be by shoehorning an awful pun into it, such as “You should really cut down on your fat intake!” or “Looks like being king takes guts!” As he leaves, Ehud shows he hasn’t forgotten his good manners by considerately shutting the door behind him. It doesn’t say if he went flying across rooftops Assassin’s Creed-style, so we’re forced to assume he did.

As bad as the delivery of that particular message from God went for Eglon, he got off lucky. As you’ll see, God sometimes delivers the message himself.

Numbers 16:23, 31-33

The above happened years after Moses killed the Egyptian guy and led a country’s worth of Hebrews into the desert where they wandered aimlessly for several decades (as seen in The Ten Commandments). At some point, a troublemaker named Korah and 250 supporters banded together and aired a series of complaints about the fact that they were wandering aimlessly in the desert.

God listened carefully to their complaints, weighed their points, then made the earth eat them alive. The text does not make it clear whether or not the earth made that “OM NOM NOM” sound, so scholars are forced to speculate.

This really puts things in perspective for the anti-religion critics. They can complain all they want about religious “intolerance” and pushy evangelicals trying to censor TV and annoy people into conversion. But, that’s a hell of an improvement over the situation during the Exodus, when God would feed nonbelievers to the mighty Sarlacc.

Two verses later, God sends down a ball of fire and incinerates the other 250 rebels. You have to imagine there was a moment of tentative relief when the 250 rebels saw that they had not been swallowed up along with Korah. “Yeah,” they probably said. “Thank you! We were just about to bury that asshole ourselves! Fortunately, we all have learned the error of our rebellious ways and–hey, what’s that … AAARRRGGGHHH! FIRE!!”

Deuteronomy 25:11-12

This is a man’s law, right here. When Conan became king at the end of Conan the Destroyer, you can bet he made sure there was a rule just like this his first day in office. “Ladies, we respect your right to resolve disputes in whatever manner you feel necessary for the situation. But, DO NOT GRAB THE JUNK.”

The words in the Bible are actually those of God, speaking to the Hebrews and taking time to add the junk-grab rule into the supplemental commandments that didn’t make it into the original 10. This had to be right after God realized his plan for a male-dominated society had a fatal flaw, which is that the women could prevail in any conflict simply by grabbing the men’s junk.

Now, you nervous, liberal types are complaining that this is barbaric and misogynistic. Perhaps, a little context helps. Just a couple of pages earlier, in Deuteronomy 23:1, we get this:

“Emasculated by crushing?” Gah! Everything in the Bible has to be understood in context of the times these people were living in. And, apparently, these people lived in a time when “crushing” the nuts was so common that the crushed-nuts victims were an entire demographic that had to be accounted for in the law. Call these commandments savage if you want, but if you were God, how many nuts would you have to see “crushed” before you overreacted? We’re thinking the answer is two.

Of course, if you’re not a believer and don’t think this “grab the nuts, lose a hand” commandment is from the almighty at all, then it becomes obvious what happened: The rule was handed down by some angry clergyman within the first minute or so of having his junk crushed. All perspective tends to go out the window at that moment.

Quote from: 1 Kings 18:24,38-40

That is how they used to do religious debates back in the day.

The situation was that people of Israel had taken to Baal worship, a faith that added a lot of whores to its rituals and thus gained immediate popularity. Elijah (not the one with the bears, that was Elisha) decided that the people had to choose between Baal and God.

Rather than write a series of books or give a bunch of boring speeches, Elijah invited 450 Baal prophets to a contest, where both sides would set up an animal sacrifice. Whichever God could rain down fire on its sacrifice would be the one everybody worshiped.

It’s brilliant in its simplicity, and we’re surprised religious debates were ever carried out any other way after that. You can raise all the intellectual challenges you want about faith and the origins of the universe, but at the end of the day, you have to worship the god who can set you on fire. It’s common sense.

We like to think Elijah stood in front of the howling column of heavenly fire, straightened his robes, turned to the crowd and said, “Thus, my opponent’s argument falls.” Then, he finished the debate in the way that all debates should be finished: by having the losers slaughtered.

Judges 15:15-16

Samson could have dominated this list if we had let him. He was a sort of biblical superhero, who could basically call down the powers of the Lord to turn himself into a hurricane of ass kicking.

His whole story involves a feud with the Philistines, people who lived in part of what is now Israel and embraced the long tradition of going to war with the Jews. Or, specifically, the Philistines went to war against just Samson. And, they pretty much lost.

On this particular day, the Philistines had burned Samson’s wife to death, and sent some men to capture him. Specifically, they sent 3,000 men. So, at that point, Samson either had the reputation as a world-class badass, or the Philistine army was the equivalent of those shitty battle droids from the Star Wars prequels that could only kill an enemy soldier by crushing him under a pile of their own corpses.

Either way, they didn’t send enough. Samson tore apart the skull of a nearby dead donkey and grabbed one of these:

… Then killed a thousand men with it. A thousand.

What should be emphasized in this story was the bravery of the Philistine soldiers, specifically the ones in the back who kept charging even after seeing 700 or so of their comrades go down with shattered skulls. We’re talking about guys who probably climbed over a pile of bodies 15-feet high to get to him.

If this story seems improbable, you can always claim mistranslation (for instance, in some versions of the story it’s 20 Philistines instead of a thousand). We like to think they merely made the mistake of confusing a donkey’s jawbone with that of a Tyrannosaurus Rex.

Or, perhaps “donkey’s jawbone” was mistranslated from the original Hebrew word for “minigun.”

Runners up for this spot on the list included Josheb-Basshebeth, who according to 2 Samuel 23:8, “… raised his spear against eight hundred men, whom he killed in one encounter.” Obviously he lost points for killing fewer men and for using an actual weapon to do it, which almost seems like cheating at this point.

There was also Anath in Judges 3:31, who “struck down six hundred philistines with an oxgoad.” An oxgoad is a sharp stick you used to poke oxen. That started the Israeli tradition of killing large numbers of their enemies with farmyard tools, which continued through Samson and onto modern times, where the Six Day War of 1967 was won by a crippled Israeli peasant wielding a watering can.

Either way, the Philistines almost certainly remembered Samson as the worst thing that ever happened to them.

1 Samuel 18:25-27

… until David came along.

This passage raises several thousand questions. Just off the top of our head:

What did Saul (the king at the time) want with 100 foreskins? Was he going to make a scarf?

Did David think this was a strange request?

If this was secretly a plan to have David killed, why didn’t he require he bring back, say, 100 bear foreskins?

Did David just wander into Philistia and kill the first 200 men he saw? Did they think this was odd? Or, with all the other shit that went down back then, did they just shrug it off?

How do you forcefully circumcise 200 men without violating the “Don’t grab the junk” commandment from earlier?

Whose job was it to count the foreskins after David came back? Do they make a pair of tongs long enough for that task?

We’re guessing we’ll never know. It doesn’t matter, because at its heart, this story is about love. For the hand of Micah, David went further than any man would have gone. Way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way, way further.

Ladies, when a man finally proposes to you, ask him one simple question: “How many dongs would you mutilate for me?” If you demand a hundred and he doesn’t blink, he’s a keeper. But, if he’s David, who was sent after a hundred and then came back with twice that many just for the hell of it, well, you’ve got a love for the ages.

If you like this article, check out David Wong’s What is the Monkeysphere?


19 thoughts on “The 9 Most Badass Bible Verses

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  2. OKay none of the verses are even in the bible. sure tere is some relevance, but if your a true chrsitan you wont belive any of this

  3. haha all these verses ARE in the bible, look them up Cheyanne. TRUE christians wouldnt throw around allegations like that without doing their homework beforehand. Apologize to markii.

  4. The problem really stems from the fact that there was a misunderstanding of what the relevance of the penis was in relation to ‘pen’, somewhat like the relevance of reed to read. Many knew a relative context existed, but like most religious people missed the analogy, took it literally and never really grasped the relationship between creativity of the penis with the creativity of the pen (especially in terms relating to the use of the Living Word, our dreams). Most of the prophets knew… most others didn’t get it, at least not clearly. (The value in dreams is found by describing them in WORDS, not in the images [ie. no graven images]).

    Sacrificing of the foreskin is relevant to giving up some of our sex life to remember and put into words, our dreams, seeing we not infrequently wake up wanting sex, both males and females. If we don’t get our dreams written sooner than later (like after having sex) we forget some or all of the dream(s).

    Incidentally, if you think about it, what group of 42 kids would stand and wait to be mauled by 2 bears (say mother and cub) (if it’s literal) unless a. the bears are an analogy for some armed intruders who by brandishing their weapons stopped all the kids from running, or b. the mother bear mauled one or a few of the group of 42 and they all were listed as being there so in retelling the story they embroidered it, or c. the 42 brats who yelled ‘baldy, go up (fly)’, decided they would also torment a mother bear and cub and that backfired on them. Or d. was the number of kids actually 4 (boys) + 2 (girls) as in 6 and in retelling/rewriting someone took liberties with the original words? 42 kids would be a huge number in a tiny agrarian community 2500 years ago, as Bethel was then. Bet el is only 5000 now and the population of Israel currently is more than 100 times larger than it was in Elisha’s time.

  5. Are you really analyzing this from a christian point of view. I mean, come on! This is something funny (and the versus are actually in the bible) that someone made up for the amusement of others. Don’t click on a link to something that you know you are gonna get pissed off at…that is simply foolish. Enjoy the laugh and live on, and if you can’t laugh, then don’t read it. Personally, I thought it was hilarious and totally recommend it to anybody that isn’t so self righteous and uptight to go off on a tangent about it.

  6. This is awesome, I’m a Christian and I’ve read these verses and yeah the context changes it a little bit but you have to laugh. God definitely has a sense of humor. I’m surprised it didn’t mention when the Philistines stole the Ark of the Covenant (yeah, not just in Indiana Jones) God gave them all hemorrhoids until they gave it back.

    I believe these are literal, why would they exaggerate on stuff like this and then still record David (the Hebrew’s best king) as sleeping with the wife of one of his trusted body guards and then murdering him. Usually civilizations say how their kings were the Gods and how they did all these great things, not evil! Some of the stuff you got to laugh about, it doesn’t make sense in our culture today but it did back then (circumcision was a Hebrew thing and doing it to their enemies, while still so weird, was to show their dominance).

    I don’t worship a weak God!

  7. As usual, the comments are almost funnier than the material, which is top-notch.
    The title of the blog is “darwinian remiix: Curious but doubtful ….”
    How many clues do people need?
    However, you can’t beat “true” passive-aggressive arguments.
    “God definitely has a sense of humor”
    How dare you mortals misinterpret the literal word of the Almighty Author! He was payed by the word! That was huge money for a little agrarian community back then.
    (I’m sure if God had written the bible now, he would have secured the movie rights =)
    I'(m Agog)

  8. Wow, this was an awesome read. As far as the verses, I remember my dad reading me the one about Samson. I laughed the whole time.

    Moses is a ninja.

  9. Awesome read. I’m a Christian as well, and I think those who point fingers at others and contest the validity of their faith without even KNOWING them should take a good hard look at themselves.

    Anyway, this was just something I was wondering but wasn’t the whole thing about the jawbone along the same lines as the “1 man can take on a 1000 but 2 can take on 10, 000”?

  10. Every single verse is in the bible. There are several other fuckin bad ass stories. The brothers who had a sister that was raped. They went to the rapist and told him, “You can have her but you and your men must be circumcised” so they did. The brothers came back while the men were all laying around recovering from the pain of having their foreskins cut. Then the brothers killed em all.

    The youth that teased the prophet, in proper context, were not kids. Study it, they were more like street thugs.

    There was a story when one of David’s men killed a lion in a pit in a snow storm.

    There was one where one of David’s men got so tired of the Philistines taking his bean field that he stood in the middle of it and killed so many that his hand couldnt ungrip his sword.

    Then theres a story about this dude who came in and was teaching peace and love and takin care of people but some haters tortured then killed him. But he did a battle rez and came back and now we’re all free to serve him.

    Bible rocks. Read it. All of it. Read a version you can understand. God asks for our hearts. Not our minds. And I intend on sharing this page with a lot of people. I lol’d for real. Good job.

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