OLD TESTAMENT EVIL LIST

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  1. God does evil. Amos 3:6; Lamentations 3:38; Isaiah 45:7
  2. Bears kill children - 2 Kings 2:23-24 (ESV) – “He (Elisha) went up from there to Bethel, and while he was going up on the way, some small boys came out of the city and jeered at him, saying, “go up, you baldhead! Go up, you baldhead!” And he turned around, and he saw them, he cursed them in the name of the Lord. And two she-bears came out of the woods and tore forty-two of the boys.”
  3. Numbers 31:17 – Moses said, ESV “… now therefore kill male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known man by lying with him. But all the young girls who have not known man by lying with him keep alive for yourselves.” Numbers 31:25 (ESV) The Lord said to Moses, 26 “Take the count of the plunder that was taken, both of man and of beast, you and Eleazar the priest and the heads of the fathers' houses of the congregation, 27 and divide the plunder into two parts between the warriors who went out to battle and all the congregation. 28 And levy for the Lord a tribute from the men of war who went out to battle, one out of five hundred, of the people and of the oxen and of the donkeys and of the flocks.
    1. So the Lord seems to be complicit in this atrocity. [DTA]
  4. Gen 6 & 7 – God is unhappy with mankind and kills every human on earth except Noah’s family; greatest mass murderer in history?? [DTA]
    1. Also, it was unnecessary as God is, supposedly, omniscient and knew man would continue to be sinful and God would continue to be unhappy with man. Just does not make sense. [DTA]
  5. Gen 34:13-29 – The Israelites kill Hamor, his son, and all the men of their village, taking as plunder their wealth, cattle, wives and children.
  6. Gen 38:7 – God kills Er for being wicked in the sight of the Lord
  7. Gen 38.9 – God kills Onan for spilling his seed on the ground
  8. Gen 19:26 – God kills Lot’s wife by turning her to a pillar of salt for looking back at Sodom.
  9. Ex 2:12 – Moses murders an Egyptian
    1. Exoduos – the Egyptian plagues – God could have easily freed the Hebrews, but instead, inflicted many plagues on the Egyptian people, most of whom were innocent, just to “show” he is Lord; none like him; has great power; his name be declared; give Israel something to talk about with their children (Ex 10:2). [DTA]
  10. Ex 9:22 – God causes hail to fall and “strike down” man and beast in the field.
  11. Ex 12:29 – God kills all first born in Egypt
  12. Ex 17:13 – Moses and Joshua wipes out Amalek. ESV “Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this as a memorial in a book and recite it in the ears of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under the heaven.””
  13. Ex 21 – Laws about slaves – presumably from the Lord as this is right after the 10 commandments.
  14. Ex 21:20-21 – ESV “When a man strikes his slave, male or female, with a rod and slave dies under his hand, he shall be avenged. But if the slave survives a day or two, he is not to be avenged, for the slave is his money.”
  15. Ex 3:27 – ESV “”Thus says the Lord God of Israel, “put your sword on your side each his brother and his companion and his neighbor.”” 3000 were killed.
  16. Le 26:7-8 - Blessings for Obedience – ESV “You shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword.”
  17. Le 26:22 – Punishment for Disobedience – ESV “But if you will not listen to me and will not do all these commandments …” goes on to list numerous atrocities that will be inflicted upon the people. “visit you with panic … wasting disease and fever that consume the eyes … you shall be struck down before your enemies … let loose the wild beasts against you, which shall bereave you of your children … “
  18. Lev 26:29; also in Deu 28:53; Jer 19:9; Eze 5:8-10– and it continues – ESV “You shall eat the flesh of your sons, and you shall eat the flesh of your daughters.”
  19. Lev 26:29 – Human sacrifice is condoned.
  20. Jug 11:30-39 – Jephthah’s vow – ESV “If you give the Ammonites into my hand, then whatever comes out from the doors of my house to meet me when I return in peace from the Ammonites shall be the Lord’s, and I will offer it up for a burnt offering.” V34 “and behold, his daughter came out to meet him with tambourines and with dances. She was his only child; … and at the end of two months, she returned to her father, who did with her according to his vow that the had made.”
  21. Num 11:33 – ESV “While the meat was yet between their teeth, before it was consumed, the anger of the Lord was kindled against the people, and the Lord struck down the people with a very great plague.”
  22. Num 12:10 – God made Miriam a leper. ESV “When the cloud removed from the tent, behold, Miriam was leprous, like snow”
  23. Deu 7:2 – complete destruction – God gave then over.
  24. Josh 1:1-9 Joshua receives the Lord’s blessing for all the bloody endeavors to follow.
  25. Josh 6:17 – Jericho – devoted to the Lord for destruction – so the Lord was with Joshua
  26. Josh 6:21 – Men, women, young, old, animals, etc. (Jericho)
  27. Josh 7:19-26 Achan, his children and cattle are stoned and burned to death for taking some spoils of war.
  28. Josh 8:25-26 – Men & women & all inhabitants (AI) 12,000 killed. ESV - “Only the livestock and the spoil of that city Israel took as their plunder, according to the word of the Lord that he commanded Joshua.”
  29. Josh 10:12 – God caused the Sun and moon to stand still – for what purpose? So the Israelites could finish wiping out their enemy. One of the greatest alleged miracles was committed for the purpose of war.
  30. Josh 10:10-27 – ESV “and the Lord threw them into a panic before Israel …” Israel destroys the Gibonites
  31. Josh 10:28 – ESV “he (Joshua) devoted to destruction every person in it” – Makkedah
  32. Josh 10:30 – ESV “And the Lord gave it (Libnah) also and its king into the hand of Israel .. and he struck it with the edge of the sword, and every person in it; he left none remaining in it.”
  33. Josh 10:32-33 – ESV “And the Lord gave Lachish into the hand of Israel … with the edge of the sword, and every person in it, as he had done to Libnah.”
  34. The Old Testament God instructed Jews to wipe out entire cities. [DTA]
  35. Josh 10:34-35 – Joshua killed everyone in Eglon.
  36. Josh 10:36-37 – Joshua killed everyone in Hebron.
  37. Josh 10:38-39 – Joshua killed everyone in Debir.
  38. Josh 10:40 – ESV “So Joshua struck the whole land, … he left none remaining, but devoted to destruction all that breathed, just as the Lord God of Israel commanded.”
  39. Josh 11:6 – ESV “the Lord said to Joshua, “Do not be afraid .. you shall hamstring their horses …”
    1. What is the point of this animal cruelty??? Just kill them if you don’t want the enemy to use them in war. [DTA]
  40. Josh 11:8-15 – Joshua kills all in Hazor and all the cities of those kings – did not leave any who breathed.
  41. Josh 11:20 - ESV “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 devoted to destruction and should receive no mercy but be destroyed, just as the Lord commanded Moses.”
    1. This one is especially evil as the Lord hardened their hearts so they would be destroyed rather than enslaved. What is the point? [DTA]
    2. See Deut 20:1 for rules of warfare
    3. Deut 20:10 – When you draw near to a city …, offer terms of peace to it. If it responds to you peaceably …, all the people… do forced labor for you.
  42. Josh 11:21-23 – Joshua destroys Anakim
  43. Jud 1:4 With the Lord's support, Judah defeats 10,000 Canaanites at Bezek.
  44. Jud 1:6 With the Lord's approval, Judah pursues Adoni-bezek, catches him, and cuts off his thumbs and big toes.
  45. Jud 1:8 With the Lord's approval, Judah smites Jerusalem.
  46. Jud 1:17 With the Lord's approval, Judah and Simeon utterly destroy the Canaanites who inhabited Zephath.
  47. Jud 3:29 The Israelites kill about 10,000 Moabites.
  48. Jud 3:31 (A restatement.) Shamgar killed 600 Philistines with an oxgoad.
  49. Jud 4:21 Jael takes a tent stake and hammers it through the head of Sisera, fastening it to the ground.
  50. Jud 7:19-25 The Gideons defeat the Midianites, slay their princes, cut off their heads, and bring the heads back to Gideon.
  51. Jud 8:15-21 The Gideons slaughter the men of Penuel.
  52. Jud 9:5 Abimalech murders his brothers.
  53. Jud 9:45 Abimalech and his men kill all the people in the city.
  54. Jud 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."
  55. Jud 11:29-39 Jepthah sacrifices his beloved daughter, his only child, according to a vow he has made with the Lord.
    1. More human sacrifice - [DTA]
  56. Jud 14:19 The Spirit of the Lord comes upon a man and causes him to slay thirty men.
  57. Jud 15:15 Samson slays 1000 men with the jawbone of an ass.
  58. Jud 16:21 The Philistines gouge out Samson's eyes.
  59. Jud 16:27-30 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 and women.
  60. Jud 18:27 The Danites slay the quiet and unsuspecting people of Laish.
  61. Jud 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.
  62. Jud 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.
  63. Jud 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.
  64. 1 Sam 4:10 The Philistines slay 30,000 Israelite foot soldiers.
  65. 1 Sam 5:6-9 The Lord afflicts the Philistines with tumors in their "secret parts," presumably for having stolen the Ark.
  66. 1 Sam 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.)
  67. 1 Sam 7:7-11 Samuel and his men smite the Philistines.
  68. 1 Sam 11:11 With the Lord's blessing, Saul and his men cut down the Ammonites.
  69. 1 Sam 14:31 Jonathan and his men strike down the Philistines.
  70. 1 Sam 14:48 Saul smites the Amalekites.
  71. 1 Sam 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."
  72. 1 Sam 15:33 "Samuel hewed Agag in pieces before the Lord ...."
  73. 1 Sam 18:7 The women sing as they make merry: "Saul has slain his thousands and David his ten thousands."
  74. 1 Sam 27:8-11 "David left neither man nor woman alive ....". (Note: This implies that children and infants were included in the slaughter.)
  75. 1 Sam 30:17 David smites the Amalekites.
  76. 2 Sam 2:23 Abner kills Asahel.
  77. 2 Sam 3:30 Joab and Abishai kill Abner.
  78. 2 Sam 4:7-8 Rechan and Baanah kill Ish-bosheth, behead him, and take his head to David.
  79. 2 Sam 4:12 David has Rechan and Baanah killed, their hands and feet cut off, and their bodies hanged by the pool at Hebron.
  80. 2 Sam 5:25 "And David did as the Lord commanded him, and smote the Philistines ...."
  81. 2 Sam 6:2-23 Because she rebuked him for having exposed himself, Michal (David's wife) was barren throughout her life.
  82. 2 Sam 8:1-18 A listing of some of David's murderous conquests.
  83. 2 Sam 8:4 David hamstrung all but a few of the horses.
  84. 2 Sam 8:5 David slew 22,000 Syrians.
  85. 2 Sam 8:6, 14 "The Lord gave victory to David wherever he went."
  86. 2 Sam 8:13 David slew 18,000 Edomites in the valley of salt and made the rest slaves.
  87. 2 Sam 10:18 David slew 47,000+ Syrians.
  88. 2 Sam 11:14-27 David has Uriah killed so that he can marry Uriah's wife, Bathsheba.
  89. 2 Sam 12:1, 19 The Lord strikes David's child dead for the sin that David has committed.
  90. 2 Sam 13:1-15 Amnon loves his sister Tamar, rapes her, then hates her.
  91. 2 Sam 13:28-29 Absalom has Amnon murdered.
  92. 2 Sam 18:6 -7 20,000 men are slaughtered at the battle in the forest of Ephraim.
  93. 2 Sam 18:15 Joab's men murder Absalom.
  94. 2 Sam 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."
  95. 2 Sam 24:15 The Lord sends a pestilence on Israel that kills 70,000 men.
  96. 1 Kings 2:24-25 Solomon has Adonijah murdered.
  97. 1 Kings 2:29-34 Solomon has Joab murdered.
  98. 1 Kings 2:46 Solomon has Shime-i murdered.
  99. 1 Kings 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 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.
  100. 1 Kings 20:29-30 The Israelites smite 100,000 Syrian soldiers in one day. A wall falls on 27,000 remaining Syrians.
  101. 2 Kings 1:10-12 Fire from heaven comes down and consumes fifty men.
  102. 2 Kings 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.
  103. 2 Kings 5:27 Elisha curses Gehazi and his descendants forever with leprosy.
  104. 2 Kings 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.
  105. 2 Kings 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."
  106. 2 Kings 9:24 Jehu tricks and murders Joram.
  107. 2 Kings 9:27 Jehu has Ahaziah killed.
  108. 2 Kings 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.
  109. 2 Kings 10:7 Jehu has Ahab's seventy sons beheaded, then sends the heads to their father in baskets – later placed at the entrance of the gate.
  110. 2 Kings 10:14 Jehu has forty-two of Ahab's kin killed.
  111. 2 Kings 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 Lord ...."
  112. 2 Kings 10:19-27 Jehu uses trickery to massacre the Baal worshippers.
  113. 2 Kings 11:1 Athaliah destroys all the royal family.
  114. 2 Kings 14:5, 7 Amaziah kills his servants and then 10,000 Edomites.
  115. 2 Kings 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."
  116. 2 Kings 15:16 Menahem ripped open all the women who were pregnant.
  117. 2 Kings 19:35 An angel of the Lord kills 185,000 men.
  118. 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."
  119. 2CH 13:17 500,000 Israelites are slaughtered.
  120. 2CH 21:4 Jehoram slays all his brothers.
  121. PS 137:9 Happy will be the man who dashes your little ones against the stones.
  122. PS 144:1 God is praised as the one who trains hands for war and fingers for battle.
  123. 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."
  124. 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."
  125. IS 14:21-22 "Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers."
  126. 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.
  127. 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."
  128. 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 ..."
  129. 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 ...."
  130. EZ 14:9 ESV “And if the prophet is deceived and speaks a word, I, the Lord, have deceived that prophet, and I will stretch out my hand against him and will destroy him from the midst of my people Israel.” God kills prophets that he deceives for speaking the word God gave him???
  131. EZ 9:4-6 The Lord commands: "... slay old men outright, young men and maidens, little children and women ...."
  132. 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.
    1. More human sacrifice - [DTA]
  133. 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.
  134. EZ 23:25, 47 God is going to slay the sons and daughters of those who were whores.
  135. EZ 23:34 "You shall ... pluck out your hair, and tear your breasts."
  136. 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."
  137. 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."