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It is a given that in the Christian life the only way to really, “grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord,” is to read the Bible. It is within the pages of the Bible that you will find the answers to some of life’s difficult questions like:
- How do I raise my children?
- How do I react to people who mistreat me?
- Can I drink?
- How can I have a better marriage?
- How do I get along in this world?
The Bible is full of wisdom for living the Christian life but when you dig deeper you will find tucked in among the wisdom some humor. You shouldn’t be surprised that God included some humor in the Bible after all He is the creator of the duck billed platypus and the dodo bird.
Humorous Bible Verses
The best way to find bible verses which show God’s humorous side is for you in look to and through the Bible. Seek out those verses that when you read them will give you a little chuckle. Another plus is that at the same time you’ll be learning more about God and the variety of ways He imparts wisdom.
To help you get started here are 20 verses picked at random from the Bible 10 each from the Old and New Testaments.
Humor In The Old Testament
Here are some bible verses in the old testament that shows God's humorous side.
Genesis 18:16-33, These verses detail the story of Abraham bargaining with the angels over the destruction of Sodom. The humor here is in the absurdity of Abraham bargaining with God's messengers'
Numbers 22:21-39, The funniest part of this passage of scripture is when in verse 30 the donkey has this retort, “Am I not your own donkey, which you have always ridden, to this day? Have I been in the habit of doing this to you?” What could be funnier than God giving a donkey the power to chastise it's owner for his mistreatment. After all it wasn't the donkey's fault God had put the obstacle in his way.
Judges 6:33-40, Then Gideon said to God, “Don’t be impatient with me, but let me say one more thing. I want to try another time with the fleece. But this time let the fleece stay dry, while the dew drenches the ground.”
These verses deal with the Gideon and the wool fleece. The humorous part of this story is that Gideon not once but twice asks God to give him proof that God will save Israel using Gideon. What is really going on is Gideon was looking for a way out of doing what God wanted him to do but God said I don't think so by honoring his request. God's answer is I've done what you ask now get out there and get the job done.
Some of the best humor in Old Testament can be found in the book of Proverbs. Here God uses some absurd comparisons or word pictures to bring home a point and a give the reader a smile.
- Proverbs 11:22, Like a gold ring in a pig’s snout is a beautiful woman who shows no discretion.
- Proverbs 13:8, The rich can be sued for everything they have, but the poor are free of such threats.
- Proverbs 17:12, Better to meet a grizzly robbed of her cubs than a fool hellbent on folly.
- Proverbs 17:28, Even dunces who keep quiet are thought to be wise; as long as they keep their mouths shut, they’re smart.
- Proverbs 21:9, Better to live alone in a tumbledown shack than share a mansion with a nagging spouse.
This is only a sample of the humor found in the book of Proverbs. If you search you can find more. It would make a good Bible study.
Jeremiah 10:3-5, An idol is nothing but a tree chopped down, then shaped by a woodsman’s ax. They trim it with tinsel and balls, use hammer and nails to keep it upright.
Here God uses humor to paint a picture of how absurd it is to worship idols instead of the one true God
Ecclesiastes 10:6 "Here’s a piece of bad business I’ve seen on this earth, An error that can be blamed on whoever is in charge: Immaturity is given a place of prominence, While maturity is made to take a backseat.
Here God throws out a little dig to people in charge over the fact they act with immature behavior when governing. It makes you shake your head and laugh because your mind drifts to the powers who are in charge today.
Humor In The New Testament
Starting with the Gospels there are a lot of verses in the New Testament which offer a glimpse of God’s humorous side. In the Gospels Jesus often times used a slight touch of humor to get across his point.
Matthew 8:22, Jesus refused. “First things first. Your business is life, not death. Follow me. Pursue life.”
Using a little humor Jesus points out your “business” is the Gospel everything else is secondary.
Matthew 23:24, Careful bookkeeping is commendable, but the basics are required. Do you have any idea how silly you look, writing a life story that’s wrong from start to finish, nitpicking over commas and semicolons?
The Message Bible‘s translation of this verse offers a very humorous take. It is silly to think someone would want to write a wrong life story.
Luke 12:13. Someone out of the crowd said, “Teacher, order my brother to give me a fair share of the family inheritance.”
What could be more humorous than ask a selfish question when you have God’s Son standing before you and you ask him to do what? Make my brother less selfish. You can almost hear the laughs in the crowd.
Mark 9:24. Jesus said, “If? There are no ‘ifs’ among believers. Anything can happen.” No sooner were the words out of his mouth than the father cried, “Then I believe. Help me with my doubts!”
You can almost picture Jesus with an astonished look on his face saying, “If, there are no if’s...” Kind of like Tom Hanks bellowing out the line, “There is no crying in baseball.”
Mark 9:34, The silence was deafening—they had been arguing with one another over who among them was greatest. He sat down and summoned the Twelve. “So you want first place? Then take the last place. Be the servant of all.”
The humor here is in Jesus’ gotcha moment. You can almost see Jesus snickering to himself as the disciples are sitting there with their mouths hanging open.
Paul even added a little humor to his Epistles in order to emphasize a point.
1 Corinthians 11:14. Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair it is a disgrace for him,
Apparently Paul had something against hippies. Who new.
Ephesians 5:22-24, Wives submit to your husbands.
Guys right now are going, “Yeah, yeah preach it Paul,“ while the wives are laughing saying to themselves, “Yeah right.” Enough said.
1 Corinthians 12:12-27, Your body isn’t just a single part blown up into something huge. It’s all the different-but-similar parts arranged and functioning together. If Foot said, “I’m not elegant like the hand, embellished with rings; I guess I don’t belong to this body,” would that make it so?
What could be more humorous than an absurd picture of your body arguing about which part is more important, "Hey foot you stink go away."
1 Corinthians 13:1, If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.
How many smooth tongued people have you run into lately? They are good at talking but you can tell there is no love lately. Sound like some dates you might of had.
There you have it 10 of the many bible verses in the Bible which show God has a sense of the humor. While much of the humor in the Bible is done with imagery it is still there to find and get a chuckle from. So get you Bible now and start you own search for humor.
All of the passages in this article come from the NIV, ESV and The Message translations.
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