Blasphemy in the Bible

General scriptures concerning

  • Exodus 20:7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
  • Leviticus 19:12 And ye shall not swear by my name falsely, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.
  • Leviticus 22:32 Neither shall ye profane my holy name; but I will be hallowed among the children of Israel: I am the LORD which hallow you,
  • Leviticus 24:10-16 And the son of an Israelitish woman, whose father was an Egyptian, went out among the children of Israel: and this son of the Israelitish woman and a man of Israel strove together in the camp; 11 And the Israelitish woman's son blasphemed the name of the LORD, and cursed. And they brought him unto Moses: (and his mother's name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan:) 12 And they put him in ward, that the mind of the LORD might be shewed them. 13 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, ...
  • Also Deuteronomy 5:11; 2 Samuel 12:14; 2 Kings 19:22; 2 Chronicles 32:19; Job 9:16-17,34-35; 10:2-7; 13:7-9,25-27; 15:13,25-26; 16:9,11,14; 19:6-7,21-22; 21:13-14; 22:12-14,17; 30:21; 33:10-11; 34:5-6,9,16-19,37; 37:20; 40:2; Psalms 5:1-2; 10:11,13; 50:21; 73:9,11; 74:18; 78:19-20; 94:7; 139:20; Proverbs 30:7-9; Isaiah 8:21-22; 29:15-16; 36:15,18,20-21; 37:10,23; 40:27; 45:9; 52:5; 65:7; Jeremiah 4:10; 17:15; 20:7; 23:10; Ezekiel 8:12; 9:9; 18:25; 20:27; 33:17-20; 35:12-13; Daniel 7:25; 11:36-37; Hosea 7:13; Zephaniah 1:12; Zechariah 5:3-4; Malachi 3:13-14; Matthew 10:25; 12:31-32; 15:19; Mark 3:29-30; 7:21-23; Luke 12:10; John 19:7; Romans 2:24; 1 Corinthians 12:3; Colossians 3:8; 2 Thessalonians 2:4; 2 Timothy 3:2; Hebrews 10:29; James 2:7; 3:10; 5:12; 2 Peter 3:3-4; Revelation 13:1,6; 16:9,11,21; 17:3.

Bible Encyclopedia for BLASPHEMY.

Prophecy of

  • Revelation 13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
  • Revelation 13:5-6 And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. 6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
  • Revelation 16:9 And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues: and they repented not to give him glory.
  • Revelation 16:11 And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds.
  • Also Revelation 16:21; 17:3.

Definition of blasphemy

INSTANCES OF

"Blasphemy" Bible Outline

The depraved son of Shelomith, who, in an altercation with an Israelite, cursed God

  • Leviticus 24:10-16 And the son of an Israelitish woman, whose father was an Egyptian, went out among the children of Israel: and this son of the Israelitish woman and a man of Israel strove together in the camp; 11 And the Israelitish woman's son blasphemed the name of the LORD, and cursed. And they brought him unto Moses: (and his mother's name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan:) 12 And they put him in ward, that the mind of the LORD might be shewed them. 13 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, ...

See also McClintock and Strong Cyclopedia for Blasphemy.

Of the Israelites, in complaining against God

  • Numbers 21:5-6 And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread. 6 And the LORD sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.

Infidels, who used the adultery of David as an occasion to blaspheme

  • 2 Samuel 12:14 Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.

Shimei, in his malice toward David

  • 2 Samuel 16:5 And when king David came to Bahurim, behold, thence came out a man of the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera: he came forth, and cursed still as he came.

Rabshakeh, in the siege of Jerusalem

  • 2 Kings 18:22 But if ye say unto me, We trust in the LORD our God: is not that he, whose high places and whose altars Hezekiah hath taken away, and hath said to Judah and Jerusalem, Ye shall worship before this altar in Jerusalem?
  • 2 Kings 19 And it came to pass, when king Hezekiah heard it, that he rent his clothes, and covered himself with sackcloth, and went into the house of the LORD. 2 And he sent Eliakim, which was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and the elders of the priests, covered with sackcloth, to Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz. 3 And they said unto him, Thus saith Hezekiah, This day is a day of trouble, and of rebuke, and blasphemy: for the children are come to the birth, and there is not strength to bring forth. 4 It may be the LORD thy God will hear all the words of Rabshakeh, whom the king of Assyria his master hath sent to reproach the living God; and will reprove the words which the LORD thy God hath heard: wherefore lift up thy prayer for the remnant that are left. ...
  • Also Isaiah 36:15-20; 37:10-33.

Job's wife, when she exhorted Job to curse God and die

  • Job 2:9 Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.

Peter, when accused of being a disciple of Jesus

  • Matthew 26:74 Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.
  • Mark 14:71 But he began to curse and to swear, saying, I know not this man of whom ye speak.

The revilers of Jesus, when he was crucified

  • Matthew 27:40-44 And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. 41 Likewise also the chief priests mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, 42 He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be the King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. 43 He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, I am the Son of God. ...
  • Matthew 27:63 Saying, Sir, we remember that that deceiver said, while he was yet alive, After three days I will rise again.

The early Christians, persecuted by Saul of Tarsus, compelled to blaspheme the name of Jesus

  • Acts 26:11 And I punished them oft in every synagogue, and compelled them to blaspheme; and being exceedingly mad against them, I persecuted them even unto strange cities.
  • 1 Timothy 1:13 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.

Two disciples, Hymenaeus and Alexander, who were delivered to Satan, so that they could learn not to blaspheme

  • 1 Timothy 1:20 Of whom is Hymenaeus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.

The man of sin

  • 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; 4 Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.

Backslidden Ephesians

  • Revelation 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.

FALSE INDICTMENTS FOR

Of Naboth

  • 1 Kings 21:13 And there came in two men, children of Belial, and sat before him: and the men of Belial witnessed against him, even against Naboth, in the presence of the people, saying, Naboth did blaspheme God and the king. Then they carried him forth out of the city, and stoned him with stones, that he died.

Jesus

  • Matthew 26:65 Then the high priest rent his clothes, saying, He hath spoken blasphemy; what further need have we of witnesses? behold, now ye have heard his blasphemy.
  • Mark 14:58 We heard him say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.
  • Luke 22:70-71 Then said they all, Art thou then the Son of God? And he said unto them, Ye say that I am. 71 And they said, What need we any further witness? for we ourselves have heard of his own mouth.
  • John 19:7 The Jews answered him, We have a law, and by our law he ought to die, because he made himself the Son of God.

Stephen

  • Acts 6:11 Then they suborned men, which said, We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses, and against God.
  • Acts 6:13 And set up false witnesses, which said, This man ceaseth not to speak blasphemous words against this holy place, and the law:

Jesus falsely accused of, previously to his trial

  • Mark 2:7 Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?
  • Luke 5:21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?
 
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