Clean Bible jokes, puns, and trivia

Like most college professors, I've seen hilarious errors in student-written papers. Here are two recent ones:

"Our mouths were filled with laughter" -- Psalm 126:2

Bible humor

Because so much of Holy Scripture is in story form, it lends itself to amusing twists of little details that can be funny. This collection doesn't purport to be the best assortment of Bible jokes and puns. Nevertheless, at least some of them will evoke chuckles from your friends. Many of these humorous sayings, jokes and trivia from the Bible were collected from messages floating around social media. Some appear to have come from Richard Lederer's Anguished English (or else he got them from the same place I saw them).

The phrasing of several jokes and puns depends on the wording used in a specific English translation of the Bible. In most cases, it's the classic King James Version.

Presenting this compilation doesn't mean I'm making fun of the Bible itself. Rather, it indicates how much I treasure this "love letter from God." There are things in Scripture that I do not take lightly and I will not trivialize them by turning them into jokes. Christ's suffering and death by crucifixion is one of them.

    -- compiled by Howard Culbertson

"Sarah said, 'God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.'" -- Genesis 21:5

Funny Bible questions

Question: Who was the greatest financier in the Bible?
Answer: Noah -- he was floating his stock while everyone else was in liquidation.
Question: What did God say after He created Adam?
"I can do better than that." And so, He created woman.
Question: Who was the greatest female financier in the Bible?
Answer: Pharaoh's daughter -- she went down to the bank of the Nile and drew out a little profit. Oops. That should read "prophet".
Question: What kind of man was Boaz before he got married?
Answer: Ruth-less.
Question: Who was the first drug addict in the Bible?
Answer: Nebuchadnezzar -- he was on grass for seven years. (Daniel 4:23- 33)
Question: What kind of motor vehicles are in the Bible?
Answer: Yahweh drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden in a Fury, an automobile produced by Plymouth from 1955 to 1989.
Israel's Triumph (a British automobile produced from 1921 to 1984) could be heard after the death of Goliath (2 Samuel 17:52, New Living Translation.
Honda... because Acts 2:12 says Jesus' followers "were all in one Accord," an automobilephoto of white automobile
In Psalm 83, the Almighty clearly owns both a Pontiac and a Geo. The passage urges the Lord to "pursue your enemies with your Tempest and terrify them with your Storm." -- Psalm 83:15
God may favor Dodge pickup trucks since the Israelites were warned not to follow Moses up on the mountain "until the Ram's horn sounds a long blast." -- Exodus 19:13
2 Corinthians 4:8 describes a group traveling in a Volkswagen Bug: "We are hard pressed on every side."
Question: Where is the first baseball game in the Bible?
Answer: In the big inning. Eve stole first, Adam stole second.
Question: How did Adam and Eve feel when expelled from the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:23-24)?
Answer: They were really put out.
Question: What is one of the things that Adam and Eve did after they were kicked out?
Answer: They raised Cain.
Question: What excuse did Adam give to his children as to why he no longer lived in Eden?
Answer: "Your mother ate us out of house and home" (Genesis 3:6).
Question: The ark was built in three stories. The top one had a window to let in light. How did the bottom two stories get light?
Answer: They used floodlights.
How do we know Peter was a rich fisherman?
Answer: By his net income.
Question: Why was Goliath so surprised when David hit him with a slingshot?
Answer: The thought had never entered his head before.
What animal did Noah find it difficult to trust?
Answer: The cheetah
Question: What is the best way to get to Paradise?
Answer: Turn right and go straight.
Question: According to the Bible, which one of Yahweh's servants was the most flagrant lawbreaker?
Answer: Moses, because he broke all 10 commandments at once.
Question: Which area of the Promised Land was especially wealthy?
Answer: The area near the Jordan River where the banks kept overflowing.
Question: Who was the first person to download something from a cloud to two tablets?
Answer: Moses
Question: How do we know that Job went to a chiropractor?
Answer: Because Job 16:12 says: "All was well with me, but . . . he seized me by the neck"
Question: Where is the first tennis match mentioned in the Bible?
Answer: When Joseph served in Pharaoh's court.
Question: Which Bible character had no parents?
Answer: Joshua, son of Nun (Joshua 1:1).
Question: Why didn't Noah go fishing?
Answer: He only had two worms.
Question: How do we know the people on the ark with Noah did not play card games?
Answer: Because Noah sat on the deck
Question: Who was the first person to throw down a tablet and break it because he was angry?
Answer: Moses
Question: Where is a square dance class mentioned in the Bible?
Jonah 4:11 -- "There are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left."
Question: Who may have been the shortest man in the Bible?
Answer: There are three possibilities -- 1. Zacchaeus, so short he had to climb a tree to see Jesus. Luke 19:2-4
2. Bildad the Shuhite ("shoe height"), one of Job's three friends. Job 2:11
3. Nehemiah ("Knee High Miah"), the central figure of a book that bears his name.
Question: Question: How long did Cain hate his brother?
Answer: As long as he was able! (Abel)
Who was probably even more unhappy than the older son when the lost (or prodigal) son returned home?
The fattened calf

Bloopers by students writing about the Bible

"There's an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth . . .
A right time to cry and another to laugh" -- Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4 (The Message)

drawing of a pistolBible humor

An elderly woman had just returned home from an evening church service when she realized there was an intruder in her home. Seeing that he was in the act of robbing her home of its valuables, the lady yelled "Stop! Acts 2:38!"1

Hearing her, the burglar stopped dead in his tracks and stood motionless. The woman calmly called the police and explained what was going on.

As the officer cuffed the man to take him in, he asked the burglar, "Why did you just stand there? All the lady did was yell a Bible verse at you."

"Bible verse?" said the burglar, "She said she had an ax and two 38's!"

1"Repent and be baptized, in the name of Jesus Christ so that your sins may be forgiven. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." -- (Acts 2:38)

Ten ways the Bible would be different had it been written by college students

  1. The Last Supper would have been eaten the next morning -- cold.
  2. The Ten Commandments would have been only five. They would have been double-spaced and written in a large font.
  3. The Bible would have come out in a new edition every two years in order to limit re-selling.
  4. The reason the forbidden fruit would have been eaten was that it wasn't cafeteria food.
  5. Paul's letter to the Romans would become Paul's e-mail to
  6. The reason Cain would have killed Abel: They were roommates.
  7. The place where the end of the world occurs: Finals, not Armageddon.
  8. Out go the mules, in come the mountain bikes.
  9. Reason why Moses and those following him would have wandered in the desert for 40 years: They didn't want to ask directions and look like freshmen.
  10. Instead of God creating everything in six days and resting on the seventh, He would have put it off until the night before it was due and then pulled an all-nighter.

If Moses had received the 10 Commandments via text message:

no1 b4 me. srsly.
dnt wrshp pix/idols
no omg's
no wrk on w/end (sat 4 now; sun l8r)
pos ok ur m&d r cool
dnt kill ppl
:-X only w/ m8
dnt steal
dnt lie re: bf
dnt ogle ur bf's m8. or ox. or dnkey. myob.

ttyl, JHWH.

ps. wwjd?

Do the names of Old Testament peoples and tribes confuse you?

Here's a cartoon spoof on those names.

Cartoon: Nomadic
Tribes of the Old Testament: Amorites, Midianites and Samsonites

Help me find the origin of this cartoon!

I've had this in my files for several years but have lost track of where it was from or who the cartoonist was. Do you know who the artist is? If so, e-mail me. I'd like to get in contact and get permission to use it.

The Amorites and the Midianites were, of course, tribes with whom the Israelites had some not-so-friendly encounters. The Amorites, mentioned in the Bible more than 70 times, are described as "tall." The Midianites are mentioned in the Old Testament about 20 times.

The Samsoites? Well . . . . that name doesn't quite go back to Old Tetamet times although Jesse Shwayder (1882 1970), founder of the Shwayder Trunk Manufacturing Company, did name one of his initial cases after the Biblical strongman Samson, and began using the trademark Samsonite in 1941.

Sarah said, "God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me." -- Genesis 21:6

Bible trivia tidbits

Question: How many total words are there in the Bible?
In terms of the English Bible, this varies from translation to translation. The range is from just over 715,00 words to almost 785,000 words. This doesn't mean things have been left out or added. It just means that some translations are more wordy than others in rendering the meaning of the Hebrew and Greek originals. As for the number of letter characters, the total count in the KJV is a staggering 3,116,480. That count would also vary from translation to translation.
Question: How long did it take for the Bible to be written?
Scholars say about 1,500 years went by from the time the first Bible book was written until the last one was completed.
Question: How many different authors were involved in writing the Bible?
About 40

Some facts about the Psalms

Question: Which Old Testament book is quoted most often in the New Testament?
Question: What Bible chapter is the shortest?
Answer: Psalm 117 with only 2 verses
Question: What is the longest chapter in the Bible?
Answer: Psalm 119 with 176 verses
Question: As far as chapter count goes, which chapter is in the center of the Protestant Bible?
Answer: Psalm 118
Question: Which verse is at the exact center verse of the Bible?
Answer: Psalm 118:8
Question: What is the longest book in the Bible?
Answer: In terms of the number of chapters, it's the book of Psalms. However, in terms of the number of words in the Hebrew language, it's Jeremiah. [ see the lists of longest by chapter and longest in terms of word count ]
Question: What is the shortest book in the Bible?
Answer: In terms of the number of chapters, there are five with only one chapter: Second John, Third John, Jude, Obadiah, and Philemon. In terms of number of words, Third John is the shortest with 219 words in the original Greek.
More Bible numbers
Question: Which of these men was not an author of at least one psalm? Moses, David, Joshua, or Solomon
Answer: Joshua
Which of the Psalms is the only one that ends without some sense of praise to or hope in God?
Psalm 88 is the only psalm that ends without some sense of praise or hope in God.
Over what period of time were the Psalms composed?
David is, of course, considered the author of many of the Psalms. He lived from about 1035 BC to 970 BC. However, the poerty of the book of Psalms was composed over a period of approximately 1000 years. Psalm 90 may be the oldest psalm, probably written by Moses around 1450 B.C. before his encounter with God at the burning bush where God called him to liberate the Hebrew people from Egyptian slavery.
The key word in the Psalms is "praise." It is pused more than 200 times in Psalms compared with about 120 occurrences in all the rest of Holy Scripture combined.
Which of the Psalms are acrostics?
Psalms 25, 34, 37, 111, 112, 119, and 145 are examples of acrostic Hebrew poetry. In these seven psalms, the first letter of each line, verse or stanza begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The acrostic aspect isn't, of course, readily apparent in versions of the Bible in languages other than Hebrew. A good hint in looking for psalms that are acrostics is to look for psalms with 22 verses since there are 22 letters in the Hebrew alphabet. Psalm 119 is an expanded acrostic in which the sections begin with succeeding Hebrew alphabet letters.

Is "BIBLE" an acronym?

Fact-check: The word "Bible" itself is not an acronym. It comes from the Latin word "biblia", which simply means "book." The Latin word comes from a Greek word that is best rendered as "scroll."

However, some have jokingly said that the letters of the English word Bible could stand for "Best Instructions Before Leaving Earth."

So, no, the word Bible is not an acronym. The individual letters do not stand for other words.

Reading the Bible aloud: Confirmation of a bit of trivia

I read somewhere that it would take about 75 hours to read the Bible aloud at a normal rate. A little over 50 hours of that will be spent reading the Old Testament.

I mentioned this bit of trivia to a group of Haitian pastors on the island of La Gonave. The pastor of the Church of the Nazarene in the mountain town of Grand Source challenged his youth group to see how long it would take them to read the Bible aloud in Haitian Creole. He said if they would do it, he would invite the people in their mountain village to come and listen whenever they had time.

On a Monday, the young people started reading the Bible aloud from the platform of their church building. Reading in 15-minute shifts for about 15 hours a day, those young people in Haiti read the Bible aloud all the way through in a little over 79 hours.

Common sayings from the bible

Ask your friends: In which book of the Bible can each of these famous sayings be found?

Do you sometimes quote the Bible without being aware of it? The English language is salted, as are other languages, with biblical phrases and proverbs. Listed below are more than four dozen of them.

To be sure, "cleanliness is next to godliness" is not one of biblical origin. Neither is "God helps those who help themselves." That particular one is from Poor Richard's Almanac produced by the American political figure Benjamin Franklin.

Here is a listing of oft-used English phrases with the scripture reference from which they come given.

Can you think of other things that could or should be on this page? If so, drop me an email and I'll add them.

    -- compiled by Howard Culbertson,

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