Clean Bible jokes, puns, humor and trivia
Like most college professors, I've seen hilarious errors
in student-written papers. Here are two recent ones:
- "There were a lot of times where Jesus
would speak to huge crows such as at the Sermon on the Mount."
- "What struck me most was they way they embarrassed
"Our mouths were filled with laughter" -- Psalm 126:2
Because so much of Holy Scripture is in story form, it lends itself to amusing twists of little
details that can be really funny. This collection doesn't purport to be the best assortment of
Bible jokes. Nevertheless, at least some of them will evoke chuckles from your friends. Many of
these humorous sayings, jokes and Bible trivia were collected from messages floating around
social media and Internet messaging services. Some appear to have come from Richard Lederer's
Anguished English, (or else he got them from the same source that provided these).
The wording of sev erl depend on specific wording used in an English translation of the Bible
such as the King James Version.
-- compiled by Howard Culbertson
- 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-
- 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 the apostles "were all in one Accord," an automobile
produced beginning in 1976.
- 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
- God may favor Dodge pickup trucks since the Israelistes 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: Who was the greatest comedian in the Bible?
- Answer: Samson -- he brought the house down (Judges 16:30).
- Question: Where is the first baseball game in the Bible?
- Answer: In the big inning. Eve stole first, Adam stole second. Cain struck out Abel. The
Giants and the Angels were rained out.
- Question: How did Adam and Eve feel when expelled from the Garden of Eden (Genesis
- Answer: They were really put out.
- Question: What is one of the first things that Adam and Eve did after they were kicked out?
- Answer: They really 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 3 stories. The top one had a window to let in light. How did
the bottom two stories get light?
- Answer: They used floodlights.
- Question: Who is the greatest baby-sitter mentioned in the Bible?
- Answer: David -- he rocked Goliath to sleep.
- Question: Why was Goliath so surprised when David hit him with a slingshot?
- Answer: The thought had never entered his head before.
- Question: If Goliath would come back to life today, would you like to tell him the joke
about David and Goliath?
- Answer: No, he already fell for it once.
- Question: What is the best way to get to Paradise?
- Answer: Turn right and go straight.
- Question: According to the Bible, which of Yahweh's servants was the most flagrant
- Answer: Moses, because he broke all 10 commandments at
- Question: Which area of the Promised Land was especially
- Answer: The area around the Jordan where the banks kept overflowing.
- 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
- 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 that they played cards in the ark?
- Answer: Because Noah sat on the deck
- Question: Q: Where is a square dance class mentioned in the Bible?
- In Jonah 4:11 that says, "There are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who
cannot tell their right hand from their left."
Bloopers from people writing about the Bible
- Second of 10 Commandments: Thou shall cast no idles.
- In the first book of the bible, Guinness, God got tired of creating the world, so He took the
- Adam and Eve were created from an apple tree. One of their children, Cain, asked: "Am I
my brother's son?"
- Noah's wife was called Joan of Ark. Noah built an ark, which the animals came on to in
- God asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac on Mount Montezuma. Jacob, son of Isaac, stole his
brother's birthmark. One of Jacob's son, Joseph, gave refuse to the Israelites.
- Pharaoh forced the Hebrew slaves to make bread without straw. Moses led the Hebrews to the Red Sea, where they made unleavened bread
which is bread without any ingredients.
- The Egyptians were all drowned in the dessert. Afterward, Moses went up on Mount Cyanide
to get the ten amendments.
- The seventh commandment is: Thou shalt not admit adultery.
- Moses died before he ever reached Canada. Then Joshua led the Hebrews in the battle of
- The greatest miracle in the Bible is when Joshua told his son to stand still and he obeyed
- David was a Hebrew king skilled at playing the liar. He fought with the Finklesteins, a race
of people who lived in Biblical times.
- Solomon, one of David's sons, had 300 wives and 700 porcupines.
- When Mary heard that she was the mother of Jesus, she sang the Magna Carta.
- When the three wise guys from the east side arrived, they found Jesus in the manager.
- Jesus enunciated the Golden Rule, which says to do one to others before they do one to you.
He also explained, "a man doth not live by sweat alone."
- It was a miracle when Jesus rose from the dead and managed to get the tombstone off the
- The people who followed the Lord were called the 12 decibels. The epistles were the wives
of the apostles.
- One of the opossums was St. Matthew who was a taximan.
- Christians have only one spouse. This is called monotony.
Here's one that is not a blooper, but it was biblical humor that came wandering into
my email box from cyberspace.
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
Ten ways the Bible would be different had it been written by college students
- The Last Supper would have been eaten the next morning -- cold.
- The Ten Commandments would have been only five. They would have been double-spaced
and written in a large font.
- The Bible would have come out in a new edition every two years in order to limit re-
- The reason the forbidden fruit would have been eaten was because it wasn't cafeteria
- Paul's letter to the Romans would become Paul's e-mail to email@example.com.
- The reason Cain would have killed Abel: They were roommates.
- The place where the end of the world occurs: Finals, not Armageddon.
- Out go the mules, in come the mountain bikes.
- Reason why Moses and followers would have wandered in the desert for 40 years: They
didn't want to ask directions and look like freshmen.
- 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 wrk on w/end (sat 4 now; sun l8r)
pos ok ur m&d r cool
dnt kill ppl
:-X only w/ m8
dnt lie re: bf
dnt ogle ur bf's m8. or ox. or dnkey. myob.
Do the names of Old Testament peoples and tribes confuse you?
Here's a cartoon spoof on those names.
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 Amoritess and the Midianites were, of course, tribes with whom the Israelites had some
not-so-friendly encounters. The Amorites, who are mentioned I the Bible more than 70 times,
are described as being very tall. The Midianites are mentioned in Old Testament about 20
The Samsoites? Well . . . . that name doesn't quite go back to Old Tetamet times although
Jesse Shwayder (1882 1970), founder of the 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
Some serious trivia about the Psalms
- Question: What is the shortest chapter in the Bible?
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- Psalm 88 is the only psalm that ends without some sense of praise or hope in God.
- Over what period of time were all of the Psalms composed?
- The psalms were composed over a period of approximately 1000 years. Psalm 90 may be
the oldest Psalm, written by Moses around 1450 B.C. before God's call to
liberate the Hebrew people from Egypt.
- The key word in the Psalms is "praise." It is used 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?
- Psalm 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 nature isn't, of course, readily apparent in translations into other
languages such as English. 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 letters of the Hebrew
Source of some well-known sayings
Ask your friends: In which book of the Bible can each of these famous sayings be
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
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
- "A law unto themselves" -- Romans 2:14
- "A house divided" -- Matthew 12:25, Luke 11:17
- "A man after his own heart" -- 1 Samuel 13:14
- "Apple of my eye" Deuteronomy 2:10, Zechariah 2:8
- "At my wit's end" Psalm 107:27
- "Blind leading the blind" Matthew 15:14, Luke 6:39
- "By the skin of our teeth" Job 19:20
- "Can a leopard change his spots?" Jeremiah 13:23
- "Don't cast your pearls before swine" -- Matthew 7:6
- "Drop in the bucket" -- Isaiah 40:15
- "Dust of the earth" -- Genesis 13:16
- "Eat, drink, and be merry" -- Ecclesiastes 8:15
- "Eye for an eye" -- Exodus 21:24, Leviticus 24:20, Deuteronomy 19:21 Matthew
- "False prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing" -- Matthew 24:24, Mark
- "Fell on rocky ground" -- Matthew 13:5
- "Fight the good faith" -- 1 Timothy 6:12
- "Golden calf" -- Exodus 32
- "Good Samaritan" -- Luke 10:25-37
- "Hammer swords into plowshares" -- Isaiah 2:4
- "He gave up the ghost" -- Luke 23:46
- "He that is without sin among you, let him cast the first stone" --
- "Handwriting on the wall" -- Daniel 5:5
- "How are the mighty fallen" -- 1 Samuel 1:19-27
- "Labor of love" -- 1 Thessalonians 1:3
- "Letter of the law" -- 2 Corinthians 3:6
- "Many are called, but few are chosen" -- Matthew 22:14
- "Man shall not live by bread alone" -- Deuteronomy 8:3, Matthew 4:4
- "More blessed to give than to receive" -- Acts 20:35
- "My brother's keeper" -- Genesis 4:9
- "No peace for the wicked" -- Isaiah 48:22, Isaiah 57:21
- "Noting new under the sun" -- Ecclesiastes 1:9
- "One dead fly makes the perfumer's ointment give off a rancid stench" -- Ecclesiastes
- "Out of the mouths of babes" -- Psalm 8:2
- "Powers that be" -- Romans 13:1
- "Pride goes before a fall" -- Proverbs 16:19
- "Put the words in her mouth" -- 2 Samuel 14:3
- "Put your house in order" -- 2 Kings 20:1, Isaiah 38:1
- "Red sky at morning" -- Matthew 16:3
- "Rise up and shine" -- Isaiah 60:1
- "Salt of the earth" -- Matthew 5:13
- "See eye to eye" -- Isaiah 52:8
- "Signs of the times" -- Matthew 16:3
- "Soft answer turns away wrath" -- Proverbs 15:1
- "Stood by the stuff" (a reference to troops that guarded supplies) -- 1 Samuel 25:13,
- "Strait and narrow" -- Matthew 7:14
- "Suffer fools gladly" -- 2 Corinthians 11:19
- "Sweat of your brow" -- Genesis 3:19
- "The blind leading the blind" == Matthew 15:14, Luke 6:39
- "The love of money is the root of all evil" (frequently misquoted as "money is the root of all
evil") -- 1 Timothy 6:10
- "The truth shall make you free" -- John 8:32
- "There's nothing new under the sun" -- Ecclesiastes 1:9
- "Thorn in the flesh" -- 2 Corinthians 12:7
- "To everything there is a season" Ecclesiastes 3:1
- "Twinkling of an eye" -- 1 Corinthians 15:52
- "Wars and rumors of wars" -- Matthew 24:26, Mark 13:7
- "Weighed in the balances and found wanting" -- Daniel 5:5
- "What is truth?" -- John 18:38
- "Where there is no vision, the people perish" -- Proverbs 29:18
Can you think of any others? If so, drop me an email and I'll add them to this
-- compiled by Howard Culbertson
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