This is a list of passages in the Bible containing the word, “murder.” When you read these, ask yourself how many of them sound perfectly wise, like some God would write, and how many sound more like a bunch of primitive tribesmen projecting their customs, values, and goals into an apparently barbaric ancient mythology. The Jewish culture didn’t just slightly influence the teachings in The Bible. It’s the manifesto of Jewish culture, and taken on a whole, it paints a clear picture of a tribal theocracy using violence to subdue its citizens and neighbors.
I challenge you to look up the context of these quotes on Bible Gateway.com or listen to the full chapters on YouTube. In most cases, you’ll either find a longer trainwreck of barbarism or at least more inapplicable, culturally-relative values, customs, and beliefs.
The number of absurd verses in the Bible point to the fact that, on a whole, by anybody’s standards, it’s not divine. Put yourself to the test. The Skeptic’s Annotated Bible made a list of every commandment in the Bible, titled “Every Jot And Tittle.” If you go through them and check which ones you agree with and practice, you’re going to pass over more than you tick. Nobody follows the majority of the Bible’s teachings because most of it is either immoral or archaic.
You may find some passages in the list below that sound positive and teach useful information, but you’ll find more that contradict the good ones. The Bible gets more wrong than it gets right, and you shouldn’t revere a broken clock for stating the obvious twice a day.
Exodus 20:13 “You shall not MURDER.
Numbers 35:12 They will be places of refuge from the avenger, so that anyone accused of MURDER may not die before they stand trial before the assembly.
Numbers 35:16 “‘If anyone strikes someone a fatal blow with an iron object, that person is a MURDERER; the MURDERER is to be put to death.
Numbers 35:17 Or if anyone is holding a stone and strikes someone a fatal blow with it, that person is a MURDERER; the MURDERER is to be put to death.
Numbers 35:18 Or if anyone is holding a wooden object and strikes someone a fatal blow with it, that person is a MURDERER; the MURDERER is to be put to death.
Numbers 35:19 The avenger of blood shall put the MURDERER to death; when the avenger comes upon the MURDERER, the avenger shall put the MURDERER to death.
Numbers 35:21 or if out of enmity one person hits another with their fist so that the other dies, that person is to be put to death; that person is a MURDERER. The avenger of blood shall put the MURDERER to death when they meet.
Numbers 35:25 The assembly must protect the one accused of MURDER from the avenger of blood and send the accused back to the city of refuge to which they fled. The accused must stay there until the death of the high priest, who was anointed with the holy oil.
Numbers 35:27 and the avenger of blood finds them outside the city, the avenger of blood may kill the accused without being guilty of MURDER.
Numbers 35:30 “‘Anyone who kills a person is to be put to death as a MURDERER only on the testimony of witnesses. But no one is to be put to death on the testimony of only one witness.
Numbers 35:31 “‘Do not accept a ransom for the life of a MURDERER, who deserves to die. They are to be put to death.
Deuteronomy 5:17 “You shall not MURDER.
Deuteronomy 21:1-9 [ Atonement for an Unsolved MURDER ] If someone is found slain, lying in a field in the land the Lord your God is giving you to possess, and it is not known who the killer was, your elders and judges shall go out and measure the distance from the body to the neighboring towns. Then the elders of the town nearest the body shall take a heifer that has never been worked and has never worn a yoke and lead it down to a valley that has not been plowed or planted and where there is a flowing stream. There in the valley they are to break the heifer’s neck. The Levitical priests shall step forward, for the Lord your God has chosen them to minister and to pronounce blessings in the name of the Lord and to decide all cases of dispute and assault. Then all the elders of the town nearest the body shall wash their hands over the heifer whose neck was broken in the valley, and they shall declare: “Our hands did not shed this blood, nor did our eyes see it done. Accept this atonement for your people Israel, whom you have redeemed, Lord, and do not hold your people guilty of the blood of an innocent person.” Then the bloodshed will be atoned for, and you will have purged from yourselves the guilt of shedding innocent blood, since you have done what is right in the eyes of the Lord.
Deuteronomy 22:26 Do nothing to the woman; she has committed no sin deserving death. This case is like that of someone who attacks and MURDERS a neighbor,
Joshua 21:13 So to the descendants of Aaron the priest they gave Hebron (a city of refuge for one accused of MURDER), Libnah,
Joshua 21:21 In the hill country of Ephraim they were given Shechem (a city of refuge for one accused of MURDER) and Gezer,
Joshua 21:27 The Levite clans of the Gershonites were given: from the half-tribe of Manasseh, Golan in Bashan (a city of refuge for one accused of MURDER) and Be Eshterah, together with their pasturelands—two towns;
Joshua 21:32 from the tribe of Naphtali, Kedesh in Galilee (a city of refuge for one accused of MURDER), Hammoth Dor and Kartan, together with their pasturelands—three towns.
Joshua 21:38 from the tribe of Gad, Ramoth in Gilead (a city of refuge for one accused of MURDER), Mahanaim,
Judges 9:5 He went to his father’s home in Ophrah and on one stone MURDERED his seventy brothers, the sons of Jerub-Baal. But Jotham, the youngest son of Jerub-Baal, escaped by hiding.
Judges 9:18 But today you have revolted against my father’s family. You have MURDERED his seventy sons on a single stone and have made Abimelek, the son of his female slave, king over the citizens of Shechem because he is related to you.
Judges 9:24 God did this in order that the crime against Jerub-Baal’s seventy sons, the shedding of their blood, might be avenged on their brother Abimelek and on the citizens of Shechem, who had helped him MURDER his brothers.
Judges 9:56 Thus God repaid the wickedness that Abimelek had done to his father by MURDERing his seventy brothers.
Judges 20:4 So the Levite, the husband of the MURDERED woman, said, “I and my concubine came to Gibeah in Benjamin to spend the night.
2 Samuel 3:22 [ Joab MURDERS Abner ] Just then David’s men and Joab returned from a raid and brought with them a great deal of plunder. But Abner was no longer with David in Hebron, because David had sent him away, and he had gone in peace.
2 Samuel 3:30 (Joab and his brother Abishai MURDERED Abner because he had killed their brother Asahel in the battle at Gibeon.)
2 Samuel 3:37 So on that day all the people there and all Israel knew that the king had no part in the MURDER of Abner son of Ner.
2 Samuel 4:1 [ Ish-Bosheth MURDERED ] When Ish-Bosheth son of Saul heard that Abner had died in Hebron, he lost courage, and all Israel became alarmed.
2 Samuel 16:7 As he cursed, Shimei said, “Get out, get out, you MURDERER, you scoundrel!
2 Samuel 16:8 The Lord has repaid you for all the blood you shed in the household of Saul, in whose place you have reigned. The Lord has given the kingdom into the hands of your son Absalom. You have come to ruin because you are a MURDERER!”
1 Kings 16:16 When the Israelites in the camp heard that Zimri had plotted against the king and MURDERED him, they proclaimed Omri, the commander of the army, king over Israel that very day there in the camp.
1 Kings 21:19 Say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: Have you not MURDERED a man and seized his property?’ Then say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: In the place where dogs licked up Naboth’s blood, dogs will lick up your blood—yes, yours!’”
2 Kings 6:32 Now Elisha was sitting in his house, and the elders were sitting with him. The king sent a messenger ahead, but before he arrived, Elisha said to the elders, “Don’t you see how this MURDERER is sending someone to cut off my head? Look, when the messenger comes, shut the door and hold it shut against him. Is not the sound of his master’s footsteps behind him?”
2 Kings 8:7 [ Hazael MURDERS Ben-Hadad ] Elisha went to Damascus, and Ben-Hadad king of Aram was ill. When the king was told, “The man of God has come all the way up here,”
2 Kings 9:31 As Jehu entered the gate, she asked, “Have you come in peace, you Zimri, you MURDERER of your master?”
2 Kings 11:2 But Jehosheba, the daughter of King Jehoram and sister of Ahaziah, took Joash son of Ahaziah and stole him away from among the royal princes, who were about to be MURDERED. She put him and his nurse in a bedroom to hide him from Athaliah; so he was not killed.
2 Kings 12:21 The officials who MURDERED him were Jozabad son of Shimeath and Jehozabad son of Shomer. He died and was buried with his ancestors in the City of David. And Amaziah his son succeeded him as king.
2 Kings 14:5 After the kingdom was firmly in his grasp, he executed the officials who had MURDERED his father the king.
2 Chronicles 21:13 But you have followed the ways of the kings of Israel, and you have led Judah and the people of Jerusalem to prostitute themselves, just as the house of Ahab did. You have also MURDERED your own brothers, members of your own family, men who were better than you.
2 Chronicles 22:11 But Jehosheba, the daughter of King Jehoram, took Joash son of Ahaziah and stole him away from among the royal princes who were about to be MURDERED and put him and his nurse in a bedroom. Because Jehosheba, the daughter of King Jehoram and wife of the priest Jehoiada, was Ahaziah’s sister, she hid the child from Athaliah so she could not kill him.
2 Chronicles 24:25 When the Arameans withdrew, they left Joash severely wounded. His officials conspired against him for MURDERing the son of Jehoiada the priest, and they killed him in his bed. So he died and was buried in the City of David, but not in the tombs of the kings.
2 Chronicles 25:3 After the kingdom was firmly in his control, he executed the officials who had MURDERED his father the king.
Job 24:14 When daylight is gone, the MURDERER rises up, kills the poor and needy, and in the night steals forth like a thief.
Psalm 10:8 He lies in wait near the villages; from ambush he MURDERS the innocent. His eyes watch in secret for his victims;
Psalm 94:6 They slay the widow and the foreigner; they MURDER the fatherless.
Proverbs 28:17 Anyone tormented by the guilt of MURDER will seek refuge in the grave; let no one hold them back.
Isaiah 1:21 See how the faithful city has become a prostitute! She once was full of justice; righteousness used to dwell in her— but now MURDERERS!
Isaiah 33:15 Those who walk righteously and speak what is right, who reject gain from extortion and keep their hands from accepting bribes, who stop their ears against plots of MURDER and shut their eyes against contemplating evil—
Jeremiah 4:31 I hear a cry as of a woman in labor, a groan as of one bearing her first child— the cry of Daughter Zion gasping for breath, stretching out her hands and saying, “Alas! I am fainting; my life is given over to MURDERERS.”
Jeremiah 7:9 “‘Will you steal and MURDER, commit adultery and perjury, burn incense to Baal and follow other gods you have not known,
Hosea 4:2 There is only cursing, lying and MURDER, stealing and adultery; they break all bounds, and bloodshed follows bloodshed.
Hosea 6:9 As marauders lie in ambush for a victim, so do bands of priests; they MURDER on the road to Shechem, carrying out their wicked schemes.
Matthew 5:21 [ MURDER ] “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not MURDER, and anyone who MURDERS will be subject to judgment.’
Matthew 15:19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts—MURDER, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.
Matthew 19:18 “Which ones?” he inquired. Jesus replied, “‘You shall not MURDER, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony,
Matthew 22:7 The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those MURDERERS and burned their city.
Matthew 23:31 So you testify against yourselves that you are the descendants of those who MURDERED the prophets.
Matthew 23:35 And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you MURDERED between the temple and the altar.
Mark 7:21 For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, MURDER,
Mark 10:19 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not MURDER, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, you shall not defraud, honor your father and mother.’”
Mark 15:7 A man called Barabbas was in prison with the insurrectionists who had committed MURDER in the uprising.
Luke 18:20 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not commit adultery, you shall not MURDER, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.’”
Luke 23:19 (Barabbas had been thrown into prison for an insurrection in the city, and for MURDER.)
Luke 23:25 He released the man who had been thrown into prison for insurrection and MURDER, the one they asked for, and surrendered Jesus to their will.
John 8:44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a MURDERER from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
Acts 3:14 You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a MURDERER be released to you.
Acts 7:52 Was there ever a prophet your ancestors did not persecute? They even killed those who predicted the coming of the Righteous One. And now you have betrayed and MURDERED him—
Acts 9:1 [ Saul’s Conversion ] Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out MURDERous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest
Acts 28:4 When the islanders saw the snake hanging from his hand, they said to each other, “This man must be a MURDERER; for though he escaped from the sea, the goddess Justice has not allowed him to live.”
Romans 1:29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, MURDER, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips,
Romans 13:9 The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not MURDER,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
1 Timothy 1:9 We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for MURDERERS,
James 2:11 For he who said, “You shall not commit adultery,” also said, “You shall not MURDER.” If you do not commit adultery but do commit MURDER, you have become a lawbreaker.
James 5:6 You have condemned and MURDERED the innocent one, who was not opposing you.
1 Peter 4:15 If you suffer, it should not be as a MURDERER or thief or any other kind of criminal, or even as a meddler.
1 John 3:12 Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and MURDERED his brother. And why did he MURDER him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous.
1 John 3:15 Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a MURDERER, and you know that no MURDERER has eternal life residing in him.
Revelation 9:21 Nor did they repent of their MURDERS, their magic arts, their sexual immorality or their thefts.
Revelation 21:8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the MURDERERS, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
Revelation 22:15 Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the MURDERERS, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.