This is a list of passages in the Bible containing the word, “foreigner.” 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.
Genesis 17:8 The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a FOREIGNER, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.”
Genesis 17:12 For the generations to come every male among you who is eight days old must be circumcised, including those born in your household or bought with money from a FOREIGNER—those who are not your offspring.
Genesis 17:27 And every male in Abraham’s household, including those born in his household or bought from a FOREIGNER, was circumcised with him.
Genesis 19:9 “Get out of our way,” they replied. “This fellow came here as a FOREIGNER, and now he wants to play the judge! We’ll treat you worse than them.” They kept bringing pressure on Lot and moved forward to break down the door.
Genesis 21:23 Now swear to me here before God that you will not deal falsely with me or my children or my descendants. Show to me and the country where you now reside as a FOREIGNER the same kindness I have shown to you.”
Genesis 23:4 “I am a FOREIGNER and stranger among you. Sell me some property for a burial site here so I can bury my dead.”
Genesis 28:4 May he give you and your descendants the blessing given to Abraham, so that you may take possession of the land where you now reside as a FOREIGNER, the land God gave to Abraham.”
Genesis 31:15 Does he not regard us as FOREIGNERS? Not only has he sold us, but he has used up what was paid for us.
Exodus 2:22 Zipporah gave birth to a son, and Moses named him Gershom, saying, “I have become a FOREIGNER in a foreign land.”
Exodus 6:4 I also established my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan, where they resided as FOREIGNERS.
Exodus 12:19 For seven days no yeast is to be found in your houses. And anyone, whether FOREIGNER or native-born, who eats anything with yeast in it must be cut off from the community of Israel.
Exodus 12:43 [ Passover Restrictions ] The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “These are the regulations for the Passover meal: “No FOREIGNER may eat it.
Exodus 12:48 “A FOREIGNER residing among you who wants to celebrate the Lord’s Passover must have all the males in his household circumcised; then he may take part like one born in the land. No uncircumcised male may eat it.
Exodus 12:49 The same law applies both to the native-born and to the FOREIGNER residing among you.”
Exodus 18:3 and her two sons. One son was named Gershom, for Moses said, “I have become a FOREIGNER in a foreign land”;
Exodus 20:10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any FOREIGNER residing in your towns.
Exodus 21:8 If she does not please the master who has selected her for himself, he must let her be redeemed. He has no right to sell her to FOREIGNERS, because he has broken faith with her.
Exodus 22:21 “Do not mistreat or oppress a FOREIGNER, for you were FOREIGNERS in Egypt.
Exodus 23:9 “Do not oppress a FOREIGNER; you yourselves know how it feels to be FOREIGNERS, because you were FOREIGNERS in Egypt.
Exodus 23:12 “Six days do your work, but on the seventh day do not work, so that your ox and your donkey may rest, and so that the slave born in your household and the FOREIGNER living among you may be refreshed.
Leviticus 16:29 “This is to be a lasting ordinance for you: On the tenth day of the seventh month you must deny yourselves and not do any work—whether native-born or a FOREIGNER residing among you—
Leviticus 17:8 “Say to them: ‘Any Israelite or any FOREIGNER residing among them who offers a burnt offering or sacrifice
Leviticus 17:10 “‘I will set my face against any Israelite or any FOREIGNER residing among them who eats blood, and I will cut them off from the people.
Leviticus 17:12 Therefore I say to the Israelites, “None of you may eat blood, nor may any FOREIGNER residing among you eat blood.”
Leviticus 17:13 “‘Any Israelite or any FOREIGNER residing among you who hunts any animal or bird that may be eaten must drain out the blood and cover it with earth,
Leviticus 17:15 “‘Anyone, whether native-born or FOREIGNER, who eats anything found dead or torn by wild animals must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be ceremonially unclean till evening; then they will be clean.
Leviticus 18:26 But you must keep my decrees and my laws. The native-born and the FOREIGNERS residing among you must not do any of these detestable things,
Leviticus 19:10 Do not go over your vineyard a second time or pick up the grapes that have fallen. Leave them for the poor and the FOREIGNER. I am the Lord your God.
Leviticus 19:33 “‘When a FOREIGNER resides among you in your land, do not mistreat them.
Leviticus 19:34 The FOREIGNER residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were FOREIGNERS in Egypt. I am the Lord your God.
Leviticus 20:2 “Say to the Israelites: ‘Any Israelite or any FOREIGNER residing in Israel who sacrifices any of his children to Molek is to be put to death. The members of the community are to stone him.
Leviticus 22:18 “Speak to Aaron and his sons and to all the Israelites and say to them: ‘If any of you—whether an Israelite or a FOREIGNER residing in Israel—presents a gift for a burnt offering to the Lord, either to fulfill a vow or as a freewill offering,
Leviticus 22:25 and you must not accept such animals from the hand of a FOREIGNER and offer them as the food of your God. They will not be accepted on your behalf, because they are deformed and have defects.’”
Leviticus 23:22 “‘When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and for the FOREIGNER residing among you. I am the Lord your God.’”
Leviticus 24:16 anyone who blasphemes the name of the Lord is to be put to death. The entire assembly must stone them. Whether FOREIGNER or native-born, when they blaspheme the Name they are to be put to death.
Leviticus 24:22 You are to have the same law for the FOREIGNER and the native-born. I am the Lord your God.’”
Leviticus 25:23 “‘The land must not be sold permanently, because the land is mine and you reside in my land as FOREIGNERS and strangers.
Leviticus 25:35 “‘If any of your fellow Israelites become poor and are unable to support themselves among you, help them as you would a FOREIGNER and stranger, so they can continue to live among you.
Leviticus 25:47 “‘If a FOREIGNER residing among you becomes rich and any of your fellow Israelites become poor and sell themselves to the FOREIGNER or to a member of the FOREIGNER’s clan,
Numbers 9:14 “‘A FOREIGNER residing among you is also to celebrate the Lord’s Passover in accordance with its rules and regulations. You must have the same regulations for both the FOREIGNER and the native-born.’”
Numbers 15:14 For the generations to come, whenever a FOREIGNER or anyone else living among you presents a food offering as an aroma pleasing to the Lord, they must do exactly as you do.
Numbers 15:15 The community is to have the same rules for you and for the FOREIGNER residing among you; this is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come. You and the FOREIGNER shall be the same before the Lord:
Numbers 15:16 The same laws and regulations will apply both to you and to the FOREIGNER residing among you.’”
Numbers 15:26 The whole Israelite community and the FOREIGNERS residing among them will be forgiven, because all the people were involved in the unintentional wrong.
Numbers 15:29 One and the same law applies to everyone who sins unintentionally, whether a native-born Israelite or a FOREIGNER residing among you.
Numbers 15:30 “‘But anyone who sins defiantly, whether native-born or FOREIGNER, blasphemes the Lord and must be cut off from the people of Israel.
Numbers 19:10 The man who gathers up the ashes of the heifer must also wash his clothes, and he too will be unclean till evening. This will be a lasting ordinance both for the Israelites and for the FOREIGNERS residing among them.
Numbers 35:15 These six towns will be a place of refuge for Israelites and for FOREIGNERS residing among them, so that anyone who has killed another accidentally can flee there.
Deuteronomy 1:16 And I charged your judges at that time, “Hear the disputes between your people and judge fairly, whether the case is between two Israelites or between an Israelite and a FOREIGNER residing among you.
Deuteronomy 5:14 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your ox, your donkey or any of your animals, nor any FOREIGNER residing in your towns, so that your male and female servants may rest, as you do.
Deuteronomy 10:18 He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the FOREIGNER residing among you, giving them food and clothing.
Deuteronomy 10:19 And you are to love those who are FOREIGNERS, for you yourselves were FOREIGNERS in Egypt.
Deuteronomy 14:21 Do not eat anything you find already dead. You may give it to the FOREIGNER residing in any of your towns, and they may eat it, or you may sell it to any other FOREIGNER. But you are a people holy to the Lord your God. Do not cook a young goat in its mother’s milk.
Deuteronomy 14:29 so that the Levites (who have no allotment or inheritance of their own) and the FOREIGNERS, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns may come and eat and be satisfied, and so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.
Deuteronomy 15:3 You may require payment from a FOREIGNER, but you must cancel any debt your fellow Israelite owes you.
Deuteronomy 16:11 And rejoice before the Lord your God at the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name—you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, the Levites in your towns, and the FOREIGNERS, the fatherless and the widows living among you.
Deuteronomy 16:14 Be joyful at your festival—you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, and the Levites, the FOREIGNERS, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns.
Deuteronomy 17:15 be sure to appoint over you a king the Lord your God chooses. He must be from among your fellow Israelites. Do not place a FOREIGNER over you, one who is not an Israelite.
Deuteronomy 23:7 Do not despise an Edomite, for the Edomites are related to you. Do not despise an Egyptian, because you resided as FOREIGNERS in their country.
Deuteronomy 23:20 You may charge a FOREIGNER interest, but not a fellow Israelite, so that the Lord your God may bless you in everything you put your hand to in the land you are entering to possess.
Deuteronomy 24:14 Do not take advantage of a hired worker who is poor and needy, whether that worker is a fellow Israelite or a FOREIGNER residing in one of your towns.
Deuteronomy 24:17 Do not deprive the FOREIGNER or the fatherless of justice, or take the cloak of the widow as a pledge.
Deuteronomy 24:19 When you are harvesting in your field and you overlook a sheaf, do not go back to get it. Leave it for the FOREIGNER, the fatherless and the widow, so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.
Deuteronomy 24:20 When you beat the olives from your trees, do not go over the branches a second time. Leave what remains for the FOREIGNER, the fatherless and the widow.
Deuteronomy 24:21 When you harvest the grapes in your vineyard, do not go over the vines again. Leave what remains for the FOREIGNER, the fatherless and the widow.
Deuteronomy 26:11 Then you and the Levites and the FOREIGNERS residing among you shall rejoice in all the good things the Lord your God has given to you and your household.
Deuteronomy 26:12 When you have finished setting aside a tenth of all your produce in the third year, the year of the tithe, you shall give it to the Levite, the FOREIGNER, the fatherless and the widow, so that they may eat in your towns and be satisfied.
Deuteronomy 26:13 Then say to the Lord your God: “I have removed from my house the sacred portion and have given it to the Levite, the FOREIGNER, the fatherless and the widow, according to all you commanded. I have not turned aside from your commands nor have I forgotten any of them.
Deuteronomy 27:19 “Cursed is anyone who withholds justice from the FOREIGNER, the fatherless or the widow.” Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”
Deuteronomy 28:43 The FOREIGNERS who reside among you will rise above you higher and higher, but you will sink lower and lower.
Deuteronomy 29:11 together with your children and your wives, and the FOREIGNERS living in your camps who chop your wood and carry your water.
Deuteronomy 29:22 Your children who follow you in later generations and FOREIGNERS who come from distant lands will see the calamities that have fallen on the land and the diseases with which the Lord has afflicted it.
Deuteronomy 31:12 Assemble the people—men, women and children, and the FOREIGNERS residing in your towns—so they can listen and learn to fear the Lord your God and follow carefully all the words of this law.
Joshua 8:33 All the Israelites, with their elders, officials and judges, were standing on both sides of the ark of the covenant of the Lord, facing the Levitical priests who carried it. Both the FOREIGNERS living among them and the native-born were there. Half of the people stood in front of Mount Gerizim and half of them in front of Mount Ebal, as Moses the servant of the Lord had formerly commanded when he gave instructions to bless the people of Israel.
Joshua 8:35 There was not a word of all that Moses had commanded that Joshua did not read to the whole assembly of Israel, including the women and children, and the FOREIGNERS who lived among them.
Joshua 20:9 Any of the Israelites or any FOREIGNER residing among them who killed someone accidentally could flee to these designated cities and not be killed by the avenger of blood prior to standing trial before the assembly.
Ruth 2:10 At this, she bowed down with her face to the ground. She asked him, “Why have I found such favor in your eyes that you notice me—a FOREIGNER?”
2 Samuel 1:13 David said to the young man who brought him the report, “Where are you from?” “I am the son of a FOREIGNER, an Amalekite,” he answered.
2 Samuel 4:3 because the people of Beeroth fled to Gittaim and have resided there as FOREIGNERS to this day.
2 Samuel 15:19 The king said to Ittai the Gittite, “Why should you come along with us? Go back and stay with King Absalom. You are a FOREIGNER, an exile from your homeland.
2 Samuel 22:45FOREIGNERS cower before me; as soon as they hear of me, they obey me.
1 Kings 8:41 “As for the FOREIGNER who does not belong to your people Israel but has come from a distant land because of your name—
1 Kings 8:43 then hear from heaven, your dwelling place. Do whatever the FOREIGNER asks of you, so that all the peoples of the earth may know your name and fear you, as do your own people Israel, and may know that this house I have built bears your Name.
1 Chronicles 22:2 [ Preparations for the Temple ] So David gave orders to assemble the FOREIGNERS residing in Israel, and from among them he appointed stonecutters to prepare dressed stone for building the house of God.
1 Chronicles 29:15 We are FOREIGNERS and strangers in your sight, as were all our ancestors. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope.
2 Chronicles 2:17 Solomon took a census of all the FOREIGNERS residing in Israel, after the census his father David had taken; and they were found to be 153,600.
2 Chronicles 6:32 “As for the FOREIGNER who does not belong to your people Israel but has come from a distant land because of your great name and your mighty hand and your outstretched arm—when they come and pray toward this temple,
2 Chronicles 6:33 then hear from heaven, your dwelling place. Do whatever the FOREIGNER asks of you, so that all the peoples of the earth may know your name and fear you, as do your own people Israel, and may know that this house I have built bears your Name.
2 Chronicles 30:25 The entire assembly of Judah rejoiced, along with the priests and Levites and all who had assembled from Israel, including the FOREIGNERS who had come from Israel and also those who resided in Judah.
Nehemiah 9:2 Those of Israelite descent had separated themselves from all FOREIGNERS. They stood in their places and confessed their sins and the sins of their ancestors.
Job 15:19 (to whom alone the land was given when no FOREIGNERS moved among them):
Job 19:15 My guests and my female servants count me a FOREIGNER; they look on me as on a stranger.
Psalm 18:44FOREIGNERS cower before me; as soon as they hear of me, they obey me.
Psalm 39:12 “Hear my prayer, Lord, listen to my cry for help; do not be deaf to my weeping. I dwell with you as a FOREIGNER, a stranger, as all my ancestors were.
Psalm 69:8 I am a FOREIGNER to my own family, a stranger to my own mother’s children;
Psalm 94:6 They slay the widow and the FOREIGNER; they murder the fatherless.
Psalm 105:23 Then Israel entered Egypt; Jacob resided as a FOREIGNER in the land of Ham.
Psalm 144:7 Reach down your hand from on high; deliver me and rescue me from the mighty waters, from the hands of FOREIGNERS
Psalm 144:11 deliver me; rescue me from the hands of FOREIGNERS whose mouths are full of lies, whose right hands are deceitful.
Psalm 146:9 The Lord watches over the FOREIGNER and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.
Isaiah 1:7 Your country is desolate, your cities burned with fire; your fields are being stripped by FOREIGNERS right before you, laid waste as when overthrown by strangers.
Isaiah 14:1 The Lord will have compassion on Jacob; once again he will choose Israel and will settle them in their own land. FOREIGNERS will join them and unite with the descendants of Jacob.
Isaiah 25:2 You have made the city a heap of rubble, the fortified town a ruin, the FOREIGNERS’ stronghold a city no more; it will never be rebuilt.
Isaiah 25:5 and like the heat of the desert. You silence the uproar of FOREIGNERS; as heat is reduced by the shadow of a cloud, so the song of the ruthless is stilled.
Isaiah 56:3 Let no FOREIGNER who is bound to the Lord say, “The Lord will surely exclude me from his people.” And let no eunuch complain, “I am only a dry tree.”
Isaiah 56:6 And FOREIGNERS who bind themselves to the Lord to minister to him, to love the name of the Lord, and to be his servants, all who keep the Sabbath without desecrating it and who hold fast to my covenant—
Isaiah 60:10 “FOREIGNERS will rebuild your walls, and their kings will serve you. Though in anger I struck you, in favor I will show you compassion.
Isaiah 61:5 Strangers will shepherd your flocks; FOREIGNERS will work your fields and vineyards.
Isaiah 62:8 The Lord has sworn by his right hand and by his mighty arm: “Never again will I give your grain as food for your enemies, and never again will FOREIGNERS drink the new wine for which you have toiled;
Jeremiah 5:19 And when the people ask, ‘Why has the Lord our God done all this to us?’ you will tell them, ‘As you have forsaken me and served foreign gods in your own land, so now you will serve FOREIGNERS in a land not your own.’
Jeremiah 7:6 if you do not oppress the FOREIGNER, the fatherless or the widow and do not shed innocent blood in this place, and if you do not follow other gods to your own harm,
Jeremiah 22:3 This is what the Lord says: Do what is just and right. Rescue from the hand of the oppressor the one who has been robbed. Do no wrong or violence to the FOREIGNER, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood in this place.
Jeremiah 30:8 “‘In that day,’ declares the Lord Almighty, ‘I will break the yoke off their necks and will tear off their bonds; no longer will FOREIGNERS enslave them.
Jeremiah 50:37 A sword against her horses and chariots and all the FOREIGNERS in her ranks! They will become weaklings. A sword against her treasures! They will be plundered.
Jeremiah 51:2 I will send FOREIGNERS to Babylon to winnow her and to devastate her land; they will oppose her on every side in the day of her disaster.
Jeremiah 51:51 “We are disgraced, for we have been insulted and shame covers our faces, because FOREIGNERS have entered the holy places of the Lord’s house.”
Lamentations 5:2 Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers, our homes to FOREIGNERS.
Ezekiel 7:21 I will give their wealth as plunder to FOREIGNERS and as loot to the wicked of the earth, who will defile it.
Ezekiel 11:9 I will drive you out of the city and deliver you into the hands of FOREIGNERS and inflict punishment on you.
Ezekiel 14:7 “‘When any of the Israelites or any FOREIGNER residing in Israel separate themselves from me and set up idols in their hearts and put a wicked stumbling block before their faces and then go to a prophet to inquire of me, I the Lord will answer them myself.
Ezekiel 22:7 In you they have treated father and mother with contempt; in you they have oppressed the FOREIGNER and mistreated the fatherless and the widow.
Ezekiel 22:29 The people of the land practice extortion and commit robbery; they oppress the poor and needy and mistreat the FOREIGNER, denying them justice.
Ezekiel 28:7 I am going to bring FOREIGNERS against you, the most ruthless of nations; they will draw their swords against your beauty and wisdom and pierce your shining splendor.
Ezekiel 28:10 You will die the death of the uncircumcised at the hands of FOREIGNERS. I have spoken, declares the Sovereign Lord.’”
Ezekiel 30:12 I will dry up the waters of the Nile and sell the land to an evil nation; by the hand of FOREIGNERS I will lay waste the land and everything in it. I the Lord have spoken.
Ezekiel 44:7 In addition to all your other detestable practices, you brought FOREIGNERS uncircumcised in heart and flesh into my sanctuary, desecrating my temple while you offered me food, fat and blood, and you broke my covenant.
Ezekiel 44:9 This is what the Sovereign Lord says: No FOREIGNER uncircumcised in heart and flesh is to enter my sanctuary, not even the FOREIGNERS who live among the Israelites.
Ezekiel 47:22 You are to allot it as an inheritance for yourselves and for the FOREIGNERS residing among you and who have children. You are to consider them as native-born Israelites; along with you they are to be allotted an inheritance among the tribes of Israel.
Ezekiel 47:23 In whatever tribe a FOREIGNER resides, there you are to give them their inheritance,” declares the Sovereign Lord.
Hosea 7:9FOREIGNERS sap his strength, but he does not realize it. His hair is sprinkled with gray, but he does not notice.
Hosea 8:7 “They sow the wind and reap the whirlwind. The stalk has no head; it will produce no flour. Were it to yield grain, FOREIGNERS would swallow it up.
Joel 3:17 [ Blessings for God’s People ] “Then you will know that I, the Lord your God, dwell in Zion, my holy hill. Jerusalem will be holy; never again will FOREIGNERS invade her.
Obadiah 1:11 On the day you stood aloof while strangers carried off his wealth and FOREIGNERS entered his gates and cast lots for Jerusalem, you were like one of them.
Zechariah 7:10 Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the FOREIGNER or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.’
Malachi 3:5 “So I will come to put you on trial. I will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers and perjurers, against those who defraud laborers of their wages, who oppress the widows and the fatherless, and deprive the FOREIGNERS among you of justice, but do not fear me,” says the Lord Almighty.
Matthew 27:7 So they decided to use the money to buy the potter’s field as a burial place for FOREIGNERS.
Luke 17:18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this FOREIGNER?”
Acts 7:29 When Moses heard this, he fled to Midian, where he settled as a FOREIGNER and had two sons.
Acts 17:21 (All the Athenians and the FOREIGNERS who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas.)
1 Corinthians 14:11 If then I do not grasp the meaning of what someone is saying, I am a FOREIGNER to the speaker, and the speaker is a FOREIGNER to me.
1 Corinthians 14:21 In the Law it is written: “With other tongues and through the lips of FOREIGNERS I will speak to this people, but even then they will not listen to me, says the Lord.”
Ephesians 2:12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and FOREIGNERS to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world.
Ephesians 2:19 Consequently, you are no longer FOREIGNERS and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household,
Hebrews 11:13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were FOREIGNERS and strangers on earth.
1 Peter 1:17 Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as FOREIGNERS here in reverent fear.
1 Peter 2:11 [ Living Godly Lives in a Pagan Society ] Dear friends, I urge you, as FOREIGNERS and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul.
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