#37 Creative Insults from the Bible

This episode will be a partial reference on "insults" from the Bible that might be worth repeating. Not so much as snappy comebacks, but rather use them to put a little oomph into your statements.

The prophet Amos called some rich gals who where crushing the poor and taking advantage of the needy "cows." I haven't found any evidence that God was not pleased with his choice of words. Every single accusation the prophet made against these ladies was true. He wasn't trying to make anyone look bad, they were doing a good enough job of doing that themselves.

In the new testament wolf in sheep's clothing aka "wolves" is a term used for those in the church who cause harm to the church. And the apostle Paul called those who said Christian men needed to have some minor surgery done, in order to be saved, "dogs."

A common theme among these insults so far is that they are all animals. This kind of makes sense: There is zero chance any animal will be offended by humans using them as insults because they don't understand our lingo all that well.

The Jesus I like also on occasion had some choice words of his own. Not obscene words of course, but words that gave a very clear picture how upset he was by the actions of certain people.

[Matthew 23:27] Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside, but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and every kind of impurity. BSB

Jesus didn't have lots of patience with leaders who repeatedly did things that would give the unsaved world good reasons to be turned off on Christianity. Or with those who were doing things they should not be doing and would keep people from wanting to come to the church

[Matthew 23:33] You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape the sentence of hell? The creature's name Jesus had for these guys who would did not practice what they preach was “snakes.”

Jesus didn't get into fist-fights or break any noses. But we want to be careful in choosing our words, because we aren't Jesus and what we say might start a physical altercation. Just one word, like the word “jerk” for example, can easily get you into a fight. Especially if it's said with the wrong tone of voice.

One thing we see regarding the use of the insults we've just look at is none of them had tacked onto the end of them any untrue statements. They said what they needed to say and then stopped. This is completely different than what we are accustomed to seeing.

And none of these men were saying things about someone they would not have said directly to the person they were talking about. We can be totally confident that Jesus would not be posting on public forums degrading comments about others, not anonymously or otherwise.

Jesus and these other guys were not trying to get even with others, but rather get their point across in an effective manner. One last point that might be worth pointing out: It was only on rare occasions when Jesus responded others with these not-a-compliments.

Additional reading: [Amos 4:1] 1Hear this word, you cows of Bashan on Mount Samaria, you women who oppress the poor and crush the needy, who say to your husbands, “Bring us more to drink.” BSB

[Philippians 3:2] Watch out for those dogs, those workers of evil, those mutilators of the flesh! BSB

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