Like many skeptics, I've compiled some of the cruel, horrible commands in the Holy Bible (King James Version - the only REAL Bible here in Appalachia's Bible Belt). Perhaps you may want to file this away for reference purposes.
-- Jim Haught
KILL PEOPLE WHO WORK ON SUNDAY
Exodus 31:15 - "Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the Sabbath of rest, holy to the Lord: whosoever doeth any work in the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death."
Exodus 35:2 - "Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day there shall be to you an holy day, a Sabbath of rest to the Lord; whosoever doeth work therein shall be put to death."
KILL NON-VIRGIN BRIDES
Deuteronomy 22:13-21 - "If any man take a wife, and go in unto her, and hate her, And give occasions of speech against her, and bring up an evil name upon her, and say, I took this woman, and when I came to her, I found her not a maid: Then shall the father of the damsel, and her mother, take and bring forth the tokens of the damsel's virginity unto the elders of the city in the gate . And they shall spread the cloth before the elders of the city. And the elders of that city shall take that man and chastise him; and they shall amerse him in an hundred shekels of silver, and give them unto the father of the damsel, because he has brought up an evil name upon a virgin of Israel; and she shall be his wife; he may not put her away all his days. But if this thing be true, and the tokens of virginity be not found for the damsel: Then they shall bring out the damsel to the door of her father's house, and the men of her city shall stone her with stones that she die: because she has wrought folly in Israel, to play the whore in her father's house ."
KILL UNWED LOVERS
Deuteronomy 22:22 - "If a man be found lying with a woman married to an husband, then they shall both of them die ."
Leviticus 20:10 - "And the man that committeth adultery with another man's wife, even he that committeth adultery with his neighbor's wife, the adulterer and the adulteress shall surely be put to death."
Leviticus 21:9 - "And the daughter of any priest, if she profane herself by playing the whore, she profaneth her father: she shall be burnt by fire."
KILL UNWED MOTHERS
Genesis 38:24 - "And it came to pass about three months later, that it was told Judah, saying, Tamar thy daughter-in-law hath played the harlot; and also, she is with child by whoredom. And Judah said, Bring her forth, and let her be burnt."
KILL RAPE VICTIMS
Deuteronomy 22:23-24 - "If a damsel that is a virgin be betrothed unto an husband, and a man find her in the city, and lie with her; Then ye shall bring them both out unto the gate of that city, and ye shall stone them with stones that they die; the damsel, because she cried not, being in the city ."
Leviticus 20:13 - "If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth
with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination; they shall surely
be put to death; their blood shall be upon them."
(A 2001 Doubleday book, In the Beginning, by Oxford theologian Allister McGrath, says King James himself was gay, often fondling and kissing male court favorites in public.)
KILL DISOBEDIENT CHILDREN
Deuteronomy 21:18-21 - "If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not harken unto them: Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place; And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, and will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. And the men of the city shall stone him with stones, that he die ."
Exodus 21:17 - "And he that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death."
Leviticus 20:9 - "For every one that curseth his father or his mother shall surely be put to death: he hath cursed his father or his mother; his blood shall be upon him."
KILL RELATIVES WHO DON'T WORSHIP YAHWEH
Exodus 32:26-28 - "Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the Lord's side? Let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him. And he said unto them, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side, and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbor. And the children of Levi did according to the word of Moses: and there fell of the people that day about three thousand men."
Deuteronomy 6-10 - "If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor harken unto him, neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him. But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people. And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die: because he hath sought to thrust thee away from the Lord thy God."
KILL NEIGHBORS WHO MARRY INTO OTHER RELIGIONS
Numbers 25:1-8 - "And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab. And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods . And the Lord said unto Moses, Take all the heads of the people, and hang them up before the Lord against the sun, that the fierce anger of the Lord may be turned away from Israel. And Moses said unto the judges of Israel, Slay ye every one of his men that were joined unto Baal-peor. And behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought unto his brethren a Midianitish woman in the full sight of Moses . And when Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose up from among the congregation, and took a javelin in his hand; And he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her belly. So that the plague was stayed from the children of Israel."
Exodus 22:18 - "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live."
Leviticus 20:27 - "A man also or woman that hath a familiar spirit, or that is a wizard, shall surely be put to death: they shall stone them with stones: their blood shall be upon them."
Exodus 22:19 - "Whosoever lieth with a beast shall surely be put to death."
Leviticus 20:15-16 - "And if a man lie with a beast, he shall surely be put to death: and ye shall slay the beast. And if a woman approach unto any beast, and lie down thereto, thou shalt kill the woman, and the beast: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them."
SEX-INTERRUPTERS MUST DIE
Genesis 38:9-10 - "And Onan knew that the seed should not be his; and it came to pass, when he went in unto his brother's wife, that he spilled it on the ground, lest that he should give seed to his brother. And the thing which he did displeased the Lord, wherefore he slew him also."
PENALTY FOR BALL-HOLDING
Deuteronomy 25:11-12 - "When men strive together one with another, and the wife of the one draweth near for to deliver her husband out of the hand of him that smiteth him, and putteth forth her hand, and taketh him by the secrets. Then thou shalt cut off her hand, thine eye shall not pity her."
Judges 11:30-40 - Jephthah promised that if God would "deliver the children of Ammon into mine hands," he would make a burnt offering of "whatsoever cometh forth of the doors of my house to meet me." Alas, his daughter, his only child, came dancing out to greet him, and he sadly was required to burn her.
OSTRACIZE FATHERLESS CHILDREN
Deuteronomy 23:2 - "A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord; even to his tenth generation shall he not enter into the congregation of the Lord."
BIBLICAL FAMILY VALUES
Genesis 25:6 - "But unto the sons of the concubines, which Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts, and sent them away from Isaac his son ."
Genesis 29, 30 - Jacob had 12 sons by two wives and their two handmaids (thus starting the 12 tribes of Israel). (Using maids as surrogate mothers was the basis of The Handmaid's Tale.)
II Samuel 5:13 - "And David took him more concubines and wives out of Jerusalem, after he was come from Hebron: and there were yet more sons and daughters born to David."
I Kings 11:1-3 - "But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites . Solomon clave to these in love. And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines ."
II Chronicles 11:21 - "And Rehoboam loved Maachah the daughter of Absalom above all his wives and his concubines: (for he took eighteen wives, and threescore concubines; and begat twenty and eight sons, and threescore daughters.)"
Song of Solomon 6:8 - "There are threescore queens, and fourscore concubines, and virgins without number."
Exodus 21:2-4 - "If thou buy an Hebrew servant, six years he shall serve; and in the seventh he shall go out free for nothing. If he came in by himself, he shall go out by himself: if he were married, then his wife shall go out with him. If his master have given him a wife, and she have born him sons or daughters, the wife and her children shall be the master's, and he shall go out by himself."
Exodus 21:7 - "And if a man sell his daughter to be a maidservant, she shall not go out as the menservants do."
Leviticus 25:44 - "Both thy bondmen, and thy bondmaids, which thou shalt have shall be of the heathen that are round about you; of them shall ye buy bondmen and bondmaids."
DON'T LAUGH AT PREACHERS
II Kings 2:23-24 - "And he [Elisha] went up from thence unto Beth-el: and as he was going up by the way, there came forth little children out of the city, and mocked him and said unto him, Go up, thou bald head; go up, thou bald head. And he turned back, and looked on them, and cursed them in the name of the Lord. And there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them."
Genesis 6:17 - "And behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein is the breath of life, from under heaven; and every thing that is in the earth shall die."
Exodus 12:29-30 - "And it came to pass, that at midnight the Lord smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle. And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt; for there was not a house where there was not one dead." (Passover)
Leviticus 10:1-2 - "And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the Lord, which he commanded them not. And there went out fire from the Lord, and devoured them, and they died before the Lord."
Numbers 31 - "And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Avenge the children of Israel of the Midianites . And they warred against the Midianites, as the Lord commanded Moses; and they slew all the males . And the children of Israel took all the women of Midian captives, and their little ones, and took the spoil of all their cattle, and all their flocks, and all their goods. And they burnt all their cities wherein they dwelt . And Moses was wroth with the officers of the host, with the captains over thousands, and the captains over hundreds, which came from the battle. And Moses said unto them, Have ye saved all the women alive? Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves."
Deuteronomy 2:33-34 - "And the Lord our God delivered him [Sihon, king of Heshbon] before us; and we smote him, and his sons, and all his people. And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the men, and the women, and the little ones, of every city, we left none to remain."
Deuteronomy 3:3-6 - "And the Lord our God delivered into our hands Og also, the king of Bashan, and all his people: and we smote them until none was left to him remaining . And we utterly destroyed them, as we did unto Sihon king of Heshbon, utterly destroying the men, women and children of every city."
Deuteronomy 7:1-16 - "When the Lord thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou; And when the Lord thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them . And thou shall consume all the people which the Lord thy God shall deliver thee; thine eye shall have no pity upon them." (condensed)
Joshua 6 and 7 - "And the Lord said unto Joshua, See, I have given unto thine hand Jericho . (walls fell at trumpet blare) . And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and ox, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword . And they burnt the city with fire, and all that was therein: only the silver, and the gold, and the vessels of brass and of iron, they put them into the treasury of the house of the Lord . But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing (kept some of the loot) . And the Lord said unto Joshua . Neither will I be with you any more, except ye destroy the accursed from among you . And it shall be, that he that is taken with the accursed thing shall be burnt with fire . And Joshua, and all Israel with him, took A'chan the son of Zerah, and the silver, and the garment, and the wedge of gold, and his sons, and his daughters, and his oxen, and his asses, and his sheep, and his tent, and all that he had: and they brought them unto the valley of A'chor. And Joshua said, Why hast thou troubled us? The Lord shall trouble thee this day. And all Israel stoned him with stones, and burned them with fire, after they had stoned them with stones. And they raised over him a great heap of stones unto this day. So the Lord turned away the fierceness of his anger." (greatly condensed)
Joshua 8 - "And the Lord said unto Joshua, Fear not, neither be thou dismayed: take all the people of war with thee, and arise, go up to A'i . And thou shalt do to A'I and her king as thou didst unto Jericho . And so it was, that all that fell that day, both of men and women, were twelve thousand, even all the men of A'I. For Joshua drew not his hand back, wherewith he stretched out the spear, until he had utterly destroyed all the inhabitants of A'i." (condensed)
I Samuel 6:19 - "And he smote the men of Bethshemesh, because they had looked into the ark of the Lord, even he smote of the people fifty thousand and threescore and ten men: and the people lamented, because the Lord had smitten many of the people with a great slaughter."
I Samuel 15:2-3 - "Thus saith the Lord of hosts . Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass."
II Samuel 24:15 - "So the Lord sent a pestilence upon Israel from the morning even to the time appointed: and there died of the people of Dan even to Beersheba seventy thousand men."
II Kings 19:35 - "And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the Lord went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians an hundred fourscore and five thousand: and when they arose early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpses."
Dear Dr. Laura:
Thank you for doing so much to educate people regarding God's Law. I have learned a great deal from your show, and I am trying to share that knowledge with as many people as I can. When someone tries to defend the homosexual livestyle, for example, I simply remind him that Leviticus 18:22 clearly states it to be an abomination. End of debate.
I do need some advice from you, however, regarding some of the specific laws and how best to follow them.
A: When I burn a bull on the altar as a sacrifice, I know it creates a pleasing odor for the Lord (Lev. 1:9). The problem is my neighbors. They claim the odor is not pleasing to them. Should I smite them?
B: I would like to sell my daughter into slavery, as sanctioned in Exodus 21:7. In this day and age, what do you think would be a fair price for her?
C: I know that I am allowed no contact with a woman while she is in her period of menstrual uncleanness (Lev. 15:19-24). The problem is, how do I tell? I have tried asking, but most women take offense.
D: Lev. 25:44 states that I may indeed possess slaves, both male and female, provided they are purchased from neighboring nations. A friend of mine claims that this applies to Mexicans, but not Canadians. Can you clarify? Why can't I own Canadians?
E: I have a neighbor who insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death. Am I morally obligated to kill him myself?
F: A friend of mine feels that even though eating shellfish is an abomination (Lev. 11:10), it is a lesser abomination than homosexuality. I don't agree. Can you settle this?
G: Lev. 21:20 states that I may not approach the altar of God if I have a defect in my sight. I have to admit that I wear reading glasses. Does my vision have to be 20/20, or is there some wiggle room here?
H: Most of my male friends get their hair trimmed, including the hair around their temples, even though this is expressly forbidden by Lev. 19:27. How should they die?
I: I know from Lev. 11:6-8 that touching the skin of a dead pig makes me unclean, but may I still play football if I wear gloves?
J: My uncle has a farm. He violates Lev. 19:19 by planting two different crops in the same field - as does his wife by wearing garments made of two different kinds of thread (cotton/polyester blend). He also tends to curse and blaspheme a lot. Is it really necessary that we go to all the trouble of getting the whole town together to stone them (Lev. 24:10-16)? Couldn't we just burn them to death at a private family affair as we do with people who sleep with their in-laws (Lev. 20:14)?
I know you have studied these things extensively, so I am confident you can help. Thank you again for reminding us that God's law is eternal and unchanging.
Date: Mon, 4 Sep 2000
From: MWWerner@aol.com - To: Humanists@uua.org
The Uncensored Ten Commandments
In the United States there is currently (summer 2000) a campaign by
religious fundamentalists to post the Ten Commandments on the walls of
government buildings, such as schools and courthouses. Their motive may be
to make it appear that the U.S. government endorses and sponsors the
Christian religion; perhaps they even think that posting the commandments
will get more people to follow them. But usually the version posted is a
paraphrase, not a close translation. Few people bother to read the original
text closely; fewer know that the Bible specifies the death penalty for
violations of the first seven. The following quotes will help put the
Commandments in context.
The First Commandment: Exodus 20:2, Deuteronomy 5:6
I am Yahveh your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the
house of bondage. You shall have no other gods before me.
(The First Penalty: 2 Chronicles 15:13 ...whoever would not seek Yahveh,
God of Israel, should be put to death, whether young or old, man or woman.
(Exodus 22:20 Whoever sacrifices to any god, save to Yahveh only,
shall be utterly destroyed.
(Deuteronomy 13:6-9 If your brother, the son of your mother, or your
daughter, or the wife of your bosom, or your friend who is as your own soul,
entices you secretly, saying, 'let us go and serve other gods', ... you
shall not yield to him or listen to him, nor shall your eye pity him, nor
shall you spare him, nor shall you conceal him; but you shall kill him; your
hand shall be first against him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand
of all the people.)
The Second Commandment: Exodus 20:4, Deuteronomy 5:8
You shall not make for yourself a graven image, or any likeness of anything
that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the
water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I
Yahveh your God am a jealous god, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon
the children to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but
showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my
(The Second Penalty: Exodus 32:27 Thus says Yahveh God of Israel,
man his sword on his side, and go to and fro from gate to gate throughout
the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and
every man his neighbor.)
The Third Commandment: Exodus 20:7, Deuteronomy 5:11
You shall not take the name of Yahveh your God in vain; for Yahveh will not
hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain.
(The Third Penalty: Leviticus 24:16 He who blasphemes the name of
shall be put to death; all of the congregation shall stone him.)
The Fourth Commandment: Exodus 20:8, Deuteronomy 5:12
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do
all your work; but the seventh day is a sabbath to Yahveh your God; in it
you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, or your male
slave, or your female slave, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is
within your gates; for in six days Yahveh made heaven and earth, the sea,
and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day; therefore Yahveh
blessed the seventh day and hallowed it.
(The Fourth Penalty: Exodus 31:14-15 You shall keep the sabbath, because
is holy for you; every one who profanes it shall be put to death; whoever
does any work on it, that soul shall be cut off from among his people. Six
days shall work be done, but the seventh day is a sabbath of solemn rest,
holy to Yahveh; whoever does any work on the sabbath day shall be put to
(Exodus 35:2 Six days shall work be done, but on the seventh day you
shall have a holy sabbath of solemn rest to Yahveh; whoever does any work on
it shall be put to death; you shall kindle no fire in all your habitations
on the sabbath day.)
The Fifth Commandment: Exodus 20:12, Deuteronomy 16
Honor your father and mother, that your days may be long in the land which
Yahveh your God gives you.
(The Fifth Penalty: Leviticus 20:9 For every one who curses his father
mother shall be put to death; he has cursed his father or his mother, his
blood is upon him.
(Matthew 15:4 For Yahveh commanded, "honor your father and your
mother", and "He who speaks evil of father or mother, let him surely die."
(Deuteronomy 21:18 If a man has a stubborn and rebellious son, who
will not obey the voice of his father or the voice of his mother.... Then
all the men of the city shall stone him to death with stones.)
The Sixth Commandment: Exodus 20:13, Deuteronomy 5:17
You shall not kill.
(The Sixth Penalty: Exodus 21:12 Whoever strikes a man so that he
be put to death.
(Leviticus 24:17 He who kills a man shall be put to death.)
The Seventh Commandment: Exodus 20:14, Deuteronomy 5:18
You shall not commit adultery.
(The Seventh Penalty: Leviticus 20:10 If a man commit adultery with
of his neighbor, both the adulterer and the adulteress shall be put to death.
(Deuteronomy 22:22 If a man is found lying with the wife of another
man, both of them shall die, the man who lay with the woman, and the woman; so shall you purge the evil from Israel.
[Having multiple wives, or keeping concubines, or having sex with
prostitutes, is not adultery; adultery in the Bible consists of creating
doubt about paternity, i.e. having sex with another man's wife.] )
The remaining three Commandments have lesser penalties, but the original
text is still worth reading.
The Eighth Commandment: Exodus 20:15, Deuteronomy 5:19
You shall not steal.
(The Eighth Penalty: For stealing slaves, Exodus 21:16 Whoever steals
whether he sells him or is found in possession of him, shall be put to
death. For a thief caught in the act, Exodus 22:2 If a thief is
found breaking in, and is struck so that he dies, there shall be no
bloodguilt for him; but if the sun has risen on him, there shall be
bloodguilt for him.
(For stealing most things other than slaves, penalties involve making
restitution and paying fines. Exodus 22:1-3 If a man steals an ox or a
sheep, and kills it or sells it, he shall pay five oxen for an ox, and four
sheep for a sheep... If the stolen beast is found in his possession... he
shall pay double. He shall make restitution; if he has nothing, then he
shall be sold [into slavery] for his theft. )
The Ninth Commandment: Exodus 20:16, Deuteronomy 5:20
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
(The Ninth Penalty: Prov. 19:9 A false witness shall not be unpunished,
he that speaketh lies shall perish.
This seems to be more of a rhetorical warning than a law, however.
Some examples: 1 Kings 21, 2 Kings 5, those who testified falsely got off
with only a curse on themselves and their descendants.)
The Tenth Commandment: Exodus 20:17, Deuteronomy 5:21
You shall not covet your neighbor's house; you shall not covet your
neighbor's wife, or his male slave, or his female slave, or his ox, or his
ass, or anything that is your neighbor's.
(There seems to be no particular penalty specified in the Bible for
though there are dire warnings of doom for those who break any of the