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  • How many has God killed? (Complete list and estimated total)

    I kill ... I wound ... I will make my arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall devour flesh. -

    - Deuteronomy 32:39-42

    The table shows two numbers: the number given by the Bible, if any, and an estimate, when no biblical number is available.

    Grand totals are shown below.

    Biblical number 2,552,452

    Estimate 25 million

    6 July 2012 Note: Since a billion or so Christians (Catholics and Eastern Orthodox) accept the deuterocanonical books as canonical, I'm revising the list to include God's killings as told in

    these books. When I finish with that, I'll revise the DWB book accordingly. And I suppose I'll eventually have to separate God's killings into two lists: one for the Catholics and one for the

    Protestants.

    Killing Event Scriptural Reference

    Biblical number

    Estimate

    1 The Flood of Noah Gen 7:23 - 20,000,000

    2 Abraham's war to rescue Lot Gen 14:17-19 - 1000

    3 Sodom and Gomorrah Gen 19:24 - 2,000

    4 Lot's wife Gen 19:26 1 1

    5 The Shechem/Dinah love story/massacre

    Gen 34:1-31

    Judith 9:2-3

    2 1000

    6 Er for being wicked in the sight of the Lord

    Gen 38:7 1 1

    7 Onan for spilling his seed Gen 38:10 1 1

    8 God's seven year, world-wide famine Gen 41:25-54 - 70,000

    9 The seventh plague of Egypt: Hail Ex 9:25 - 300,000

    10 God killed all first born Egyptian children

    Ex 12:29-30 - 500,000

    11 God drowned the Egyptian army Ex 14:8-26 600 5,000

  • 12 Amalekites Ex 17:13 - 1,000

    13 Who is on the Lord's side? Ex 32:27-28 3,000 3,000

    14 God plagued the people because of Aaron's calf

    Ex 32:35 - 1,000

    15 God burns Aaron's sons to death Lev 10:1-3 2 2

    16 A blasphemer is stoned to death Lev 24:10-23 1 1

    17 God burned people to death for

    complaining Num 11:1 - 100

    18 God plagued the people for

    complaining about the food Num 11:33 - 10,000

    19 Ten scouts are killed for their honest report

    Num 14:35-36 10 110

    20 A man gathering sticks on the Sabbath day

    Num 15:32-35 1 1

    21 The opposing party is buried alive (with their families)

    Num 16:27 3 9

    22 250 burned to death for burning

    incense Num 16:35 250 250

    23 For complaining about God's killings Num 16:49 14,700 14,700

    24 The massacre of the Aradites Num 21:1-3 - 3,000

    25 God sent snakes to bite people for complaining

    Num 21:6 - 100

    26 Phinehas' double murder: A killing to end God's killings

    Num 25:1-11 24,002 24,002

    27 The Midianite massacre: Have you saved the women alive?

    Num 31:1-35 6 200,000

    28 God slowly kills the Israelite army Dt 2:14-16 - 500,000

    29 God the giant killer Dt 2:21-22 - 5,000

    30 God hardens King Sihon's heart so he

    can kill him and all his people Dt 2:33-34 1 3,000

    31 Og and the men, women, and children Dt 3:3-6 - 60,000

  • of 60 cites

    32 The Jericho Massacre Jos 6:21 - 1,000

    33 Achan and his family are stoned and burned to death

    Jos 7:10-12, 24-26 1 5

    34 The Ai massacre Jos 8:1-25 12,000 12,000

    35 God stops the sun so Joshua can kill in the daylight

    Jos 10:10-11 - 5,000

    36 Five kings killed and hung on trees Jos 10:26 5 10,000

    37 Joshua utterly destroys all that breathes

    as God commanded Jos 10:28-42 7 7,000

    38 Jabin, Jobab, and all the people of 20 cities

    Jos 11:8-12 2 20,000

    39 The Anakim: More giant killing Jos 11:20-21 - 5,000

    40 The Lord delivered the Canaanites and

    Perizzites Jg 1:4 10,000 10,000

    41 The Jerusalem Massacre Jg 1:8 - 1,000

    42 Five massacres, a wedding, and some

    God-proof iron chariots Jg 1:9-25 - 5,000

    43 The Lord delivered Chushanrishathaim Jg 3:7-10 1 1,000

    44 Ehud delivers a message from God Jg 3:15-22 1 1

    45 God delivers 10,000 lusty Moabites Jg 3:28-29 10,000 10,000

    46 Shamgar killed 600 Philistines with an

    ox goad Jg 3.31 600 600

    47 Barak and God massacre the

    Canaanites Jg 4:15-16 - 1,000

    48 Jael pounds a tent stake through a sleeping man's skull

    Jg 4:18-22 1 1

    49 Gideon's story: The Lord set every man's sword against his fellow

    Jg 7:22 120,000 120,000

    50 A city is massacred and 1000 burn to death because of God's evil spirit

    Jg 9:23-57 1,001 2,000

  • 51 The Ammonite Massacre Jg 11:32-33 - 20,000

    52 Jephthah's Daughter Jg 11:39 1 1

    53 42,000 killed for failing the "shibboleth" test

    Jg 12.4-7, Heb 11.32 42,000 42,000

    54 Samson murders 30 men for their clothes

    Jg 14:19 30 30

    55 Samson kills 1000 men with the

    jawbone of an ass Jg 15:14-15 1,000 1,000

    56 Samson kills 3000 in a suicide terrorist

    attack Jg 16:27-30 3,000 3,000

    57 A holy civil war (called by rotting concubine body part messages)

    Jg 20:35-37 65,100 65,100

    58 The End of Judges: Two genocides and 200 stolen virgins

    Jg 21.10-14 - 4,000

    59 God kills Eli's sons along with 34,000 Israelite soldiers

    1 Sam 2:25, 1Sam 4:11

    34,002 34,002

    60 God smote them with hemorrhoids in

    their secret parts 1 Sam 5:1-12 - 3,000

    61 God killed 50,070 for looking into the

    ark of the Lord 1Sam 6:19 50,070 50,070

    62 The Lord thundered great thunder upon the Philistines

    1 Sam 7:10-11 - 1,000

    63 Another Ammonite Massacre (and another God-inspired body-part

    message)

    1 Sam 11:6-13 - 1,000

    64 Jonathan's very fist slaughter (not counting the one before)

    1Sam 14:12-14 20 20

    65 God forces the Philistines to kill each other

    1 Sam 14:20 - 1,000

    66 The Amalekite genocide 1 Sam 15:2-3 - 10,000

    67 Samuel hacks Agag to death before the Lord

    1 Sam 15:32-33 1 1

    68 David or Elhanan killed Goliath 1 Sam 17.51, 2Sam 1 1

  • 21.19

    69 David killed 200 Philistines for their

    foreskins (to buy his first wife) 1 Sam 18.27 200 200

    70 The Lord said to David, Go and smite

    the Philistines 1 Sam 23:2-5 - 10,000

    71 God killed Nabal (and David got his wife and other stuff)

    1 Sam 25:38 1 1

    72 David committed genocides for the Philistines

    1 Sam 27.8-11 - 60,000

    73 David spends the day killing Amalekites

    1 Sam 30:17 - 1,000

    74

    God kills Saul, his sons, and his men

    because Saul didn't kill all the Amalekites

    1 Sam 31:2, 1Chr 10:6

    4 100

    75 David killed the messenger 2 Sam 1.15 1 1

    76 David killed Rechab and Baanah, cut off their hands and feet, and hung up

    their dead bodies

    2 Sam 4.12 2 2

    77 God helps David smite Philistines from

    the front and the rear 2 Sam 5:19-25 - 2,000

    78 God killed Uzzah for trying to keep the ark from falling

    2 Sam 6:6-7, 1Chr 13:9-10

    1 1

    79 David killed 2/3 Moabite POWs and enslaved the rest

    2 Sam 8.2 - 667

    80 The Lord gave David victory wherever he went

    2 Sam 8.5, 10.18 65,850 66,850

    81 David killed every male in Edom

    2 Sam 8.13, 1 Kg

    11.15-16, 1 Chr 18.12, Psalm 60:1

    15,000 65,000

    82 Thus did David unto all the children of Ammon

    2 Sam 11.1, 1 Chr 20.1

    - 1,000

    83 God slowly kills a baby 2Sam 12:14-18 1 1

    84 Famine and human sacrfice: Seven 2 Sam 21:1-9 7 3,000

  • sons of Saul are hung up before the Lord

    85 David's mighty men and their amazing killings

    2 Sam 23, 1 Chr 11 1,403 3,400

    86 A couple hundred thousand die because David had a census

    2 Sam 24:15, 1 Chr 21:14

    70,000 200,000

    87

    Solomon carried out the deathbed wish

    of David by having Joab and Shimei murdered

    1 Kg 2:29-34, 2:44-46

    2 2

    88 A tale of two prophets 1 Kg 13:11-24 1 1

    89 Jeroboam's son: God kills another child 1 Kg 14:17 1 1

    90 Jeroboam's family 1 Kg 15:29 - 10

    91 Baasha's family and friends 1 Kg 16:11-12 - 20

    92 Zimri burns to death 1 Kg 16.18-19 1 1

    93 The drought of Elijah 1 Kg 17.1, Lk 4.25, James 5.17-18

    - 3,000

    94 Elijah kills 450 religious leaders in a

    prayer contest 1 Kg 18.22-40 450 450

    95 The first God-assisted slaughter of the

    Syrians 1 Kg 20:20-21 - 10,000

    96 God killed 100,000 Syrians for calling him a god of the hills

    1 Kg 20:28-29 100,000 100,000

    97 God killed 27,000 Syrians by making a wall fall on them

    1 Kg 20:30 27,000 27,000

    98 God sent a lion to kill a man for not smiting a prophet

    1 Kg 20:35-36 1 1

    99 God kills Ahab for not killing a

    captured king 1Kg 20:42, 22:35 1 1

    100

    God burned to death 102 men for

    asking Elijah to come down from his hill

    2 Kg 1:10-12 102 102

    101 God killed King Ahaziah for asking the 2Kg 1:16-17; 2Chr 1 1

  • wrong God 22:7-9

    102 God sent two bears to rip apart 42 boys

    for making fun of a prophet's bald head 2 Kg 2:23-24 42 42

    103 The Lord delivered the Moabites 2 Kg 3:18-25 - 5,000

    104 A skeptic is trampled to death 2 Kg 7.2-20 1 1

    105 Another seven year famine 2 Kg 8:1 - 7,000

    106 Jehoram of Israel 2 Kg 9:24 1 1

    107 Jezebel 2 Kg 9:33-37 1 1

    108 Ahab's sons: Seventy heads in two

    heaps 2 Kg 10:6-10 70 70

    109 Ahab's hometown family, friends, and priests

    2 Kg 10:11 - 20

    110 Jehu killed Ahaziah's family 2 Kg 10.12-13, 2 Chr 22.7-9

    42 42

    111 Jehu and his partner kill the rest of Ahab's family

    2 Kg 10:17 - 20

    112 Jehu assembles the followers of Baal

    and then slaughters them all 2 Kg 10.18-25 - 1,000

    113 Mattan the priest of Baal and Queen

    Athaliah 2 Kg 11.17-20 2 2

    114 God sends lions to eat those that don't fear him enough

    2 Kg 17:25-26 - 10

    115 An angel killed 185,000 sleeping soldiers

    2 Kg 19:34, Is 37:36 185,000 185,000

    116 God caused Sennacherib to be killed by his sons

    2 Kg 19:37, Tobit 1:21

    1 1

    117 Josiah killed all the priests of the high

    places 2 Kg 23.20 - 100

    118 Another holy war 1 Chr 5:18-22 - 50,000

    119 God killed a half million Israelite soldiers

    2 Chr 13:17-18 500,000 500,000

  • 120 Jeroboam 2 Chr 13:20 1 1

    121 God killed a million Ethiopians 2 Chr 14:9-14 1,000,000 1,000,000

    122 Friendly Fire: God forced "a great multitude" to kill each other

    2 Chr 20:22-25 - 30,000

    123 God made Jehoram's bowels fall out 2 Chr 21:14-19 1 1

    124 God killed Jehoram's sons 2 Chr 22:1 - 3

    125 Ahaziah (of Judah) 2 Chr 22.7-9 1 1

    126 Joash, the princes, and army of Judah 2 Chr 24:20-25 1 10,000

    127 God destroyed Amaziah 2 Chr 25:15-27 1 1000

    128 God smote Ahaz with the king of Syria 2 Chr 28:1-5 - 10,000

    129 God killed 120,000 valiant men for forsaking him

    2 Chr 28:6 120,000 120,000

    130 The fall of Jerusalem 2 Chr 36:16-17 - 10,000

    131

    The Purim killings

    God hath done these things

    Esther 2-9 (KJV),

    Esther 10:4 (Douay-Reims)

    75,813 75,813

    132 God and Satan kill Job's children and

    slaves Job 1:18-19 10 60

    133 Hananiah Jeremiah 28:15-16 1 1

    134 Ezekiel's wife Ezek 24:15-18 1 1

    135 Judith cut off a sleeping man's head Judith 13:6-10 1 1

    136 The Judith massacre Judith 15:1-6 - 1000

    137 Annanias and Sapphira Acts 5:1-10 2 2

    138 Herod Acts 12:23 1 1

    139 Jesus Rom 8:32, 1 Pet 1.18-20

    1 1

    Total 2,552,452 24,712,019

    Posted by Steve Wells at 4/10/2010 04:16:00 PM Email ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to Facebook

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  • 120 comments:

    psybermonkey said...

    This is quite impressive and I cannot thank you enough for going through in continuing to modify this table. May I make a suggestion though? When I often debate people on God's morality and use

    examples of unjustified murder in the bible, the ones that have the best chance at getting through to them are obviously those which are the MOST clearly unjustified - which

    include the killing of children and innocent people/civilians. Such examples are bears mauling 42 children, Jephthah sacrificing his daughter, God

    killing King David's child to punish David, God inflicting thousands if not millions of civilians with tumors, Moses' army killing women and children, etc.

    Would you be willing to make a smaller chart or color code particular killings on this one which show God's most clearly unjust killings - which apologists should have the hardest

    time finding excuses for? It would be a big time saver for people like me looking for the best examples to depict his barbaric character.

    Thanks!

    Sun Apr 11, 01:07:00 PM 2010

    skanksta said...

    Great stuff Steve - you've created a wonderful resource for logic. Now your task is documenting the animal death and suffering caused by this monster. Or

    are you gonna do the Koran next ? Come on - work to do - no rest for the wicked....!

    Mon Apr 12, 04:08:00 AM 2010

    Brucker said...

    Steve, I don't recall, but have I ever told you that among many evangelicals, the belief is that the population of the world at the time of Noah was in the billions? This is usually figured due to the idea that the extremely long ages of the antedeluvian forefathers should

    indicate extreme health, including excellent fertility. Imagine a world where people have lifespans averaging somewhere around 700 years, and they're mutliplying like rabbits. In

  • short, your estimate for the flood may be way too small for literalists.

    skanksta, as I'm certain I've said before, the work of estimating animal deaths is essentially insurmountable. You've got to consider the enormity and complexity of the

    Israelite sacrificial system, and realize there's just no way to figure it out. It's easily in the billions if not trillions. (Not to mention trying to estimate animals killed in the flood; see above.)

    Mon Apr 12, 08:55:00 AM 2010

    Steve Wells said...

    psybermonkey, thanks for the suggestion. I'm working on it. I hope to have a post with God's killings ranked with a five star scale of nastiness later today.

    skanksta, I'd like to make a list of God's animal killings and I may do that someday. But it's going to be kind of boring. All the sheep, and goat, and bull slaughters! Still, it would be an impressive list.

    Of course, I'd also like to get to the Quran and Book of Mormon. I feel kind of guilty

    about neglecting them. Brucker, I'd never heard that before. The human population at the time of the flood was

    in the billions? Do you have a link where that idea is expressed? I'd like to add a note about it on the flood post.

    Mon Apr 12, 09:12:00 AM 2010

    Brucker said...

    This guy gives some discussion, but on a quick scan, I can't figure out his conclusion: http://ldolphin.org/popul.html

    Mon Apr 12, 10:05:00 AM 2010

    Steve Wells said...

    That is too funny! So God drowned 9 billion people in the flood? (And the author says he's being conservative.)

    I guess I should revise my numbers.

    Mon Apr 12, 10:19:00 AM 2010

  • Matthew Blanchette said...

    There's no way in hell that nine million people were alive at the time these half-crazed theologians spectulate... mostly because at no point in history, until now, has the

    population of Earth ever exceeded a billion.

    Wanna know what actually caused so many people on Earth, today? Centuries of inbreeding. That's right, the Hapsburgs had it right; however, it was not through brother-sister relationships, but more of distant-cousin- in-the-same-village/tr...

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