The Many Animals Listed in the Bible

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Sometimes it is just fun to pick something out of the air and see what the Bible says about it. We have 3 lovable pets in our home and I think it is safe to say we are animal lovers. So today, I want to share with you the many animals that I have found in the Bible. Let me know if I missed any.

Listing of Animals – Clean and Unclean

The LORD told Moses and Aaron which animals were clean (okay to eat) and which were unclean (no able to be eaten). You can read about it in Leviticus 11:1-47

Apes

1 Kings 10:22 For the king had at sea a navy of Tharshish with the navy of Hiram: once in three years came the navy of Tharshish, bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks.

Asses (Donkey)– Genesis 22:3 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.

Other Scriptures to study: Numbers 22:28; Deuteronomy 22:10; Judges 5:10; 10:4; 1 Samuel 9:3; Matthew 21:2

Bears – 1 Samuel 17:34–35 And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father’s sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock: And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.

Other Scriptures to study: 2 Samuel 17:8; 2 Kings 2:24; Proverbs 17:12; 28:15; Isaiah 11:7

Behemoth ( Elephant) – Job 40:15 Behold now behemoth, Which I made with thee; He eateth grass as an ox.

Bullocks – Exodus 29:11 And thou shalt kill the bullock before the LORD, by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.Exodus 29:36 And thou shalt offer every day a bullock for a sin offering for atonement: and thou shalt cleanse the altar, when thou hast made an atonement for it, and thou shalt anoint it, to sanctify it.

Other Scriptures to study: Leviticus 4:4; Numbers 15:8; 1 Kings 18:33; 2 Chromicles 13:9; Ezra 6:17; Psalm 66:15

1 Timothy 5:18 For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer is worthy of his reward.

Calf – Genesis 18:7 And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetcht a calf tender and good, and gave it unto a young man; and he hasted to dress it.

Other Scriptures to study: 1 Samuel 28:24; Amos 6:4; Luke 15:23

Camels (also called Dramedaries) – Genesis 12:16 And he entreated Abram well for her sake: and he had sheep, and oxen, and he asses, and menservants, and maidservants, and she asses, and camels.

Other Scriptures to study: Genesis 30:43; Leviticus 11:4; Judges 6:5; 1 Samuel 30:17; I Kings 4:28; 1 Chronicles 5:21; Esther 8:10; Isaiah 60:6; Jeremiah 2:23; Job 1:3; Matthew 19:24; 23:24

Cattle – Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Other Scriptures to study: Genesis 31:18; Exodus 9:4; 20:10; Numbers 32:1; Joshua 14:4; Ezekiel 39:18; Amos 4:4

Chameleon – Leviticus 11:30 And the ferret, and the chameleon, and the lizard, and the snail, and the mole.

Conies – Leviticus 11:5 And the coney, because he cheweth the cud, but divideth not the hoof; he is unclean unto you.

Other Scriptures to study: Psalms 104:18; Proverbs 30:26

Deer – Deuteronomy 14:5 The hart, and the roebuck, and the fallow deer, and the wild goat, and the pygarg, and the wild ox, and the chamois.

Other Scriptures to study: 2 Samuel 2:18; 22:34; 1 Chronicls 12:8; Psalms 42:1; Proverbs 5:19; 6:5; Isaiah 35:6; Jeremiah 14:5

Dogs – Deuteronomy 23:18 Thou shalt not bring the hire of a whore, or the price of a dog, into the house of the LORD thy God for any vow: for even both these are abomination unto the LORD thy God.

Other Scriptures to study: 1 Kings 14:11; 22:38; Psalms 59:6; Proverbs 26:17; Ecclesiastes 9:4; Luke 16:21

Dragons – Deuteronomy 32:33 Their wine is the poison of dragons, And the cruel venom of asps.

Other Scriptures to study: Psalms 91:13; Isaiah 34:13; Jeremiah 9:11; 51:37; Micah 1:8; Malachi 1:3

Elephants (Ivory)

1 Kings 10:22 For the king had at sea a navy of Tharshish with the navy of Hiram: once in three years came the navy of Tharshish, bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks.

Job 40:15 Behold now behemoth, Which I made with thee; He eateth grass as an ox.

Ferret – Leviticus 11:30 And the ferret, and the chameleon, and the lizard, and the snail, and the mole.

Foxes – Judges 15:4 And Samson went and caught three hundred foxes, and took firebrands, and turned tail to tail, and put a firebrand in the midst between two tails.

Other Scriptures to study: Nehemiah 4:3; Psalms 63:10; Song of Solomon 2:15; Matthew 8:20

Goats – Genesis 15:9 And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.

Other Scriptures to study: Leviticus 4:24; 16:15; Judges 13:19; 2 Chronicles 29:23

Horses – Deuteronomy 17:16 But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses: forasmuch as the LORD hath said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that way.

Other Scriptures to study: 2 Kings 23:11; Job 39:19; Psalms 32:9; 33:17; Isaiah 31:1

Kine (Cows) – Genesis 32:15 Thirty milch camels with their colts, forty kine, and ten bulls, twenty she asses, and ten foals.

Other Scriptures to study: Deuteronomy 7:13; 1 Samuels 6:7

Lambs – Exodus 29:39–40 The one lamb thou shalt offer in the morning; and the other lamb thou shalt offer at even: And with the one lamb a tenth deal of flour mingled with the fourth part of an hin of beaten oil; and the fourth part of an hin of wine for a drink offering.

Other Scriptures to study: Leviticus 3:7; 4:32; 5:6; Numbers 6:12

Leopards – Song of Solomon 4:8 Come with me from Lebanon, my spouse, with me from Lebanon: Look from the top of Amana, from the top of Shenir and Hermon, From the lions’ dens, from the mountains of the leopards.

Other Scriptures to study: Isaiah 11:6; Jeremiah 5:6; 13:23; Hosea 13:7; Habakkuk 1:8

Lions – Judges 14:5 Then went Samson down, and his father and his mother, to Timnath, and came to the vineyards of Timnath: and, behold, a young lion roared against him.

Other Scriptures to study: 1 Samuel 17:34; 1 Kings 13:24; Daniel 6:19; Job 10:16; Proverbs 30:30

Lizards – Leviticus 11:30 And the ferret, and the chameleon, and the lizard, and the snail, and the mole.

Mice – Leviticus 11:29–30 These also shall be unclean unto you among the creeping things that creep upon the earth; the weasel, and the mouse, and the tortoise after his kind, And the ferret, and the chameleon, and the lizard, and the snail, and the mole.

Other Scriptures to study: 1 Samuel 6:4; Isiah 66:17

Mules – 2 Samuel 13:29 And the servants of Absalom did unto Amnon as Absalom had commanded. Then all the king’s sons arose, and every man gat him up upon his mule, and fled.

Other Scriptures to study: 2 Samuel 18:9; 1 Kings 1:33; Psalms 32:9; Zechariah 14:15

Oxen – Exodus 21:28 If an ox gore a man or a woman, that they die: then the ox shall be surely stoned, and his flesh shall not be eaten; but the owner of the ox shall be quit.

Other Scriptures to study: Exodus 22:1; 23:4; Leviticus 13:3; Deuteronomy 5:14; Luke 13:15; 1 Timothy 5:18

Pygarg (Like an antelope)– Deuteronomy 14:4–5 These are the beasts which ye shall eat: the ox, the sheep, and the goat, The hart, and the roebuck, and the fallow deer, and the wild goat, and the pygarg, and the wild ox, and the chamois.

Rams – Genesis 15:9 And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.

Other Scriptures to study: Genesis 22:13; Exodus 29:15; Leviticus 5:15; Numbers 5:8

Sheep – Genesis 4:4–5 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.

Other Scriptures to study: Genesis 30:32; Job 1:3; 42:12; Matthew 12:11

Swine (Pigs) – Leviticus 11:7 And the swine, though he divide the hoof, and be clovenfooted, yet he cheweth not the cud; he is unclean to you.

Other Scriptures to study: Isaiah 65:4; 66:17; Matthew 7:6; 8:30; Luke 15:15; 2 Peter 2:22

Unicorn (Wild Ox) – Numbers 23:22; Deuteronomy 33:17; Job 39:9; Psalms 29:6; Isaiah 34:7

Vipers

Job 20:16 He shall suck the poison of asps: The viper’s tongue shall slay him.

Isaiah 30:6 The burden of the beasts of the south: Into the land of trouble and anguish, From whence come the young and old lion, The viper and fiery flying serpent, They will carry their riches upon the shoulders of young asses, And their treasures upon the bunches of camels, To a people that shall not profit them.

Weasel – Leviticus 11:29–30 These also shall be unclean unto you among the creeping things that creep upon the earth; the weasel, and the mouse, and the tortoise after his kind, And the ferret, and the chameleon, and the lizard, and the snail, and the mole.

Wolves – Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

Other Scriptures to study: Matthew 10:16; John 10:12; Acts 20:29

Final Thoughts

Funny what you find when you search the Bible. I found some names that I had to look up. How about you, did you see if I missed any?

Something more for you to read: Do Animals or Pets Go to Heaven?

Resource – Scripture quotations are from The Holy Bible, King James Version



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