"contradictions" in the Bible

There are some foundational principles that apply to all alleged and apparent “contradictions” in the Bible. To read more, see Bible Difficulties: Foundational Principles.

Genesis

1:3
How Could Light Be Created Before the Sun, Moon, and Stars?
1:11-13
Were Plants or Humans Created First?
1:14
How Could Light Be Created Before the Sun, Moon, and Stars?
1:24-26
Were Animals or Humans Created First?
1:26
Is the Bible Contradictory About How Many Gods There Are?
1:26-31
Were Plants or Humans Created First?
2:5-9
Were Plants or Humans Created First?
2:16-17
Why Didn’t Adam Die the Day He Ate the Fruit?
2:18
Is the Bible Contradictory About Whether Marriage Is Good?
2:18-19
Were Animals or Humans Created First?
3:8-10
Does God Asking Adam, “Where are you?”, Contradict His Omniscience?
3:16
Was God Wrong to Multiply the Pain of Women in Childbearing?
3:22
Is the Bible Contradictory About How Many Gods There Are?
4:17
Where Did Cain Get His Wife?
5:1-31
Did People Live Hundreds of Years in Genesis?
5:5
Why Didn’t Adam Die the Day He Ate the Fruit?
5:24
Has Anyone Ascended Into Heaven Besides Jesus?
6:6-7
Does God Change His Mind?
6:19-20
Did Noah Bring Two or Seven Pairs of Every Kind of Animal?
7:1
Is Anyone Righteous? Have All Sinned?
7:2-3
Did Noah Bring Two or Seven Pairs of Every Kind of Animal?
11:7
Is the Bible Contradictory About How Many Gods There Are?
11:8-9
If God Is Not the Author of Confusion, What About the Tower of Babel?
17:1
Has Anyone Seen God?
18:1
Has Anyone Seen God?
19:8
Was Lot Righteous? Did He Sin Against His Daughters?
22:1
Does God Tempt People?
22:1-2
Was It Wrong for God to Command Abraham to Sacrifice Isaac?
37:28, 36
Who Bought Joseph, the Ishmaelites or the Midianites?
39:1
Who Bought Joseph, the Ishmaelites or the Midianites?
47:31
Did Jacob Worship at the Head of the Bed or Leaning on His Staff?

Exodus

6:2-3
Has Anyone Seen God?
9:1-7
Did All of Egypt’s Livestock Die?
9:18-21
Did All of Egypt’s Livestock Die?
15:3
Is God a God of Peace or War?
20:4-5
Are Graven Images Sinful?
20:5
Does God Punish Children for the Sins of Their Fathers?
20:12
Is It Sinful to Call Someone “Father” Besides God?
20:24
Did God Speak About Offerings and Sacrifices?
21:20-21
Does the Bible Condone Slavery?
22:2
Did Abraham Have One or Two Sons?
24:9-11
Has Anyone Seen God?
25:18
Are Graven Images Sinful?
32:14
Does God Change His Mind?
33:20
Has Anyone Seen God?
34:6-7
Does God Punish Children for the Sins of Their Fathers?
37:7-8
Are Graven Images Sinful?

Leviticus

11:5-6
Do the Badger and Rabbit Chew the Cud?
11:13-19
Is the Bible Wrong About the Bat Being a Bird?
25:44
Does the Bible Condone Slavery?
26:1
Are Graven Images Sinful?

Numbers

12:6-8
Has Anyone Seen God?
23:19
If God Is Not a Man, What About Jesus?
31:15-18
Was God Commanding the Killing of Nations, Women, and Children Wrong?
31:17-18
Why Were the Midianite Virgins Spared?

Deuteronomy

2:33-34
Was God Commanding the Killing of Nations, Women, and Children Wrong?
5:8
Are Graven Images Sinful?
5:9
Does God Punish Children for the Sins of Their Fathers?
6:4
Is the Bible Contradictory About How Many Gods There Are?
21:18-21
Why Was the Rebellious Son Stoned?
22:13-21
Why Was the Non-Virgin Stoned?
24:16
Does God Punish Children for the Sins of Their Fathers?
27:15
Are Graven Images Sinful?

Joshua

10:12-13
Did the Sun Stop for a Day?
17:18
Could God Drive Out the Inhabitants With Iron Chariots??

Judges

1:19
Could God Drive Out the Inhabitants With Iron Chariots??
21:10
Was God Commanding the Killing of Nations, Women, and Children Wrong?

1 Samuel

15:2-3
Was God Commanding the Killing of Nations, Women, and Children Wrong?
16:19-23
Did Saul Know Who David Was?
17:50
Who Killed Goliath, David or Elhanan?
17:55-58
Did Saul Know Who David Was?
21:1
Was Ahimelech or Abiathar the High Priest?
31:4
Who Killed Saul, Saul or the Amalekite?

2 Samuel

1:8-10
Who Killed Saul, Saul or the Amalekite?
6:23
Did Michal Have Any Children?
8:4
Did David Capture 1,700 or 7,000 Horsemen?
10:18
How Many Charioteers Did David Kill?
21:8
Did Michal Have Any Children?
21:19
Who Killed Goliath, David or Elhanan?
24:1
Was David Guilty of Numbering Israel?
24:1
Who Incited David to Number Israel, God or Satan?
24:10
Was David Guilty of Numbering Israel?
24:9
How Many Fighting Men Were In Israel and Judah?
24:13
How Many Years of Famine Were Threatened to David, Seven or Three?

1 Kings

4:26
Did Solomon Have 4,000 or 40,000 Stalls of Horses?
5:16
Did Solomon Have 3,300 or 3,600 Overseers?
7:26
Could 2,000 or 3,000 Baths Be Held?
22:22
Did God Send a Lying Spirit? If So, Was It Wrong?

2 Kings

2:11
Has Anyone Ascended Into Heaven Besides Jesus?
2:23-24
Why Did God Kill the 42 Boys?
8:26
How Old Was Ahaziah When He Became King?
24:8
How Long Did Jehoiachin Rule Over Jerusalem?
24:8
How Old Was Jehoiachin When He Became King?

1 Chronicles

18:4
Did David Capture 1,700 or 7,000 Horsemen?
19:18
How Many Charioteers Did David Kill?
21:1
Who Incited David to Number Israel, God or Satan?
21:5
How Many Fighting Men Were In Israel and Judah?
21:11-12
How Many Years of Famine Were Threatened to David, Seven or Three?

2 Chronicles

2:2
Did Solomon Have 3,300 or 3,600 Overseers?
4:2
Is the Bible Wrong About the Diameter of a Bowl?
4:5
Dashing Little Ones Against the Rock?
9:25
Did Solomon Have 4,000 or 40,000 Stalls of Horses?
11:20
Was Maacah or Micaiah King Abijah’s Mother?
13:2
Was Maacah or Micaiah King Abijah’s Mother?
22:2
How Old Was Ahaziah When He Became King?
36:9
How Long Did Jehoiachin Rule Over Jerusalem?
36:9
How Old Was Jehoiachin When He Became King?

Ezra

2
Why Are Ezra 2 and Nehemiah 7 So Different?

Nehemiah

7
Why Are Ezra 2 and Nehemiah 7 So Different?

Job

1:1
Is Anyone Righteous? Have All Sinned?
1:1
Why Did God Allow Satan to Afflict Job, Since Job Was “Blameless”?
1:12
Why Did God Allow Satan to Afflict Job, Since Job Was “Blameless”?

Proverbs

6:16-19
Does God Love or Hate People?

Ecclesiastes

1:4
Does the Earth Remain Forever?

Psalms

5:5
Does God Love or Hate People?
11:5
Does God Love or Hate People?
14:1
Is It Sin to Call Someone a Fool?
14:3
Is Anyone Righteous? Have All Sinned?
104:5
Does the Earth Remain Forever?
137:9
Could 2,000 or 3,000 Baths Be Held?
145:9
Is God Good to All?

Isaiah

2:4
Is God a God of Peace or War?
7:14
Is the Isaiah 7:14 Prophecy, “a virgin will be with child,” Legitimate?
13:16
Why Does Isaiah 13:16 Say that Wives Will Be “Ravished”?
43:10
Is the Bible Contradictory About How Many Gods There Are?
44:6, 8
Is the Bible Contradictory About How Many Gods There Are?
44:24
Is God or Jesus the Creator?
45:6-7
Is God Good to All?
65:7
Does the Earth Remain Forever?

Jeremiah

7:22
Did God Speak About Offerings and Sacrifices?
18:11
Is God Good to All?
22:28-30
Did Coniah/Jechoniah Have Children?

Lamentations

3:38
Is God Good to All?

Ezekiel

18:20
Does God Punish Children for the Sins of Their Fathers?
20:26
Is God Good to All?

Hosea

9:15
Does God Love or Hate People?

Joel

3:9-10
Is God a God of Peace or War?

Jonah

3:10
Does God Change His Mind?

Malachi

3:6
Does God Change His Mind?

Matthew

1:6, 16
Are Matthew and Luke’s Genealogies Contradictory?
1:12
Did Coniah/Jechoniah Have Children?
2:22-23
Was “He shall be called a Nazarene” an Old Testament Prophecy?
4:1-10
Is the Order of the Temptations of Jesus Contradictory?
4:18-20
When Did Peter and Andrew Start Following Jesus?
5:16
Should We Let Our Good Works Be Seen?
5:17
Did Jesus Abolish the Law?
5:22
Is It Sin to Call Someone a Fool?
6:1-4
Should We Let Our Good Works Be Seen?
8:5-8
Did the Centurion or Elders Talk to Jesus?
8:28
Did One or Two Demon-Possessed Men Meet Jesus?
9:9
Was the Tax Collector Named Matthew or Levi?
9:18
Was Jairus’s Daughter Dead When He Saw Jesus?
10:2-4
Why Are the Lists of Disciples Different?
10:9-10
Did Jesus Tell His Disciples to Take a Staff?
10:34-36
Did Jesus Come to Bring Peace or a Sword?
11:13-14
Was John the Baptist Elijah?
12:31-32
Is There an Unforgivable Sin?
12:31-32
What Is Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit?
12:40
How Many Days and Nights Was Jesus in the Tomb?
13:31
Is the Mustard Seed the Smallest Seed?
17:1
Did Jesus Bring the Men Up the Mountain After Six or Eight Days?
19:16-19
Is Salvation by Faith or by Works?
20:20-21
Did James/John, or Their Mother, Ask to Sit Beside Jesus?
20:29-30
Did Jesus Meet One or Two Blind Men Leaving Jericho?
21:12-13
Did Jesus Cleanse the Temple Once or Twice?
21:19
Did the Fig Tree Wither Immediately or Overnight?
23:3-5
Should We Let Our Good Works Be Seen?
23:8-10
Is It Sinful to Call Someone “Father” Besides God?
23:17
Is It Sin to Call Someone a Fool?
24:36
Why Didn’t Jesus Know the Hour of His Return?
26:34, 74-75
Did the Rooster Crow Once or Twice Before Peter’s Third Denial?
26:47, 50
Who Arrested Jesus, the Crowd or the Romans?
Matthew 26:57
Did Jesus See Annas or Caiaphas After He Was Arrested?
27:3-8
Did Judas Die by Hanging or Falling?
27:7-10
Who Bought the Potter’s Field: Judas or the Jews?
27:28
Was Jesus’ Robe Scarlet or Purple?
27:31-32
Did Jesus or Simon of Cyrene Carry the Cross?
27:34
Was the Wine Mixed With Gall or Myrrh?
27:37
What Was Written on the Cross?
27:46
What Were Jesus’ Last Words on the Cross?
28:1
How Many Days and Nights Was Jesus in the Tomb?
28:1-5
Was the Stone Rolled Away Before or After Mary Arrived?
28:2-5
How Many Angels/Men Were at the Tomb?
28:2-5
Were the Angels Sitting or Standing at the Tomb?
28:8
Did the Women Tell Anyone About the Tomb?
28:8-9
Who Did Jesus Appear to First?

Mark

2:14
Was the Tax Collector Named Matthew or Levi?
2:26
Was Ahimelech or Abiathar the High Priest?
3:13-19
Why Are the Lists of Disciples Different?
3:29
Is There an Unforgivable Sin?
3:29
What Is Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit?
4:30
Is the Mustard Seed the Smallest Seed?
5:1-2
Did One or Two Demon-Possessed Men Meet Jesus?
5:22-23
Was Jairus’s Daughter Dead When He Saw Jesus?
6:8
Did Jesus Tell His Disciples to Take a Staff?
9:2
Did Jesus Bring the Men Up the Mountain After Six or Eight Days?
9:50
Did Jesus Come to Bring Peace or a Sword?
10:35-37
Did James/John, or Their Mother, Ask to Sit Beside Jesus?
10:46-47
Did Jesus Meet One or Two Blind Men Leaving Jericho?
11:14, 20
Did the Fig Tree Wither Immediately or Overnight?
11:15-17
Did Jesus Cleanse the Temple Once or Twice?
13:30-32
Why Didn’t Jesus Know the Hour of His Return?
14:43
Who Arrested Jesus, the Crowd or the Romans?
14:72
Did the Rooster Crow Once or Twice Before Peter’s Third Denial?
15:17, 20
Was Jesus’ Robe Scarlet or Purple?
15:20-21
Did Jesus or Simon of Cyrene Carry the Cross?
15:23
Was the Wine Mixed With Gall or Myrrh?
15:26
What Was Written on the Cross?
15:34
What Were Jesus’ Last Words on the Cross?
16:2
How Many Days and Nights Was Jesus in the Tomb?
16:3-4
Was the Stone Rolled Away Before or After Mary Arrived?
16:5-6
How Many Angels/Men Were at the Tomb?
16:5-6
Were the Angels Sitting or Standing at the Tomb?
16:8
Did the Women Tell Anyone About the Tomb?

Luke

1:5-6
Is Anyone Righteous? Have All Sinned?
3:23, 31
Are Matthew and Luke’s Genealogies Contradictory?
4:1-12
Is the Order of the Temptations of Jesus Contradictory?
5:27
Was the Tax Collector Named Matthew or Levi?
6:12-16
Why Are the Lists of Disciples Different?
7:3-6
Did the Centurion or Elders Talk to Jesus?
8:26-27
Did One or Two Demon-Possessed Men Meet Jesus?
8:41-42
Was Jairus’s Daughter Dead When He Saw Jesus?
9:3
Did Jesus Tell His Disciples to Take a Staff?
9:28-29
Did Jesus Bring the Men Up the Mountain After Six or Eight Days?
12:51-52
Did Jesus Come to Bring Peace or a Sword?
13:19
Is the Mustard Seed the Smallest Seed?
18:35, 38
Did Jesus Meet One or Two Blind Men Leaving Jericho?
19:45-46
Did Jesus Cleanse the Temple Once or Twice?
22:36
Did Jesus Come to Bring Peace or a Sword?
22:34, 60-62
Did the Rooster Crow Once or Twice Before Peter’s Third Denial?
22:47
Who Arrested Jesus, the Crowd or the Romans?
23:26
Did Jesus or Simon of Cyrene Carry the Cross?
23:38
What Was Written on the Cross?
23:46
What Were Jesus’ Last Words on the Cross?
24:1
How Many Days and Nights Was Jesus in the Tomb?
24:2-6
Were the Angels Sitting or Standing at the Tomb?
24:4-6
How Many Angels/Men Were at the Tomb?
24:9
Did the Women Tell Anyone About the Tomb?

John

1:3
Is God or Jesus the Creator?
1:18
Has Anyone Seen God?
1:19-21
Was John the Baptist Elijah?
1:35-42
When Did Peter and Andrew Start Following Jesus?
2:13-15
Did Jesus Cleanse the Temple Once or Twice?
3:13
Has Anyone Ascended Into Heaven Besides Jesus?
3:16
Does God Love or Hate People?
5:37
Has Anyone Seen God?
6:46
Has Anyone Seen God?
13:38
Did the Rooster Crow Once or Twice Before Peter’s Third Denial?
14:27
Did Jesus Come to Bring Peace or a Sword?
16:33
Did Jesus Come to Bring Peace or a Sword?
18:12
Who Arrested Jesus, the Crowd or the Romans?
18:19, 24
Did Jesus See Annas or Caiaphas After He Was Arrested?
19:2, 5
Was Jesus’ Robe Scarlet or Purple?
19:17
Did Jesus or Simon of Cyrene Carry the Cross?
19:19-20
What Was Written on the Cross?
19:30
What Were Jesus’ Last Words on the Cross?
20:1
How Many Days and Nights Was Jesus in the Tomb?
20:1
Was the Stone Rolled Away Before or After Mary Arrived?
20:12-13
How Many Angels/Men Were at the Tomb?
20:12-13
Were the Angels Sitting or Standing at the Tomb?
20:14
Who Did Jesus Appear to First?
20:18
Did the Women Tell Anyone About the Tomb?

Acts

1:13-14
Why Are the Lists of Disciples Different?
1:16-19
Did Judas Die by Hanging or Falling?
1:18
Who Bought the Potter’s Field: Judas or the Jews?
7:2
Has Anyone Seen God?
10:36
Did Jesus Come to Bring Peace or a Sword?
13:39
Is There an Unforgivable Sin?

Romans

3:9-10, 23
Is Anyone Righteous? Have All Sinned?
3:20, 28
Is Salvation by Faith or by Works?
5:8
Does God Love or Hate People?
15:33
Is God a God of Peace or War?

1 Corinthians

7:1, 7, 8, 26
Is the Bible Contradictory About Whether Marriage Is Good?
8:5
Is the Bible Contradictory About How Many Gods There Are?
14:33
If God Is Not the Author of Confusion, What About the Tower of Babel?
15:22
Does God Punish Children for the Sins of Their Fathers?

Galatians

2:16
Is Salvation by Faith or by Works?
4:22
Did Abraham Have One or Two Sons?

Ephesians

2:8-9
Is Salvation by Faith or by Works?
2:14-15
Did Jesus Abolish the Law?

Colossians

1:16-17
Is God or Jesus the Creator?

1 Timothy

6:15-16
Has Anyone Seen God?

Titus

1:2
Did God Send a Lying Spirit? If So, Was It Wrong?
2:13-14
Is There an Unforgivable Sin?

James

1:13
Does God Tempt People?
2:21
Was It Wrong for God to Command Abraham to Sacrifice Isaac?
2:24
Is Salvation by Faith or by Works?

Hebrews

4:13
Does God Asking Adam, “Where are you?”, Contradict His Omniscience?
11:5
Has Anyone Ascended Into Heaven Besides Jesus?
11:17
Did Abraham Have One or Two Sons?
11:17
Was It Wrong for God to Command Abraham to Sacrifice Isaac?
11:21
Did Jacob Worship at the Head of the Bed or Leaning on His Staff?

1 Peter

2:12
Should We Let Our Good Works Be Seen?

2 Peter

2:6-7
Was Lot Righteous? Did He Sin Against His Daughters?
3:10
Does the Earth Remain Forever?

1 John

1:9
Is There an Unforgivable Sin?
4:7-8, 16
Does God Love or Hate People?

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