Quiz: Can You Finish These Verses About Violence in the Bible?
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Can You Finish These Verses About Violence in the Bible?
By: Torrance Grey
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About This Quiz

The Bible, which parents and Sunday School teachers give children to teach them love, kindness, and good behavior, actually contains a good deal of violence, most of it in the Old Testament. Some of the Bible's most famous stories involve fighting and killing. It starts with Cain, the first murderer, in the early chapters of Genesis. Later, David kills Goliath in a one-on-one duel; it's a story that is taught in Sunday School, and which has also inspired classic art. Think of Caravaggio's "David with the head of Goliath." 

Here's a bigger surprise: A good bit of the violence in the Bible is committed by God himself! Early in Genesis, in a fit of angry remorse over creating humanity, God drowns everyone on the planet except Noah and his family. Later, God kills the firstborn of every Egyptian family, and then drowns the Egyptian army in the Red Sea. It's a relief to reach the New Testament, with its focus on peace -- except, of course, for the central act of violence the entire New Testament revolves around, the crucifixion of Christ. 

How familiar are you with the significant acts of violence in the Bible, the perpetrators and the victims? Test your knowledge with our fill-in-the-blank quiz!


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"And when they were in the field, _____ rose up against his brother _____, and killed him." (Gen. 4:8)
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"Then the Lord rained on Sodom and Gomorrah _____ and ____ , from the Lord out of heaven." (Gen. 19:24)
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"Take your son, your only son ______, whom you love, and ... offer him as a burnt offering there." (Gen. 22:2)
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"(Pharaoh) restored the cupbearer to his cupbearing ... but the chief ______ he hanged, just as Joseph had interpreted." (Gen. 40:21-22)
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"______ put his hand in his bag, took out a stone, and slung it, and struck the Philistine on the forehead." (1 Samuel 17:49)
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"________ looked this way and that, and seeing no one he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand."
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"As soon as the people heard the sound of the trumpets, they raised a great shout, and the ________ fell down flat." (Joshua 6:20)
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"At midnight the Lord struck down all the _____ in the land of Egypt, from the ______ of Pharaoh to the ______ of the prisoner who sat in the dungeon." (Ex. 12:29)
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"When Herod saw he had been tricked by the wise men, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around ________ that were two years old or under."
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Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it, struck the high priest's slave, and cut off his _______."
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"I looked, and there was a ________. Its rider's name was Death, and Hell followed with him." (Rev. 6:8)
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"The Spirit of the Lord rushed on _______, and he tore the lion apart barehanded as one might a kid." (Judges 14:6)
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"And Samson said, 'With the ___________, heaps and heaps; with the ____________, I have slain a thousand men.' "(Judges 15:16)
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" 'When you act as midwives to the ______ women, and see them on the birthstool, if it is a boy, kill him, but if it is a girl, she shall live." (Ex. 1:16)
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"Nebuchadnezzar ordered some of the strongest guards in his army to bind Shadrach, Meschach and ______ and to throw them into the furnace of blazing fire." (Dan. 3:20)
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"______ sought to pin David to the wall with a spear, but David eluded ______, so that he struck the spear into the wall." (1 Samuel 19:10)
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"Then the king gave the command, and Daniel was thrown into the den of _____." (Dan: 6:16)
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"Making a whip of cords, _______ drove them out of the temple ... He also poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables." (John 2:15)
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"So the _________ seized Samson, and gouged out his eyes." (Judges 16:21)
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"Then they dragged (Stephen) out of the city and began to stone him, and they laid their coats at the feet of a young man named ______." (Acts 7:58)
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"(The angel) seized the dragon, that ancient serpent, who is ____________, and bound him for a thousand years." (Rev. 20:2)
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"Beat your plowshares into ______ and your pruning hooks into spears." (Joel 3:10)
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" 'I will sing unto the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; the _________ he has thrown into the sea.' " (Ex. 15:1)
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"Jesus answered them, 'Destroy this temple, and in ________, I will raise it up."
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"Now this man (Judas) acquired a _____ with the reward of his wickedness; and falling headlong, he burst open in the middle, and his bowels gushed out." (Acts 1:18)
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"About midnight, Paul and Silas were praying ... Suddenly there was an earthquake, so violent the foundations of the ______ were shaken." (Acts 16:25 -26)
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"At that time, King Herod laid violent hands upon some of those who belonged to the church. He had ______, brother of John, killed with the sword."
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"Joab ... took three spears in his hand, and thrust them into the heart of ______, while he was still alive in the oak." (2 Samuel 18:15)
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"When they heard this, they were enraged and shouted, 'Great is Diana of the ________!' The city was filled with confusion, and people rushed to the theater, dragging with them Gaius and Aristarchus." (Acts 19:28-29)
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"Also concerning ______, the Lord said, 'The dogs shall eat ______ within the bounds of Jezreel."
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"_____ wife of Heber took a tent peg, and took a hammer in her hand, and went softly to him and drove the tent peg into his temple ... and he died." (Judges 4:21)
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"In the letter (David) wrote, 'Set _____ in the forefront of the hardest fighting, and then draw back from him, so that he may be struck down and die." (2 Sam. 11:15)
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"Then Absalom commanded his servants, 'Watch when _______'s heart is merry with wine, and when I say to you, "Strike _____," then kill him.' "
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"When (Elisha) turned around and saw them, he cursed them in the name of the Lord. Then two ______ came out of the woods and mauled 42 of the boys." (2 Kings 2:23)
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