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17 Bible Verses about Fishes

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Genesis 1:20-21

And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly and swarm with living creatures, and let birds fly over the earth in the open expanse of the heavens. God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, which the waters brought forth abundantly, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good (suitable, admirable) and He approved it.

Deuteronomy 4:15-18

Therefore take good heed to yourselves, since you saw no form of Him on the day the Lord spoke to you on Horeb out of the midst of the fire, Beware lest you become corrupt by making for yourselves [to worship] a graven image in the form of any figure, the likeness of male or female, The likeness of any beast that is on the earth, or of any winged fowl that flies in the air,read more.
The likeness of anything that creeps on the ground, or of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth.

Matthew 4:18

As He was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He noticed two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother, throwing a dragnet into the sea, for they were fishermen.

Matthew 4:18-21

As He was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He noticed two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother, throwing a dragnet into the sea, for they were fishermen. And He said to them, Come after Me [as disciples -- "letting Me be your Guide], follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men! At once they left their nets and became His disciples [sided with His party and followed Him].read more.
And going on further from there He noticed two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John, in the boat with their father Zebedee, mending their nets and putting them right; and He called them.

Jonah 1:17

Now the Lord had prepared and appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

Matthew 14:17-21

They said to Him, We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish. He said, Bring them here to Me. Then He ordered the crowds to recline on the grass; and He took the five loaves and the two fish, and, looking up to heaven, He gave thanks and blessed and broke the loaves and handed the pieces to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people.read more.
And they all ate and were satisfied. And they picked up twelve [ small hand] baskets full of the broken pieces left over. And those who ate were about 5,000 men, not including women and children.

Ezekiel 47:9

And wherever the double river shall go, every living creature which swarms shall live. And there shall be a very great number of fish, because these waters go there that [the waters of the sea] may be healed and made fresh; and everything shall live wherever the river goes.

Exodus 7:18

The fish in the river shall die, the river shall become foul smelling, and the Egyptians shall loathe to drink from it.

Isaiah 19:8

The fishermen will lament, and all who cast a hook into the Nile will mourn; and they who spread nets upon the waters will languish.

Jeremiah 16:16

Behold, I will send for many fishers, says the Lord, and they will fish them out; and afterward I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them from every mountain and from every hill and out of the clefts of the rocks.

Matthew 7:9-10

Or what man is there of you, if his son asks him for a loaf of bread, will hand him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will hand him a serpent?

Matthew 14:17

They said to Him, We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish.

Numbers 11:5

We remember the fish we ate freely in Egypt and without cost, the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic.

John 21:13

Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so also [with] the fish.

Matthew 12:40

For even as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

From Thematic Bible


Fishes » Distinction between clean, and unclean

Leviticus 11:9-12

These you may eat of all that are in the waters: whatever has fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, these you may eat; But all that have not fins and scales in the seas and in the rivers, of all the creeping things in the waters, and of all the living creatures which are in the waters, they are [to be considered] an abomination and abhorrence to you. They shall continue to be an abomination to you; you shall not eat of their flesh, but you shall detest their carcasses. read more.
Everything in the waters that has not fins or scales shall be abhorrent and detestable to you.

Deuteronomy 14:9-10

These you may eat of all that are in the waters: whatever has fins and scales you may eat, And whatever has not fins and scales you may not eat; it is unclean for you.

Fishes » Sold near the fish gate at jerusalem

2 Chronicles 33:14

And he built an outer wall to the City of David west of Gihon in the valley, to the entrance of the Fish Gate, and ran it around Ophel, raising it to a very great height; and he put commanders of the army in all the fortified cities of Judah.

Zephaniah 1:10

And in that day, says the Lord, there shall be heard the voice of crying from the Fish Gate [in the wall of Jerusalem] and a wailing from the Second Quarter or Lower City and a great crashing and sound of destruction from the hills.

Fishes » Inhabit » Ponds

Song of Songs 7:4

Your neck is like a tower of ivory, your eyes like the pools of Heshbon by the gate of Bath-rabbim. Your nose is like the tower of Lebanon which looks toward Damascus.

Isaiah 19:10

[Those who are] the pillars and foundations of Egypt will be crushed, and all those who work for hire or who build dams will be grieved.

Fishes » Miracles connected with » Multiplying a few

Matthew 14:17-21

They said to Him, We have nothing here but five loaves and two fish. He said, Bring them here to Me. Then He ordered the crowds to recline on the grass; and He took the five loaves and the two fish, and, looking up to heaven, He gave thanks and blessed and broke the loaves and handed the pieces to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. read more.
And they all ate and were satisfied. And they picked up twelve [ small hand] baskets full of the broken pieces left over. And those who ate were about 5,000 men, not including women and children.

Matthew 15:34

And Jesus asked them, How many loaves of bread do you have? They replied, Seven, and a few small fish.

Fishes » No likeness of, to be made for worship

Exodus 20:4

You shall not make yourself any graven image [to worship it] or any likeness of anything that is in the heavens above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth;

Deuteronomy 4:18

The likeness of anything that creeps on the ground, or of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth.

Fishes » Inhabit » Seas

Ezekiel 47:10

The fishermen shall stand on [the banks of the Dead Sea]; from En-gedi even to En-eglaim shall be a place to spread nets; their fish shall be of very many kinds, as the fish of the Great or Mediterranean Sea.

Numbers 11:22

Shall flocks and herds be killed to suffice them? Or shall all the fish of the sea be collected to satisfy them?

Fishes » Mentioned in scripture » Whale

Genesis 1:21

God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, which the waters brought forth abundantly, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good (suitable, admirable) and He approved it.

Matthew 12:40

For even as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

Fishes » Man given dominion over

Genesis 1:26

God said, Let Us [Father, Son, and Holy Spirit] make mankind in Our image, after Our likeness, and let them have complete authority over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the [tame] beasts, and over all of the earth, and over everything that creeps upon the earth.

Fishes » Often suffered for man's sin

Ezekiel 38:20

So that the fishes of the sea and the birds of the heavens, the beasts of the field and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall tremble and shake at My presence; and the mountains shall be thrown down and the steep places shall fall and every wall [natural or artificial] shall fall to the ground.

Exodus 7:21

And the fish in the river died; and the river became foul smelling, and the Egyptians could not drink its water, and there was blood throughout all the land of Egypt.

Fishes » Inhabit » Rivers

Exodus 7:18

The fish in the river shall die, the river shall become foul smelling, and the Egyptians shall loathe to drink from it.

Ezekiel 29:5

And I will cast you forth into the wilderness, you and all the fish of your rivers; you shall fall upon the open field and not be gathered up or buried. I have given you for food to the [wild] beasts of the earth and the birds of the heavens.

Fishes » Taken with » Hooks

Matthew 17:27

However, in order not to give offense and cause them to stumble [that is, to cause them to judge unfavorably and unjustly] go down to the sea and throw in a hook. Take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth you will find there a shekel. Take it and give it to them to pay the temple tax for Me and for yourself.

Amos 4:2

The Lord God has sworn by His holiness that behold, the days shall come upon you when they shall take you away with hooks and the last of you with fishhooks.

Fishes » Taken with » Nets

Luke 5:4-6

When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon (Peter), Put out into the deep [water], and lower your nets for a haul. And Simon (Peter) answered, Master, we toiled all night [ exhaustingly] and caught nothing [in our nets]. But on the ground of Your word, I will lower the nets [again]. And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish; and as their nets were [ at the point of] breaking,

John 21:6-8

And He said to them, Cast the net on the right side of the boat and you will find [some]. So they cast the net, and now they were not able to haul it in for such a big catch (mass, quantity) of fish [was in it]. Then the disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, It is the Lord! Simon Peter, hearing him say that it was the Lord, put (girded) on his upper garment (his fisherman's coat, his outer tunic) -- "for he was stripped [for work] -- "and sprang into the sea. And the other disciples came in the small boat, for they were not far from shore, only some hundred yards away, dragging the net full of fish.

Fishes » Catching of, a trade

Matthew 4:18

As He was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He noticed two brothers, Simon who is called Peter and Andrew his brother, throwing a dragnet into the sea, for they were fishermen.

Luke 5:2

And He saw two boats drawn up by the lake, but the fishermen had gone down from them and were washing their nets.

Fishes » Mentioned in scripture » Leviathan

Job 41:1

Can you draw out the leviathan (the crocodile) with a fishhook? Or press down his tongue with a cord?

Psalm 74:14

You crushed the heads of Leviathan (Egypt); You did give him as food for the creatures inhabiting the wilderness.

Fishes » Mode of cooking alluded to

John 21:9

When they got out on land (the beach), they saw a fire of coals there and fish lying on it [cooking], and bread.

Fishes » Different in flesh from beasts, &c

1 Corinthians 15:39

For all flesh is not the same, but there is one kind for humans, another for beasts, another for birds, and another for fish.

Fishes » Miracles connected with » Immense draughts of

Luke 5:6

And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish; and as their nets were [ at the point of] breaking,

Luke 5:9

For he was gripped with bewildering amazement [allied to terror], and all who were with him, at the haul of fish which they had made;

Fishes » Illustrative » Of men ignorant of future events

Ecclesiastes 9:12

For man also knows not his time [of death]: as the fishes are taken in an evil net, and as the birds are caught in the snare, so are the sons of men snared in an evil time when [calamity] falls suddenly upon them.

Fishes » Illustrative » (bad,) of mere professors

Matthew 13:48-49

When it was full, men dragged it up on the beach, and sat down and sorted out the good fish into baskets, but the worthless ones they threw away. So it will be at the close and consummation of the age. The angels will go forth and separate the wicked from the righteous (those who are upright and in right standing with God)

Fishes » Illustrative » (good,) of saints

Matthew 13:48-49

When it was full, men dragged it up on the beach, and sat down and sorted out the good fish into baskets, but the worthless ones they threw away. So it will be at the close and consummation of the age. The angels will go forth and separate the wicked from the righteous (those who are upright and in right standing with God)

Fishes » Created by God

Genesis 1:20-21

And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly and swarm with living creatures, and let birds fly over the earth in the open expanse of the heavens. God created the great sea monsters and every living creature that moves, which the waters brought forth abundantly, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good (suitable, admirable) and He approved it.

Fishes » Illustrative » Of the whole population of egypt

Ezekiel 29:4-5

But I will put hooks in your jaws [O Egyptian dragon] and I will cause the fish of your rivers to stick to your scales, and I will draw you up out of the midst of your streams with all the fish of your streams which stick to your scales. And I will cast you forth into the wilderness, you and all the fish of your rivers; you shall fall upon the open field and not be gathered up or buried. I have given you for food to the [wild] beasts of the earth and the birds of the heavens.

Fishes » The tyrians traded in

Nehemiah 13:16

There dwelt men of Tyre there also who brought fish and all kinds of wares and sold on the Sabbath to the people of Judah and in Jerusalem.

Fishes » Miracles connected with » Procuring tribute money from

Matthew 17:27

However, in order not to give offense and cause them to stumble [that is, to cause them to judge unfavorably and unjustly] go down to the sea and throw in a hook. Take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth you will find there a shekel. Take it and give it to them to pay the temple tax for Me and for yourself.

Fishes » Illustrative » Of those ensnared by the wicked

Habakkuk 1:14

Why do You make men like the fish of the sea, like reptiles and creeping things that have no ruler [and are defenseless against their foes]?

Fishes » Illustrative » Of the visible church

Matthew 13:48

When it was full, men dragged it up on the beach, and sat down and sorted out the good fish into baskets, but the worthless ones they threw away.

Fishes » Man permitted to eat

Genesis 9:2-3

And the fear of you and the dread and terror of you shall be upon every beast of the land, every bird of the air, all that creeps upon the ground, and upon all the fish of the sea; they are delivered into your hand. Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you; and as I gave you the green vegetables and plants, I give you everything.

Fishes » Used as food » By the egyptians

Numbers 11:5

We remember the fish we ate freely in Egypt and without cost, the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic.

Fishes » Used as food » By the jews

Matthew 7:10

Or if he asks for a fish, will hand him a serpent?

Fishes » Number and variety of

Psalm 104:25

Yonder is the sea, great and wide, in which are swarms of innumerable creeping things, creatures both small and great.

Fishes » Solomon wrote the history of

1 Kings 4:33

He spoke of trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon to the hyssop that grows out of the wall; he spoke also of beasts, of birds, of creeping things, and of fish.

Fishes » Cannot live without water

Isaiah 50:2

Why, when I came, was there no man? When I called, why was there no one to answer? Is My hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? Or have I no power to deliver? Behold, at My rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a desert; their fish stink because there is no water, and they die of thirst.

Fishes » Made for God's glory

Job 12:8-9

Or speak to the earth [with its other forms of life], and it will teach you; and the fish of the sea will declare [this truth] to you. Who [is so blind as] not to recognize in all these [that good and evil are promiscuously scattered throughout nature and human life] that it is God's hand which does it [and God's way]?

Fishes » Miracles connected with » Dressed on the shore

John 21:9

When they got out on land (the beach), they saw a fire of coals there and fish lying on it [cooking], and bread.

Fishes » Taken with » Spears

Job 41:7

Can you fill his skin with harpoons? Or his head with fishing spears?