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Theasaurus: Fishes

17 Bible Verses about Fishes

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Genesis 1:20-21

And God said, Let the waters swarm with swarms of living souls, and let fowl fly above the earth in the expanse of the heavens. And God created the great sea monsters, and every living soul that moves with which the waters swarm, after their kind, and every winged fowl after its kind. And God saw that it was good.

Deuteronomy 4:15-18

And take great heed to your souls (for ye saw no form on the day that Jehovah spoke to you in Horeb from the midst of the fire), lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the form of any figure, the pattern of male or female, the pattern of any beast that is on the earth, the pattern of any winged fowl that flieth in the heaven,read more.
the pattern of anything that creepeth on the ground, the pattern of any fish that is in the waters under the earth;

Matthew 4:18

And walking by the sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishers;

Matthew 4:18-21

And walking by the sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishers; and he says to them, Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they, having left their trawl-nets, immediately followed him.read more.
And going on thence he saw other two brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in the ship with Zebedee their father, mending their trawl-nets, and he called them;

Jonah 1:17

And Jehovah prepared 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

But they say to him, We have not here save five loaves and two fishes. And he said, Bring them here to me. And having commanded the crowds to recline upon the grass, having taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed: and having broken the loaves, he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.read more.
And all ate and were filled, and they took up what was over and above of fragments twelve hand-baskets full. But those that had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Ezekiel 47:9

And it shall come to pass that every living thing which moveth, whithersoever the double river shall come, shall live. And there shall be a very great multitude of fish; for these waters shall come thither, and the waters of the sea shall be healed; and everything shall live whither the river cometh.

Exodus 7:18

And the fish that is in the river shall die; and the river shall stink; and the Egyptians shall loathe to drink the water out of the river.

Isaiah 19:8

And the fishers shall mourn, and all they that cast fish-hook into the Nile shall lament, and they that spread net upon the waters shall languish.

Jeremiah 16:16

Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith Jehovah, and they shall fish them; and afterwards will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them, from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.

Matthew 7:9-10

Or what man is there of you who, if his son shall ask of him a loaf of bread, will give him a stone; and if he ask a fish, will give him a serpent?

Matthew 14:17

But they say to him, We have not here save five loaves and two fishes.

Numbers 11:5

We remember the fish that we ate in Egypt for nothing; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic;

Luke 24:42

And they gave him part of a broiled fish and of a honeycomb;

John 21:13

Jesus comes and takes the bread and gives it to them, and the fish in like manner.

Matthew 12:40

For even as Jonas was in the belly of the great fish three days and three nights, thus shall the Son of man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights.

From Thematic Bible


Fishes » Distinction between clean, and unclean

Leviticus 11:9-12

These shall ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatever hath fins and scales in waters, in seas and in rivers, these shall ye eat; but all that have not fins and scales in seas and in rivers, of all that swarm in the waters, and of every living soul which is in the waters they shall be an abomination unto you. They shall be even an abomination unto you: of their flesh shall ye not eat, and their carcase ye shall have in abomination. read more.
Whatever in the waters hath no fins and scales, that shall be an abomination unto you.

Deuteronomy 14:9-10

These shall ye eat of all that are in the waters: whatsoever hath fins and scales shall ye eat; but whatsoever hath not fins and scales ye shall not eat: it shall be unclean unto you.

Fishes » Sold near the fish gate at jerusalem

2 Chronicles 33:14

And after this he built the outer wall of the city of David, on the west, toward Gihon, in the valley, even to the entrance of the fish-gate, and carried it round Ophel, and raised it up a very great height; and he put captains of war in all the fortified cities of Judah.

Zephaniah 1:10

And in that day, saith Jehovah, there shall be the noise of a cry from the fish-gate, and a howling from the second quarter, and a great crashing from the hills.

Fishes » Inhabit » Ponds

Song of Songs 7:4

Thy neck is as a tower of ivory; Thine eyes, like the pools in Heshbon, By the gate of Bath-rabbim; Thy nose like the tower of Lebanon, Which looketh toward Damascus;

Isaiah 19:10

And her pillars shall be broken in pieces, and all workers for hire shall be sad of soul.

Fishes » Miracles connected with » Multiplying a few

Matthew 14:17-21

But they say to him, We have not here save five loaves and two fishes. And he said, Bring them here to me. And having commanded the crowds to recline upon the grass, having taken the five loaves and the two fishes, he looked up to heaven, and blessed: and having broken the loaves, he gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds. read more.
And all ate and were filled, and they took up what was over and above of fragments twelve hand-baskets full. But those that had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Matthew 15:34

And Jesus says to them, How many loaves have ye? But they said, Seven, and a few small fishes.

Fishes » No likeness of, to be made for worship

Exodus 20:4

Thou shalt not make thyself any graven image, or any form of what is in the heavens above, or what is in the earth beneath, or what is in the waters under the earth:

Deuteronomy 4:18

the pattern of anything that creepeth on the ground, the pattern of any fish that is in the waters under the earth;

Fishes » Inhabit » Seas

Ezekiel 47:10

And it shall come to pass, that fishers shall stand upon it; from En-gedi even unto En-eglaim shall be a place to spread forth nets: their fish shall be according to their kinds, as the fish of the great sea, exceeding many.

Numbers 11:22

Shall flocks and herds be slaughtered for them, to suffice them? or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered for them, to suffice them?

Fishes » Mentioned in scripture » Whale

Genesis 1:21

And God created the great sea monsters, and every living soul that moves with which the waters swarm, after their kind, and every winged fowl after its kind. And God saw that it was good.

Matthew 12:40

For even as Jonas was in the belly of the great fish three days and three nights, thus shall the Son of man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights.

Fishes » Man given dominion over

Fishes » Often suffered for man's sin

Ezekiel 38:20

so that the fish of the sea, and the fowl of the heavens, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things which creep upon the earth, and all mankind that are upon the face of the earth shall shake at my presence; and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.

Exodus 7:21

And the fish that was in the river died; and the river stank, and the Egyptians could not drink the water of the river; and the blood was throughout the land of Egypt.

Fishes » Inhabit » Rivers

Exodus 7:18

And the fish that is in the river shall die; and the river shall stink; and the Egyptians shall loathe to drink the water out of the river.

Ezekiel 29:5

and I will cast thee into the wilderness, thee and all the fish of thy rivers: thou shalt fall upon the open field; thou shalt not be brought together nor gathered: I will give thee for meat to the beasts of the earth and to the fowl of the heavens.

Fishes » Taken with » Hooks

Matthew 17:27

But that we may not be an offence to them, go to the sea and cast a hook, and take the first fish that comes up, and when thou hast opened its mouth thou wilt find a stater; take that and give it to them for me and thee.

Amos 4:2

the Lord Jehovah hath sworn by his holiness, that behold, days shall come upon you, when he will take you away with hooks, and your posterity with fish-hooks;

Fishes » Taken with » Nets

Luke 5:4-6

But when he ceased speaking, he said to Simon, Draw out into the deep water and let down your nets for a haul. And Simon answering said to him, Master, having laboured through the whole night we have taken nothing, but at thy word I will let down the net. And having done this, they enclosed a great multitude of fishes. And their net broke.

John 21:6-8

And he said to them, Cast the net at the right side of the ship and ye will find. They cast therefore, and they could no longer draw it, from the multitude of fishes. That disciple therefore whom Jesus loved says to Peter, It is the Lord. Simon Peter therefore, having heard that it was the Lord, girded his overcoat on him (for he was naked), and cast himself into the sea; and the other disciples came in the small boat, for they were not far from the land, but somewhere about two hundred cubits, dragging the net of fishes.

Fishes » Catching of, a trade

Matthew 4:18

And walking by the sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishers;

Luke 5:2

and he saw two ships standing by the lake, but the fishermen, having come down from them, were washing their nets.

Fishes » Mentioned in scripture » Leviathan

Job 41:1

Wilt thou draw out the leviathan with the hook, and press down his tongue with a cord?

Psalm 74:14

Thou didst break in pieces the heads of leviathan, thou gavest him to be meat to those that people the desert.

Fishes » Mode of cooking alluded to

John 21:9

When therefore they went out on the land, they see a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread.

Luke 24:42

And they gave him part of a broiled fish and of a honeycomb;

Fishes » Different in flesh from beasts, &c

1 Corinthians 15:39

Every flesh is not the same flesh, but one is of men, and another flesh of beasts, and another flesh of birds, and another of fishes.

Fishes » Miracles connected with » Immense draughts of

Luke 5:6

And having done this, they enclosed a great multitude of fishes. And their net broke.

Luke 5:9

For astonishment had laid hold on him, and on all those who were with him, at the haul of fishes which they had taken;

Fishes » Illustrative » Of men ignorant of future events

Ecclesiastes 9:12

For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are taken with the snare, like them are the children of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them.

Fishes » Illustrative » (bad,) of mere professors

Matthew 13:48-49

which, when it has been filled, having drawn up on the shore and sat down, they gathered the good into vessels and cast the worthless out. Thus shall it be in the completion of the age: the angels shall go forth and sever the wicked from the midst of the just,

Fishes » Illustrative » (good,) of saints

Matthew 13:48-49

which, when it has been filled, having drawn up on the shore and sat down, they gathered the good into vessels and cast the worthless out. Thus shall it be in the completion of the age: the angels shall go forth and sever the wicked from the midst of the just,

Fishes » Created by God

Genesis 1:20-21

And God said, Let the waters swarm with swarms of living souls, and let fowl fly above the earth in the expanse of the heavens. And God created the great sea monsters, and every living soul that moves with which the waters swarm, after their kind, and every winged fowl after its kind. And God saw that it was good.

Fishes » Illustrative » Of the whole population of egypt

Ezekiel 29:4-5

And I will put hooks in thy jaws, and I will cause the fish of thy rivers to stick unto thy scales, and I will bring thee up out of the midst of thy rivers, and all the fish of thy rivers shall stick unto thy scales; and I will cast thee into the wilderness, thee and all the fish of thy rivers: thou shalt fall upon the open field; thou shalt not be brought together nor gathered: I will give thee for meat to the beasts of the earth and to the fowl of the heavens.

Fishes » The tyrians traded in

Nehemiah 13:16

Men of Tyre also dwelt therein, who brought fish and all manner of ware, and sold it on the sabbath to the children of Judah, and in Jerusalem.

Fishes » Miracles connected with » Procuring tribute money from

Matthew 17:27

But that we may not be an offence to them, go to the sea and cast a hook, and take the first fish that comes up, and when thou hast opened its mouth thou wilt find a stater; take that and give it to them for me and thee.

Fishes » Illustrative » Of those ensnared by the wicked

Habakkuk 1:14

And thou makest men as the fishes of the sea, as the creeping things, that have no ruler over them.

Fishes » Illustrative » Of the visible church

Matthew 13:48

which, when it has been filled, having drawn up on the shore and sat down, they gathered the good into vessels and cast the worthless out.

Fishes » Man permitted to eat

Genesis 9:2-3

And let the fear of you and the dread of you be upon every animal of the earth, and upon all fowl of the heavens: upon all that moveth on the ground; and upon all the fishes of the sea: into your hand are they delivered. Every moving thing that liveth shall be food for you: as the green herb I give you everything.

Fishes » Used as food » By the egyptians

Numbers 11:5

We remember the fish that we ate in Egypt for nothing; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic;

Fishes » Used as food » By the jews

Matthew 7:10

and if he ask a fish, will give him a serpent?

Fishes » Number and variety of

Psalm 104:25

Yonder is the great and wide sea: therein are moving things innumerable, living creatures small and great.

Fishes » Solomon wrote the history of

1 Kings 4:33

And he spoke of the trees, from the cedar-tree that is on Lebanon even to the hyssop that springs out of the wall; he spoke also of cattle, and of fowls, and of creeping things, and of fishes.

Fishes » Cannot live without water

Isaiah 50:2

Wherefore did I come, and there was no man? I called, and there was none to answer? Is my hand at all shortened that I cannot redeem, or have I no power to deliver? behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make rivers a wilderness; their fish stink because there is no water, and die for thirst.

Fishes » Made for God's glory

Job 12:8-9

Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee; and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee. Who knoweth not in all these, that the hand of Jehovah hath wrought this?

Fishes » Miracles connected with » Dressed on the shore

John 21:9

When therefore they went out on the land, they see a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread.

Fishes » Taken with » Spears

Job 41:7

Wilt thou fill his skin with darts, and his head with fish-spears?