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17 Bible Verses about Fishes

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Genesis 1:20-21

Then God said, “Let the water swarm with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.” So God created the large sea-creatures and every living creature that moves and swarms in the water, according to their kinds. He also created every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

Deuteronomy 4:15-18

“For your own good, be extremely careful—because you did not see any form on the day the Lord spoke to you out of the fire at Horeb— not to act corruptly and make an idol for yourselves in the shape of any figure: a male or female form, or the form of any beast on the earth, any winged creature that flies in the sky, read more.
any creature that crawls on the ground, or any fish in the waters under the earth.

Matthew 4:18

As He was walking along the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon, who was called Peter, and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the sea, since they were fishermen.

Matthew 4:18-21

As He was walking along the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon, who was called Peter, and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the sea, since they were fishermen. “Follow Me,” He told them, “and I will make you fish for people!” Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.read more.
Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and He called them.

Jonah 1:17

Now the Lord had appointed a huge fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the fish three days and three nights.

Matthew 14:17-21

“But we only have five loaves and two fish here,” they said to Him. “Bring them here to Me,” He said. Then He commanded the crowds to sit down on the grass. He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed them. He broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.read more.
Everyone ate and was filled. Then they picked up 12 baskets full of leftover pieces! Now those who ate were about 5,000 men, besides women and children.

Ezekiel 47:9

Every kind of living creature that swarms will live wherever the river flows, and there will be a huge number of fish because this water goes there. Since the water will become fresh, there will be life everywhere the river goes.

Exodus 7:18

The fish in the Nile will die, the river will stink, and the Egyptians will be unable to drink water from it.”

Isaiah 19:8

Then the fishermen will mourn.
All those who cast hooks into the Nile will lament,
and those who spread nets on the water will shrivel up.

Jeremiah 16:16

“I am about to send for many fishermen”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“and they will fish for them. Then I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them down on every mountain and hill and out of the clefts of the rocks,

Matthew 7:9-10

What man among you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?

Matthew 14:17

“But we only have five loaves and two fish here,” they said to Him.

Numbers 11:5

We remember the free fish we ate in Egypt, along with the cucumbers, melons, leeks, onions, and garlic.

John 21:13

Jesus came, took the bread, and gave it to them. He did the same with the fish.

Matthew 12:40

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

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Fishes » Distinction between clean, and unclean

Leviticus 11:9-12

"This [is what] you may eat from all that is in the water: You may eat everything in the water that has fins and scales, whether in the seas or streams. But these are to be detestable to you: everything that does not have fins and scales in the seas or streams, among all the swarming things and [other] living creatures in the water. They are to remain detestable to you; you must not eat any of their meat, and you must detest their carcasses. read more.
Everything in the water that does not have fins and scales will be detestable to you.

Deuteronomy 14:9-10

"You may eat everything from the water that has fins and scales, but you may not eat anything that does not have fins and scales-it is unclean for you.

Fishes » Sold near the fish gate at jerusalem

2 Chronicles 33:14

After this, he built the outer wall of the city of David from west of Gihon in the valley to the entrance of the Fish Gate; he brought it around the Ophel, and he heightened it considerably. He also placed military commanders in all the fortified cities of Judah.

Zephaniah 1:10

On that day—
this is the Lord’s declaration—
there will be an outcry from the Fish Gate,
a wailing from the Second District,
and a loud crashing from the hills.

Fishes » Inhabit » Ponds

Song of Songs 7:4

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

Isaiah 19:10

Egypt’s weavers will be dejected;
all her wage earners will be demoralized.

Fishes » Miracles connected with » Multiplying a few

Matthew 14:17-21

"But we only have five loaves and two fish here," they said to Him. "Bring them here to Me," He said. Then He commanded the crowds to sit down on the grass. He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed them. He broke the loaves and gave them to the disciples, and the disciples [gave them] to the crowds. read more.
Everyone ate and was filled. Then they picked up 12 baskets full of leftover pieces! Now those who ate were about 5,000 men, besides women and children.

Matthew 15:34

“How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked them.“Seven,” they said, “and a few small fish.”

Fishes » No likeness of, to be made for worship

Exodus 20:4

Do not make an idol for yourself, whether in the shape of anything in the heavens above or on the earth below or in the waters under the earth.

Deuteronomy 4:18

any creature that crawls on the ground, or any fish in the waters under the earth.

Fishes » Inhabit » Seas

Ezekiel 47:10

Fishermen will stand beside it from En-gedi to En-eglaim. These will become places where nets are spread out to dry. Their fish will consist of many different kinds, like the fish of the Mediterranean Sea.

Numbers 11:22

If flocks and herds were slaughtered for them, would they have enough? Or if all the fish in the sea were caught for them, would they have enough?”

Fishes » Mentioned in scripture » Whale

Genesis 1:21

So God created the large sea-creatures and every living creature that moves and swarms in the water, according to their kinds. He also created every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

Matthew 12:40

For as Jonah was in the belly of the huge fish three days and three nights, so the Son of Man will 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

The fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, the animals of the field, every creature that crawls on the ground, and every human being on the face of the earth will tremble before Me. The mountains will be thrown down, the cliffs will collapse, and every wall will fall to the ground.

Exodus 7:21

The fish in the Nile died, and the river smelled so bad the Egyptians could not drink water from it. There was blood throughout the land of Egypt.

Fishes » Inhabit » Rivers

Exodus 7:18

The fish in the Nile will die, the river will stink, and the Egyptians will be unable to drink water from it.”

Ezekiel 29:5

I will leave you in the desert,
you and all the fish of your streams.
You will fall on the open ground
and will not be taken away
or gathered for burial.
I have given you
to the beasts of the earth
and the birds of the sky as food.

Fishes » Taken with » Hooks

Matthew 17:27

“But, so we won’t offend them, go to the sea, cast in a fishhook, and take the first fish that you catch. When you open its mouth you’ll find a coin. Take it and give it to them for Me and you.”

Amos 4:2

The Lord God has sworn by His holiness:Look, the days are coming
when you will be taken away with hooks,
every last one of you with fishhooks.

Fishes » Taken with » Nets

Luke 5:4-6

When He had finished speaking, He said to Simon, "Put out into deep water and let down your nets for a catch." "Master," Simon replied, "we've worked hard all night long and caught nothing! But at Your word, I'll let down the nets." When they did this, they caught a great number of fish, and their nets began to tear.

John 21:6-8

"Cast the net on the right side of the boat," He told them, "and you'll find some." So they did, and they were unable to haul it in because of the large number of fish. Therefore the disciple, the one Jesus loved, said to Peter, "It is the Lord!" When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he tied his outer garment around him (for he was stripped) and plunged into the sea. But since they were not far from land (about 100 yards away), the other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish.

Fishes » Catching of, a trade

Matthew 4:18

As He was walking along the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon, who was called Peter, and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the sea, since they were fishermen.

Luke 5:2

He saw two boats at the edge of the lake; the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets.

Fishes » Mentioned in scripture » Leviathan

Job 41:1

Can you pull in Leviathan with a hook
or tie his tongue down with a rope?

Psalm 74:14

You crushed the heads of Leviathan;
You fed him to the creatures of the desert.

Fishes » Mode of cooking alluded to

John 21:9

When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish lying on it, and bread.

Fishes » Different in flesh from beasts, &c

1 Corinthians 15:39

Not all flesh is the same flesh; there is one flesh for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish.

Fishes » Miracles connected with » Immense draughts of

Luke 5:6

When they did this, they caught a great number of fish, and their nets began to tear.

Luke 5:9

For he and all those with him were amazed at the catch of fish they took,

Fishes » Illustrative » Of men ignorant of future events

Fishes » Illustrative » (bad,) of mere professors

Matthew 13:48-49

and when it was full, they dragged it ashore, sat down, and gathered the good [fish] into containers, but threw out the worthless ones. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will go out, separate the evil people from the righteous,

Fishes » Illustrative » (good,) of saints

Matthew 13:48-49

and when it was full, they dragged it ashore, sat down, and gathered the good [fish] into containers, but threw out the worthless ones. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will go out, separate the evil people from the righteous,

Fishes » Created by God

Genesis 1:20-21

Then God said, "Let the water swarm with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky." So God created the large sea-creatures and every living creature that moves and swarms in the water, according to their kinds. [He also created] every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

Fishes » Illustrative » Of the whole population of egypt

Ezekiel 29:4-5

I will put hooks in your jaws and make the fish of your streams cling to your scales. I will haul you up from the middle of your Nile, and all the fish of your streams will cling to your scales. I will leave you in the desert, you and all the fish of your streams. You will fall on the open ground and will not be taken away or gathered [for burial]. I have given you to the beasts of the earth and the birds of the sky as food.

Fishes » The tyrians traded in

Nehemiah 13:16

The Tyrians living there were importing fish and all kinds of merchandise and selling them on the Sabbath to the people of Judah in Jerusalem.

Fishes » Miracles connected with » Procuring tribute money from

Matthew 17:27

“But, so we won’t offend them, go to the sea, cast in a fishhook, and take the first fish that you catch. When you open its mouth you’ll find a coin. Take it and give it to them for Me and you.”

Fishes » Illustrative » Of those ensnared by the wicked

Habakkuk 1:14

You have made mankind
like the fish of the sea,
like marine creatures that have no ruler.

Fishes » Illustrative » Of the visible church

Matthew 13:48

and when it was full, they dragged it ashore, sat down, and gathered the good fish into containers, but threw out the worthless ones.

Fishes » Man permitted to eat

Genesis 9:2-3

The fear and terror of you will be in every living creature on the earth, every bird of the sky, every creature that crawls on the ground, and all the fish of the sea. They are placed under your authority. Every living creature will be food for you; as [I gave] the green plants, I have given you everything.

Fishes » Used as food » By the egyptians

Numbers 11:5

We remember the free fish we ate in Egypt, along with 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 give him a snake?

Fishes » Number and variety of

Psalm 104:25

Here is the sea, vast and wide,
teeming with creatures beyond number—
living things both large and small.

Fishes » Solomon wrote the history of

1 Kings 4:33

He described trees, from the cedar in Lebanon to the hyssop growing out of the wall. He also taught about animals, birds, reptiles, and fish.

Fishes » Cannot live without water

Isaiah 50:2

Why was no one there when I came?
Why was there no one to answer when I called?
Is My hand too short to redeem?
Or do I have no power to deliver?
Look, I dry up the sea by My rebuke;
I turn the rivers into a wilderness;
their fish rot because of lack of water
and die of thirst.

Fishes » Made for God's glory

Job 12:8-9

Or speak to the earth, and it will instruct you; let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this?

Fishes » Miracles connected with » Dressed on the shore

John 21:9

When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire there, with fish lying on it, and bread.

Fishes » Taken with » Spears

Job 41:7

Can you fill his hide with harpoons
or his head with fishing spears?

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