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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 bring forth great quantities of creatures with living souls and fowl that may fly above the earth upon the face of the firmament of the heavens. And God created the great dragons and every living soul that moves, which the waters brought forth abundantly after their nature, and every winged fowl after its nature; and God saw that it was good.

Deuteronomy 4:15-18

Diligently guard, therefore, your souls, for ye saw no manner of likeness on the day that the LORD spoke unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire, lest ye corrupt yourselves and make yourselves a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female, the likeness of any beast that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flies in the air,read more.
the likeness of any animal that moves on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth,

Matthew 4:18

And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, 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 Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon, called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea, for they were fishers. And he said unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. And they straightway left their nets and followed him.read more.
And going on from there, he saw another two brothers, James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and he called them.

Jonah 1:17

Now the LORD had 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

And they said unto him, We have here but five loaves and two fishes. He said, Bring them here to me. And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass and took the five loaves and the two fishes; and looking up to heaven, he blessed and broke and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.read more.
And they all ate and were filled, and they took up of the fragments that remained, twelve baskets full. And 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 soul, which swims wherever these two rivers shall come, shall live; and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because of these waters going there: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live that shall enter into this river.

Exodus 7:18

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

Isaiah 19:8

The fishermen also shall mourn, and all those that cast fishhooks into the river shall lament, and those that spread nets upon the waters shall languish.

Jeremiah 16:16

Behold, I send many fishers, saith the LORD, and they shall fish them; and after, will I send 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, whom, if his son asks for bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for fish, will he give him a serpent?

Matthew 14:17

And they said unto him, We have here but five loaves and two fishes.

Numbers 11:5

We remember the fish, which we freely ate in Egypt, the cucumbers and the melons and the leeks and the onions and the garlic,

Luke 24:42

So they gave him a piece of a broiled fish and of a honeycomb.

John 21:13

Jesus then came and took the bread and gave them, and the fish likewise.

Matthew 12:40

for as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale's belly, so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

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Fishes » Distinction between clean, and unclean

Leviticus 11:9-12

These shall you eat of all that are in the waters: whatever has fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, those shall you eat. But all that have not fins and scales in the seas and in the rivers, of any reptile in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you; they shall be an abomination unto you; ye shall not eat of their flesh, and ye shall have their carcasses in abomination. read more.
Whatever has no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination unto you.

Deuteronomy 14:9-10

These ye shall eat of all that are in the waters: all that have fins and scales shall ye eat, but whatever does not have fins and scales ye may not eat; it is unclean unto you.

Fishes » Sold near the fish gate at jerusalem

2 Chronicles 33:14

Now after this he built the wall outside the city of David, on the west side of Gihon, in the valley, and at the entrance of the fish gate, and fenced Ophel and raised it up to a very great height and put captains of the army in all the fenced cities of Judah.

Zephaniah 1:10

And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD that there shall be the noise of a cry from the fish gate and a howling from the school and a great destruction from the hills.

Fishes » Inhabit » Ponds

Song of Songs 7:4

Thy neck is as a tower of ivory; thine eyes like the fishpools in Heshbon by the gate of Bathrabbim; thy nose is as the tower of Lebanon which looks toward Damascus.

Isaiah 19:10

Because all their nets shall be broken; all that make ponds to raise fish shall be discontented.

Fishes » Miracles connected with » Multiplying a few

Matthew 14:17-21

And they said unto him, We have here but five loaves and two fishes. He said, Bring them here to me. And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass and took the five loaves and the two fishes; and looking up to heaven, he blessed and broke and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude. read more.
And they all ate and were filled, and they took up of the fragments that remained, twelve baskets full. And those that had eaten were about five thousand men besides women and children.

Matthew 15:34

And Jesus said unto them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven and a few little fishes.

Fishes » No likeness of, to be made for worship

Exodus 20:4

Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above or that is in the earth beneath nor that is in the water under the earth.

Deuteronomy 4:18

the likeness of any animal that moves on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth,

Fishes » Inhabit » Seas

Ezekiel 47:10

And it shall come to pass, that the fishermen shall stand next to it; and from Engedi even unto Eneglaim there shall be a place to spread forth nets; according to their kinds, their fish shall be as the fish of the great sea, exceeding many.

Numbers 11:22

Shall sheep and oxen be slain for them, to suffice them? Or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to suffice them?

Fishes » Mentioned in scripture » Whale

Genesis 1:21

And God created the great dragons and every living soul that moves, which the waters brought forth abundantly after their nature, and every winged fowl after its nature; and God saw that it was good.

Matthew 12:40

for as Jonah was three days and three nights in the whale's belly, so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

Fishes » Man given dominion over

Fishes » Often suffered for man's sin

Ezekiel 38:20

so that the fishes of the sea and the fowls of the heaven and the beasts of the field and every serpent that walks by dragging itself upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake before my presence, and the mountains shall be ruined, and the stairs shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.

Exodus 7:21

And the fish that were in the river died; and the river became corrupted, so that the Egyptians could not drink the water of the river; and there was blood throughout all the land of Egypt.

Fishes » Inhabit » Rivers

Exodus 7:18

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

Ezekiel 29:5

And I will leave thee thrown into the wilderness, thee and all the fish of thy rivers; thou shalt fall upon the open fields; thou shalt not be brought together, nor gathered; I have given thee for food to the beasts of the field and to the fowls of the heaven.

Fishes » Taken with » Hooks

Matthew 17:27

Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea and cast a hook and take up the first fish that comes up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a stater, a coin worth four drachmas; take that, and give it unto them for me and thee.

Amos 4:2

The Lord GOD has sworn by his holiness that, behold, the days shall come upon you that he will take you away with hooks, and your posterity in fishing boats.

Fishes » Taken with » Nets

Luke 5:4-6

Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch. And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night and have taken nothing; nevertheless, at thy word I will let down the net. And when they had done this, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes, and their net was breaking.

John 21:6-8

And he said unto them, Cast the net on the right hand side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes. Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said unto Peter, It is the Lord. Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he girt his fisher's coat unto him (for he was naked) and cast himself into the sea. And the other disciples came in the little ship (for they were not far from land, but as it were two hundred cubits), dragging the net with the fishes.

Fishes » Catching of, a trade

Matthew 4:18

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

Luke 5:2

and saw two ships that were by the shore of the lake, but the fishermen were gone out of them and were washing their nets.

Fishes » Mentioned in scripture » Leviathan

Job 41:1

Canst thou draw out leviathan with a hook or with the cord which thou lettest down on his tongue?

Psalm 74:14

Thou didst break the heads of leviathan in pieces and didst give him to be food to the people inhabiting the wilderness.

Fishes » Mode of cooking alluded to

John 21:9

As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and a fish laid thereon, and bread.

Luke 24:42

So they gave him a piece of a broiled fish and of a honeycomb.

Fishes » Different in flesh from beasts, &c

1 Corinthians 15:39

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

Fishes » Miracles connected with » Immense draughts of

Luke 5:6

And when they had done this, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes, and their net was breaking.

Luke 5:9

For he was overcome with fear, and all that were with him, at the catch of the fishes which they had taken;

Fishes » Illustrative » Of men ignorant of future events

Ecclesiastes 9:12

For man also does not know his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net and as the birds that are caught in the snare, so are the sons of men snared in the evil time, when it falls suddenly upon them.

Fishes » Illustrative » (bad,) of mere professors

Matthew 13:48-49

which, when it was full, they drew to shore and sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. So shall it be at the end of the age; the angels shall come forth and separate the wicked from among the just

Fishes » Illustrative » (good,) of saints

Matthew 13:48-49

which, when it was full, they drew to shore and sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away. So shall it be at the end of the age; the angels shall come forth and separate the wicked from among the just

Fishes » Created by God

Genesis 1:20-21

And God said, Let the waters bring forth great quantities of creatures with living souls and fowl that may fly above the earth upon the face of the firmament of the heavens. And God created the great dragons and every living soul that moves, which the waters brought forth abundantly after their nature, and every winged fowl after its nature; and God saw that it was good.

Fishes » Illustrative » Of the whole population of egypt

Ezekiel 29:4-5

But 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 come out stuck onto thy scales. And I will leave thee thrown into the wilderness, thee and all the fish of thy rivers; thou shalt fall upon the open fields; thou shalt not be brought together, nor gathered; I have given thee for food to the beasts of the field and to the fowls of the heaven.

Fishes » The tyrians traded in

Nehemiah 13:16

There dwelt men of Tyre also therein, who brought fish and all manner of merchandise, and sold on the sabbath to the sons of Judah in Jerusalem.

Fishes » Miracles connected with » Procuring tribute money from

Matthew 17:27

Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea and cast a hook and take up the first fish that comes up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a stater, a coin worth four drachmas; take that, and give it unto them for me and thee.

Fishes » Illustrative » Of those ensnared by the wicked

Habakkuk 1:14

And dost make men as the fishes of the sea, as reptiles that have no lord?

Fishes » Illustrative » Of the visible church

Fishes » Man permitted to eat

Genesis 9:2-3

And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every animal of the earth and upon every fowl of the heavens, upon all that moves upon the earth and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand they are delivered. Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you; even as the green grass I have given you all things.

Fishes » Used as food » By the egyptians

Numbers 11:5

We remember the fish, which we freely ate in Egypt, the cucumbers and the melons and the leeks and the onions and the garlic,

Fishes » Used as food » By the jews

Matthew 7:10

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

Fishes » Number and variety of

Psalm 104:25

So is this great and wide sea, wherein are innumerable creeping things, both small and great beasts.

Fishes » Solomon wrote the history of

1 Kings 4:33

And he spoke of trees, from the cedar tree that is in Lebanon even unto the hyssop that springs out of the wall. He also spoke of animals and of fowl and of serpents and of fishes.

Fishes » Cannot live without water

Isaiah 50:2

for I came, and no one showed himself; I called, and no one answered. 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 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; the fishes of the sea shall declare it unto thee also. What thing of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD made them?

Fishes » Miracles connected with » Dressed on the shore

John 21:9

As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a fire of coals there, and a fish laid thereon, and bread.

Fishes » Taken with » Spears

Job 41:7

Canst thou cut his skin with knives or his head with a fish spear?