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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 abundantly the moving creature that has life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. And God created great sea creatures, and every living thing that moves, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after its kind: and God saw that it was good.

Deuteronomy 4:15-18

Take therefore good heed unto yourselves; for you saw no manner of form on the day that the LORD spoke unto you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire: Lest you corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the form of any figure, the likeness of male or female, The likeness of any animal that is on the earth, the likeness of any winged fowl that flies in the air,read more.
The likeness of anything that creeps 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 immediately left their nets, and followed him.read more.
And going on from there, he saw two other 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 say 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 did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Ezekiel 47:9

And it shall come to pass, that everything that lives, which moves, wherever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come there: for they shall be healed; and everything shall live where the river comes.

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 of the water of the river.

Isaiah 19:8

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

Jeremiah 16:16

Behold, I will send for many fishermen, says the LORD, and they shall catch them; and afterward 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, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?

Matthew 14:17

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

Numbers 11:5

We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic:

Luke 24:42

And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and a honeycomb.

John 21:13

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

Matthew 12:40

For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish; 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: whatsoever has fins and scales in the waters, in the seas, and in the rivers, them shall you eat. And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you: They shall be even an abomination unto you; you shall not eat of their flesh, but you shall hold their carcasses in abomination. read more.
Whatsoever has no fins nor scales in the waters, that shall be an abomination unto you.

Deuteronomy 14:9-10

These you shall eat of all that are in the waters: all that have fins and scales shall you eat: And whatsoever has not fins and scales you 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 a wall outside the city of David, on the west side of Gihon, in the valley, even to the entrance of the fish gate, and enclosed Ophel, and raised it up to a very great height, and put captains of war in all the fortified cities of Judah.

Zephaniah 1:10

And it shall come to pass in that day, says the LORD, that there shall be the noise of a cry from the fish gate, and a wailing from the second quarter, and a great crashing from the hills.

Fishes » Inhabit » Ponds

Song of Songs 7:4

Your neck is as a tower of ivory; your eyes like the pools of Heshbon, by the gate of Bathrabbim: your nose is as the tower of Lebanon which looks toward Damascus.

Isaiah 19:10

And they shall be crushed in their purposes, all that make wages will be grieved.

Fishes » Miracles connected with » Multiplying a few

Matthew 14:17-21

And they say 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 did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full. And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Matthew 15:34

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

Fishes » No likeness of, to be made for worship

Exodus 20:4

You shall not make unto yourself any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven 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, 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 upon it from En-gedi even unto En-eglaim; there shall be a place to spread forth nets; their fish shall be the same kinds as the fish of the great sea, exceedingly many.

Numbers 11:22

Shall the flocks and the herds 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 great sea creatures, and every living thing that moves, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after its kind: and God saw that it was good.

Matthew 12:40

For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish; 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 fish of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and 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 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 were in the river died; and the river stank, and the Egyptians could not drink of 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 of the water of the river.

Ezekiel 29:5

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

Fishes » Taken with » Hooks

Matthew 17:27

However, lest we should offend them, go to the sea, and cast a hook, and take up the fish that first comes up; and when you have opened its mouth, you shall find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and you.

Amos 4:2

The Lord GOD has sworn by his holiness: Lo, the days shall come upon you, that he will take you away with hooks, and your posterity with fishhooks.

Fishes » Taken with » Nets

Luke 5:4-6

Now when he had ceased speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a catch. And Simon answering said unto him, Teacher, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at your word I will let down the net. And when they had done this, they enclosed a great multitude of fish: and their net broke.

John 21:6-8

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

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 standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets.

Fishes » Mentioned in scripture » Leviathan

Job 41:1

Can you draw out leviathan with a hook? or his tongue with a cord which you let down?

Psalm 74:14

You broke the heads of leviathan in pieces, and gave 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 fish laid thereon, and bread.

Luke 24:42

And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and 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 fish, and another of birds.

Fishes » Miracles connected with » Immense draughts of

Luke 5:6

And when they had done this, they enclosed a great multitude of fish: and their net broke.

Luke 5:9

For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the catch of the fish which they had taken:

Fishes » Illustrative » Of men ignorant of future events

Ecclesiastes 9:12

For man also knows not his time: as the fish 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 an 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 world: the angels shall come forth, and sever 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 world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,

Fishes » Created by God

Genesis 1:20-21

And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that has life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. And God created great sea creatures, and every living thing that moves, which the waters brought forth abundantly, 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

But I will put hooks in your jaws, and I will cause the fish of your rivers to stick to your scales, and I will bring you up out of the midst of your rivers, and all the fish of your rivers shall stick to your scales. And I will leave you thrown into the wilderness, you and all the fish of your rivers: you shall fall upon the open fields; you shall not be brought together, nor gathered: I have given you 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 there, who brought fish, and all manner of wares, and sold on the sabbath unto the people of Judah, and in Jerusalem.

Fishes » Miracles connected with » Procuring tribute money from

Matthew 17:27

However, lest we should offend them, go to the sea, and cast a hook, and take up the fish that first comes up; and when you have opened its mouth, you shall find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and you.

Fishes » Illustrative » Of those ensnared by the wicked

Habakkuk 1:14

And make men like the fish of the sea, like the creeping things, that have no ruler over them?

Fishes » Illustrative » Of the visible church

Matthew 13:48

Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.

Fishes » Man permitted to eat

Genesis 9:2-3

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

Fishes » Used as food » By the egyptians

Numbers 11:5

We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; 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 ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?

Fishes » Number and variety of

Psalm 104:25

So is this great and wide sea, which teems with things innumerable, both small and great.

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 spoke also of beasts, and of fowl, and of creeping things, and of fishes.

Fishes » Cannot live without water

Isaiah 50:2

Why, when I came, was there no man? when I called, was there none 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 wilderness: their fish stink, because there is no water, and die of thirst.

Fishes » Made for God's glory

Job 12:8-9

Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach you: and the fish of the sea shall declare unto you. Who knows not among all these that the hand of the LORD has done this?

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 fish laid thereon, and bread.

Fishes » Taken with » Spears

Job 41:7

Can you fill his skin with harpoons? or his head with fish spears?