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17 Bible Verses about Fishes

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Genesis 1:20-21

God said, "Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of sky." God created the large sea creatures, and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed, after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind. God saw that it was good.

Deuteronomy 4:15-18

Take therefore good heed to yourselves; for you saw no kind of form on the day that Yahweh spoke to you in Horeb out of the midst of the fire. Lest you corrupt yourselves, and make yourself an engraved image in 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 bird that flies in the sky,read more.
the likeness of anything that creeps on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the water under the earth;

Matthew 4:18

Walking by the sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers: Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew, his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.

Matthew 4:18-21

Walking by the sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers: Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew, his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. He said to them, "Come after me, and I will make you fishers for men." They immediately left their nets and followed him.read more.
Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in the boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets. He called them.

Jonah 1:17

Yahweh 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

They told him, "We only have here five loaves and two fish." He said, "Bring them here to me." He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass; and he took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, broke and gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples gave to the multitudes.read more.
They all ate, and were filled. They took up twelve baskets full of that which remained left over from the broken pieces. Those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Ezekiel 47:9

It shall happen, that every living creature which swarms, in every place where the rivers come, shall live; and there shall be a very great multitude of fish; for these waters are come there, and [the waters of the sea] shall be healed, and everything shall live wherever the river comes.

Exodus 7:18

The fish that are in the river shall die, and the river shall become foul; and the Egyptians shall loathe to drink water from the river."'"

Isaiah 19:8

The fishermen will lament, and all those who fish in the Nile will mourn, and those who spread nets on the waters will languish.

Jeremiah 16:16

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

Matthew 7:9-10

Or who is there among you, who, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, who will give him a serpent?

Matthew 14:17

They told him, "We only have here five loaves and two fish."

Numbers 11:5

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

Luke 24:42

They gave him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb.

John 21:13

Then Jesus came and took the bread, gave it to them, and the fish likewise.

Matthew 12:40

For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the whale, so will 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 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, that you may eat. All that don't have fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of all the living creatures that are in the waters, they are an abomination to you, and you detest them. You shall not eat of their flesh, and you shall detest their carcasses. read more.
Whatever has no fins nor scales in the waters, that is an abomination to you.

Deuteronomy 14:9-10

These you may eat of all that are in the waters: whatever has fins and scales may you eat; and whatever doesn't have fins and scales you shall not eat; it is unclean to you.

Fishes » Sold near the fish gate at jerusalem

2 Chronicles 33:14

Now after this he built an outer wall to the city of David, on the west side of Gihon, in the valley, even to the entrance at the fish gate; and he encircled Ophel [with it], and raised it up to a very great height: and he put valiant captains in all the fortified cities of Judah.

Zephaniah 1:10

In that day, says Yahweh, there will be the noise of a cry from the fish gate, a wailing from the second quarter, and a great crashing from the hills.

Fishes » Inhabit » Ponds

Song of Songs 7:4

Your neck is like an ivory tower. Your eyes are like the pools in Heshbon by the gate of Bathrabbim. Your nose is like the tower of Lebanon which looks toward Damascus.

Isaiah 19:10

The pillars will be broken in pieces. All those who work for hire will be grieved in soul.

Fishes » Miracles connected with » Multiplying a few

Matthew 14:17-21

They told him, "We only have here five loaves and two fish." He said, "Bring them here to me." He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass; and he took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, broke and gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples gave to the multitudes. read more.
They all ate, and were filled. They took up twelve baskets full of that which remained left over from the broken pieces. Those who ate were about five thousand men, besides women and children.

Matthew 15:34

Jesus said to them, "How many loaves do you have?" They said, "Seven, and a few small fish."

Fishes » No likeness of, to be made for worship

Exodus 20:4

"You shall not make for yourselves an idol, nor any image 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, the likeness of any fish that is in the water under the earth;

Fishes » Inhabit » Seas

Ezekiel 47:10

It shall happen, that fishermen shall stand by it: from En Gedi even to En Eglaim shall be a place for the spreading of nets; their fish shall be after their kinds, as the fish of the great sea, exceeding many.

Numbers 11:22

Shall flocks and herds be slaughtered for them, to be sufficient for them? Shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to be sufficient for them?"

Fishes » Mentioned in scripture » Whale

Genesis 1:21

God created the large sea creatures, and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed, after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind. God saw that it was good.

Matthew 12:40

For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the whale, so will 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 birds of the sky, and the animals of the field, and all creeping things who creep on the earth, and all the men who are on the surface 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

The fish that were in the river died; and the river became foul, and the Egyptians couldn't drink water from the river; and the blood was throughout all the land of Egypt.

Fishes » Inhabit » Rivers

Exodus 7:18

The fish that are in the river shall die, and the river shall become foul; and the Egyptians shall loathe to drink water from the river."'"

Ezekiel 29:5

I'll cast you forth into the wilderness, you and all the fish of your rivers. You'll fall on the open field. You won't be brought together, nor gathered. I have given you for food to the animals of the earth and to the birds of the sky.

Fishes » Taken with » Hooks

Matthew 17:27

But, lest we cause them to stumble, go to the sea, cast a hook, and take up the first fish that comes up. When you have opened its mouth, you will find a stater coin. Take that, and give it to them for me and you."

Amos 4:2

The Lord Yahweh has sworn by his holiness that behold, "The days shall come on you that they will take you away with hooks, and the last of you with fish hooks.

Fishes » Taken with » Nets

Luke 5:4-6

When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into the deep, and let down your nets for a catch." Simon answered him, "Master, we worked all night, and took nothing; but at your word I will let down the net." When they had done this, they caught a great multitude of fish, and their net was breaking.

John 21:6-8

He said to them, "Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some." They cast it therefore, and now they weren't able to draw it in for the multitude of fish. That disciple therefore whom Jesus loved said to Peter, "It's the Lord!" So when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he wrapped his coat around him (for he was naked), and threw himself into the sea. But the other disciples came in the little boat (for they were not far from the land, but about two hundred cubits away), dragging the net full of fish.

Fishes » Catching of, a trade

Matthew 4:18

Walking by the sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers: Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew, his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen.

Luke 5:2

He saw two boats standing by the lake, but the fishermen had gone out of them, and were washing their nets.

Fishes » Mentioned in scripture » Leviathan

Job 41:1

"Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook, or press down his tongue with a cord?

Psalm 74:14

You broke the heads of Leviathan in pieces. You gave him as food to people and desert creatures.

Fishes » Mode of cooking alluded to

John 21:9

So when they got out on the land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread.

Luke 24:42

They gave him a piece of a broiled fish and some honeycomb.

Fishes » Different in flesh from beasts, &c

1 Corinthians 15:39

All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one flesh of men, another flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds.

Fishes » Miracles connected with » Immense draughts of

Luke 5:6

When they had done this, they caught a great multitude of fish, and their net was breaking.

Luke 5:9

For he was amazed, and all who were with him, at the catch of fish which they had caught;

Fishes » Illustrative » Of men ignorant of future events

Ecclesiastes 9:12

For man also doesn't know his time. As the fish that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare, even so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falls suddenly on them.

Fishes » Illustrative » (bad,) of mere professors

Matthew 13:48-49

which, when it was filled, they drew up on the beach. They sat down, and gathered the good into containers, but the bad they threw away. So will it be in the end of the world. The angels will come forth, and separate the wicked from among the righteous,

Fishes » Illustrative » (good,) of saints

Matthew 13:48-49

which, when it was filled, they drew up on the beach. They sat down, and gathered the good into containers, but the bad they threw away. So will it be in the end of the world. The angels will come forth, and separate the wicked from among the righteous,

Fishes » Created by God

Genesis 1:20-21

God said, "Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth in the open expanse of sky." God created the large sea creatures, and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarmed, after their kind, and every winged bird after its kind. 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 I will make the fish of your rivers stick to your scales; and I will bring you up out of the midst of your rivers, with all the fish of your rivers which stick to your scales. I'll cast you forth into the wilderness, you and all the fish of your rivers. You'll fall on the open field. You won't be brought together, nor gathered. I have given you for food to the animals of the earth and to the birds of the sky.

Fishes » The tyrians traded in

Nehemiah 13:16

There lived men of Tyre also therein, who brought in fish, and all kinds of wares, and sold on the Sabbath to the children of Judah, and in Jerusalem.

Fishes » Miracles connected with » Procuring tribute money from

Matthew 17:27

But, lest we cause them to stumble, go to the sea, cast a hook, and take up the first fish that comes up. When you have opened its mouth, you will find a stater coin. Take that, and give it to 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 filled, they drew up on the beach. They sat down, and gathered the good into containers, but the bad they threw away.

Fishes » Man permitted to eat

Genesis 9:2-3

The fear of you and the dread of you will be on every animal of the earth, and on every bird of the sky. Everything that the ground teems with, and all the fish of the sea are delivered into your hand. Every moving thing that lives will be food for you. As the green herb, I have given everything to you.

Fishes » Used as food » By the egyptians

Numbers 11:5

We remember the fish, which 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

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

Fishes » Number and variety of

Psalm 104:25

There is the sea, great and wide, in which are innumerable living things, both small and large animals.

Fishes » Solomon wrote the history of

1 Kings 4:33

He spoke of trees, from the cedar that is in Lebanon even to the hyssop that springs out of the wall; he spoke also of animals, and of birds, and 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, was there none to answer? Is my hand shortened at all, that it can't 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 you. The fish of the sea shall declare to you. Who doesn't know that in all these, the hand of Yahweh has done this,

Fishes » Miracles connected with » Dressed on the shore

John 21:9

So when they got out on the land, they saw a fire of coals there, and fish laid on it, and bread.

Fishes » Taken with » Spears

Job 41:7

Can you fill his skin with barbed irons, or his head with fish spears?