27 Bible Verses about People Naming Things
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Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him.
Whatever exists has already been named, and it is known what man is; for he cannot dispute with him who is stronger than he is.
Their inner thought is that their houses are forever
And their dwelling places to all generations;
They have called their lands after their own names.
When the sons of Israel saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, “It is the bread which the Lord has given you to eat.
The house of Israel named it manna, and it was like coriander seed, white, and its taste was like wafers with honey.
Cain had relations with his wife and she conceived, and gave birth to Enoch; and he built a city, and called the name of the city Enoch, after the name of his son.
Jair the son of Manasseh went and took its towns, and called them Havvoth-jair.
Jair the son of Manasseh took all the region of Argob as far as the border of the Geshurites and the Maacathites, and called it, that is, Bashan, after his own name, Havvoth-jair, as it is to this day.)
Nobah went and took Kenath and its villages, and called it Nobah after his own name.
Now therefore, gather the rest of the people together and camp against the city and capture it, or I will capture the city myself and it will be named after me.”
Then Isaac dug again the wells of water which had been dug in the days of his father Abraham, for the Philistines had stopped them up after the death of Abraham; and he gave them the same names which his father had given them.
Therefore he called that place Beersheba, because there the two of them took an oath.
He called the name of that place Bethel; however, previously the name of the city had been Luz.
So Jacob named the place where God had spoken with him, Bethel.
Then he erected there an altar and called it El-Elohe-Israel.
Then Gideon built an altar there to the Lord and named it The Lord is Peace. To this day it is still in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.
When they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter; therefore it was named Marah.
(Sidonians call Hermon Sirion, and the Amorites call it Senir):
The territory of the sons of Dan proceeded beyond them; for the sons of Dan went up and fought with Leshem and captured it. Then they struck it with the edge of the sword and possessed it and settled in it; and they called Leshem Dan after the name of Dan their father.
So David lived in the stronghold and called it the city of David. And David built all around from the Millo and inward.
For this reason that field has been called the Field of Blood to this day.
Thus he set up the pillars at the porch of the nave; and he set up the right pillar and named it Jachin, and he set up the left pillar and named it Boaz.
Now Absalom in his lifetime had taken and set up for himself a pillar which is in the King’s Valley, for he said, “I have no son to preserve my name.” So he named the pillar after his own name, and it is called Absalom’s Monument to this day.
the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with the herdsmen of Isaac, saying, “The water is ours!” So he named the well Esek, because they contended with him.
He moved away from there and dug another well, and they did not quarrel over it; so he named it Rehoboth, for he said, “At last the Lord has made room for us, and we will be fruitful in the land.”
Then they dug another well, and they quarreled over it too, so he named it Sitnah.
So he called it Shibah; therefore the name of the city is Beersheba to this day.
- Naming (22 instances)