Bellicose Bible verses?

Ok, I don’t know if this belongs in Cafe Society but I’m going to try it here, because what I’m looking for is helpful quotes from a literary text.

Although I don’t have an entirly literary purpose. I’ve run into a bunch of people basically defending discrimination against Muslims and saying yes this is a “holy war” and so on, based on the idea that the Koran advocates killing all unbelievers.

Well, I want to point out that the Bible has plenty of violent and xenophobic passages as well, and that doesn’t make Christians and Jew in to terrorists.

I’m not looking to attack Christian or Jews or the Bible…just point out the equivilency…but, can anyone point me to some particularly hateful passages in the Bible?


I found this by dropping the search word “Kill” into

Numbers 25
16 The LORD said to Moses, 17 “Treat the Midianites as enemies and kill them, 18 because they treated you as enemies when they deceived you in the affair of Peor and their sister Cozbi, the daughter of a Midianite leader, the woman who was killed when the plague came as a result of Peor.”

Numbers 31
1 The LORD said to Moses, 2 “Take vengeance on the Midianites for the Israelites. After that, you will be gathered to your people.” 3 So Moses said to the people, “Arm some of your men to go to war against the Midianites and to carry out the LORD’s vengeance on them. 4 Send into battle a thousand men from each of the tribes of Israel.” 5 So twelve thousand men armed for battle, a thousand from each tribe, were supplied from the clans of Israel. 6 Moses sent them into battle, a thousand from each tribe, along with Phinehas son of Eleazar, the priest, who took with him articles from the sanctuary and the trumpets for signaling.
7 They fought against Midian, as the LORD commanded Moses, and killed every man. … 9 The Israelites captured the Midianite women and children and took all the Midianite herds, flocks and goods as plunder. 10 They burned all the towns where the Midianites had settled, as well as all their camps. 11 They took all the plunder and spoils, including the people and animals, 12 and brought the captives, spoils and plunder to Moses and Eleazar the priest and the Israelite assembly at their camp on the plains of Moab, by the Jordan across from Jericho.
13 Moses, Eleazar the priest and all the leaders of the community went to meet them outside the camp. 14 Moses was angry with the officers of the army-the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds-who returned from the battle. 15 “Have you allowed all the women to live?” he asked them. 16 "They were the ones who followed Balaam’s advice and were the means of turning the Israelites away from the LORD in what happened at Peor, so that a plague struck the LORD’s people. 17 Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man, 18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.

It doesn’t get any better than Psalm 18:

I think you need to be a little careful, there, since the diatribe against the Midianites is very specific to one group of people. That’s different from what the OP is looking for (I think), that’s different from declaring it’s OK to kill “all infidels” or all non-believers.

I don’t think you need to look as far back as the Bible, I’m sure you can find some Church writings (the Inquisition and Crusades probably had plenty) that claim it’s perfectly OK to kill infidels. The periods of murders of Protestants by Catholics and Catholics by Protestants probably are full of writings about how it’s a holy mission to kill the heretics, pagans, etc.

Psalm 137. It starts out rather lyrically, and ends raw: “Happy shall be he who requites you [Babylonians] for what you have done to us. Happy shall be he who takes your little ones and dashes them against the rock.” (Revised Standard Version.)

AFAIK, no one has ever used this as a justification for murdering the children of one’s enemies, but there you go.