03 January 2009

How many has God killed?

I kill ... I wound ... I will make my arrows drunk with blood, and my sword shall devour flesh. -- Deuteronomy 32:39-42

How many people did God kill in the Bible?

It's impossible to say for sure, but plenty. How many did God drown in the flood or burn to death in Sodom and Gomorrah? How many first-born Egyptians did he kill? There's just no way to count them all. (But see here for a rough estimate.)

But sometimes the Bible tells us exactly how many were killed by God. Here's a list of those that I can find. (If you find any that I've missed, let me know and I'll add them to the list.)

So far I come up with a total of 2,316,428 (not including, at least in some cases, women and children).

VerseNumber killedCumulative total
1 God drowns everyone of earth (except Noah and his family) Genesis 7:23 ? ?
2 God rains fire and brimstone on Sodom and Gomorrah, killing everyone. Genesis 19:24 ? ?
3 Lot's wife for looking back Genesis 19:26 1 1
4 Er who was "wicked in the sight of the Lord" Genesis 38:7, 1 Chronicles 2:3 1 2
5 Onan for spilling his seed Genesis 38:10 1 3
6 A 7 year, world-wide famine Genesis 41:25-54 ? 3
7 7th Egyptian Plague: Hail Exodus 9:25 ? 3
8 God kills every Egyptian firstborn child. Exodus 12:29-30 ? 3
9 God drowns Egyptian army Exodus 14:8-26 600 603
10 God and Moses help Joshua kill the Amalekites Exodus 17:13 ? 603
11 Israelites for dancing naked around Aaron's golden calf Exodus 32:27-28, 35 3000 3,603
12 God plagued the people because of the calf that Aaron made Exodus 32:35 ? 3,603
13 Aaron's sons for offering strange fire before the Lord Leviticus 10:1-3; Numbers 3:4, 26:61 2 3,605
14 A blasphemer Leviticus 24:10-23 1 3,606
15 God burned people to death for complaining Numbers 11:1 ? 3,606
16 God sent "a very great plague" for complaining about the food. Numbers 11:33 ? 3,606
17 God killed ten scouts with a plague. Numbers 14:35-36 10 3,616
18 A man who gathered firewood on the sabbath Numbers 15:32-36 1 3,617
19 Korah, Dathan, and Abiram (and their families) Numbers 16:27 3 3,620
20 Burned to death for offering incense Numbers 16:35 250 3,870
21 For complaining Numbers 16:49 14,700 18,570
22 Massacre of the Aradites Numbers 21:1-3 ? 18,570
23 For complaining about the lack of food and water, God sent fiery serpents to bite the people. Numbers 21:6 ? 18,570
24 God delivers the Bashanites into Moses' hands and Moses kills everyone "until there was none left alive." Numbers 21:34-35 ? 18,570
25 Phinehas impales a mixed-race couple having sex Numbers 25:6-8 2 18,572
26 Israelites for "committing whoredom with the daughters of Moab" Numbers 25:9 24,000 42,572
27 Midianite massacre (32,000 virgins were kept alive) Numbers 31:1-35 ? 42,572
28 God kills the entire Israelite army Deuteronomy 2:14-16 ? 42,572
29 The slaughter of the Zamzummim, Horim, Avim, and the Caphtorim Deuteronomy 2:21-22 ? 42,572
30 God hardened the king of Heshbon's heart so that the Israelites could massacre his people. (included several cities) Deuteronomy 2:33-34 ? 42,572
31 All the men, women, and children in 60 cities Deuteronomy 3:3-6 ? 42,572
32 Massacre of Jericho Joshua 6:21 ? 42,572
33 Achan (and his his sons and daughters) for taking the accursed thing Joshua 7:10-12, 24-26 1 42,573
34 The Ai Massacre Joshua 8:1-25 12,000 54,573
35 God slaughters the Amorites and even chases them "along the way" as they try to escape. Joshua 10:10-11 ? 54,573
36 Joshua kills 5 kings and hangs their dead bodies on trees Joshua 10:24-26 5 54,578
37 Massacre of 7 kingdoms Joshua 10:28-42 ? 54,578
38 The remaining kingdoms Joshua 11:8-12 10,000 64,578
39 Massacre of the Anakim Joshua 11:20-21 ? 64,578
40 God delivers the Canaanites and Perizzites Judges 1:4 ? 64,578
41 The Jerusalem Massacre Judges 1:8 ? 64,578
42 Ten Massacres, a wedding, and some God-proof iron chariots Judges 1:9-25 ? 64,578
43 The LORD delivered Chushanrishathaim Judges 3:7-10 ? 64,578
44 Ehud delivers a message from God: a knife in the belly Judges 3:15-22 1 64,579
45 God delivers 10,000 Moabites Judges 3:28-29 10,000 74,579
46 Barak and God Massacre the Canaanites Judges 4:14 ? 74,579
47 Jael pounds a tent stake through a sleeping man's head Judges 4:18-25 1 74,580
48 God forces Midianite soldiers to kill each other Judges 7:22, 8:10 120,000 194,580
49 A city is massacred and 1000 burn to death because of God's evil spirit Judges 9:23-57 ? 194,580
50 The Ammonite massacre Judges 11:29-33 ? 194,580
51 Jephthah's daughter Judges 11:34-39 1 194,581
52 The spirit of the Lord comes on Samson and he murders 30 men for their clothes Judges 14:19 30 194,611
53 The Spirit of the Lord comes upon Samson and he kills 1000 men with the jawbone of an ass Judges 15:14-15 1,000 195,611
54 Samson's God-assisted act of terrorism Judges 16:27-30 3,000 198,611
55 "The Lord smote Benjamin" Judges 20:35-37 65,100 263,711
56 God kills Eli's sons 1 Samuel 2:25, 34; 4:11 2 263,713
57 God smote three cities with hemorrhoids in their secret parts 1 Samuel 5:1-12 ? 263,713
58 For looking into the ark of the Lord 1 Samuel 6:19 50,070 313,783
59 The LORD thundered with a great thunder upon the Philistines 1 Samuel 7: ? 313,783
60 The Ammonite Massacre (and another God-inspired body part message) 1 Samuel 7:11-13 ? 313,783
61 Jonathan's very first slaughter (not counting the one before) 1 Samuel 14:12 20 313,803
62 God forces the Philistine soldiers to kill each other. 1 Samuel 14:20 ? 313,803
63 The Amalekite Genocide 1 Samuel 15:2-3 ? 313,803
64 Samuel hacks Agag to pieces before the Lord 1 Samuel 15:32-33 1 313,804
65 God delivers the Philistines. 1 Samuel 23:2-5 ? 313,804
66 "The Lord smote Nabal." 1 Samuel 25:38 1 313,805
67 David spends the day killing Amalekites 1 Samuel 30:17 ? 313,805
68 God has the Philistines kill Israelite soldiers 1 Samuel 31:6, 1 Chronicles 10:6 ? 313,805
69 Saul and his three sons 1 Samuel 31:6, 1 Chronicles 10:6 4 313,809
70 God delivers the Philistines to David (from the front) 2 Samuel 5:19, 25 ? 313,809
71 God delivers the Philistines to David (from behind) 2 Samuel 5:19, 25 ? 313,809
72 Uzzah for trying to keep the ark from falling 2 Samuel 6:6-7, 1 Chronicles 13:9-10 1 313,810
73 David and Bathsheba's baby boy 2 Samuel 12:14-18 1 313,811
74 God sent a three-year famine because of something Saul did. 2 Samuel 21:1 ? 313,811
75 Saul's two sons and five grandsons hung up before the Lord 2 Samuel 21:6-9 7 313,818
76 God kills 70,000 men because David did a census that God told him to do 2 Samuel 24:15, 1 Chronicles 21:14 70,000 383,818
77 A lion is sent by God to kill a prophet for believing another prophet's lie 1 Kings 13:1-24 1 383,818
78 Jeroboam's son 1 Kings 14:17 1 383,820
79 Jeroboam's family 1 Kings 15:29 ? 383,820
80 Baasha's family and friends 1 Kings 16:11-12 ? 383,820
81 The first God-assisted slaughter of the Syrians 1 Kings 20:20-21 383,820
82 God killed 100,000 Syrians for calling him a God of the hills 1 Kings 20:28-29 100,000 483,820
83 God makes a wall fall on Syrian soldiers 1 Kings 20:30 27,000 510,820
84 God sent a lion to kill a man for not smiting a prophet 1 Kings 20:35-36 1 510,821
85 Ahab for not killing a captured king 1 Kings 20:42, 22:35 1 510,822
86 51 men are burned to death by God for asking Elijah to come down from his hill 2 Kings 1:10 51 510,873
87 Another 51 men are burned to death by God for asking Elijah to come down from his hill 2 Kings 1:12 51 510,924
88 Ahaziah is killed for asking the wrong god 2 Kings 1:2-4, 17; 2 Chronicles 22:7-9 1 510,925
89 God sent two bears to kill 42 children for making fun of Elisha's bald head 2 Kings 2:23-24 42 510,967
90 God delivers the Moabites 2 Kings 3:18-25 ? 510,967
91 God calls for a seven year famine. 2 Kings 8:1 ? 510,967
92 Jehoram of Israel 2 Kings 9:24 1 510,968
93 Jezebel 2 Kings 9:33-37 1 510,969
94 Ahab's 70 sons 2 Kings 10:6-10 70 511,039
95 Ahab's hometown family and friends 2 Kings 10:11 ? 511,039
96 Ahab's family in Samaria 2 Kings 10:17 ? 511,039
97 God sent lions to kill "some" foreigners for not fearing him enough 2 Kings 17:25-26 ? 511,039
98 Sleeping Assyrian soldiers 2 Kings 19:35; Isaiah 37:36 185,000 696,039
99 God caused Sennacherib to be killed by his sons 2 Kings 19:37 1 696,040
100 Just another holy war 1 Chronicles 5:18-22 ? 696,040
101 God killed a half million Israelite soldiers 2 Chronicles 13:15-17 500,000 1,196,040
102 Jeroboam 2 Chronicles 13:20 1 1,196,041
103 The Lord smote the Ethiopians. 2 Chronicles 14:9-14 1,000,000 2,196,041
104 Everyone helped to destroy each other 2 Chronicles 20:22-25 ? 2,196,041
105 God kills Jehoram of Judah by making his bowels fall out 2 Chronicles 21:14-19 1 2,196,042
106 God kills Jehoram's sons 2 Chronicles 22:1 ? 2,196,042
107 Joash, the princes of Judah, and the Judean army 2 Chronicles 24:20-25 ? 2,196,042
108 God destroys Amaziah 2 Chronicles 25:20-22 ? 2,196,042
109 God delivered Ahaz into the hand of the king of Syria 2 Chronicles 28:5 ? 2,196,042
110 120,000 soldiers killed for forsaking God 2 Chronicles 28:6 120,000 2,316,042
111 God delivered the Israelites into the hand of the Chaldeans. 2 Chronicles 36:16-17 ? 2,316,042
112 God and Satan kill Job's children and servants Job 1:1-19 10 2,316,052
113 Ezekiel's wife Ezekiel 24:15-18 1 2,316,053
114 Ananias and Sapphira Acts 5:1-10 2 2,316,055
115 Herod Acts 12:23 1 2,316,056
116 Jesus Eph 5:2,
Heb 10:10,
1 Pet 1:19-20,
Rev 13:8
1 2,316,057

19 comments:

Swampdog said...

Steve, this is some of the most excellent research on the topic I've come across in a long time! How, I've often wondered, can this kind of scholarship not be more readily available after more than 2000 years of playing around with these stories? Surely you're not the first to do this, but I can scarcely find anything like it at Amazon.com etc. Keep up the good work.

Steve Crapo said...

So with those numbers, I would be curious to see how god stacks up in a top 10 list with Hitler, Genghis Khan, Stalin, Chairman Mao, etc... I would guess he is close to the top of the list.

tom said...

Actually, in the broader sense, every human being were killed by their own sins, and can this be accredited to God's punishment too?

Matt said...

Outstanding work. The fact that these killings are only those actually numbered in the Bible is chilling. I don't understand how Christains and Jews can claim that Islam is the violent religioin.

Fragged Mind said...

Pharaoh and 600 Captains (plus entire army)...that should be 601 confirmed.

HeavyAxe said...

Which translation are you using? I have Luther's here and Numeri (Numbers) 16:49 is just not in there. Numeri 16 ends with the 250 men burned alive by Yahweh Hitler's uber awsome crazyness at Numeri 16:35.
Is this a mistake here?
In case I'm wrong, can s.b. help me find it?

Jassifer said...

Technically, we could say that God has killed everyone who has died since earth was created. God told Adam and Eve while in the Garden of Eden to be fruitful and multiply, which they did not, but eventually they would have. When Eve ate the forbidden fruit all creatures (not just humans, I don't find it fair to disregard the animals), whether born yet or not, eres given mortality. Had Eve not of eaten the forbidden fruit, we would all be living in Eden today, with immortality. Therefore, the inventor of death has taken all of the deaths that have occurred since. This should shoot the ending total up a little more, probably impossible to say how many people have lived and died since that time.

doubleroo said...

Wow! Great site. That was exactly the info I was looking for. You are added to favorites :-)

I was surprised to find no reference to witch hunts, approx 9 million victims. Perhaps I haven't looked closely enough yet.

Daniel said...

doubleroo, are you saying you can't find anything about witch hunts in the Bible or in the list? either way, there are no "9 million victim" witch hunts in the Bible. if you're referring to the witch hunts in the middle ages, that has nothing to do with God ordering that to happen. it's an entirely different situation started by the roman catholic church, which is a separate part from God altogether. what they did was murder and propaganda against, at the time, modernizing of healing practices. as for the other "killings" God puts justice on the people that have gone against Him. what would you do if you were God in the same position?
these people have brought it on themselves, and the fact that He hasn't taken justice on the whole world is just an act of grace.

lucky for you. and for us all that we have a graceful and merciful God who cares for us, even when we reject Him.

Steve Wells said...

Daniel,

"...if you're referring to the witch hunts in the middle ages, that has nothing to do with God ordering that to happen."

Really? I guess you haven't read Exodus 22:18. The Catholic church was just following God's order: "Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live." (And the Protestants didn't ignore God's "graceful and merciful" command in Exodus 22:18 either.)

ManyBooks said...

God and his son must be chompin' at the bit for the Apocalypse - BILLIONS more to murder! Satan better pick up the pace if he wants to be a true contender.

(This site is the best - we appreciate the incredibly diligent research and esp. how it's presented.)

Nahuel said...

This article is EXCELLENT. Great job.

K said...

The numbered list is shorter than it should be.

Joshua 12:9-24 lists the 31 kings killed individually. You mentioned Jericho and Ai individually, but grouped the other 29.

Instead of #37 (7 kings), why not call that #37-#43? And instead of #38 (22 kings), call that #44-#65?

Steve Wells said...

Thanks for the suggestion, K.

And you're right. The list could be a lot longer. But since God is a mass murderer, I'm trying to group the killings into killing events as described in the Bible. So if the Bible lumps a bunch of killings into one killing event, I do too.

I don't want the list to become so long that no one even tries to read it.

Free_Spirit said...

I do not understand...we are leaving in a time where the average person is educated enough to know that the Bible was written by writers long ago who looked at the world differently compared to how we see it now. Their writings are their own accounts of what happened, hence there is sure to be some untruth in certain parts. The collective works form the Bible, people read and interpret accordingly depending on faith. Christianity has its own black past, but it does not mean that the 'son be hanged for the father's crimes'. Christianity, the faith practiced today, is not a violent and militant faith. People tend to claim certain events as God's doing, maybe even those in the Bible. God may or may not have killed people, but He surely is not a murderer. Evil resides in this world of ours. We dwell with the devils and the angels, that is true. To doubt the existence of either, is to doubt the existence of God.

Free_Spirit said...

I do not understand...we are leaving in a time where the average person is educated enough to know that the Bible was written by writers long ago who looked at the world differently compared to how we see it now. Their writings are their own accounts of what happened, hence there is sure to be some untruth in certain parts. The collective works form the Bible, people read and interpret accordingly depending on faith. Christianity has its own black past, but it does not mean that the 'son be hanged for the father's crimes'. Christianity, the faith practiced today, is not a violent and militant faith. People tend to claim certain events as God's doing, maybe even those in the Bible. God may or may not have killed people, but He surely is not a murderer. Evil resides in this world of ours. We dwell with the devils and the angels, that is true. To doubt the existence of either, is to doubt the existence of God.

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dani said...

Ever thought about this one? God=died one time, Satan=died not once
or this one:
God=created everyone, Satan=created no one?