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101 Contradictions Old Testament
101 CONTRADICTIONS—Old Testament
1.Man was created equal, male and female. Gen.1:27.
Woman was created as a companion to the man only after he rejected the animals. Gen.2:18-24.
2.Man was created after the plants. Gen.1:12, 26.
Man was created before the plants. Gen.2:5-9.
3.The birds were created out of the water. Gen.1:20.
The birds were created out of the land. Gen.2:19.
4.The animals were created before man. Gen.1:24-26.
The animals were created after man. Gen.2:19.
5.On the first day, God created and separated light and darkness. Gen.1:3-5.
On the fourth day, God again created and separated light and darkness. Gen.1:14-18.
6.God encouraged reproduction. Gen.1:28.
He said it was an unclean process. Lev.12:1-8 (Note that bearing a daughter is more unclean than bearing a son).
7.God was pleased with his creation. Gen.1:31.
God was not pleased with his creation. Gen.6:6.
8.Adam was to die the day he ate the forbidden fruit. Gen.2:17.
Adam lived 930 years. Gen.5:5.
9.The name of “The Lord” was known in the beginning. Gen.4:26; Gen.12:8; Gen.22:14; Gen.26:25.
The name of “The Lord” was not known in the beginning. Ex.6:3.
10.God preferred Abel’s offering to Cain’s. Gen.4:4, 5.
God shows no partiality. 2 Chr.19:7; 2 Sam.14:14.
11.God asks Cain the whereabouts of his brother. Gen.4:9.
God goes to see what is happening. Gen.18:20, 21.
God is everywhere and sees everything. Prov.15:3; Jer.16:17; Jer.23:24.
12.It rained on the earth. Gen.7:4.
There was rain from above and below. Gen.8:2.
13.Two pairs of each kind were to be taken aboard Noah’s ark. Gen.6:19, 20; Gen.7:9, 14-16.
Two pairs and seven pairs of some kinds were to be taken aboard. Gen.7:2, 3.
14.Noah entered the ark during the Flood. Gen.7:7.
Noah entered the ark after the Flood. Gen.7:12, 13.
15.There were many languages before the tower at Babel. Gen.10:5, 20, 31.
There was only one language before the tower at Babel. Gen.11:1.
16.Abraham married his half-sister and was blessed. Gen.11:29; Gen.17:15,16; Gen.20:11,12.
Incest is wrong. Deut.27:22; Lev. 18:9; Lev. 20:17.
17.Abraham made a covenant with Abimelech and Phichol. Gen.21:22, 27, 32.
It was Isaac who made the covenant with Abimelech and Phichol. Gen.26:26-28.
18.Hebron was the name at the time of Abraham. Gen.23:2.
Hebron was named differently. Josh.14:15.
19.Jacob’s name was changed at Peniel. Gen.32:28-30.
Jacob’s name was changed at Padanaram. Gen.35:9,10.
20.Isaac’s servants dug a well at Beer-shebah. Gen.26:32, 33.
Abraham dug a well at Beer-shebah. Gen.21:29-31.
21.Esau married two Hittite women. Gen.26:34.
Esau married three Canaanite women. Gen.36:2, 3.
22.Bashemath was a daughter of Elon the Hittite. Gen.26:34.
Bashemath was a daughter of Ishmael. Gen.36:3.
23.Luz was renamed Beth-el. Gen.28:19.
Luz was a different place than Beth-el. Josh.16:2.
24.God renamed Jacob and called him Israel. Gen.35:10.
God forgot the new name. Gen.46:2.
25.Eliphaz had six sons. Gen.36:11,12.
Eliphaz had seven sons. Gen.36:15,16. Eliphaz had seven different sons. 1 Chr.1:36.
26.Dan had one son. Gen.46:23.
Amazingly, this one son produced over 62,000 military-age males by the first census. Num.1:38,39.
27.Moses married a Midianite. Ex.3:1.
Moses married an Ethiopian. Num.12:1.
28.All the beasts died in plague number six. Ex.9:6.
All the beasts received boils in plague number seven. Ex.9:10.
All the beasts were hit with hail and fire in plague number eight. Ex.9:25.
All the beasts lost their firstborn in plague number ten. Ex.12:29.
29.All the plant life was destroyed by hail. Ex.9:25.
All the plant life was destroyed by locusts. Ex.10:15.
30.God instructs the Israelites to spoil the Egyptians and plunder their enemies. Ex.3:22; Deut.20:13-17.
God prohibits stealing or defrauding a neighbor. Lev.19:11,13.
31.Moses’ father-in-law proposed the idea of judges for the people. Ex.18:17, 24.
Moses proposed the idea of judges for the people. Deut.1:9-18.
32.Jethro was the name of Moses’ father-in-law. Ex.3:1.
Ruel was the name of Moses’ father-in-law. Ex.2:18.
Raguel was the name of Moses’ father-in-law. Num.10:29.
Hobab was the name of Moses’ father-in-law. Jud.4:11.
33.The priests were with Moses at Mount Sinai. Ex.19:22, 24.
Moses appointed the first priests later in the wilderness. Ex.28:1.
34.Moses was great. Ex.11:3.
Moses was meek. Numbers 12:3.
35.Moses was the only allowed near God. Ex.24:2.
Moses was not the only one allowed. Ex.24:9-11.
36.Moses condemned the making of an idol. Ex.32:19, 20.
Moses made an idol. Num.21:9; 2 Ki.18:4.
37.The commandments were memorably given at the beginning of the wilderness trek. Ex. 19 and 20.
The people appeared not to remember later in the wilderness. Lev.24:12; Num.15:34.
38.Moses told the people they would pass over the Jordan that day. Deut.9:1.
It was Joshua who took them over much later. Josh.1:1, 2.
39.The number of Israelites, excluding children, was 600,000. Ex.12:37.
The number of Israelites, including children, was only 7000. 1 Ki.20:15.
40.Manna tasted like coriander seed and honey. Ex.16:31.
Manna tasted like fresh oil. Num.11:8.
41.The Sabbath Day was to remember creation. Ex.20:11; Ex. 31:17.
The Sabbath Day was to remember the sojourn in Egypt. Deut.5:15.
42.God details sacrificial offerings. Ex.20:24; Ex.29:10-42; Lev.1:1-17; Num.28:1-31.
God says he did not order sacrifices. Jer.7:22.
43.The Book of Jasher was written at the time of Joshua. Josh.10:13.
The Book of Jasher was written at the time of David. 2 Sam.1:17,18.
44.The Israelites were a numerous and mighty people. Ex.1:8, 9.
The Israelites were few in number. Deut.7:7.
45.The Israelites had plenty of water to wash their clothes for purification. Ex.19:10.
The Israelites had no water and rioted for a drink. Ex.15:22-24.
46.God was with the people. Ex.3:12.
God was not with the people. Ex.33:3.
47.Aaron died on Mt. Hor. Num.20:27, 28; 33:38,39.
Aaron died at Mosera. Deut.10:6.
48.After Aaron’s death, the people journeyed from Mt. Hor to Zalmonah to Punon etc. Num.33:41, 42.
After Aaron’s death, the people journeyed from Mosera to Gudgodah to Jotbath. Deut.10:6, 7.
49.The Canaanites were utterly destroyed. Num.21:3.
The Canaanites were left to trouble the Israelites for years. Jud.3:1,2.
50.Stones were taken out of the Jordan River. Josh.4:3.
Stones were placed in the Jordan River. Josh.4:9.
51.The Nazarite vow is broken if one goes near a dead body. Numb.6:6-9.
Sampson, a Nazarite, apparently did not break this vow. Jud.13:5; 15:8,15,16; 16:17.
52.Samuel ministered to the “Lord”. 1 Sam.3:1.
Samuel did not know the “Lord”. 1 Sam.3:7.
53.David killed Goliath. 1 Sam.17:49,50.
Elhanan killed Goliath. 2 Sam.21:19-21. (Notice that the phrase “the brother of” has been added).
54.”God” caused David to number the people. 2 Sam.24:1.
“Satan” caused David to number the people. 1 Chr.21:1.
55.Saul utterly destroyed the Amalekites. 1 Sam.15:20.
David utterly destroyed the Amalekites. 1 Sam.27:8, 9.
David destroyed the Amalekites – again – almost. 1 Sam.30:1,17,18.
56.God chose Saul to save the people from the Philistines. 1 Sam.9:15-17.
Saul dies and the Philistines overrun the Israelites. 1 Sam.31:6, 7.
57.God chose Saul. 1 Sam.9:16.
God repents for choosing Saul. 1 Sam.15:35.
God doesn’t need to repent. Num. 23:19.
58.Saul inquired of God but received no answer. 1 Sam.28:6.
Saul died for not inquiring. 1 Chr.10:13, 14.
59.Saul killed himself. 1 Sam.31:4; 1 Chr. 10:4, 5.
Someone killed Saul. 2 Sam.1:5-10.
The Philistines killed Saul. 2 Sam.21:12.
God killed Saul. 1 Chr.10:13,14.
60.Jesse had eight sons. 1 Sam.16:10, 11; 1 Sam.17:12.
Jesse had seven sons. 1 Chr.2:13-15.
61.Saul knew David before the encounter with Goliath. 1 Sam.16:19.
Saul did not know David until after the encounter with Goliath. 1 Sam.17:55-58.
62.Michal was childless. 2 Sam.6:r23.
Michal had five sons. 2 Sam.21:8.
63.David sinned in taking the census. 2 Sam.24:10,25.
David’s only sin, ever, was another matter. 1 Ki.15:5.
64.David paid 50 pieces of silver for the property. 2 Sam.24:24.
David paid 600 pieces of gold for the property. 1 Chr.21:25.
65.His name was Solomon. 2 Sam.12:24; 1 Chr.22:9.
His name was Jedidiah. 2 Sam.12:25.
66.Solomon had 40,000 stalls of horses. 1 Ki.4:26.
Solomon had 4,000 stalls of horses. 2 Chr.9:25.
67.Solomon had 3300 supervisors. 1 Ki.5:16.
Solomon had 3600 supervisors. 2 Chr.2:2.
68.Solomon’s “molten sea” held 2000 “baths”. 1 Ki.7:26.
Solomon’s “molten sea” held 3000 “baths”. 2 Chr.4:5.
69.Solomon had thousands of horses. 1 Ki.4:26.
A King must not multiply horses to himself. Deut.17:15,16.
70.Solomon had hundreds of wives. 1 Ki.11:1-3.
A King must not multiply wives to himself. Deut.17:17.
71.There was no greater king before or after Hezekiah. 2 Ki.18:1, 5.
There was no greater king before or after Josiah. 2 Ki.23:24, 25.
72.Ahaziah was twenty-two years old when he began to reign. 2 Ki.8:26.
Ahaziah succeeded his father, who was thirty-two years old when he became king and who ruled for eight years. 2 Chr.21;20.
He was forty-two years old when he began to reign. 2 Chr.22:2. (Note that some versions have caught the error and corrected it.)
73.God prohibits the making of idols. Ex.20:4; Deut.5:8, 9.
God commands idols to be made. Ex.25:18; Num.21:8, 9.
74.Children are to suffer for their parent’s sins. Ex.20:5; Ex.34:7; Num.14:18; Deut.5:9; Is.14:21.
Children are not to suffer for their parent’s sins. Deut.24:16; Ezek.18:19,20.
75.God prohibits the killing of the innocent. Ex.23:7.
God approves the killing of the innocent. Num.31:17; Josh.6:21; Josh.7:24-26; Josh.8:22-25; Josh.10:20, 40; Josh.11:15; 1 Sam.15:3.
76.God inflicts sickness. Num.11:33; 2 Chr.21:14, 15.
Satan inflicts sickness. Job 2:7.
77.Death to a false prophet. Deut.18:20.
Death also to a real prophet deceived by “God”. Ezek.14:9.
78.God remembers sin even when it has been forgiven. Ex.34:7.
God does not remember sin after it has been forgiven. Jer.31:34.
79.God promised the land to the people. Ex.12:25.
God broke his promise. Num.14:30, 31.
80.Sisera was sleeping when Jael killed him. Jud.4:21.
Sisera was standing and apparently, allowed Jael to kill him. Jud.5:25-27.
81.Joshua captured Debir. Josh.10:38,39.
Othniel captured Debir. Jud.1:11-13.
82.God sows discord. Gen.11:7-9.
God hates those who cause discord. Prov.6:16-19.
83.The census count was: Israel 800,000 and Judah 500,000. 2 Sam.24:9.
The census count was: Israel 1,100,000 and Judah 470,000. 1 Chr.21:5.
84.The two pillars were 18 cubits high. 1 Ki.7:15.
The two pillars were 35 cubits high. 2 Chr.3:15.
85.420 talents of gold were brought back from Ophir. 1 Ki.9:28.
450 talents of gold were brought back from Ophir. 2 Chr.8:18.
86.Asa removed the high places. 2 Chr.14:2, 3.
Asa did not remove the high places. 1 Ki.15:14.
87.Baasha died in the 26tth year of King Asa’s reign. 1 Ki.16:6-8.
Baasha built a city in the 36th year of King Asa’s reign. 2 Chr.16:1.
88.Jehoshaphat did not remove the high places. 1 Ki.22:42, 43.
Jehoshaphat did remove the high places. 2 Chr.17:5, 6.
89.Jehu’s massacre was acceptable to God. 2 Ki.10:30.
Jehu’s massacre was not acceptable to God. Hos.1:4.
90.Jehu shot Ahaziah near Ibleam. Ahaziah then fled to Meggido and died there. 2 Ki.9:27.
Ahaziah was found hiding in Samaria, brought to Jehu, and was then put to death. 2 Chr.22:9.
91.Ahaz was not conquered. 2 Ki.165.
Ahaz was conquered. 2 Chr.28:5.
92.Jehoiachin was 18 years old when he began to reign. 2 Ki.24:8.
Jehoiachin was 8 years old when he began to reign. 2 Chr.36:9. (Some versions have corrected this)
93.Jehoiachin reigned 3 months. 2 Ki.24:8.
Jehoiachin reigned 3 months and 10 days. 2 Chr.36:9.
94.Jehoiachin was succeeded by his uncle. 2 Ki.24:17.
Jehoiachin was succeeded by his brother. 2 Chr.36:10.
95.The father of Zerubbabel was Pedaiah. 1 Chr.3:19.
The father of Zerubbabel was Shealtiel. Ezr.3:2.
96.God is near to all who call on him. Ps.145:18.
God is far away and cannot be found in times of need. Ps.10:1.
97.God sometimes forsakes his children. Ps.22:1, 2.
God is always a present help. Ps.46:1.
98.The righteous shall rejoice when he sees vengeance. Ps.58:10, 11.
Do not rejoice when your enemy falls or stumbles. Prov.24:17.
99.God stands to judge. Is.3:13.
God sits to judge. Joel 3:12.
100.Zedekiah watched his sons be put to death, then he had his eyes put out, and was left to die in prison. Jer.52:10, 11.
God promised Zedekiah a peaceful death. Jer.34:4, 5.
101.Omri reigned 12 years beginning in the 31st year of Asa’s reign. 1 Ki.16:23.
Omri died and his son began his reign in the 38th year of Asa’s reign, making Omri’s reign only 7-years. 1 Ki.16:28, 29.