35 Misinterpreted Bible Verses

Not all Christians are equal in their understand of scripture. Depending upon who you ask, one follower may interpret a verse and practice their faith differently than another. There are also some strange scenarios painted in this sacred book. Here is a collection of some commonly misinterpreted Bible verses.

“And that night the angel of the Lord went out and struck down 185,000 in the camp of the Assyrians. And when people arose early in the morning, behold, these were all dead bodies.” | 2 Kings 19:35

“And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle,encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.” | 1 Thessalonians 5:14 

“Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. ” | Romans 1: 26

“Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom—both young and old—surrounded the house. ” | Genesis 19:4

“Behold, I am against you, declares the Lord of hosts, and I will burn your chariots in smoke, and the sword shall devour your young lions. I will cut off your prey from the earth, and the voice of your messengers shall no longer be heard.” | Nahum 2:13

“Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord! Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart, who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways! You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently. Oh that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes!” | Psalm 119:1-176

“Bring the full tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. And thereby put me to the test, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you a blessing until there is no more need.” | Malachi 3:10

“Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness.” | Galatians 6:1 

“But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden his face from you so that he does not hear.” | Isaiah 59:2

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” | Psalm 37:4 

“Do not eat the bread of a selfish man, or desire his delicacies; for as he thinks within himself, so he is. He says to you, “Eat and drink!” but his heart is not with you. You will vomit up the morsel you have eaten, and waste your compliments.” | Prov. 23:6-8 

“Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is an abomination.” | Leviticus 18:22

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:” | Ecclesiastes 3:1

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” | Jeremiah 29:11 

“For the sexually immoral, for those practicing homosexuality, for slave traders and liars and perjurers—and for whatever else is contrary to the sound doctrine”” | I Timothy 1:10

“For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: The daughter of Babylon is like a threshing floor at the time when it is trodden; yet a little while and the time of her harvest will come.”” | Jeremiah 51:33

“For thus says the Lord of hosts: Yet once more, in a little while, I will shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land.” | Haggai 2:6

“God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.” | Genesis 1:28

“He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.” | Psalm 18:34 

“He who hates disguises it with his lips, but he lays up deceit in his heart. When he speaks graciously, do not believe him, for there are seven abominations in his heart” | Prov. 26:24-25

“I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. 13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” | Phillipians 4:12-13

“I’ve heard this first verse quoted frequently as teaching “positive mental attitude,” sometimes by Christians who should know better. Here’s how it’s usually cited: “As a man thinks in his heart, so he is”” | Prov. 23:7

“In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.” | Romans 1: 27

“Nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.” | I Corinthians 6:10

“Of David. Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle;” | Psalm 144:1

“Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor men who have sex with men[a]” | I Corinthians 6:9

“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” | Genesis 1:27

“The sound of a tumult is on the mountains as of a great multitude! The sound of an uproar of kingdoms, of nations gathering together! The Lord of hosts is mustering a host for battle.” | Isaiah 13:4

“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.” | Exodus 14:15

“Therefore thus says the Lord of hosts: “Behold, I will punish them. The young men shall die by the sword, their sons and their daughters shall die by famine,” | Jeremiah 11:22

“They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.” | Genesis 19:5

“We also know that the law is made not for the righteous but for lawbreakers and rebels, the ungodly and sinful, the unholy and irreligious, for those who kill their fathers or mothers, for murderers,” | I Timothy 1:9

“Women[a] should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says.” | 1 Corinthians 14:34

“You shall do no injustice in court. You shall not be partial to the poor or defer to the great, but in righteousness shall you judge your neighbor.” | Leviticus 19:15

It is believed that God has promised each of this children a blessing that will bring them victory in every area of their life. While it may not seem easy at times, here is a look at some of the most encouraging and inspirational Bible verses to lift your spirits up and be reminded of God’s love for you.

Author Bio
Natalie Regoli is a child of God, devoted wife, and mother of two boys. She has a Master's Degree in Law from The University of Texas. Natalie has been published in several national journals and has been practicing law for 18 years.