Swords to Plowshares

Promoting a faith-based love for all creation.

Vegan Passages in the Bible

Genesis
Gen 1:29 eat only fruit and vegetation
Gen 1:30 all animals created as herbivores
Gen 2:15 tend and keep garden
Gen 6:5 how great wickedness of human race has become, every inclination of heart is evil continually
Gen 6:11-12 all flesh corrupt and filled with violence
Gen 8:21 every inclination of the human heart is evil from youth
Gen 9:2 animal fear
Gen 9:4 dont eat flesh b/c of blood
Gen 9:15 covenant includes animals
Gen 30:37-43 selective breeding for profit to serve our own interests, corrupting God’s animals
Gen 49:5-7 instruments of cruelty, self-will, hurting animals, violence
Exodus
Exodus 20:13 do not kill
Numbers
Num 11:19-20 if you crave meat, eat until it is loathsome to you
Num 11:33 while meat was still in teeth, struck them with plague
Num 22:28 donkey asks Balaam, “What have I done to you?”
1 Samuel
1 Sam 15:22 Better to obey than to sacrifice animals
Job
Job 12:7-10 animals teach that the life of every creature is in God’s hand
Psalms
Psalm 8:4-8 what is man that you gave him dominion?
Psalm 36:6 you preserve man and beast
Psalm 40:6 God did not desire or require animal sacrifice
Psalm 50:10-12 The world and all the animals belong to God
Ps 51:16-17 you do not desire sacrifice but rather a contrite heart
Ps 145:8-9 God is full of compassion and merciful toward all
Ps 147:9 God feeds the beasts and the young ravens that cry
Ps 150:6 let everything that has breath praise God!
Proverbs
Prov 6:16-18 God hates shedding innocent blood, devising wicked schemes, feet that rush quickly to evil
Prov 10:11 violence covers mouth of the wicked
Prov 12:10 righteous regard life of animal, mercies of wicked are cruel
Prov 13:2 soul of unfaithful feeds on violence
Prov 15:17 better is dinner of herbs where love is, than fatted calf with hatred
Prov 21:3 righteousness and justice more acceptable to God than sacrifice
Prov 23:20 do not mix with drunkards or gluttonous eaters of flesh
Prov 31:8 open your mouth for the speechless, in the cause of all who are appointed to die
Ecclesiastes
Eccl 3:18-19 humans have no advantage over animals: same origin, same fate, same breath from God
Isaiah
Isa 1:11 I do not delight in blood of bulls or lambs or goats
Isa 11:6-9 animals in harmony, child leads, no harm on holy mountain, knowledge of God
Isa 58:6 fast I have chosen is to loose bonds of wickedness, undo burdens, break yokes, liberate captives
Isa 60:18 violence shall no longer be heard in your land
Isa 65:25 animals in harmony, no hurt on holy mountain
Isa 66:3 those who kill bulls are as those who kill people; they delight in following their own ways
Jeremiah
Jer 7:22-24 did not command sacrifices but obedience, but instead followed own evil imagination
Jer 12:4 Because those who live in the land are wicked, the animals and birds have perished
Jer 29:13 you will seek me and find me when you search for me with all your heart
Ezekiel
Ezekiel 22:30 looked for someone to plead for mercy and found no one
Daniel
Daniel 1:8 Daniel purposed in his heart not to defile himself with the king’s delicacies
Daniel 1:12-20 Daniel eating only vegetables and water for 10 days and became 10x wiser than everyone else
Hosea
Hosea 2:18 Covenant with animals that bow and sword of battle will be banished from earth, let animals lie down safely
Hosea 6:6 For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings.
Jonah
Jonah 4:11 God has pity on the ignorant and on animals
Micah
Micah 4:3 swords to plowshares
Micah 6:8 God has shown you what is good, to do justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with God
Micah 7:18 God delights in mercy
Habakkuk
Habakkuk 2:17 Woe because of the violence of the land and the plunder of beasts that made them afraid
Zechariah
Zechariah 11:4-6 If you buy/sell animals for slaughter without guilt or pity for the animal, God will do likewise to you
Malachi
Malachi 3:6 God does not change
New Testament
Matthew
Matt 3:2 Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand
Matt 6:10 your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as in heaven
Matt 6:26 God feeds the birds and will likewise feed you
Matt 6:33 seek first kingdom of God and God’s righteousness and everything will be added to you
Matt 9:13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’
Matt 11:12 kingdom suffers violence and the violent take it by force
Matt 18:3-4 must humble yourself like a child to enter the kingdom
Matt 19:26 with man it is impossible, but with God all things are possible
Matt 21:43 kingdom will be taken away and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it
Matt 24:45-46 faithful and wise servant is one whose master finds him doing master’s will upon his return
Mark
Mark 1:15 The kingdom has drawn near. Repent and believe in the good news!
Mark 12:31 You shall love your neighbor as yourself
Mark 16:15 go into all the world and preach the good news to every creature
Luke
Luke 6:36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful
Luke 9:62 whoever puts their hand to the plow and turns back is not fit for the kingdom
Luke 12:6 five sparrows sold for a copper coin, none forgotten by God
John
John 2:15 Jesus overturned tables and drove out the animals being sold in the temple
John 4:34 my food is to do the will of God and to finish the work
John 10:11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd gives his life for the sheep.
John 13:34-35 Love one another. This is how my disciples will be known.
John 14:12 whoever believes in me will do the works that I do, and also greater works
John 15:17 These things I command you, that you love one another
Romans
Romans 8:21 creation will be delivered from bondage of corruption into glorious liberty of children of God
Romans 12:2 be transformed and prove the good and perfect will of God
Romans 14:15 if your food causes distress, you are no longer walking in love
Romans 14:17 kingdom of God is not food and drink, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit
1 Corinthians
1 Cor 3:16 you are the temple of God and the Spirit of God dwells in you
1 Cor 6:19 your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you and you are not your own
1 Cor 8:13 if food causes my brother to stumble, I will never again eat meat
1 Cor 10:23 all things are lawful but not all things are helpful or build up.
1 Cor 13:13 now abide faith, hope, love, but the greatest of these is love.
1 Cor 15:33 do not be deceived, evil company corrupts good habits
1 Cor 16:14 let all that you do be done with love
2 Corinthians
2 Cor 6:2 behold NOW is the accepted time and NOW is the day of salvation
Galatians
Galatians 5:13 you have liberty, but do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh but through love serve one another
Galatians 5:17 flesh lusts against spirit and spirit is contrary to the flesh
Galatians 5:22-23 fruit of spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control
Philippians
Phil 3:19 whose god is their belly
Phil 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me
Colossians
Colossians 3:12-15 put on mercy, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, patience… above all love.
Titus
Titus 1:16 they profess to know God but in works deny him, being disqualified for every good work.
Philemon
Philemon 1:21 confidence in your obedience, knowing you will do even more than I say
Hebrews
Hebrews 10:4 not possible that blood of animals take away sins
Hebrews 10:5-9 no pleasure in sacrifices but in doing God’s will
James
James 2:8 if you love your neighbor as yourself you do well
James 2:13 judgment is without mercy to the one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment
James 2:17 faith without works is dead
James 4:17 To whoever knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin
1 Peter
1 Peter 4:8 have fervent love for one another for love covers a multitude of sins
2 Peter
2 Peter 1:4 partakers of divine nature, having escaped corruption that is in the world through lust
2 Peter 3:13 new heaven and new earth in which righteousness dwells
1 John
1 John 4:8 he who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
1 John 4:16 God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God and God in him.
Revelation
Rev 2:5 Remember from where you have fallen, repent and do the first works
Rev 5:13 every animal on earth praising God
Rev 11:18 God will destroy those who destroy the earth
Rev 21:4 God will wipe away every tear, no more death, sorrow, crying, pain. Former things passed away.

 

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