10 Pairs of Bible Verses That Seem To Totally Contradict Each Other

To Enslave or Not to Enslave? – Leviticus 25:45 & Isaiah 58:6

These two bibles verses produce mixed messages in regards to the institution of slavery. Leviticus 25:45 reads, “Moreover of the children of the strangers that do sojourn among you, of them shall ye buy, and of their families that are with you, which they begat in your land: and they shall be your possession.” Yet, Isaiah 58:6 challenges this view when it asks, “Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?”


No Good Deed Goes Unpunished – Matt 5:16 & Matt 6:3-4

The Bible offers different views when it comes to the execution of performing good deeds. In the same book one verse states that one should do good deeds for others to see, while another statement conveys that one should perform good deeds secretly. For example, Matthew 5:16 reads, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” However, Matthew 6:3-4 reads, “But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.”

Is God All Good Or Not? – Numbers 23:19 & Exodus 32:14

Two bible verses have led many to question God’s act of repentance. This is due to the fact that Numbers 23:19 and Exodus 32:14 relay differing messages. Numbers 23:19 states, “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?” On the other hand, Exodus 32:14 states, “And the Lord repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.”

Biblical Jewish War

Proverbs 24:17 & Psalms 58:10

Verses of the Bible also contradict one another when explaining how people should treat their “enemies.” For instance, Proverbs 24:17 reads, “Rejoice not when thine enemy falleth, and let not thine heart be glad when he stumbleth:.” On the contrary, Psalms 58:10 reads the following: “The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.”

The Sins of Our Father: Guilty or Not – Isaiah 14:21-22 & Deuteronomy 24:16

These particular verses express different perspectives in relation to the sins of fathers’ children. Isaiah 14:21-22 declares, “Prepare slaughter for his children for the iniquity of their fathers; that they do not rise, nor possess the land, nor fill the face of the world with cities.22 For I will rise up against them, saith the Lord of hosts, and cut off from Babylon the name, and remnant, and son, and nephew, saith the Lord.” However, Deuteronomy 24:16 communicates, “The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.”

Biblical Throne Room

Birthday Mixup – 2 Kings 24:8 & Chronicles 36:9

Two verses of the Bible do not communicate the same age in which Jehoiachin rose to power. 2 Kings 24:8 imparts, “Jehoiachin was eighteen years old when he began to reign, and he reigned in Jerusalem three months. And his mother’s name was Nehushta, the daughter of Elnathan of Jerusalem.” Yet, 2 Chronicles 36:9 conveys, “Jehoiachin was eight years old when he began to reign, and he reigned three months and ten days in Jerusalem: and he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord.”

Has Anyone Ever Looked Upon His Face? – John 1:18 & Genesis 32:30

The Bible communicates different answers to the following question: Has anyone ever seen God? This is due to the fact that the messages of two verses completely contradict one another. John 1:18 reads, “No man hath seen God at any time, the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.” However, Genesis 32:30 conflictingly reads, “And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.”

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Foolish Associations – Proverbs 26:4 & Proverbs 26:5

Two verses in Proverbs, though juxtaposed, impart opposing notions. Proverbs 26:4 declares, “Answer not a fool according to his folly, lest thou also be like unto him.” Nevertheless, Proverbs 26:5 declares, “Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own conceit.”

God A Respecter of Persons? – Psalms 145:9 & Jeremiah 13:14

The good book also encompasses verses that put forth perspectives that negate one another in regards to who God is good to. Is the Lord good to a select few or good to all individuals? Psalms 145:9 confirms, “The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.” However, Jeremiah 13:14 confirms, “And I will dash them one against another, even the fathers and the sons together,’ saith the Lord. ‘I will not pity, nor spare, nor have mercy, but shall destroy them.”


Nobody Goes to Heaven Yet? – 2 Kings 2:11 & John 3:13

Two particular verses of the Bible assert conflicting ideas when discussing those who have and have not gone to heaven. This is due to the fact that 2 Kings 2:11 reads, “And it came to pass, as they still went on, and talked, that, behold, there appeared a chariot of fire, and horses of fire, and parted them both asunder; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven.,” while John 3:13 reads, “And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.”

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20 thoughts on “10 Pairs of Bible Verses That Seem To Totally Contradict Each Other”

  1. I am astonished! May The creator of the universe give black people wisdom to understand that worshiping For through Christianity is a scam!!! Nothing good will come out from there.

  2. Seems like the author has no knowledge about the Bible and has not done the basic research also. Bible is not a simple book. It requires a lot to understand things written in it .

    1. what knowledge the author should have while copying two contradicting verses of the Bible? The bible is just a compilation of books written by various persons who had their own vision of life and ideology…Nothing divine except the divinity which was acquired by Jesus thru his practicing meditation and spirituality..

      1. That’s why we have so many diffrent religious faiths because the Bible has hundreds of contradictions, if it hadn’t so many contradictions we would have only 1 faith and belief.
        A book of guidance through various excerpts and nothing more.

    2. Exactly my thoughts. I see no contradictions in those passages. A closer examination of the contexts in which they are found will show no contradictions.

  3. From day one I knew it…. that bible and religion are nothing but a system that uses threat and fear to control people

  4. Please dont read on per your understanding and what you have been tought of, but use your knowledge , lemme give you one example and after that we can talk more 1Chronicle 21:1 n 2 samuel 24:1 ,, this will clear your mind

  5. I think you are so one-sided that you have failed to seek explanations for these supposed contradictions. Sound judgement requires that you look at both sides objectively. Only after you have done this are you fit to judge which is right or wrong.

    1. You’ve just said it yourself – that parts of the Bible are wrong! A true, divine inspired Bible would not include wrong information. It would not set out to deceive unless Satan was a part of the inspiration.

  6. i have found several contradictions in biblical print / amazes me my christian bros and sisters cant see the printed verses are sometines scamed by scribes Can theologists really want to believe those printed words are GODS Some words that make my christian GOD a liar and fool It is no wonder non-believers are present with theologians proof-reading in quick sand Rhetroric by my christian GOD has no division

  7. The Book has a very weak foundation.. but most of my Christian brothers and sisters are so brain washed not to see the truth.. how on earth do you want it to be spelled out for you to understand these.. some are even saying words of God are so hard to understand, are you serious why should word of God be so hard to understand when His motive of sending us the book is to put us through the right part😲

  8. Hebrews 4:12
    For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any TWO-EDGED sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

    Literally, a double-edged sword is a sword that has two sharpened edges. Or a sword that can cut BOTH WAYS.

    This is why we are warned to rightly DEVIDE the Word of Truth (2 Timothy 2:15)

    I could go on and on about actual physical, scientifical, historical, geographical, and prophetical evidence and many more concerning the authenticity of the original preseved scriptures found concerning the book we call the Bible today, but been there, done that.
    Now I dont bother posting this to try and convince unbelievers anymore because we already know that the Truth will remain hidden to them either way because God Himself chooses to hide it from them and to reveal it to His Own children. So debating with an unbeliever about whether or not the Bible is Devine or Gods Word, will be futile unless God Himself wishes to reveal. Thats why we read:

    John 12:39‭-‬40
    Therefore they COULD NOT believe.

    Matthew 13:11‭-‬17
    And He(Jesus)answered them, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. Indeed, in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled that says: “‘“You will indeed hear but never understand, and you will indeed see but never perceive.” For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.’ But blessed are your eyes, for they see, and your ears, for they hear. For truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.

    So no, this post is not directed to those who dont believe, but as for you who have eyes to see, and ears to hear, whenever there seems to be a contradiction in the Word of God, and there are many, always remember the following:

    1. Lean not on your own understanding but trust God to show you the truth oncerning the actual meaning of the supposed contradicting verses (proverbs 3:5-6)

    2. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you the truth

    John 14:16‭-‬17‭, ‬26
    And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

    3. Have Faith that He will show you, because without faith it is impossible to please God.

    Hebrews 11:6
    And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

    James 1:5‭-‬8 ESV
    If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

    And then lastly, always remember:

    1 Corinthians 1:18‭-‬31
    For the word of the cross is FOLLY to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the POWER of God. For it is written, “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and the discernment of the discerning I will thwart.” Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.

    For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

    For consider your calling, brothers: not many of you were wise according to worldly standards, not many were powerful, not many were of noble birth. But God chose what is foolish in the world to shame the wise; God chose what is weak in the world to shame the strong; God chose what is low and despised in the world, even things that are not, to bring to nothing things that are, so that no human being might boast in the presence of God. And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.”

    Ps. I once saw many contradictions in the Bible, today, after deep study and investigation of those verses I though were contradictions, I LAUGH at the thought of it because now I know the truth…. we who know, laugh because we know something they dont, and no debate on earth could prove them otherwise, UNLESS it is granted to them by the Father. This is why my most favourite DOUBLE EDGED SWORD is this: who ever understands this combination, has peace likewise about those who believe, as well as those who dont.

    1.John 14:6

    Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

    2. John 6:43‭-‬44

    Jesus answered them, “Do not grumble among yourselves. No one can come to me UNLESS the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day.

  9. So what if some verses contradict? it does prove that Christianity is fake. Without the bible you can still prove that God is real. Besides there is not enough evidence to make me an unbeliever.

  10. Well, there is no need to try to use sophistry to cover up those contradictions, perhaps, there are unknown reasons for them

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