What Does the Bible Say About Hunting? 11 Great Verses


Genesis 27:3

ESVNow then, take your weapons, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me,
KJVNow therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison;
NASB“Now then, please take your gear, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me;
NIVNow then, get your equipment—your quiver and bow—and go out to the open country to hunt some wild game for me.
NLTTake your bow and a quiver full of arrows, and go out into the open country to hunt some wild game for me.

Genesis 9:3

ESVEvery moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.
KJVEvery moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things.
NASB“Every moving thing that is alive shall be food for you; I give all to you, as I gave the green plant.
NIVEverything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.
NLTI have given them to you for food, just as I have given you grain and vegetables.

Genesis 10:9

ESVHe was a mighty hunter before the LORD. Therefore it is said, “Like Nimrod a mighty hunter before the LORD.”
KJVHe was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.
NASBHe was a mighty hunter before the LORD; therefore it is said, “Like Nimrod a mighty hunter before the LORD.”
NIVHe was a mighty hunter before the LORD; that is why it is said, “Like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before the LORD.”
NLTSince he was the greatest hunter in the world, his name became proverbial. People would say, “This man is like Nimrod, the greatest hunter in the world.”

Genesis 21:20

ESVAnd God was with the boy, and he grew up. He lived in the wilderness and became an expert with the bow.
KJVAnd God was with the lad; and he grew, and dwelt in the wilderness, and became an archer.
NASBGod was with the lad, and he grew; and he lived in the wilderness and became an archer.
NIVGod was with the boy as he grew up. He lived in the desert and became an archer.
NLTAnd God was with the boy as he grew up in the wilderness. He became a skillful archer,

Jeremiah 16:16

ESV“Behold, I am sending for many fishers, declares the Lord, and they shall catch them. And afterward I will send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain and every hill, and out of the clefts of the rocks.
KJVBehold, I will send for many fishers, saith the LORD, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.
NASB“Behold, I am going to send for many fishermen,” declares the LORD, “and they will fish for them; and afterwards I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them from every mountain and every hill and from the clefts of the rocks.
NIV“But now I will send for many fishermen,” declares the LORD, “and they will catch them. After that I will send for many hunters, and they will hunt them down on every mountain and hill and from the crevices of the rocks.
NLT“But now I am sending for many fishermen who will catch them,” says the LORD. “I am sending for hunters who will hunt them down in the mountains, hills, and caves.

Acts 10:13

ESVAnd there came a voice to him: “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.”
KJVAnd there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat.
NASBA voice came to him, “Get up, Peter, kill and eat!”
NIVThen a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.”
NLTThen a voice said to him, “Get up, Peter; kill and eat them.”

Proverbs 12:27

ESVWhoever is slothful will not roast his game, but the diligent man will get precious wealth.
KJVThe slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man is precious.
NASBA lazy man does not roast his prey, But the precious possession of a man is diligence.
NIVThe lazy do not roast any game, but the diligent feed on the riches of the hunt.
NLTLazy people don’t even cook the game they catch, but the diligent make use of everything they find.

Proverbs 12:10

ESVWhoever is righteous has regard for the life of his beast, but the mercy of the wicked is cruel.
KJVA righteous man regardeth the life of his beast: but the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.
NASBA righteous man has regard for the life of his animal, But even the compassion of the wicked is cruel.
NIVThe righteous care for the needs of their animals, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.
NLTThe godly care for their animals, but the wicked are always cruel.

Genesis 27:5

ESVNow Rebekah was listening when Isaac spoke to his son Esau. So when Esau went to the field to hunt for game and bring it,
KJVAnd Rebekah heard when Isaac spake to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt for venison, and to bring it.
NASBRebekah was listening while Isaac spoke to his son Esau. So when Esau went to the field to hunt for game to bring home,
NIVNow Rebekah was listening as Isaac spoke to his son Esau. When Esau left for the open country to hunt game and bring it back,
NLTBut Rebekah overheard what Isaac had said to his son Esau. So when Esau left to hunt for the wild game,

Genesis 27:33

ESVThen Isaac trembled very violently and said, “Who was it then that hunted game and brought it to me, and I ate it all before you came, and I have blessed him? Yes, and he shall be blessed.”
KJVAnd Isaac trembled very exceedingly, and said, Who? where is he that hath taken venison, and brought it me, and I have eaten of all before thou camest, and have blessed him? yea, and he shall be blessed.
NASBThen Isaac trembled violently, and said, “Who was he then that hunted game and brought it to me, so that I ate of all of it before you came, and blessed him? Yes, and he shall be blessed.”
NIVIsaac trembled violently and said, “Who was it, then, that hunted game and brought it to me? I ate it just before you came and I blessed him—and indeed he will be blessed!”
NLTIsaac began to tremble uncontrollably and said, “Then who just served me wild game? I have already eaten it, and I blessed him just before you came. And yes, that blessing must stand!”

Leviticus 17:13

ESV“Any one also of the people of Israel, or of the strangers who sojourn among them, who takes in hunting any beast or bird that may be eaten shall pour out its blood and cover it with earth.
KJVAnd whatsoever man there be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, which hunteth and catcheth any beast or fowl that may be eaten; he shall even pour out the blood thereof, and cover it with dust.
NASB“So when any man from the sons of Israel, or from the aliens who sojourn among them, in hunting catches a beast or a bird which may be eaten, he shall pour out its blood and cover it with earth.
NIV“’Any Israelite or any foreigner residing among you who hunts any animal or bird that may be eaten must drain out the blood and cover it with earth,
NLT“And if any native Israelite or foreigner living among you goes hunting and kills an animal or bird that is approved for eating, he must drain its blood and cover it with earth.

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