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Unicorns In The Bible

  • Numbers 23:22 God brought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn.
  • Numbers 24:8 God brought him forth out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn: he shall eat up the nations his enemies, and shall break their bones, and pierce them through with his arrows.
  • Deuteronomy 33:17 His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth: and they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh.
  • Job 39:9 Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib?
  • Job 39:10 Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee?
  • Psalms 22:21 Save me from the lion's mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.
  • Psalms 29:6 He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn.
  • Psalms 92:10 But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.
  • Isaiah 34:7 And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; and their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust made fat with fatness.

Unicorns appear only in the King James translation and a few other very obscure ones. In other translations the Hebrew word 'rheem' is usually translated as wild ox. In Numbers, the Unicorn is depicted as being very powerful and in Job the Unicorn is very much a free spirit. I find Psalms 22:21 the most interesting passage. Here the Unicorn is a saviour who is telling God that writer is in serious trouble. Other translations say something like "Save me from the mouth of the lion! From the horns of the wild oxen you have rescued me." Here, the rheem is an adversary. If I were into conspiracies, I would think that there is a plot to discredit the Unicorn.

This page is a modified version of the very first web site that I put up in 1997. My isp (2400 baud dial-up) gave me a shell account and I decided to put up a web page as a learning experience. At the time, I knew very little about unix and nothing at all about html. A bit of web searching turned up some tutorials and I learned enough to put up a simple page. Gee, if xmas is short for Christmas could unix be short for Unicorn?