What does the Bible say about unicorns?
Unicorns are mythological creatures that are said to have a plethora of special powers. Are you wondering, is this legendary beast real? Have you ever wondered, are unicorns in the Bible? That is what we will find out today. The answers to these questions may shock you!
Are unicorns mentioned in the Bible?
Yes, unicorns are mentioned 9 times in the KJV translation of the Bible. However, unicorns were never mentioned in the original languages of the Bible. In fact, unicorns are not mentioned in modern translations of the Bible. The translation for the Hebrew word re’em also reëm is “wild ox.” The word re’em refers to a long horned animal. Psalm 92:10 in the NKJV says “But my horn You have exalted like a wild ox; I have been anointed with fresh oil.” Unicorns in the Bible are not like the fairy tales. Unicorns are actual animals, they are powerful with either one or two horns.
- Job 39:9
KJV Job 39:9 “Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib?”
ESV Job 39:9 “Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib?”
2. Job 39:10
KJV Job 39:10 “Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee?”
ESV Job 39:10 “Canst thou bind the unicorn with his band in the furrow? or will he harrow the valleys after thee?”
3. Psalm 22:21
KJV Psalm 22:21 “But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.”
ESV Psalm 22:21 “Save me from the mouth of the lion! You have rescued me from the horns of the wild oxen!”
4. Psalm 92:10
KJV Psalm 92:10 “But my horn shalt thou exalt like the horn of an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.”
ESV Psalm 92:10 “But you have exalted my horn like that of the wild ox; you have poured over me fresh oil.”
5. Deuteronomy 33:17
KJV 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.”
ESV Deuteronomy 33:17 “A firstborn bull-he has majesty, and his horns are the horns of a wild ox; with them he shall gore the peoples, all of them, to the ends of the earth; they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh.”
6. Numbers 23:22
KJV Numbers 23:22 “God brought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn.”
ESV Numbers 23:22 “God brings them out of Egypt and is for them like the horns of the wild ox.”
7. Numbers 24:8
NIV 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.”
ESV Numbers 24:8 “God brings him out of Egypt and is for him like the horns of the wild ox; he shall eat up the nations, his adversaries, and shall break their bones in pieces and pierce them through with his arrows.”
8. Isaiah 34:7
KJV 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.”
ESV 34:7 “Wild oxen shall fall with them, and young steers with the mighty bulls. Their land shall drink its fill of blood, and their soil shall be gorged with fat.”
9. Psalm 29:6
KJV Psalm 29:6 “He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn.”
ESV Psalm 29:6 “He maketh them also to skip like a calf; Lebanon and Sirion like a young unicorn.”
Creation of the animals
Genesis 1:25 “God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.”