Hamas in The Bible: Violence, Cruelty, Injustice

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Did you know that the word Hamas is actually a Hebrew word in the Old Testament? It has been translated as…

  • violence (39x)
  • violent (7x)
  • cruelty (4x)
  • wrong (3x)
  • false (2x)
  • cruel (1x)
  • damage (1x)
  • injustice (1x)
  • oppressor (with H376) (1x)
  • unrighteous (1x)

Now it is more than likely just a coincidence that a modern-day terrorist group uses the name Hamas but nonetheless, there are some very interesting scriptures to look at.


The First Time Hamas Is Mentioned Is Striking

Hamas is first mentioned in Gen 6:11 and again in Gen 6:13. The earth was corrupt and filled with violence (Hamas). The end of all flesh is come before me, for the earth is filled with violence (Hamas) through them.

Of course, we know Jesus said in Luke 17:26 - And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.

So the end of the world for the first time was because of Hamas and here we are in our day with so many things indicating the return of the Lord and Hamas and violence is filling the earth.

So the end of the world for the first time was because of Hamas and here we are in our day with so many things indicating the return of the Lord and Hamas and violence is filling the earth.

Also see: God Is Angry with the Wicked Every Day

I say that cautiously because Christians have thought this many times in different centuries past and we could well be wrong again.

Nonetheless, it is striking that this is the very first time the word Hamas is used.


This Sounds Familiar

Joel 3:19: Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the (Hamas) against the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land.

This is talking about Egypt and Edom which are different from the people of Hamas we see today so I don’t think this is talking about today but the similarity is amazing as it says…

Violence (Hamas) against the children of Judah (Jews), shed innocent blood in their land.

Violence (Hamas) against the children of Judah (Jews), shed innocent blood in their land.

Also see: For the LORD Thy God Is a Consuming Fire


His Violent Dealings Shall Come Down Upon His Own Head

Psa 7:16 His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent (Hamas) dealing shall come down upon his own pate.

This is speaking of evil people in general but you can see this in so many ways and even in the conflict we see today. You reap what you sow.

More…

Psalm 11:5 The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth (Hamas) his soul hateth.


Let’s look at all of the Hamas references in the Bible:

Also see: Joining The Dots: Ephesians 1

Violence, Cruelty, Injustice

VerseText
Gen 6:11The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with (Hamas).
Gen 6:13And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with (Hamas) through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
Gen 49:5Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty (Hamas) are in their habitations.
Jdg 9:24That the cruelty (Hamas) done to the threescore and ten sons of Jerubbaal might come, and their blood be laid upon Abimelech their brother, which slew them; and upon the men of Shechem, which aided him in the killing of his brethren.
Psa 25:19Consider mine enemies; for they are many; and they hate me with cruel (Hamas) hatred.
Psa 27:12Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty. (Hamas)
Psa 74:20Have respect unto the covenant: for the dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty. (Hamas)
Pro 4:17For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of (Hamas).
Isa 59:6Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of (Hamas) is in their hands.
VerseText
Jon 3:8But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and cry mightily unto God: yea, let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the (Hamas) that is in their hands.
Mic 6:12For the rich men thereof are full of (Hamas), and the inhabitants thereof have spoken lies, and their tongue is deceitful in their mouth.
Hab 2:8Because thou hast spoiled many nations, all the remnant of the people shall spoil thee; because of men’s blood, and for the (Hamas) of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein.
Hab 2:17For the (Hamas) of Lebanon shall cover thee, and the spoil of beasts, which made them afraid, because of men’s blood, and for the (Hamas) of the land, of the city, and of all that dwell therein.
Zep 1:9In the same day also will I punish all those that leap on the threshold, which fill their masters’ houses with (Hamas) and deceit.

Against God’s People

VerseText
Gen 16:5And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong (Hamas) be upon thee: I have given my maid into thy bosom; and when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her eyes: the LORD judge between me and thee.
Jer 51:35The (Hamas) done to me and to my flesh be upon Babylon, shall the inhabitant of Zion say; and my blood upon the inhabitants of Chaldea, shall Jerusalem say.
Joe 3:19Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the (Hamas) against the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land.
Oba 1:10For thy (Hamas) against thy brother Jacob shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off for ever.

Wickedness, False Witness

VerseText
Exo 23:1Thou shalt not raise a false report: put not thine hand with the wicked to be an unrighteous (Hamas) witness.
Deu 19:16If a false (Hamas) witness rise up against any man to testify against him that which is wrong;
Psa 35:11False (Hamas) witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not.
Pro 10:6Blessings are upon the head of the just: but (Hamas) covereth the mouth of the wicked.
Pro 10:11The mouth of a righteous man is a well of life: but (Hamas) covereth the mouth of the wicked.
Pro 13:2A man shall eat good by the fruit of his mouth: but the soul of the transgressors shall eat (Hamas).
Pro 16:29A violent (Hamas) man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good.

God’s Judgment Against Hamas

VerseText
Psa 7:16His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent (Hamas) dealing shall come down upon his own pate.
Psa 11:5The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth (Hamas) his soul hateth.
Psa 18:48He delivereth me from mine enemies: yea, thou liftest me up above those that rise up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent (Hamas) man.
Psa 140:1[[To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.]] Deliver me, O LORD, from the evil man: preserve me from the violent (Hamas) man;
Psa 140:4Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from the violent (Hamas) man; who have purposed to overthrow my goings.
Psa 140:11Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt the violent (Hamas) man to overthrow him.
Pro 3:31Envy thou not the oppressor, (Hamas) and choose none of his ways.
VerseText
Hab 1:2O LORD, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry out unto thee of (Hamas), and thou wilt not save!
Hab 1:3Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? for spoiling and (Hamas) are before me: and there are that raise up strife and contention.
Hab 1:9They shall come all for (Hamas): their faces shall sup up as the east wind, and they shall gather the captivity as the sand.

Against God’s Law

VerseText
Mal 2:16For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth (Hamas) with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.

Conclusion

The wars and conflicts of this world are so complex and it is usually the innocents that pay the highest price.

The word Hamas is just the Hebrew word used for violence and other things and is not refer to the literal Hamas group today despite the interesting parallels.

You have tribes of Israel who were Hamas (violent), and you had individuals dealing with violent (Hamas) issues.

So as you can see it is a word broadly used however the fact that the first time it is mentioned prior to the flood and the earth filled with violence just opens the door for there being a little more to it.

Pro 3:31: Envy thou not the oppressor, (Hamas) and choose none of his ways.

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