May 282018

Words have meanings and the meaning can change from time and place according to our circumstance. Pastor Mark Forest encourages his congregation to study the Bible from the perspective of the audience to whom it was written.

Take the unicorn:

If you get an old 1828 Noah Webster’s Dictionary, which is the very first edition dictionary that Webster came out with about 200 years ago, and look up the word “unicorn” it says:

Unicorn – An animal with one horn; the monoceros. this name is often applied to the rhinoceros. Unicorn and bicornis varieties. Read the verses again with the raw, powerful image of the rhino in mind. The director of Fossil Rim in Glen Rose once told me that he saw a white rhino toss a female rhino. They can be over 5,000 pounds. This is not the image of the sweet beautiful horse painted in pink.

“God brought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn.”

Numbers 23:22 KJV

“God brings them out of Egypt; He has strength like a wild ox.”

Numbers 23:22 NKJV

“Will the unicorn be willing to serve thee, or abide by thy crib?”

Job 39:9 KJV

““Will the wild ox be willing to serve you? Will he bed by your manger? Can you bind the wild ox in the furrow with ropes? Or will he plow the valleys behind you?”

Job 39:9-10 NKJV

  3 Responses to “Unicorn in the Bible”

  1. Rhonda Vega Emanuel, you got me thinking yesterday. Why does the King James and the new King James differ on unicorn or wild ox? Atheist make fun of the Bible because of things like the word unicorn. But looking at this from the history of the word, we see a most powerful image.

  2. Especially when you read “God brought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn.”
    Numbers 23:22 KJV 1611

  3. But wild ox according to some scholars isn’t an exact meaning. But a rhino’s power is more than other mammals. When you check the dictionary and see the unicorn was the rhino with one horn it makes sense. Now, who would want to change the image of God from the powerful rhino to a tiny little pony with a rainbow mane? The liar, the deceiver. Yes the one who comes to kill, steal and destroy.

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