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Yes, even The Bible has its share of Funny Moments.

  • In a general sense, all of the moments listed below come from a very old set of scriptures, which is typically handled delicately and has been translated into some Purple Prose esque modern versions. So, yes, you can and will end up reading an eloquent passage that's essentially Jesus getting exasperated at how dense his disciples are, people accusing the apostles of being drunk, and Haman backing himself into a corner, among other things.
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  • Acts 2: On the Pentecost, the Disciples gain the ability to speak fluently in new languages. Unsurprisingly, this shocks many of the onlookers, some of whom conclude that they're simply drunk. However, Peter tells the crowd that it's too early for them to have been drinking, as it was only 9:00 AM.
  • This little snippet from Genesis, as Yahweh is looking for Adam:
    "And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?"
  • Acts 12:7: Evidently, Peter is such a deep sleep that the angel had to kick him in the ribs to wake him up.
  • The above fails to mention that said angel was breaking Peter out of prison. Peter thought he was dreaming and walked right past two sets of armed guards.
    • And then, when Peter finally realizes that he is not dreaming and is actually free, he heads back to the house with the rest of the disciples. A girl called Rhoda answers the door, and is so excited to hear that it's him that she immediately runs off to tell the other disciples. Completely forgetting to actually unlock the door and let Peter, who has just been miraculously rescued by an angel, in.
  • Job 38:35: Can you send forth lightnings, that they may go and say to you, ‘Here we are’? Yea, we call it Telecommunication, or Telephone, or perhaps Television.
    • The Internet, and TV Tropes itself, is essentially this.
  • Otaku might call Moses' first confrontation with Pharaoh "the world's first Pokémon battle".
    • Oh God, the hilarity!
    Moses: Are you ready, Pharaoh? (tosses robe off dramatically and holds out his staff) SNAKE! I CHOOSE YOU!! (Dramatically throws it on the ground near Pharaoh's feet, complete with lightening effects)
    Crowd: (at the staff turning into the snake) Ooooooh!
    'Ramses: (smirks) Hmph! You desert people are all the same. (Stands up coolly) Prepare yourself as I demolish your miserable snake with my own snakes. (Takes two smaller staffs) POWERS OF RA! GUIDE MY WAY!!! (throws them at Moses' snake with the same dramatic lightning effects)
    Crowd: 8D (Now amazed at the spectacle) Aaaaaah!
    Moses: (glares) Cheap parlor tricks.
    *Ramses' snakes die*
    Ramses: O___O
    *Thousands of years later, Satoshi Tajiri is inspired to make Pokemon after reading this excerpt from the Bible*
    Moses: Wait, did you just summon two snakes in one turn?
    Ramses: Yeah, so?
    Moses: That's against the rules, isn't it?
    • There's also the possibility the original Hebrew word for what Aaron's staff note  turned into, "Tannin" actually meant not snake but crocodile as the word can mean either. One can imagine the instant Oh, Crap! the priests had when their attempts to confront the 6 meter reptile in the room resulted in two little snakes.
    • From that same book in the Old Testament, Robin Williams suggested that the rain of frogs may have been Hebrews with catapults flinging them. And thank goodness it wasn't the French or else they'd be trapped.
    France: Lunch! Okay, why should we let you go? You're great caterers, I can't let you go, you crazy people!
    • Speaking of the plagues, those magicians were kind of idiots, weren't they? "Great. Just what we needed. More blood in place of water." "And frogs." They even tried with the lice/gnats/ticks/whatever, but couldn't. They do get the point and stop trying, though, and after boils stop them from standing before Moses, we just don't hear from them again.
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  • Gideon heard about a dream of a giant loaf of bread destroying the enemy camp.
  • Paul holds a sermon in a tower. It continues long into the night. A guy sitting in the window falls asleep and falls to his death. Paul casually strolls down and hurls himself at the guy, says "This man is not dead", revives him... and goes up to continue his speech until dawn.
  • Paul derailing his own trial by inciting a theological argument amongst his Sadducee and Pharisee judges.
  • Matthew 21:18-19— "Early in the morning, as Jesus was on his way back to the city, he was hungry. Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, 'May you never bear fruit again!' Immediately the tree withered."
    • Just imagine Jesus yelling at a tree while the apostles all stand about awkwardly.
      • This isn't so much God hates figs, as it was an example of something which should have been acting according to nature (the tree should have been producing) instead being fruitless. Jesus is reminding the apostles of the consequences of disobedience.
      • No, not really. Since it wasn't the time of year for the tree to be producing, no one expected it to be bearing fruit. However, because the tree had leaves, a sign of producing fruit, Jesus cursed it for falsely claiming to bear fruit while doing nothing. The point is that genuine faith in Jesus produces good works, and since believers will be judged by others by their works (see James for more detail), giving off the appearance of faith without bearing any fruit will lead to being cursed by God. Not so much about disobedience, more about the consequences of bragging about faith while doing nothing good with it.
  • Acts 19:13-16 - When several amateurs try to exorcise a demon, it possesses them instead and causes them to go streaking.
    • Though another interpretation, which probably shouldn't be in this page, is that the demon-possessed guy raped them.
  • Elijah joking to 450 prophets of Baal that their god is too busy taking a shower to help them. Funnier if you interpret "shower" as "pee".
    • It gets even more hilarious if you put it in historical and cultural context. Elijah wasn't simply trash-talking, but actually relating to both general Godly characteristics, and more exact aspects of Baal. The "pursuing" part was about Baal's one exact aspect: Historically, Baal was associated with weather and rain and cultists prayed to him for rain, especially during drought. If you missed some of that: Elijah was saying to cultists that rain was Baal pissing on them.
    • The word "busy" in the NIV or "pursuing" in the KJV in Elijah's taunt actually translates better into "pooping".
  • John 1:46: Does anything good come from Nazareth?
  • Although the Book of Job really belongs on another page (read Tear Jerker) One character just has a goofy name. Job's friend is Bildad the Shuhite. That's pronounced Shoeheight. There is an old joke that he is the shortest man in the Bible next only to Nehimiah (knee-high mi ha) both are examples of a Captain Obvious Accidental Pun.
  • Judges 15:4-5 — "So Samson caught 300 foxes. He tied them together in pairs by their tails. Then he fastened a torch between their tails. He set the torches on fire and released the foxes in the Philistines' grain fields. So he set fire to all their grain, whether it was stacked or in the fields. Their olive orchards also caught on fire."
    • Not as funny if you remembered why he did it and what happen afterwards.
  • Joseph tells the two men in prison with him what is possibly the oldest recorded pun in history while explaining their dream interpretations : One gets his head lifted up, the other gets his head lifted off! Even better is that both interpretations start with the same seven words in Hebrewnote . You can just see the baker smiling as he hears the same words that began the cupbearer's dream... then it falls as he realizes it's taken a much darker turn.
    • That isn't even the first pun that story. When it says that Joseph's brothers hated him even morenote , it uses a word of the same root as his name.
  • Judges 15:16 (NIV)—"Then Samson said, 'With a donkey's jawbone I have made donkeys of them. With a donkey's jawbone I have killed a thousand men.'" Now go to the King James version and Have a Gay Old Time.
  • Numbers 22. Balaam's donkey starts talking to him. Balaam answers back like it's nothing out of the ordinary.
  • If you're in the right mood, the start of Jacob's family can be seen as this. Leaving aside, for the moment that it's his cousins, Jacob meets and falls in love with Rachel. He tells her father that he wants to marry her, and yes, WHY he wants to marry her. They strike a deal that he will work for 7 years. Jacob does this, marries his bride, takes her home and starts the honeymoon. It's not until the next morning that he had married Leah, Rachel's sister. He works for seven more years to marry Rachel. And then the sisters start a very absurd war for his affection using pregnancy! At one point, when Rachel complains about not getting pregnant, you can see Jacob's frustration and even fatigue with his answer, "What, do you think I'm God?"
    • Cousins, ha. Remember who his grandfather married? His half-sister. But recall that this is before the laws regarding who one may have sex with were codified, and even when they were, cousins didn't make the "prohibited" list.
  • Deut. 25:7-10 tells of the funniest "divorce" ceremony ever. It involves the guy getting spat in the face. There's also one in there about how a woman who has grabbed a man's junk out of anger should have the hand cut off.
    Show her no pity.
  • The festival of Purim and the telling of the Book of Esther is like going to The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Audiences have props, speak along with the verses, and, of course, boo the crap out of Haman whenever his name is mentioned.
    • Haman really gets it good at one point. So, his plan to murder thousands of Jews is well underway. However, the king, while having a record read to him before bed, is told of how Mordecai, Haman's greatest enemy, saved his life from assassins once, and realises he never did anything to thank him. So, he asks Haman what should be done for a man the king wishes to honour. Haman thinks the king is going to honour him, and basically requests a massive parade, like, the biggest ever, with the man being honoured riding the king's own horse as another leads him, declaring, "This is the man the king wishes to honour!" And when he's finished speaking, the king agrees, and says that should be done for Mordecai. And Haman is the one who has to lead him about, declaring, "This is the man the king wishes to honour!" One can only imagine what his reaction must have been, knowing he just managed to give his greatest enemy a parade in his honour, which he must lead.
  • The Book of Jonah, particularly the fourth chapter.
  • In Micah 2:11, the exasperated prophet berates the Israelites for only listening to false prophets who just tell them what they want to hear: "If a liar and deceiver comes and says, ‘I will prophesy for you plenty of wine and beer,' that would be just the prophet for this people!"
  • Tamar. Not the daughter of David, the one whom Judah's sons married. The first one, Er, died of an unspecified sinnote ; his brother, who married her, died after "pulling out" before his seed could come out. Judah thought there was something wrong with her, so even though he told her to wait until his third son was grown, he delayed in giving her to him, so she dressed like a harlot, apparently knowing enough about Judah to know he'd go in to her. He offers her a goat as payment, and she asks for some collateral. He hands over his seal and cord. (At that time, this would be equivalent to his passport, credit report, and power of attorney all in one.) After he leaves, she goes back to her father's house. She gets pregnant from the encounter, and someone tells Judah, who's ready to have her stoned. She sends him his stuff and asks him to identify them (perhaps a way of saying, "It takes two to tango, dude", as well as being a mirror of what he and his brothers did in asking their father to identify Joseph's robe). He backs down.
  • You wouldn't think the laws regarding leprosy would have anything funny in it (outside of maybe the mental image of a man having to cover his upper lip and call out, "Unclean! Unclean!"), but it has this to say about baldness:
    As for the man whose hair has fallen from his head, he is bald, but he is clean.
    • There is also the bizarre rule that a person with a skin disease is unclean, but if the disease spreads to cover his entire body completely, then the person is clean again.
  • The actual wording when the Pharaoh deploys his soldiers to capture the escaping Israelites in Exodus. He's mentioned as sending six hundred of the best chariots in Egypt, along with all the rest of the chariots in Egypt.
    • Well, duh! Everyone knows you're supposed to send the pawns last!
    • One can imagine this as the exact way Pharoh said it:
    Pharaoh: Send six hundred of my best chariots after them!
    Scribe: *scribbles furiously*
    Pharoh: Actually... No. Send All of Them.
    Scribe: All of Them?
    Pharaoh: All of Them.
    Scribe: ...Crud. I've already written down six hundred...
    Pharaoh: Are you falsifying my orders?
    Scribe: ...Aaaand the rest.
  • Chapter 13 of Jeremiah has a very interesting message from the Lord. He tells Jeremiah to go buy a pair of linen undergarments, then put them on. Then He tells Jeremiah to take them off and leave them in water for a while, so that they won't fit. It actually includes the line "Just as undergarments are supposed to fit close to the body, so my people are supposed to fit close to me." It's a very surreal comparison.
  • Hosea 3:1 God commands Hosea to go love his unfaithful wife.
    Then the LORD said to me, "Go again, love a woman who is loved by her husband, yet an adulteress, even as the LORD loves the sons of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love raisin cakes."
  • A meta example, try searching the word "ass" in the Bible. Since the word "ass" can also mean "donkey", it is used in some older versions of the Bible, but if you see it as the other kind of "ass", it's downright hilarious.
  • David's numerous Prayers of Malice in the Book of Psalms, where he asks God to kill ne'er-do-wells. Who would have thought that any component of any holy book could be so unabashedly malicious?
  • Before she became the prophet Samuel's mother, Hannah angsted so much about her inability to conceive that she went to the Temple and wept and prayed for a son. When he saw her, High Priest Eli thought she was drunk and bluntly said "lady, stop making a scene! Go home and get something against the hangover!".
  • The first time they see Jesus walking on water, the Disciples outright freak out: "IT'S A GHOST!"
  • Genesis 25:29-34, where Esau sells his inheritance to Jacob... for a bowl of soup. Presumably, Jacob was just trying to stop Esau from taking his food, but Esau insists that he's "dying" of hunger. The incident gives him the Embarrassing Nickname Edomnote .
  • In 1 Samuel 6, the Philistines, stricken with plagues of mice and tumors, decide to return the Ark of the Covenant to Beth-Shemesh, an Israelite settlement, along with a gold offering for their trespass. The priests tell them that if the cows drawing the cart go one way, that means they did well, and God would be appeased. If it went another way, it meant they had misinterpreted the plagues, and God wasn't responsible so they could take the Ark back. Instead, the cows went neither way, plowing straight through a field with the Philistines hilariously chasing after them.

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