Why does the Bible mention unicorns?

UnicornIf you have read the Bible, there is a chance that you read its passages containing unicorns.

Yes, unicorns. You know, that mythical animal that looks like an ordinary horse but can fly and has a horn on its forehead?

Here are the biblical passages that mention unicorns:

  • 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.”
  • 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 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.”
  • 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.”
  • Psalms 22:21 – “Save me from the lion’s mouth: for thou hast heard me from the horns of the unicorns.”
  • 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.”

Does this mean that unicorns are real? Or is the Bible just a book of fairy tales because it talks about imaginary creatures such as unicorns?

Now, before any biblical fanatic throws a stone at us, we’re not saying the Bible is a very old book of fairy tales. (We’ll leave it to the religious and historical experts to debate.) The biblical unicorn was real, and not an imaginary creature. The Bible talks about unicorns in the context of familiar animals such as horses, dogs, eagles, lions, among others. The Holy Scriptures have described unicorns traveling like bullocks, skipping like calves, and bleeding when they die.

The biblical unicorn can also be the elasmotherium, an extinct giant rhinoceros. Of course today, we also have one-horned animals such as the rhinoceros, unicorn goat, and narwhal.

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