the bible passage where jesus uses foul language

Posted: April 30, 2008 in obscure bible verses
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 Jesus is known as a well-mannered individual as a whole. He insisted on turning the other cheek, encouraged his snobbish disciples to allow children to come and listen to him and preached about sitting on the humblest seat when invited to a dinner. He is also known as a great motivational speaker who electrified the crowd without resorting to foul language. Or may he did…

There was a time he was pissed in the bible. He sees some entrepreneurial action going on in his temple. He thrashes the place. He overturns tables and flings animal products, but over all he kept his tongue in check. In Jesus Christ Superstar he just sings in falsetto “My temple should be a house of prayer/ But you have made it to a den of thieves/ Get out!/ Get out!”


Another instance that one would think he may have used a not-so-wholesome language would be that one of the last seven words where an exasperated Jesus asked in a mildly questioning manner, “Father, why have you forsaken me?” It would sound like he doesn’t want to be crucified anymore and he questions God’s will. It may sound defiant and he seems to be doubting God’s love there. But still it is nothing you would consider as something to bleeped. Given all the things he had to endure in the movie in Passion of the Christ, that sentence would rather sound very polite as opposed to what most of us will say when we bump our head on a table while picking up a fork we dropped on the floor.  


While it can be inferred that Jesus chose his words well and used a kind of language most of our parents would applaud since he is the Son of God, who would have thought that at some time he sounded just like a regular construction worker? 

Jesus was preaching about the cost of being a disciple. He talks about how much commitment is needed to become one. He illustrates this idea by saying that a man who plans to construct a building should estimate first and check whether he has enough materials to complete it.

It can be sensed though that Jesus is might have gotten up from the wrong side of the bed that day when he proceeds to use war to explain his idea further. He tells them that those who go to war need to estimate if they have enough soldiers against their enemies. He may be hinting on sending a scout on a quick horse. Normally, he would use grapes and lost coins in his parables, but he seems to border on something violent that day.

Then he resorts to foul language to hammer the idea on disciples-to-be who happen to be in the area. Bear in mind that when this was said at their time the more popular word we use for this bodily waste was not yet in use.

 34“Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? 35It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out.
      “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” -Luke 14:34-35

If we translate it to modern lingo it would sound something like this:

34“Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? 35It is fit neither for the soil nor for a pile of shit; it is thrown out.

It is neither fit for the soil nor for pile of a crap!

“Yeah, the commitment you are showing now is greatly appreciated, but what good would it be once it fades and it is gone? It’s so useless it is worth less than a pile of shit,”  Jesus Christ.

Why did Jesus use ‘pile of shit’ or ‘pile of crap’ instead of ‘pile of garbage’? It still means the same thing -a pile of useless things. I don’t know maybe it’s because was stressed out at that time because he had a long day. In that same chapter he had debated with some pharisees and talked of a parable of a great banquet. The parable may have been an improv and it took its toll on him.  

Or maybe this is where his carpenter roots come in. Remember he grew up with a carpenter foster father and maybe that’s the way Joseph talks to his kid at home.

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  2. eilen1 says:

    Jesus was very careful to select his words and to help us get the true picture of issues from divine perspective. Interpreting the expressions in human context alone will make us loose the divine perspective. for example the expression about pile shit signifies the repulsive nature of sin in a man’s life. If a sinner refuses to repent he can never be useful in God’s sight and hands.

  3. Bruce says:

    Pile of fertilizer would be today’s term.

    • J says:

      but fertilizer is very useful… i dont think it carries the true weight of what is really meant as much as “pile of shit.”

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  6. DK says:

    The way the world is today, it deserves salty language. Nothing else gets through

  7. HaHa could you possibly not know what the fuck you are talking about? I thinkest thou knowest not.
    Jesus’ greek word actually means.. manure or dung. St. Paul on the other hand, that fucker could cuss!
    skybalon (greek)=shit
    So could Elijah against the 400 plus prophets when asks “where is your god? Maybe he is pursuing..

  8. Fille du Fleuve says:

    Meh. Manure is the English word for the poop of cows and horses, so what? “Shit” is an Anglo-Saxon word meaning “filth” — Chaucer used it as an everyday word that didn’t have impolite meaning (something that was filthy was called “shitten”). The word “shit” has only taken on its vulgar status in recent centuries, possibly influenced by the socially higher nature of the French language that influenced English after the Norman conquest, eventually pushing the Anglo-Saxon words into the vulgar class. The word “vulgar” itself is simply Latin for “common,” which alone doesn’t justify using it to describe something as of no value or esteem.

    By the way, Jesus also taught about developing holiness, and in one lesson He mentioned the food laws that the Scribes and Pharisees believed kept them from becoming unclean. He said something to the effect that, “Why worry about what you put in your mouth? It’s just going to end up in the latrine. Better to focus on what you put into your mind because it influences what comes out of your mouth. Unclean thoughts are worse than unclean foods.”

  9. McKenna Hastings says:

    Wow…what a stupid post. If you think “manure” is a cuss word, you need to get out more, friend.

  10. Samuel Earl says:

    this was about the most idiotic post i have ever seen

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