Is There Humor in the Bible?


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While there are no outright jokes in the Bible, subtle humor is visible in a few passages, such as 2 Chronicles 21:20, Luke 18:1-8, 1 Kings 18:27 and Proverbs 19:24. Humor is usually expressed in the Bible by side remarks, juxtaposition or absurd metaphor.

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In 2 Chronicles 21:20, the writer states that King Jehoram "passed away, to no one's regret"; this is an example of a writer's editorial statement breaking from a factual recounting to express what people really thought about the king. In Luke 18:1-8, Jesus uses the humorous illustration of a stubborn old woman who successfully pesters a judge as a laudable example of the results of the prayer. 1 Kings 18:27 shows Elijah taunting worshippers of Baal by asking jokingly if Baal was using the bathroom. Proverbs 19:24 exaggerates laziness by using the illustration of a person who takes food in his hand but doesn't bother to bring the food to his mouth.

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