What dirty words does God hate?

As a Christian, is it allowed to say “shit”?

After drilling thick boards of world politics, sexual ethics, etc. in my blog in the past, I now turn to a more profane, but for pious and no less controversial, question: Are Christians allowed to say "shit"? My answer in short: Yes, of course! It's just not always smart.

First of all, we should make a general distinction between "swear words", "strong expressions" and "curses".


Swear words or invective are aimed at devaluation and disparagement and are mostly used in relation to people. Swear words are supposed to have an insulting effect in that they do not adequately describe the person being abused as the culturally established aesthetic, ethical, hygienic, intellectual, physical or religious norms and consequently as subnormal in order to violate culturally or personally sensitive areas.[1]

The first swear word handed down to us in secular literature is "dog" in a poem in the ancient Indian Rigveda that originated around 3,000 years ago, but some biblical swearwords are much older.

First of all, it is interesting that scolders are accused, especially in the Bible, with lies and the keyword “defamation”. A swear word should not slander people, say something wrong about them.

Then guard your tongue from bad words and do not spread lies! (LU;; Ps 34,14)

Nevertheless, there are some, sometimes crude, swear words against people in the Bible. Here is a selection of some biblically used swear words:

  • “Dead dog” 1 Samuel 24:15; 2Sam 9.8; 2Sam 16.9;
  • “Dumb dog” Isa 56,10
  • “Flea” 1 Samuel 24:15
  • "Cow" on 4.1
  • “Worm” Hi 25,6; Ps 22.7
  • "Dog head" 2Sam 3,8
  • "Donkey member" Ez 23.20
  • “Son of a stubborn man” 1 Sam 20:30
  • “Shame on the pubic part of his mother” 1Sam 20:30
  • “Wall pisser” 1Sam 25,22; 1 Kings 14:10
  • “Stained man” Prov. 30.12; compare times 2,3
  • “Shit eater” 2 Kings 18:27; Isa 36:12

Even Jesus insults the Pharisees and describes them as "snakes" and "brood of vipers" (Mt 23:33)

I do not dare to judge whether these insults in the spirit of Ps 23:14 are NOT SUMMARIES, but merely describe "facts", with Jesus this will at least be true. But the Bible also warns us in general of misfortune if we do not have a grip on our tongue when using swear words against others:

A bad mouth will have no luck on earth; a cheeky, wicked person will be chased away and overthrown. (LU; Ps 140.12)


A swear phrase is not directed against people, but expresses anger, disappointment, astonishment or surprise in general. In psychology one speaks of a causal chain made up of three elements: frustration, affect, aggression. In other words: something happens, you get upset, and it has to get out. There is also a lot of that in the Bible! For example, Paul uses the term “shit” in the Bible.

Yes, I still consider it all to be detrimental to the exuberant knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake all of this has been harmed to me, and I consider it to be dirtso that I might win Christ. (LU; Philippians 3.8)

What Luther and others translate mildly here with "dirt" only dares to translate the standard translation in the approach to the actual meaning of the word with "rubbish". In the basic Greek text, the word "KAKOS" is used here. In fact, our German word "KACKE" is derived from this Greek word and already shows from this derivation what it actually means. So Paul uses a strong expression here to describe his old life without Jesus.

God himself used - also in the New Testament one or the other time quite hearty expletive words or images:

But you are lukewarm, neither hot nor cold. That's why I'm gonna spit you out of my mouth. (NIV; Revelation 3:16)

The word “spit out” can also be translated as “vomit”. God says here - admittedly a little flowery translation - that he is “spiritual lukewarmness to the throw up“Finds.


Generally speaking, a curse is wishing or pronouncing something bad on someone! A blessing, on the other hand, is saying good things about someone and wishing them.

First of all, a couple of very funny, but bitterly evil Yiddish curses: "You are to inherit three shiploads of gold, but it should not be enough for you to pay your medical bills!" "Or" May all your creditors always have your address! "

Christians should - and this is clear - be a blessing and never curse their fellow men, but bless them! Words have power, this is true in the natural as well as in the supernatural / spiritual.

A child for a lifetime with “You can't do anything! You are just like your father! Two left hands! If only I had never given birth to you ”etc. To curse has enormous negative power and will haunt the child into adulthood. A child on the other hand with blessings like “You are so great. YOU did a great job. You will become something! I am proud of you. etc., to bless will unleash tremendous positive forces for life. As Christians we are called to the latter! As Christians, we are not allowed to wish our fellow human beings poison and gall on their necks.


I want to summarize everything briefly:

  • Swear words Against people can be appropriate here and there, as long as they don't slander people.
  • Strong expressions we are allowed to use them as long as they describe our feelings in a certain situation.
  • Curse: It is forbidden to wish our fellow human beings negative things for the future

To put it in a slightly adapted way with Paul, "... some things are allowed, but not everything is good for us!" The New Testament tells us:

Your word be always in grace, seasoned with salt; you should know how to answer each one! (LU; Col 4,6)

Salt is always an expression of the preservative, which prepares for eternity. Here it does NOT say "Your words should be provided with hydrochloric acid ...". Say the words that we use with and in front of our fellow human beings should be measured precisely against this standard: Does it serve eternity? Does it preserve and heal or destroy people?

For my part, I use strong expressions here and there, I am very cautious about insults and do not use curses at all - exceptions confirm the rule. How you do that? Do you know any other exciting expressions, swear words and curses from the Bible? Or do YOU ​​think there is still an important statement missing from the Bible? "All knowledge is piecemeal" - I look forward to your addition in the comment area.


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[1] https://www.bibelwissenschaft.de/wibilex/das-bibellexikon/lexikon/sachwort/verbindungen/details/schimpfworte-at-3/ch/25e3d3204d6de64be938086c8f9f2024/