God Commands Self Defense, Part 1

God Commands Self Defense, Part 1


Continuing in our study of God wanting us to defend ourself, let us start with some word searches in the Bible that would indicate Christians right of self defense. Now, though we will also use the Old Testament don’t say that this was not for Christians – it is for Christians. There is no division in the Bible as every word that proceeds from the mouth of God is for our instruction and learning.

There is one preacher who supports the use of self defense and tells us from the Bible where this is so, but he did a search on only ‘self defense’ or other related words. Thus, he did not find much support. There are other words that should be used that will give us a full understanding of God’s commandment to defend ourselves and family; they are:

  • weapons
  • sword
  • battle
  • fight
  • war
  • kill

to name a few.

If you have a bible software program you can do your own search. If you don’t have this software – which is OK – you can do it on the internet. Websites that have the Bible online, some of them you can do a search right on their site. For now, I’ll give you a small listing of where some of these words are in the Bible that support our right and our duty to defend ourselves.


Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison; (Gen 27:3)

Then ye answered and said unto me, We have sinned against the LORD, we will go up and fight, according to all that the LORD our God commanded us. And when ye had girded on every man his weapons of war, ye were ready to go up into the hill. (Deu 1:41)

And there went from thence of the family of the Danites, out of Zorah and out of Eshtaol, six hundred men appointed with weapons of war. (Jdg 18:11)

And the six hundred men appointed with their weapons of war, which were of the children of Dan, stood by the entering of the gate. (Jdg 18:16)

And the five men that went to spy out the land went up, and came in thither, and took the graven image, and the ephod, and the teraphim, and the molten image: and the priest stood in the entering of the gate with the six hundred men that were appointed with weapons of war. (Jdg 18:17)

And David said unto Ahimelech, And is there not here under thine hand spear or sword? for I have neither brought my sword nor my weapons with me, because the king’s business required haste. (1Sa 21:8)

How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished! (2Sa 1:27)

And ye shall compass the king round about, every man with his weapons in his hand: and he that cometh within the ranges, let him be slain: and be ye with the king as he goeth out and as he cometh in. (2Ki 11:8)

And the guard stood, every man with his weapons in his hand, round about the king, from the right corner of the temple to the left corner of the temple, along by the altar and the temple. (2Ki 11:11)

And the Levites shall compass the king round about, every man with his weapons in his hand; and whosoever else cometh into the house, he shall be put to death: but be ye with the king when he cometh in, and when he goeth out. (2Ch 23:7)

Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth much good. (Ecc 9:18)

They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, even the LORD, and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land. (Isa 13:5)

Thus saith the LORD God of Israel; Behold, I will turn back the weapons of war that are in your hands, wherewith ye fight against the king of Babylon, and against the Chaldeans, which besiege you without the walls, and I will assemble them into the midst of this city. (Jer 21:4)

And I will prepare destroyers against thee, every one with his weapons: and they shall cut down thy choice cedars, and cast them into the fire. (Jer 22:7)

The LORD hath opened his armoury, and hath brought forth the weapons of his indignation: for this is the work of the Lord GOD of hosts in the land of the Chaldeans. (Jer 50:25)

Thou art my battle axe and weapons of war: for with thee will I break in pieces the nations, and with thee will I destroy kingdoms; (Jer 51:20)

And they shall not lie with the mighty that are fallen of the uncircumcised, which are gone down to hell with their weapons of war: and they have laid their swords under their heads, but their iniquities shall be upon their bones, though they were the terror of the mighty in the land of the living. (Eze 32:27)

And they that dwell in the cities of Israel shall go forth, and shall set on fire and burn the weapons, both the shields and the bucklers, the bows and the arrows, and the handstaves, and the spears, and they shall burn them with fire seven years: (Eze 39:9)

So that they shall take no wood out of the field, neither cut down any out of the forests; for they shall burn the weapons with fire: and they shall spoil those that spoiled them, and rob those that robbed them, saith the Lord GOD. (Eze 39:10)

Judas then, having received a band of men and officers from the chief priests and Pharisees, cometh thither with lanterns and torches and weapons. (Joh 18:3)

(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) (2Co 10:4)

found 384 verses

Now, if I print out all the verses that has the word ‘sword’ in it, there will be about 25 more pages. (I just did this and this is how I know.) This does not include the other search words above. Need I say that there is support for defending ourselves.

Now, some misguided Christians would say that God’s people were evil, and that the atheist would say Christians are war like. No, as many of these battles were fighting the heathens that were attacking the Israelites. There are also cases where the Israelites had to go on the attack.

Sure, there were case where we went into battle when we should not have. This just proves that no one is without sin – that includes: Christians, Jews, atheist and everyone else.

When you do your research, consider the context that it’s in. read the verses that are before it and after it. You will notice that many times there is recorded of God’s blessing for killing the Philistines, Amorites, Edomites or whomever. When our forefathers, the Israelites, were blessed by God, you know that God supported in what they had done.




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