Some weekend fun with a post that first appeared in January of 2009:
Hands up everybody who has been told this at some point:
The cat is the only domestic animal not mentioned in the Bible
But I’d like to offer a corollary to this great axiom:
…but the dog is never exactly depicted in a positive way
In fact, given these verses, I’ll take the absence of a mention in scripture over what follows. Think about it:
Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.
and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores.
He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to their dogs.”
“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.
Watch out for those dogs, those men who do evil, those mutilators of the flesh.
…and those are just the New Testament examples; imagine if we include a few OT ones like:
They are dogs with mighty appetites; they never have enough. They are shepherds who lack understanding; they all turn to their own way, each seeks his own gain.
As a dog returns to its vomit, so a fool repeats his folly.
1 Samuel 24:14
“Against whom has the king of Israel come out? Whom are you pursuing? A dead dog? A flea?
“You are to be my holy people. So do not eat the meat of an animal torn by wild beasts; throw it to the dogs.
They return at evening, snarling like dogs, and prowl about the city.
By the way, I think “dog” has got to be one of those words which doesn’t change according to various English translations of the Bible. (There are 40 instances in the NIV.)
I included “Theology” in the tags… that’s gonna disappoint a few people; but if you’re one of them and that’s what brought you, now that you’re here, check out some other posts in this blog. (It can only improve from here, right?)