A SPIRITUAL THOUGHT ON DOGS
Although there was no clear instruction from God regarding keeping dogs as pets or whether they are clean or unclean (while Leviticus 11:27 tells us that animals with paws are unclean for food), we notice that the Bible’s mention of dogs was often derogatory and insulting. We see this in Revelation 22:15: “Outside are the dogs, the sorcerers, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.”
Revelation 22:15 and Isaiah 56:10 “His watchmen are blind. They are all without knowledge. They are all mute dogs. They can’t bark— dreaming, lying down, loving to slumber. The dogs have a mighty appetite; they never have enough. But they are shepherds who have no understanding; they have all turned to their own way, each to his own gain, one and all.”
However, the Bible also talks of the alertness they portray as a desirable trait. Judges 7:5: “So he brought the people down to the water. And the Lord said to Gideon, ‘Every one who laps the water with his tongue, as a dog laps, you shall set by himself. Likewise, every one who kneels down to drink.'”
A second characteristic is the healing property of their saliva. Here we see that with the parable of the rich man and Lazarus. While people interpret dogs licking his wounds as a sign of abject poverty, it is a mercy act on the dogs’ part, soothing and nursing, not biting these wounds. Luke 16:19-21: “Now there was a certain rich man, and he was clothed in purple and fine linen, living in luxury every day. A certain beggar, named Lazarus, was taken to his gate, full of sores, and desiring to be fed with the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table. Yes, even the dogs came and licked his sores.”
Therefore, as Christians, there’s also good to learn from a dog’s compassion and loyalty.
Bible Verses About Dogs
Exodus 11:7 – But against any of the children of Israel a dog won’t even bark or move its tongue, against man or animal, that you may know that Yahweh makes a distinction between the Egyptians and Israel.
Exodus 22:31 – “You shall be holy men to me, therefore you shall not eat any meat that is torn by animals in the field. You shall cast it to the dogs.
Judges 7:5 – So he brought down the people to the water; and Yahweh said to Gideon, “Everyone who laps of the water with his tongue, like a dog laps, you shall set him by himself; likewise everyone who bows down on his knees to drink.”
1 Samuel 17:43 – The Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” The Philistine cursed David by his gods.
2 Samuel 3:8 – Then Abner was very angry about Ishbosheth’s words, and said, “Am I a dog’s head that belongs to Judah? Today I show kindness to the house of Saul your father, to his brothers, and to his friends, and have not delivered you into the hand of David; and yet you charge me today with a fault concerning this woman!
2 Samuel 9:8 – He bowed down, and said, “What is your servant, that you should look at such a dead dog as I am?”
2 Samuel 16:9 – Then Abishai the son of Zeruiah said to the king, “Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Please let me go over and take off his head.”
1 Kings 14:11 – The dogs will eat he who belongs to Jeroboam who dies in the city; and the birds of the sky will eat he who dies in the field: for Yahweh has spoken it.”
1 Kings 16:4 – The dogs will eat Baasha’s descendants who die in the city; and he who dies of his in the field, the birds of the sky will eat.”
1 Kings 21:19 – You shall speak to him, saying, ‘Yahweh says, “Have you killed and also taken possession?”’ You shall speak to him, saying, ‘Yahweh says, “In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth, dogs will lick your blood, even yours.”
1 Kings 21:23 – Yahweh also spoke of Jezebel, saying, “The dogs will eat Jezebel by the rampart of Jezreel.
1 Kings 21:24 – The dogs will eat he who dies of Ahab in the city; and the birds of the sky will eat he who dies in the field.”
1 Kings 22:38 – They washed the chariot by the pool of Samaria; and the dogs licked up his blood where the prostitutes washed themselves; according to Yahweh’s word which he spoke.
2 Kings 8:13 – Hazael said, “But what is your servant, who is but a dog, that he could do this great thing?” Elisha answered, “Yahweh has shown me that you will be king over Syria.”
2 Kings 9:10 – The dogs will eat Jezebel on the plot of ground of Jezreel, and there shall be no one to bury her.’” Then he opened the door and fled.
2 Kings 9:36 – Therefore they came back, and told him. He said, “This is Yahweh’s word, which he spoke by his servant Elijah the Tishbite, saying, ‘The dogs will eat the flesh of Jezebel on the plot of Jezreel,
Job 30:1 – “But now those who are younger than I have me in derision, whose fathers I considered unworthy to put with my sheep dogs.
Psalm 22:16 – For dogs have surrounded me. A company of evildoers have enclosed me. They have pierced my hands and feet.
Psalm 22:20 – Deliver my soul from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dog.
Psalm 59:6 – They return at evening, howling like dogs, and prowl around the city.
Psalm 59:14 – At evening let them return. Let them howl like a dog, and go around the city.
Psalm 68:23 – that you may crush them, dipping your foot in blood, that the tongues of your dogs may have their portion from your enemies.”
Proverbs 26:11 – As a dog that returns to his vomit, so is a fool who repeats his folly.
Proverbs 26:17 – Like one who grabs a dog’s ears is one who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own.
Ecclesiastes 9:4 – For to him who is joined with all the living there is hope; for a living dog is better than a dead lion.
Isaiah 56:10 – His watchmen are blind. They are all without knowledge. They are all mute dogs. They can’t bark— dreaming, lying down, loving to slumber.
Isaiah 56:11 – Yes, the dogs are greedy. They can never have enough. They are shepherds who can’t understand. They have all turned to their own way, each one to his gain, from every quarter.
Isaiah 66:3 – He who kills an ox is as he who kills a man; he who sacrifices a lamb, as he who breaks a dog’s neck; he who offers an offering, as he who offers pig’s blood; he who burns frankincense, as he who blesses an idol. Yes, they have chosen their own ways, and their soul delights in their abominations:
Matthew 7:6 – “Don’t give that which is holy to the dogs, neither throw your pearls before the pigs, lest perhaps they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces.
Matthew 15:26 – But he answered, “It is not appropriate to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”
Matthew 15:27 – But she said, “Yes, Lord, but even the dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.”
Mark 7:27 – But Jesus said to her, “Let the children be filled first, for it is not appropriate to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.
Mark 7:28 – But she answered him, “Yes, Lord. Yet even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.”
Luke 16:21 – and desiring to be fed with the crumbs that fell from the rich man’s table. Yes, even the dogs came and licked his sores.
Philippians 3:2 – Beware of the dogs; beware of the evil workers; beware of the false circumcision.
2 Peter 2:22 – But it has happened to them according to the true proverb, “The dog turns to his own vomit again, and “the sow that has washed to wallowing in the mire.”
Revelation 22:15 – Outside are the dogs, the sorcerers, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.