Devotional Readings

Fish and Fishing in the OT

I’m going to begin to develop a short study for some Fly Fishermen that I plan to use this Fall. I thought I’d begin with a simple search on the word fish and it’s related forms.

Since the disciples came back with 153 fishing to meet Jesus on the beach, let’s see just how many “fish” verses there are?
Joh 21:11  Simon Peter went up, and drew the net to land full of great fishes, an hundred and fifty and three: and for all there were so many, yet was not the net broken.
There is one verse that might be used in the context of angling with a fly.
Isa 19:8  The fishers also shall mourn, and all they that cast angle into the brooks shall lament, and they that spread nets upon the waters shall languish.

Though this description is not directly implied and the circumstance in Egypt is not a good situation. I’d rather be fishing and catching in Montana.

KJV Search Results

36 Verses Found, 41 Matches

Gen 1:26  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Gen 1:28  And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.

Gen 9:2  And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered.

Exo 7:18  And the fish that is in the river shall die, and the river shall stink; and the Egyptians shall lothe to drink of the water of the river.

Exo 7:21  And the fish that was in the river died; and the river stank, and the Egyptians could not drink of the water of the river; and there was blood throughout all the land of Egypt.

Num 11:5  We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlick:

Num 11:22  Shall the flocks and the herds be slain for them, to suffice them? or shall all the fish of the sea be gathered together for them, to suffice them?

Deu 4:18  The likeness of any thing that creepeth on the ground, the likeness of any fish that is in the waters beneath the earth:

1Ki 4:33  And he spake of trees, from the cedar tree that is in Lebanon even unto the hyssop that springeth out of the wall: he spake also of beasts, and of fowl, and of creeping things, and of fishes.

2Ch 33:14  Now after this he built a wall without the city of David, on the west side of Gihon, in the valley, even to the entering in at the fish gate, and compassed about Ophel, and raised it up a very great height, and put captains of war in all the fenced cities of Judah.

Neh 3:3  But the fish gate did the sons of Hassenaah build, who also laid the beams thereof, and set up the doors thereof, the locks thereof, and the bars thereof.

Neh 12:39  And from above the gate of Ephraim, and above the old gate, and above the fish gate, and the tower of Hananeel, and the tower of Meah, even unto the sheep gate: and they stood still in the prison gate.

Neh 13:16  There dwelt men of Tyre also therein, which brought fish, and all manner of ware, and sold on the sabbath unto the children of Judah, and in Jerusalem.

Job 12:8  Or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee: and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee.

Job 41:7  Canst thou fill his skin with barbed irons? or his head with fish spears?

Psa 8:8  The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoeverpasseth through the paths of the seas.

Psa 105:29  He turned their waters into blood, and slew their fish.

Ecc 9:12  For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them.

Son 7:4  Thy neck is as a tower of ivory; thine eyes like the fishpools in Heshbon, by the gate of Bathrabbim: thy nose is as the tower of Lebanon which looketh toward Damascus.

Isa 19:8  The fishers also shall mourn, and all they that cast angle into the brooks shall lament, and they that spread nets upon the waters shall languish.

Isa 19:10  And they shall be broken in the purposes thereof, all that make sluices and ponds for fish.

Isa 50:2  Wherefore, when I came, was there no man? when I called, was there none to answer? Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? or have I no power to deliver? behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness: their fishstinketh, because there is no water, and dieth for thirst.

Jer 16:16  Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith the LORD, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.

Eze 29:4  But I will put hooks in thy jaws, and I will cause the fish of thy rivers to stick unto thy scales, and I will bring thee up out of the midst of thy rivers, and all the fish of thy rivers shall stick unto thy scales.

Eze 29:5  And I will leave thee thrown into the wilderness, thee and all the fish of thy rivers: thou shalt fall upon the open fields; thou shalt not be brought together, nor gathered: I have given thee for meat to the beasts of the field and to the fowls of the heaven.

Eze 38:20  So that the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the heaven, and the beasts of the field, and all creeping things that creep upon the earth, and all the men that are upon the face of the earth, shall shake at my presence, and the mountains shall be thrown down, and the steep places shall fall, and every wall shall fall to the ground.

Eze 47:9  And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live: and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh.

Eze 47:10  And it shall come to pass, that the fishers shall stand upon it from Engedi even unto Eneglaim; they shall be a place to spread forth nets; their fish shall be according to their kinds, as the fish of the great sea, exceeding many.

Hos 4:3  Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.

Amo 4:2  The Lord GOD hath sworn by his holiness, that, lo, the days shall come upon you, that he will take you away with hooks, and your posterity with fishhooks.

Jon 1:17  Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

Jon 2:1  Then Jonah prayed unto the LORD his God out of the fish‘s belly,

Jon 2:10  And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land.

Hab 1:14  And makest men as the fishes of the sea, as the creeping things, that have no ruler over them?

Zep 1:3  I will consume man and beast; I will consume the fowls of the heaven, and the fishes of the sea, and the stumblingblocks with the wicked; and I will cut off man from off the land, saith the LORD.

Zep 1:10  And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD, that there shall be the noise of a cry from the fish gate, and an howling from the second, and a great crashing from the hills.

Genesis 3 Verses 3 Matches
Exodus 2 Verses 2 Matches
Numbers 2 Verses 2 Matches
Deuteronomy 1 Verse 1 Match
1 Kings 1 Verse 1 Match
2 Chronicles 1 Verse 1 Match
Nehemiah 3 Verses 3 Matches
Job 2 Verses 2 Matches
Psalms 2 Verses 2 Matches
Ecclesiastes 1 Verse 1 Match
Song of Solomon 1 Verse 1 Match
Isaiah 3 Verses 3 Matches
Jeremiah 1 Verse 2 Matches
Ezekiel 5 Verses 8 Matches
Hosea 1 Verse 1 Match
Amos 1 Verse 1 Match
Jonah 3 Verses 4 Matches
Habakkuk 1 Verse 1 Match
Zephaniah 2 Verses 2 Matches

Staring with the first Hebrew verse..




BDB Definition:

1) fish

Part of Speech: noun feminine

A Related Word by BDB/Strong’s Number: from H1709

H1710   (KJC)



Total KJV Occurrences: 15

fish, 14

Gen 1:26, Gen 1:28, Exo 7:18, Exo 7:21, Num 11:5, Deu 4:18, Psa 105:29, Isa 50:2, Eze 29:4-5(3), Eze 47:9-10 (3)

fish’s, 1

Jon 2:1


דּאג / דּג

dâg / dâ’g

BDB Definition:

1) fish

Part of Speech: noun masculine

A Related Word by BDB/Strong’s Number: from H1711


דּאג / דּג

dâg / dâ’g

Total KJV Occurrences: 19

fish, 11

Num 11:222Ch 33:14Neh 3:3Neh 12:39Neh 13:16Psa 8:7-8 (2), Jon 1:17 (2), Zep 1:10 (2)

fishes, 8

Gen 9:21Ki 4:33Job 12:8Ecc 9:12Eze 38:20Hos 4:3Hab 1:14Zep 1:3

Two words fish pools and fishermen are other Hebrew words.





From H1288; a reservoir (at which camels kneel as a resting place): – (fish-) pool.

Total KJV occurrences: 17 used once to define a fish pool.




Total KJV Occurrences: 17

pool, 15

2Sa 2:13 (3), 2Sa 4:121Ki 22:382Ki 18:172Ki 20:20Neh 3:14-16 (3), Isa 7:3Isa 22:9Isa 22:11Isa 36:2Nah 2:8

fishpools, 1

Son 7:4

pools, 1

Ecc 2:6




BDB Definition:

1) fisherman, fisher

Part of Speech: noun masculine

A Related Word by BDB/Strong’s Number: from H1770




Total KJV Occurrences: 1

fishers, 1

Isa 19:8




BDB Definition:

1) fisherman, fisher

Part of Speech: noun masculine

A Related Word by BDB/Strong’s Number: an orthographical variation of H1709 as a denominative H1771




Total KJV Occurrences: 2

fishers, 2

Jer 16:16 (2), Eze 47:10

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