Are mermaids in the bible? Mermaids are often depicted as beautiful, mythological creatures with the upper body of a human and the lower body of a fish. They are a popular figure in folklore and literature, but what does the Bible say about mermaids? Are they mentioned at all in the holy text?
To answer these questions, we must first define what is meant by “mermaids.” In popular culture, mermaids are usually depicted as a single entity, with a specific appearance and set of characteristics. However, the word “mermaid” can also refer more broadly to any mythological creature that is half human and half fish.
With this definition in mind, we can turn to the Bible to see if there are any references to mermaids or similar creatures. Unfortunately, the word “mermaid” does not appear in any English translations of the Bible. However, there are several passages that could potentially be interpreted as references to mermaid-like creatures.
Another possible reference to mermaid-like creatures can be found in the Book of Isaiah, where the prophet describes a being with the appearance of a dragon or sea monster: “In that day the Lord with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.” (Isaiah 27:1, KJV). The dragon in this case refers to the enemies of God’s people.
Again, this passage does not explicitly mention “mermaids,” but it does describe a sea creature with a serpentine or dragon-like appearance. Some readers have interpreted this as a reference to a mermaid or similar creature.
It is important to note that these passages are open to interpretation, and different readers may have different understandings of what is being described. While some may see these passages as references to mermaid-like creatures, others may interpret them differently.
What does the bible say about mermaids?
Revelation 17:1-5 describes a vision of the mystery Babylon the Great, who is described as “the mother of prostitutes and of the abominations of the earth.” This passage reads as follows:
“Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, ‘Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits on many waters. With her the kings of the earth committed adultery, and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.’
“So he carried me away in the Spirit into a desert. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones, and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. The name written on her forehead was a mystery: Babylon the Great, the mother of prostitutes and of the abominations of the earth.”
This passage is often interpreted as a symbol of religious or political corruption and the dangers of idolatry. It is not directly related to the topic of mermaids or mythological creatures.
Overall, it is clear that the Bible does not mention “mermaids” as they are typically understood in popular culture.