Master List of Bible Verses in Anime

Anime has a fascination with Christianity. For decades, priests and nuns have filled out anime casts, the church has often been presented as a corrupt source of evil, and bible verses have been quoted in funny ways or epic moments. Typically superficial in nature, these Christian elements are fun to identify and track. But could they also pack more depth than their use as throwaway lines, aesthetic, and simple plot devices?

As we seek to go “beneath the tangles” and find deeper levels of meaning through anime, we want to identity how God’s word is used in animation. Though rarely intended to offer any sort of scriptural accuracy (Evangelion anyone?), we contend that God’s fingerprints can be found everywhere, even in a decidedly non-Christian art form. And this contention is particularly true when the Bible is involved, for scripture contains the very words of God. There’s truth conveyed within them, even if it’s not the ideas that Obito or Major Kusanagi (and their writers) are trying to express.

With that in mind, we’re starting a new project here on Beneath the Tangles that’s similar to our Christmas anime one. Our ambitious goal is to list all bible verse cited or paraphrased in anime.

This post will be a living document as we crowdsource this project, asking you, dear readers, to help us fill in the gaps—and there are plenty, as we haven’t even combed our own pages for instances where scripture is referenced in anime. But we’ve got a good start below. Most of this initial list pulled from Rod Jackson’s site (he did all the hard work but graciously allowed us to post these), with a few others from additional sources (1) and given by our own staff as well. But there are a ton we’re missing, which is where you come in.

If you know of any other instances in anime where the Bible was quoted or paraphrased, please comment below with the 1) anime and episode number, 2) the verse(s) referred to, and optionally, 3) the quote given and by which character, as well as any other pertinent information. Also, if you can fill in some of those gaps from our initial list (or notice anything that’s inaccurate), please let us know about that as well. We’ll credit you here when we revised the post.

Thank you in advance for your assistance, and God bless!

  • A Certain Magical Index (Ep. 6), “Eloi Eloi Lama Sabachthani” (Matthew 27:46b; Mark 15:34b) – Index Librorum Prohibitorum
  • Afro Samurai (Ep. 1), “Eye for an eye” (Exodus 21:24a, Leviticus 24:20b, Deuteronomy 19:21b, Matthew 5:38b) – Brother Number 1
  • Aldnoah Zero (Ep. 5), “Those who do not work, do not eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10) – Soma Yagarai
  • Angel Beats (Ep. 6), “reap what you sow” (Galatians 6:7b)
  • Anti-Magic Academy: The 35th Test Platoon (Eps. 3, 7), “You reap what you sow” (Galatians 6:7b) – Ikaruga Suginami
  • Appleseed XIII (Ep. 6), “Vengeance belongeth unto me. I will recompense.” (Deuteronomy 32:35a; Romans 12:19b; Hebrews 10:30b) – Alcides
  • Ascendance of a Bookworm (Ep. ?), “Those who do not work, do not eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10) – Myne instructing Gil [Cicero]
  • Assassination Classroom (Ep. 15), “Pearls before swine, am I right?” (Matthew 7:6) – Teppei Araki
  • Attack on Titan: Junior High (Ep. 7), “Th-That’s right! ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.'” (Deuteronomy 8:3b; Matthew 4:4b; Luke 4:4b) – Sasha Braus
  • Baka and Test (Ep. 3), “Do you know the saying ‘You reap what you sow’?” (Galatians 6:7b) – Yuuji Sakamoto
  • BBK/BRNK (Ep. 8), “Eye for an eye” (Exodus 21:24a, Leviticus 24:20b, Deuteronomy 19:21b, Matthew 5:38b) – Hiiragi Nono
  • Beyblade Metal Fusion (Ep. 13), reference to Moses parting the Red Sea (Exodus 14:21-31) [1]
  • Birdy the Mighty
    • Ep. 13, “Pride goeth before a fall” (Proverbs 16:18) – Keisuke Muruto
    • Ep. 20, “Don’t judge just on appearances” (John 7:24) – Skeletsu
  • Black Lagoon
    • Ep. 5, “Thou shalt not steal” (Exodus 20:15, Deuteronomy 5:19) – Revy
    • Ep. 16, “though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death” (Psalm 23:4a), “In John 5, Jesus said, ‘Don’t bring trouble into my home.'” (not a quote from Jesus and not present in John 5, but see Matt 21:13b, Mark 11:17b, Luke 19:46b), “Luke says, ‘You shall make friends even if you use false money to do so.'” (Luke 16:9) – Eda
  • Blassreiter
    • Ep. 11(?), “I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.” (Revelation 2:10)
    • Ep. 15, “I am coming soon” (Revelation 22:7) – Xargin
    • Ep. 17, “Alpha and Omega” (Revelation 21:6) – Narrator
    • Ep. 19 (Jeremiah 6:13-14, 8:10-11)
    • Ep. 22 (Job 1:21b)
    • Ep. 24, “Unless a grain dies” (John 12:24) – Xargin
  • Blood Blockade Battlefront (Ep. 11), “Love they enemy” (Matthew 5:44b, Luke 6:27b, 35b)
  • Blood C The Last Dark (Movie), “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7, Luke 11:9) – Kuroto Mogari
  • Blue Exorcist
    • Ep. 1, “Eye for eye, tooth for tooth” (Leviticus 24:20, Deuteronomy 19:21, Matthew 5:38)
    • Ep. 2, “The Lord gives and the Lord takes away” (Job 1:21)
    • Ep. 5, “Man shall not live by bread alone” (Deuteronomy 8:3b; Matthew 4:4b; Luke 4:4b)
    • Ep. 8 (John 1, 11)
    • Ep. 11 (Ephesians 1:18)
    • Ep. 14 (Psalm 16:9-10)
    • Ep. 15 (Genesis 1:1)
    • Ep. 23, “The Lord gives and the Lord takes away” (Job 1:21)
  • Bubblegum Crisis 2032 (Ep. 5), “As ye reap, so ye shall sow” (Galatians 6:7b) – Sylia Stingray
  • C for control (Ep. 9), “Nothing new under the sun” (Ecclesiastes 1:9) – Shimada
  • Campione! (Ep. 2), “Eli, Eli lema sabachthani” (Matthew 27:46b, Mark 15:34b) – Erica Blandelli
  • Case Closed (Ep. 25), “The Gospel of According to Matthew Chapter 5, verse 3” (Matthew 5:3) – Conan
  • Charlotte
    • Ep. 4, “I reaped what I had sown” (Galatians 6:7b) – Misa Kurobanea
    • Ep. 9, “Though, I guess that’s reaping what I have sewn” (Galatians 6:7b) – Shunsuke Otosaka
  • C0de: Breaker (Eps. 1-3, 5-7, 10-13), “Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth” (Leviticus 24:20, Deuteronomy 19:21, Matthew 5:38) – Rei Ogami (1, 3, 7, 10-13), Yuuki Tenpouin (2-3), Toki Fujiwara (3, 5, 11), Heike Msaomi (6), Hitomi Toki Fujiwara (10)
  • Code Geass R2 (Ep. 7) “Thou shalt not kill!. Thou shalt not steal! … Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s wife!” (Exodus 20:13,15, 17a; Deuteronomy 5:17, 19 & 21a) – Charles Zi Britannia
  • Cute High Earth Defense Club
    • Ep. 1, “Love even your enemies” (Matthew 5:44b, Luke 6:27b, 35a) – Wombat
    • Ep. 5, “Reap what you Sow” (Galatians 6:7b)
  • Durarara!! (Ep. 12), “Whosoever believeth will be saved” (Mark 16:16) – Izaya Orihara
  • Durarara!! X2
    • Ep. 5, “Eye for eye, tooth for tooth” (Leviticus 24:20, Deuteronomy 19:21, Matthew 5:38) – Rokujo Chikage
    • Ep. 6 (recap features same scene as above), mention of Judas as “13th disciple” at Last Supper
  • Elegant Yokai (Ep. 17), “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” – Aoki (1 Corinthians 10:13) [1]
  • Endride (Ep. 4), “He who does not work, does not eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10b) – Demetrio, spoken twice
  • End of Evangelion (movie, 1997)
    • “Ark called Eva” (Genesis 6:13-9:29)
    • “type-666 defense/firewall program” (Revelation 13:18)
  • Eureka 7
    • Ep. 31, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth” (Genesis 1:28b, 9:1b) – Coda
    • Ep. 35, “Love thy neighbor” (Leviticus 19:18b; Matthew 5:43b, 19:19b, 22:39b; Mark 12:31b; Romans 13:9c; Galatians 5:14b; James 2:8b) – Dewey Novak
    • Ep. 35, “In the beginning was the Word” (John 1:1a) – Coda
  • Evangelion
    • Ep. 1, “Eva unit” (Genesis 2:4-3:24) – reference to Eve mentioned throughout the series
    • Ep. 2, “Second impact” (Genesis 6:13-9:29) – mentioned throughout the series as an event similar to the The Flood
    • Ep. 8, “Adam” (Genesis 2:4-3:24) – angel mentioned throughout the series
    • Ep. 13, “Magi” (Mathew 2) – three computers mentioned throughout the series
    • Ep. 20, “DIRECT CONNECTION NO. 316” (John 3:16)
  • Evangelion 2.0 (movie, 2009), Bethany Base (Matthew 21:17,26:5, Mark 11:1,11-12,14:1,3, Luke 19:29,24:50, John 1:28,11:1,18,12:1)
  • Fantasia Doll (Ep. 7), “Ask, and it shall be given to you!'” (Matthew 7:7; Luke 11:9) – Madeleine
  • Fate / Zero
    • Ep. 17, “John 4:24, ‘God is spirit. And those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.'” (John 4:24) – Kirei Kotomine
    • Ep. 23, “He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff – they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil. My cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. My cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.” (Psalms 23:3-6a&5b-6a) – Kirei Kotomine
    • Ep. 25, “I know that my redeemer lives. And that, in the end, he will stand upon the earth. After my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh, I will see God. I, myself, will see him, with my own eyes. I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me. Amen.” (Job 19:25b-27) – Kirei Kotomine
  • Fena: Pirate Princess (Ep. 7), “The Gospel of Matthew. Chapter 9, verse 16” (Matthew 9:16) – Abel Bluefield
  • Gangsta (Ep. 6), “The wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23a) – written in blood on a wall
  • Ghost in the Shell (movie, 1995), ” When I was a child, my speech, feelings, and thinking were all those of a child. Now that I am a man, I have no more use for childish ways.” (1 Corinthians 13:11) – Major Motoko Kusanagi, Puppet Master
  • Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence (movie, 2004), “How great is the sum of thy thoughts? If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand.” (Psalms 139:17b & 18a) – Togusa
  • Girl Friend Beta (Ep. 2), “There’s also a similar proverb that says, ‘You reap what you sow.'” (Galatians 6:7b) – Kyouko Tachibana
  • Girls Und Panzer (Ep. 8), “The race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong” (Ecclesiastes 9:11a) – Darjeeling
  • Girls Und Panzer (OVA Ep. 2), “You reap what you sow” (Galatians 6:7b) – Aya Oono
  • Gunslinger Girl
    • Ep. 3, “Doesn’t your god say ‘Love your neighbor’?” (Leviticus 19:18b; Mathew 19:19; 22:39; Mark 12:31, 33; Luke 10:27) – Nihad
    • Ep. 12, “Grain of wheat dies other cannot grow” (John 12:24) – Claes
  • Haganai (Ep. 4), “If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also” (Matthew 5:39b, Luke 6:29a) – Maria Takayama quoting Yozora Mikazuki
  • Haganai NEXT (Ep. 3), “O Father in Heaven, thank you for giving us this daily bread…” (Matthew 6:9b,11; Luke 11:3) – Maria Takayama, praying
  • Hakkenden – Eight Dogs of the East, (Ep. 20), “Don’t worry. He’s reaping what he’s sown” (Galatians 6:7b) – Dosetsu Inuyama
  • Hellsing Ultimate
    • Ep. 1, “If anyone does not love the Lord Jesus Christ let him be accursed; come, O Lord, Amen” (1 Corinthians 16:22)
    • Ep. 1, You are nothing more than dust, and to dust you shall return” (Genesis 3:19b) – Father Alexander Anderson
    • Ep. 2, “All flesh is like grass all human glory is like grass flowers. The grass withers, the flowers fade, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” (1 Peter 1:24-25a, Isaiah 40:6b, 8)
    • Ep. 3, “Ask of me and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. Be wise now therefore O ye kings be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the Lord with fear and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the son lest he be angry and ye perish from your way when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are they that put their trust in him.” – Father Alexander Anderson (Psalms 2:8-12)
    • Ep. 4 “In the name of the Father and the Holy Spirit” – (Matthew 28:19b, omits “the son”) Enrico Maxwell
  • Higurashi no Naku koro ni kai 2 (Ep. 3), “An eye for an eye!” (Exodus 21:24, Leviticus 24:20, Deuteronomy 19:21, Matthew 5:38) – Hojo Satoko
  • Hozuki’s Coolheadedness (Ep. 4), “You reap what you sow” (Galatians 6:7b) – Hoozuki
  • Ikki Tousen Dragon Destiny (Ep. 4 and Ep. 5), “Salvation, glory, and power. They belong to our God. His judgement is true and just.” (Revelation 19:1b) – Chutatsu Shibai and Tenji Shizen
  • Infinite Dendrogram (Ep. 1), “Vengeance is mine,” (Deuteronomy 32:35, quoted in Romans 12:19 and Hebrews 10:30) – Nemesis , repeated throughout the series
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stone Ocean S5 (Ep. 15), “Do not cast what is holy to the dogs, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces. Matthew 7:6.” – Enrico Pucci
  • K-On! (Ep. 12), “The moon has turned to blood…” (Joel 2:31b; Acts2:20b; Revelation 6:12) – Tsumugi Kotobuki
  • Kaguya-sama: Love is War S3 (Ep. 13), “Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us, to give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace” (Luke 1:78-79)
  • King of Thorn (unknown episode), “For the wages of sin is death, The gift of God is eternal life.” – side of a bus (Romans 6:23)
  • Le Chevalier D’eon
    • Eps. 1-2, “In the beginning was the word” (John 1:1a), “Have mercy upon me, O Lord I am consumed with grief; my bones are vexed Deliver my soul; put them in fear, O Lord (Psalms 6:2,4a), and “Have mercy upon me, O Lord I am consumed with grief; my bones are vexed Deliver my soul; put them in fear, O Lord That the nations know themselves to be but men In the beginning was the word; deliver my soul. The Lord brings my soul out of trouble, He cuts off mine enemies, and destroys all those that afflict my soul. In the name of that truth and loyalty, I shall take my vengeance. (Psalms 6:2, additional)
    • Ep. 10, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.” (Psalms 1:1, 4-6)
    • Ep .12 (Psalms 2:7-9)
    • Eps. 13 and 14, “In the beginning was the word” (John 1:1a), “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.” (Psalms 19:1-4a, 7 “O Lord, for thy righteousness’ sake bring my soul out of trouble. And of thy mercy cut off mine enemies, and destroy all them that afflict my soul” (Psalm 143:11-12) – Lia de Beaumont
    • Ep. 15, “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.” (Psalms 1) – Maximillien Robespierre
    • Ep. 17, “And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” (Psalms 1:3), “The hills were covered with the shadow of it, and the boughs thereof were like the goodly cedars. She sent out her boughs unto the sea, and her branches unto the river. Why hast thou then broken down her hedges, so that all they which pass by the way do pluck her? Return, we beseech thee, O God of hosts they perish at the rebuke of thy countenance. Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand, upon the son of man whom thou madest strong for thyself.” (Psalms 80:10-12,14a,16b-17), and “Let them praise the name of the Lord: for he commanded, and they were created.” (Psalm 148:5) – Francis Dashwood
    • Ep. 17, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.” (Psalms 121:1-2) – Lorentzia
    • Ep. 18, “I will praise the Lord according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the Lord most high.” (Psalms 7:17), “The Lord is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land. Lord, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear.” (Psalms 10:16-17), “Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.” (Psalms 2:10,12b), “Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord” (Psalms 4:5), “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” (Psalms 1:1-3), “Hear my prayer, O Lord, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.” (Psalms 39:12), “The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away” (Psalms 1:4), “I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.” (Psalms 2:7, 9), “For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart. If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? The Lord trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth. Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup. For the righteous Lord loveth righteousness; his countenance doth behold the upright.” (Psalms 11:2-3, 5-7) – Lia de Beaumont
    • Ep. 19, “Help, Lord; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men. The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.” (Psalms 12:1, 8), “O Lord, apart from Thee i have no good thing” (Psalms 16:2), “Thou hast given the King his heart’s desire For thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness: thou settest a crown of pure gold on his head. He asked life of thee, and thou gavest it him, even length of days for ever and ever.” (Psalms 21:2a, 3-4), “Have mercy upon me, O Lord; for I am weak: O Lord, heal me; for my bones are vexed. My soul is also sore vexed” (Psalms 6:2-3a), “Give ear unto my cry, O Lord” (Psalms 39:12b) – Lia de Beaumont
    • Ep. 21, “The Lord is King for ever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land. thou wilt cause thine ear to hear” – (Psalms 10:16, 17b) Lorentzia
    • Ep. 21, “In the beginning was the Word” (John 1:1a), “Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in” (Psalms 24:9), “In his temple doth every one speak of his glory. The Lord sitteth upon the flood; yea, the Lord sitteth King for ever. the Lord will bless his people with peace.” (Psalms 29:9b-10, 11b) – Lia de Beaumont
    • Ep. 21, “Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth” (Psalms 2:10), “Help, Lord; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men” (Psalms 12:1), “My mouth shall shew forth Thy righteousness” (Psalms 71:15), “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help” (Psalms 121:1) – Queen Marie
    • Ep. 21, “And ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little” (Psalms 2:12b), “The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted” (Psalms 12:8) – Comte de Saint-Germain
    • Ep. 22, “Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; the Lord will receive my prayer” (Psalms 6:8a, 9b) – Maximillien Robespierre
    • Ep. 22, “Let them return and be ashamed suddenly” (Psalms 6:10b), “Put them in fear, O Lord: that the nations may know themselves to be but men” (Psalms 9:20) – Queen Marie
    • Ep. 22,”Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord. Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased. I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety.” (Psalms 4:5, 7-8), “I will praise the Lord according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the Lord most high” (Psalms 7:17), “For, lo, the wicked bend their bow, they make ready their arrow upon the string, that they may privily shoot at the upright in heart. If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do? The Lord trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth. Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.” (Psalms 11:2-3, 5-6) – Lorentzia
    • Ep. 23,”I cried unto the Lord with my voice; when my spirit was overwhelmed within me, then thou knewest my path” (Psalms 142:1a, 3a), “If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me” (Psalms 139:11) – Lia de Beaumont
    • Ep. 24, “In the beginning was the Word” (John 1:1a) – King Loius XV
    • Ep. 24, “Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.” (Psalms 24:7-8), “And in his temple doth every one speak of his glory. The Lord sitteth upon the flood; yea, the Lord sitteth King for ever.” (Psalms 29:9b-10), “O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction” (Psalms 55:23b), “And had turned their rivers into blood; and their labour unto the locust” (Psalms 78:44a, 46b), “But those that seek my soul, to destroy it, shall go into the lower parts of the earth. They shall fall by the sword.” (Psalms 63:9-10a) – Maximillien Robespierre
    • Ep. 24, “The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace” (Psalms 29:11), “He made a way to his anger” (Psalms 78:50a), “The Lord is King forever and ever: the heathen are perished out of his land” (Psalms 10:16), “O Lord, let them be cast into deep pits” (Psalms 140:10) – Lia de Beaumont
  • Legend of Mana – The Teardrop Crystal (Ep. 1), “Seek me and you will find me” (Matthew 7:7) – Shiloh
  • Log Horizon (Ep. 22), “They say that man does not live by bread alone.” (Deuteronomy 8:3b; Matthew 4:4b, Luke 4:4b) – Henrietta
  • Lucky Star (Ep. 4), “You reap what you sow” (Galatians 6:7b) – Kagami Hiiragi
  • Majikoi oh! Samurai Girls (Ep. 2), “Those who don’t work, don’t eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10b) – Yamato Naoe
  • Maria the Virgin Witch
    • Ep. 3(?), “Our Father in hea…” (Matthew 6:9, Luke 11:2) – dying man
    • Ep. 7(?), “Love even your enemies. Pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:44, Luke 6:27b)
    • Ep. 12, “Love your neighbor” (Leviticus 19:18, Matthew 5:43; 19:19; 22:39, Mark 12:31, 33, Luke 10:27, Romans 13:8-10, Galations 5:14 and James 2:8) – Gabriel
  • Marvel Anime: Iron Man (Ep. 5), “Oh ye of little faith” (Matthew 6:30c, 8:26b, 16:8b; Luke 12:28c) – Tony Stark
  • Medaka Box (Ep. 5) “He who does not work, neither will he eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10b) – Medaka Kurokami
  • Monster
    • Ep. 1, “And I saw a beast rising out of the sea having 10 horns and 7 heads; and on its horns were 10 diadems, and on it’s heads were blasphemous names….And the Dragon gave it his power and his throne and great authority… They worshipped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshipped the beast, saying, ‘Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?’ Revelation 13:1-4 NRSV” (Revelation 13:1, 2b, 4) – Text on screen
    • Ep. 36, “Who is like unto the beast? Who is able to make war with him” (Revelation 13:4b) – Karel Ranke
    • Ep. 73, “There was a 7 headed monster with many horns” (Revelation 12:3, 13:1, 17:3,7) – police officer talking about what Herbert Knaup had said at the police office
  • My Hime
    • Ep. 8, “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed” (Matthew 13:31a) – Father Joseph Greer
    • Ep. 11, “May God bless you. Amen.” (Romans 15:33?) – Father Joseph Greer
  • Nardia: The Secret of Blue Water
    • Ep. 7, mentions Sodom and Gomorah and introduces the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11, 19)
    • Ep. 11, “No work no food” (2 Thessalonians 3:10) – Grandis Granva
  • Naruto Shippuden
    • Ep. 141, “An eye for an eye…” (Exodus 21:24a, Leviticus 24:20b, Deuteronomy 19:21b, Matthew 5:38b) – Obito Uchiha
    • Ep. 198(?), “An eye for an eye!” (Exodus 21:24a, Leviticus 24:20b, Deuteronomy 19:21b, Matthew 5:38b)
    • Ep. 233, “You reap what you sow!” (Galatians 6:7b) – Naruto
  • Nodame Cantabile (Ep. 12), “Pearls before swine!” (Matthew 7:6b) – Megumi Noda
  • Norm9 (Ep. 2), “No work, no food” (2 Thessalonians 3:10b) – Kakeru Yuiga
  • Panty and Stocky with Gaterbelt (Ep. 12), “For nothing is covered that will not be revealed…” (Matthew 10:26′ Mark 4:22; Luke 8:17, 12:2) – Announcer
  • Patlabor TV (Ep. 29), “It is said that man cannot not live by bread alone” (Deuteronomy 8:3b; Matthew 4:4b; Luke 4:4b) – Takeo Kumagami
  • Princess Jellyfish (Ep. 8), “Those who don’t work don’t eat, I say!” (2 Thessalonians 3:10b) – Clara
  • Psycho Pass
    • Ep. 9, “The Old Testament tells us that God created man in His own image.” (Genesis 1:26-27) – Toyohisa Senguji
    • Ep. 21, “Jesus told them another parable: The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away.” (Matthew 13:24-25) – Shogo Makishima
  • Psycho Pass 3 (Ep. 7), “Don’t Take God’s Name in Vain” (Exodus 20:7) – episode title
  • RDO – Red Data Girl (Ep. 11), “Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness. God called the light ‘Day’, and the darkness He called ‘Night’… So the evening and the morning were the first day.” (Genesis 1:3-5) – Klaus
  • Rin-ne (Ep. 17), “Never judge by appearances” (John 7:24) – Ghost
  • Samurai Champloo
    • Ep. 3, “Eye for an eye” (Exodus 21:24a, Leviticus 24:20b, Deuteronomy 19:21b, Matthew 5:38b)
    • Ep. ? “The bible says don’t lie with a man” (Leviticus 18:22)
    • Ep. 19, “Turn the other cheek” (Matthew 5:39b, Luke 6:29a)
    • Ep. 22, “He who does not work does not deserve to eat.” (2 Thessalonians 3:10b) – Shige
  • Samurai Girls (Eps. 7 and 11), “The time has come at last and the kingdom of God is near, repent all ye sinners and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:15) – Muneakira Yagyu and Gisen Yagyu
  • Sekirei (Ep. 7), “Don’t work, don’t eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10b)- Miya Asama
  • Shinobi no Ittoki (Ep. 1), “An eye for an eye” (Exodus 21:24a, Leviticus 24:20b, Deuteronomy 19:21b, Matthew 5:38b) – Kidou
  • Steins;Gate (Ep. 11), “You reap what you sow, I guess.” (Galatians 6:7b)- Kurisu Makise
  • Sword Art Online 2 (Ep. 23), “God would never subject us to suffering we couldn’t bear.” (inaccurate paraphrasing of 1 Corthinthians 10:13b: “And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear.”) – Konno Yuuki, recalling what her mother told her
  • Tactics (Ep. 9), “No rest for the wicked, huh?” (Isaiah 48:22, 57:20-21)- Sugino
  • Tiger and Bunny (Ep. 9), “Spare the rod and spoil the child” (not actually in the bible; Proverbs 13:24; 19:18; 22:15; 23:13) – episode title
  • Tokyo ESP (Ep. 10), “In Bitter Lament…” – on the Ark of the Covenant: “According to the Old Testament, this is the weapon that brought down countless armies and castle walls” (this is an exaggeration of Joshua 6:1-27, the Battle of Jericho, which was the only time God directed the Israelites to take the Ark into battle; in 1 Samuel 4:3-11, the elders of Israel decided to take it to war and they lost both the battle and the Ark, which was captured by the Philistines and caused misfortune for them wherever they took it, a bit of foreshadowing that the anime characters should have paid attention to.) – crazy General dude
  • Tokyo Ghoul
    • Ep. 4, “You can’t survive on bread alone” (Deuteronomy 8:3b. Matthew 4:4b, Luke 4:4b) – Yoriko Kosaka
    • Ep. 5, “You reap what you sow” (Galatians 6:7b) – Nishiki Nishio
  • Tower of Druaga (Ep. 9), “If you don’t work, you don’t eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10b) – Coopa
  • Trinity Blood
    • Ep. 11, “If anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also” (Matthew 5:39b; Luke 6:29a) – Abel Nightroad
    • Ep. 11, “I reaped what I sowed” (Galatians 6:7b) – Astharoshe Asran (Asta-san)
    • Ep. 23 or 24(?), “For, behold, the day cometh, burning as a furnace! Malachi 4:1.” (Malachi 4:1a) – Isaak Fernand von Kampfer
    • Ep. 24, “In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19b) – Pope Alessandro XVIII
  • Van Dread (Ep. 11?), “If you don’t work, you don’t eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10b)
  • ViVid Strike! (All), “Thou shalt not be afraid I am with you” (Joshua 1:9, Isaiah 40:10) – tagline quoting a mashup of verses [1]
  • We Without Wings
    • Ep. 2, “Having them out is like pearls before swine!” (Matthew 7:6b) – Shuusuke Chitose
    • Ep. 6, You reap what you sow, I’d say” (Galatians 6:7b) – Hayato Narita”
  • World Conquest Zvezda Plot (Ep. 12), “There’s no resting in peace for the wicked, eh?” (Isaiah 48:22, 57:21) – Goro Shikabane (aka Pepel Shougun)
  • Yu-Sibu: I Couldn’t Become a Hero, So I Reluctantly Decided to Get a Job (Ep. 7), “Those who don’t work. don’t eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10b) – Fino Bloodstone

9 thoughts on “Master List of Bible Verses in Anime

  1. Infinite Dendrogram ep. 1, “Vengeance is mine,” (Dt. 32:35, quoted in Rom. 12:19 and Heb. 10:30.

  2. Really glad to see Yuuki Konno made it on here. She’s a great SAO character (besides the fact that her skirt could’ve been moved up a little bit, but that’s just me), and one that I look to in my life. As a Catholic (don’t remember if it was confirmed or not by Reki), she is a great role model, making the most out of life and being happy despite dealing with AIDS. But even she uses ALO (and other virtual worlds, such as Serene Garden and Asuka Empire) as an escape (though, to be honest, there’s not much she would be able to do in the real life anyway; she basically lives in virtual worlds at the time of the Mother’s Rosario side story.)

  3. I didn’t see any listings from “Kids on the Slope” (and it’s been several years since I’ve watched it, so I couldn’t tell you if there actually are any Biblical verses quoted) but it might be worth looking into since I remember that one of the two main characters is a practicing Roman Catholic.

  4. Aldnoah Zero (Ep. 5), “Those who do not work, do not eat” (2 Thessalonians 3:10)

    Those who do not do not eat is also quoted in Ascendance of a Bookworm, when Myne is instructing Gil on why he needs to work.

    It always sticks out to me because when I hear I know what it’s referring to, but I always think of it in the form: “The idle shall not eat the bread of the laborer.”

  5. This may be fudging it a bit since the quote is from a video game, but in Persona 4 Golden one of the sub-plots involves Uehara Sayoko, your supervisor at your part-time janitor job at Inaba Hospital. As her storyline progresses, it becomes clear she is dangerously overworking herself to avoid her personal issues. One evening she finally collapses from exhaustion, and when she tries to charge back to work immediately after waking up one of your dialogue options is “Physician, heal thyself”. (Luke 4:23)

      1. I just checked her character bio for the animation and they don’t cover her “overworking arc” at all in the adaptation, so it’s unlikely 🙁

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