Friday Fun – A Bible Riddle!

Bible riddlesOur second “Friday Fun” item today is a Bible riddle which fellow archivist Bob Drnek found this week in a file of Rev.G.Van Baren (archiving is more fun than you realize!). I understand this has been around in the past, so some of you may recognize it. But for the sake of the new generation (and that includes my own, since I had not seen it!), I post it here.

Now, if you know the answer, do NOT post it here in the comment section! Let’s allow people do some riddle-wrestling and Bible-searching for a week, and I will post the answer next Friday. If you wish to send me an email with your guess, I will respond to that privately.

O, and no cheating by doing the Google thing right away – the riddle and its answer will come up. But you will feel guilty and ashamed – as you ought to – for taking the easy, low road. We wrestled with this at the dinner table the other night, and solved it – by committee, with the main clue-solver coming from my wife. Yes, she is rather proud of her skill. 🙂

Are you ready? Here it is, along with a little background to it that I found on the internet.

This riddle was written by a lady in California in 1890 in response to a gentlemen in Philadelphia, who said that he would pay $1,000.00 to anyone who could write a puzzle that he could not solve. He failed to do so, and paid the lady $1,000.00 (a great sum at that time). The answer is one word, five letters long, and appears only four times in the King James Version of the Bible.

Adam, God made out of dust
But thought it best to make me first,
So I was made before man
To answer God’s most Holy plan.

A living being I became
And Adam gave to me my name.
I from his presence then withdrew
And more of Adam never knew.

I did my Maker’s law obey
Nor ever went from it astray.
Thousands of miles I go in fear
But seldom on earth appear.

For purpose wise God did see,
He put a living soul in me.
A soul from me God did claim
And took from me the soul again.

So when from me the soul had fled
I was the same as when first made.
And without hands, or feet, or soul,
I travel on from pole to pole.

I labor hard by day, by night
To fallen man I give great light.
Thousands of people, young and old
Will by my death great light behold.

No right or wrong can I conceive
The scripture I cannot believe.
Although my name therein is found
They are to me an empty sound.

No feat of death doth trouble me
Real happiness I’ll never see.
To Heaven I shall never go
Or to Hell below.

Now when these lines you slowly read,
Go search your Bible with all speed
For that my name is written there
I do honestly to you declare.

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  1. Chuck,

    I forwarded this to my wife thinking that we could “wrestle” with this as well.
    Well, she had to call me back and tell me she thinks she knows what it is… “a whale”.
    It seems to fit.
    What is it about “how women think”???

    Larry Meulenberg
    (credit to wife Judy)


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  3. […] Last Friday we posted a Bible riddle for part of our “Friday Fun” – which ended up being quite popular. And many of you wrestled with it until you solved it! Congratulations! […]


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