The Locusts in Bible and Quran

By: Prof.dr. Ibrahim Khalil

The Locusts are mentioned in the Bible 36 times and in the Quran two times, i.e., the Bible cites the Locusts 18 times more than the Quran does.
Furthermore, the total words of the Bible are 788,280 while the total words of the Quran are 77,473. It follows that, the Bible has the likely of more than 10 times than the Quran word-wise to talk about the Locusts. In addition, the Bible has the prospective of more than 35 times than the Quran topic-wise to utter about the Locusts.

The Locusts in the Bible:

The LORD punished Pharaoh and Egypt with Locusts:

Exodus 10:1
[The Plague of Locusts] Then the LORD said to Moses, "Go to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his officials so that I may perform these miraculous signs of mine among them
Exodus 10:4
If you refuse to let them go, I will bring locusts into your country tomorrow.
Exodus 10:12
And the LORD said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand over Egypt so that locusts will swarm over the land and devour everything growing in the fields, everything left by the hail."
Exodus 10:13
So Moses stretched out his staff over Egypt, and the LORD made an east wind blow across the land all that day and all that night. By morning the wind had brought the locusts;
Exodus 10:14
They invaded all Egypt and settled down in every area of the country in great numbers. Never before had there been such a plague of locusts, nor will there ever be again.
Exodus 10:19
And the LORD changed the wind to a very strong west wind, which caught up the locusts and carried them into the Red Sea. Not a locust was left anywhere in Egypt.

Locusts as food:

Leviticus 11:22
Of these you may eat any kind of locust, katydid, cricket or grasshopper.
Matthew 3:4
John's clothes were made of camel's hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey.
Mark 1:6
John wore clothing made of camel's hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey.

Locusts devour, 12 verses tell that Locusts devour the fields which is a common knowledge that anyone knows:

Deuteronomy 28:38
You will sow much seed in the field but you will harvest little, because locusts will devour it.
Deuteronomy 28:42
Swarms of locusts will take over all your trees and the crops of your land.
2 Chronicles 7:13
"When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people,
Psalm 78:46
He gave their crops to the grasshopper, their produce to the locust.
Isaiah 33:4
Your plunder, O nations, is harvested as by young locusts; like a swarm of locusts men pounce on it.
Jeremiah 51:14
The LORD Almighty has sworn by himself: I will surely fill you with men, as with a swarm of locusts, and they will shout in triumph over you.
Joel 1:2
[An Invasion of Locusts] Hear this, you elders; listen, all who live in the land. Has anything like this ever happened in your days or in the days of your forefathers?
Joel 2:1
[An Army of Locusts] Blow the trumpet in Zion; sound the alarm on my holy hill. Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the LORD is coming. It is close at hand-
Amos 4:9
"Many times I struck your gardens and vineyards; I struck them with blight and mildew. Locusts devoured your fig and olive trees, yet you have not returned to me," declares the LORD.
Amos 7:1
[Locusts, Fire and a Plumb Line] This is what the Sovereign LORD showed me: He was preparing swarms of locusts after the king's share had been harvested and just as the second crop was coming up.
Nahum 3:15
There the fire will devour you; the sword will cut you down and, like grasshoppers, consume you. Multiply like grasshoppers, multiply like locusts!
Lift up this banner in the land
Jeremiah 51:27
"Lift up a banner in the land! Blow the trumpet among the nations! Prepare the nations for battle against her; summon against her these kingdoms: Ararat, Minni and Ashkenaz. Appoint a commander against her; send up horses like a swarm of locusts.

The Bible says that Locusts are countless; however, we can count the bacteria nowadays!

Judges 6:5
They came up with their livestock and their tents like swarms of locusts. It was impossible to count the men and their camels; they invaded the land to ravage it.
Judges 7:12
The Midianites, the Amalekites and all the other eastern peoples had settled in the valley, thick as locusts. Their camels could no more be counted than the sand on the seashore.
Psalm 105:34
He spoke, and the locusts came, grasshoppers without number;
Jeremiah 46:23
They will chop down her forest," declares the LORD, "dense though it be. They are more numerous than locusts, they cannot be counted.
Nahum 3:16
You have increased the number of your merchants till they are more than the stars of the sky, but like locusts they strip the land and then fly away.

Again, this verse says that the number of merchants are more than the stars of the sky; this statement is impossible from the scientific point of view.

One event that is repeated twice; Read and Compare:
1 Kings 8:37
"When famine or plague comes to the land, or blight or mildew, locusts or

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