Biblical Examples Of People That Experienced Curses

Biblical Examples Of People That Experienced Curses


Oftentimes, most people think of curse as using a vulgar or indecent language on or against oneself, which is definitely not what it means in the Holy Bible.  The act  and results of cursing in the Bible is way more than what we often think ‘cursing’ really was. 

When someone is cursed in the Bible, it does not mean using abusive, filthy, blasphemous words or saying evil of someone. According to the Bible, when one is cursed, evil agendas are being attached to their lives both physically and spiritually. The evil agendas might be sickness, continuous failures, disappointment, unproductive or fruitlessness and many other things that are not of God. 

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In the Bible, we have several cases of people that experienced curses which will be further highlighted in this article.

However, experiencing difficult or hard moments does not necessarily mean that we are going through curses. Most times, God takes us through certain situations just to strengthen and renew our faith with him.  This hard moment can also be called ‘trial time’  as it is for a good cause if we do not walk away from His beautifully made path for us and also positively countering these hard moments.

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Reasons for curses 

  1. Idolatry (Exodus 20:4-5) 

one might get cursed if he/she idolize false gods, including whatsoever that keeps Christ from being eminent and influential in our lives. In the book of Exodus, God told Moses to tell the Israelites that whosoever makes an image or an idol in the form of anything and bow before it shall be Cursed down to their third and fourth generation. 

  • Dishonoring parents (Deuteronomy 27:16) 

We may have incurred curses without even know what we have brought upon ourselves through dishonoring our parents. However, this is the only commandment with a promise, (Exodus 20:12) that assures long life. Therefore, we must not kindle the urge to reproach our parents nor utter words that might hurt or provoke them. 

  • Perjury  (Zechariah 5:1-6)

Making false claims or testimony against someone or something is forbidden as it might lead to total damnation of whosoever partake in such activities.

Biblically, whosoever make false claims or swears falsely by the lord’s name will be destroyed completely together with whatsoever they possess. 

  • Falsifying or manipulating the gospel (Galatians 1:8-9) 

When preaching the gospel, we should always resist the urge to add or subtract from the words of God. It is very important that we continually read and understand every message that seems obscure so as not to misinterpret the message being passed to us through the Holy Bible. 

  • Sexual immorality (Deuteronomy 27:20-23) 

Sexual immorality or illicit sex is very rampant these days. Homosexuality, adultery, fornications, we must all flee away from this aforementioned act, and also resist every urge or activities that might result in sexual immorality. 

People that experiences curses in the Holy Bible

  • Adam 

The Bible recorded Adam as the first man to interact directly with his creator (GOD). We understand as a son of God that before the sins of Adam, God had made him the master of the garden of Eden and he was totally in charge of every living and non-living thing present in the garden of Eden. He was enjoying God’s unlimited love and blessings until He sinned against His creator by deviating from the path God had laid before Him. Adam sinned against God by eating from the tree He was asked to flee and never eat from, which eventually led to Him being cursed, (Genesis 3:17- 19) and he was banished from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken and he couldn’t interact directly with God anymore. 

  • Eve

Eve was cursed because she allowed the devil to use her in manipulating her husband. She had also eaten from the tree which the Lord God ask them not to eat from. From that very day, she was cursed, banished and couldn’t interact directly with God.  (Genesis 3:16-19)  

  • Cain

The curse upon Cain was self-inflicted as a result of jealousy. 

In the Bible, we learnt that Cain was a farmer while his brother, Abel was a livestock farmer. Cain was jealous because his brother’s offering had been accepted with respect and favour while he was not. Abel had just brought with him the best and fat-portion of the firstborn of his flock to offer as offering to God, which God had accepted from Abel with respect. While Cain had brought some of the fruit of the soil as an offering to God. 

As a result of the respect and favour the lord had shown Abel, Cain took upon himself to murder his brother Abel and he was cursed (Genesis 4:12). 

  • Canaan

The curse upon Canaan was a result of his father’s sin. Canaan was punished for the sins he knew nothing about. Ham the father of Canaan had seen his Father (Noah) sleeping uncovered under the influence of wine and was drunk. Canaan was cursed by his grandfather (Noah) because his son (Ham) had seen his nakedness. 

(Genesis 9:1-25) 

  • Gehazi

Gehazi was a servant to Elisha who was cursed due to the spirit of greed in his life. 

A commander (Naaman) of the army of the king of Aram had leprosy, he was a great man in the sight of his masters and was highly regarded, the lord had given the people of Aram victory through Naaman and he was a valiant soldier. 

One of Naaman’s captives (a female) told Naaman’s wife about a prophet in Israel who could cure him of his sickness. When Naaman heard what the captive said, he left for Isreal taking with him lots of gifts which he had planned to gift the prophet (Elisha) once he had been healed. On getting to Elisha’s house, Elisha sent a messenger to Naaman to tell him to go wash his body in the river Jordan seven times and he will be healed.  With a doubt, Naaman went on to wash his body in the river Jordan seven times and he was leprosy free. He was so happy that he went back to Elisha and offered him gifts as gratitude. To his surprise, Elisha rejected the gift saying “As surely as the Lord lives, whom I serve, I will not accept a thing”  and Naaman hugged him and beg him to let him be his servant and also promised never to make burnt offerings and sacrifice to any other god but the LORD. 

After Naaman had travelled some distance, Gehazi, the servant of Elisha said to himself “my master 

Was too easy on Naaman” by not accepting the gift which Naamam brought. So Gehazi ran after Naaman and lied to Naaman saying “my master sent me to say, two young men from the company of the prophets have just come to me from the hill country of Ephraim. Please give them a talent of silver and two sets of clothing”  and Naaman gave it to him and he took the gift to the house and kept them away. 

When Elisha found out what he did, he cursed him that may the leprosy on Naaman’s cling to him and his descendants forever. (2 kings 5:1-27) 

Ways out of curses.

  1. We must recognize that there is a curse. 
  2. We must repent from our sin and commit to being obedient to the word of God.
  3. We must confess and renounce both known and unknown sins on our part.
  4. We must continually read and use the word of God.
  5. We must pray at all times against every form of curses.
  6. We must Forgive and continuously walk in forgiveness. 
  7. We must be continually filled with the Holy Spirit.
  8. We must keep the right company and stay away from heathen act or object that might rekindle the urge for sin.
  9. We must trust the LORD our GOD.
  10. Read (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) and say these words daily. 

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