4 Mysterious Verses in the Bible You Don’t Think About

mysterious Bible verses

Last updated on November 19th, 2019


There are a lot of mysterious verses in the Bible. Just things you may have never stopped to think about. Here are 4 mysterious verses in the Bible that can get your mind thinking.

2 Timothy 4:13

2 Timothy 4:13 states, “When you come bring the cloak which I left at Troas with Carpus, and the books, especially the parchments.” In this mysterious Bible verse, Apostle Paul gives this instruction to Timothy to bring his cloak that he left,  and interestingly what he refers to as “the books, the especially the parchments”. First, it’s kind of funny to read of Apostle Paul doing such a normal thing we all do. Leaving something at somebody’s place. But even more mysterious, what are these books/parchments he’s talking about? Commentaries speculate he could be referring to Jewish historical books, observations he wrote in his travels, or maybe just books of the Old Testament. Quite a mystery.

Colossians 4:16

Colossians 4:16 states, “When this letter is read among you, have it also read in the church of the Laodiceans; and you, for your part read my letter that is coming from Laodicea.” What was the letter from Laodicea? I’m not suer. But there’s another question you may have never asked but this verse helps to answer. If certain letters are specifically written to certain churches, do these letters apply to us at all? Now within the letters you can see general things instructed of all Christians. And also a few specific things talking about specific situations of that time. However, we do know this from the verse. This is at least one example of these letters being spread to other churches. So it’s perhaps strong evidence that the general instructions in letters to certain churches were meant to be applied by all places. By all members in the churches of God/Christ.

Acts 10:10

Acts 10:10 states, “But he became hungry and was desiring to eat; but while they were making preparations, he fell into a trance;” The Apostle trance is one of the most mysterious Bible verses in the whole book. First things first, what does this term trance mean in the Greek? The Greek word for trance is ekstasis, and it means “a displacement of the mind, i.e. bewilderment, “ecstasy”: be amazed, amazement, astonishment, trance.” It was over the course of this trance that God dropped a great sheet to the ground with four footed animals that He told Apostle Peter to eat. Apostle Peter said he didn’t eat unclean meat, but God corrected him saying what He cleanses is no longer unholy. This trance is referenced again in Acts 11 and also in Acts 22 Apostle Paul undergoes his own trance experience. It seems this trance is simply specific to the outcome of the story in the chapters, but I’ve always pondered if it was possible one could fall into their own spiritual trance like the Apostles did.

2 Peter 3:15-16

2 Peter 3:15-16 states, “and regard the patience of our Lord as salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, 16 as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction.” Believe it or not, there’s a small segment of people who don’t buy into the writings of Apostle Paul as scripture. Some only strictly follow the teachings of Jesus in the Gospels and whatever is written by the initial Apostles Jesus chose. But here in this verse, we see Apostle Peter affirming Apostle Paul’s letters as scripture in acknowledging his letters. He ties them with the rest of the scriptures. So to deny the authority of Apostle Paul is to deny the authority of Apostle Peter. But what makes this Bible verse mysterious is what else does Peter view as the rest of the scriptures? Would be interesting to know if that mentions what different Christian groups view as scripture today.


There are many other mysterious Bible verses I’ve read in my time studying scripture. These are just the ones that instantly came to my mind for this post. But I’m curious, what verses have you found fascinating?

Peace to you all in Christ.


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8 thoughts on “4 Mysterious Verses in the Bible You Don’t Think About

  1. One of my favorite Scriptures and one that I had to find the answer to was when Jesus said, “Father if possible let this “cup” pass from Me.” I begin to see the usage of the word “cup” in the Bible a lot. I had to find out what “cup” Jesus was talking about, so I had to go to Jewsih History in the Bible.
    I always say, “If one is going to understand the Bible, one must understand Israel.” 🙂
    There were four “cups” in the Passover Meal.

    1st cup was for the preliminary course consisting of a solemn blessing pronounced over the “first cup of wine.”

    2nd cup The Passover narrative was recited after which the Little Hallel was sung. Ex12 Ps 113 This was followed by the drinking of the second cup of wine.

    3rd cup the main meal was served and the drinking of the “third cup of wine.”

    4th cup was the climax of the Passover and was kown as the “cup of consummation.”

    When Jesus instituted the Lord’s Supper we find He was on the third “cup” the “cup of blessing” and then He stopped. When He was in the Garden He asked God to take the “fourth cup” away from Him, the “cup of consummation.”

    Which meant when He died on the Cross He completed the 4th cup of the Passover Meal by consummating us back to God, fulfilled the Passover of the Old Covenant into the New Covenant Passover. This is why when we as Catholics recieve Holy Communion in the Chalice it is referred to as the “Blessing cup.” The third cup of the Passover Meal of the New Covenant.

    Thanks for making me remember this. God Bless and have a great weekend. SR

    1. Hi SR. Thanks for your comment. Interesting thought about the 4 cups. Never really pondered that before. I’ll have to look into tthat. I remember writing about the Hallel in one of my earlier posts as I believe they were songs the Apostles would sing. Whenever I reflected on the verse about Jesus requesting the cup pass Him, I always found it fascinating to see that Jesus didn’t appear to want to die, but at the same time still expresses support for God’s will ultimately. You’re welcome, SR.

      Peace to you in Christ.

  2. Luke 8:46
    But Jesus said, “Someone has touched me; for I know that power has gone out from me.”

    Which raises questions about how the process of healing others affected the body of the Healer. I wonder if the deep sleep that Our Lord experienced even in the midst of a tiny storm tossed boat was induced by the fatigue that freely giving His healing energy to the sick caused Him.

    1. Hi thoughtfullydetached. Thanks for your comment. Interesting thought on that verse. That could be possible. I read a commentary on the sleep verse that suggested Jesus sleeping perhaps reflected his humanness, needing sleep as any human would after being awake for a long period. Though it is a wonder if one had miraculous powers drawn from them how much it would fatigue them.

      Peace to you in Christ.

    1. Hi royalpalmtree. Thanks for your comment. Yes, interesting sequence of events with Mary anointing the feet of Jesus with perfume, wiping his feet with her hair, and filling the house with the fragrance. Kind of reminds me of the burnt offerings that people in the Old Testament used to do to please God with soothing aromas.

      Peace to you in Christ.

  3. “Isaac lived a hundred and eighty years.”
    ‭‭Genesis‬ ‭35:28‬ ‭NIV‬‬

    I had assumed that when Jacob stole Esau’s blessing that his father Issac died shortly afterward. It surprised me to learn that Issac actually went on to live at least another 20 years or so because he was still alive when Jacob came back with his whole family and Ruben the oldest was essentially an adult.

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