10 Things That Are Awesome (According to the Bible)

Snorting Horse

I have previously written about the myth that “only God is awesome.” Many people believe that we should reserve this word for God alone. However, I would contend that awesome is just a normal word like any other and that it has little meaning if it can only be applied to God.

Certainly, God is more awesome than anyone or anything else, but many other things truly are awesome as well.

Just for fun, I have decided to compile a list of things that the Bible itself labels “awesome.” Many translations will use a different English word in these verses, but the Hebrew contains some of the same words for “awesome” that are applied to God.

I’m excluding the many references to God, his acts, his angel, his day, his deeds, his majesty, his name, his power, his signs, his splendor, his strength, his works, etc.

So without further ado, here are ten things—other than God—that the Bible refers to as “awesome.”

1. A snorting horse

“Have you given the horse might?
Have you clothed his neck with a quivering mane?
Have you made him to leap as a locust?
The glory of his snorting is awesome.” (Job 39:19–20, WEB)

2. The human body

I thank you because I am awesomely made,
wonderfully; your works are wonders—
I know this very well. (Psalm 139:14, CJB)

3. Solomon’s love

You are beautiful as Tirzah, my love,
lovely as Jerusalem,
awesome as an army with banners. (Song of Songs 6:4, ESV)

4. An army with banners

“Who is this who looks down like the dawn,
beautiful as the moon, bright as the sun,
awesome as an army with banners?” (Song of Songs 6:10, ESV)

5. The collapse of Jerusalem

Her uncleanness is in her skirts;
She did not consider her destiny;
Therefore her collapse was awesome;
She had no comforter.
“O Lord, behold my affliction,
For the enemy is exalted!” (Lamentations 1:9, NKJV)

6. Wheel rims

As for their rims they were lofty and awesome, and the rims of all four of them were full of eyes round about. (Ezekiel 1:18, NASB)

7. A glittering dome

Over the heads of the living creatures was what appeared to be a dome glittering like ice; it was awesome, spread out over their heads, above them. (Ezekiel 1:22, CJB)

8. Nebuchadnezzar and his people

He and his people with him, awesome of the nations, shall be brought to ruin the land. And they shall draw their swords against Egypt and fill the lands with the slain. (Ezekiel 30:11, LITV)

9. A statue

“You, O king, were looking and behold, there was a single great statue; that statue, which was large and of extraordinary splendor, was standing in front of you, and its appearance was awesome.” (Daniel 2:31, NASB)

10. An animal

After this I saw in the night visions, and, behold, a fourth animal, awesome and powerful, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth; it devoured and broke in pieces, and stamped the residue with its feet: and it was diverse from all the animals that were before it; and it had ten horns. (Daniel 7:7, WEB)