What does Mocking mean in the Bible?

Greek / Hebrew Translation Occurance
ἐμπαίζοντες to play with 2
ἐνέπαιζον to play with 1
διαχλευάζοντες to mock 1
דִּבַּ֣ת whispering 1
תַלְעִֽיג to mock 1

Definitions Related to mocking


   1 to play with, trifle with.
      1a to mock.
      1b to delude, deceive.


   1 whispering, defamation, evil report.
      1a whispering.
      1b defamation, defaming.
      1c evil report, unfavourable saying.


   1 to mock, deride, ridicule.
      1a (Qal) to mock, deride, have in derision.
      1b (Niphal) to stammer.
      1c (Hiphil) to mock, deride.


   1 to mock, deride, jeer.

Frequency of mocking (original languages)

Frequency of mocking (English)


King James Dictionary - mocking
MOCK'ING, ppr. Imitating in contempt mimicking ridiculing by mimicry treating with sneers and scorn defeating deluding.
MOCK'ING, n. Derision insult.
Webster's Dictionary - mocking
(p. pr. & vb. n.) of Mock
(a.) Imitating, esp. in derision, or so as to cause derision; mimicking; derisive.
Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words - Mock, Mocker, mocking
A — 1: ἐμπαίζω (Strong's #1702 — Verb — empaizo — emp-aheed'-zo ) a compound of paizo, "to play like a child" (pais), "to sport, jest," prefixed by en, "in" or "at," is used only in the Synoptists, and, in every instance, of the "mockery" of Christ, except in Matthew 2:16 (there in the sense of deluding, or deceiving, of Herod by the wise men) and in Luke 14:29 , of ridicule cast upon the one who after laying a foundation of a tower is unable to finish it. The word is used (a) prophetically by the Lord, of His impending sufferings, Matthew 20:19 ; Mark 10:34 ; Luke 18:32 ; (b) of the actual insults inflicted upon Him by the men who had taken Him from Gethsemane, Luke 22:63 ; by Herod and his soldiers, Luke 23:11 ; by the soldiers of the governor, Matthew 27:29,31 ; Mark 15:20 ; Luke 23:36 ; by the chief priests, Matthew 27:41 ; Mark 15:31 .
A — 2: μυκτηρίζω (Strong's #3456 — Verb — mukterizo — mook'-tay-rid'-zo ) from mukter, "the nose," hence, "to turn up the nose at, sneer at, treat with contempt," is used in the Passive Voice in Galatians 6:7 , where the statement "God is not mocked" does not mean that men do not mock Him (see Proverbs 1:30 , where the Sept. has the same verb); the Apostle vividly contrasts the essential difference between God and man. It is impossible to impose upon Him who discerns the thoughts and intents of the heart.
Note: Ekmukterizo, a strengthened form of the above, "to scoff at," is used in Luke 16:14 ; 23:35 (RV, "scoffed at;" AV, "derided"). See DERIDE , SCOFF.
A — 3: χλευάζω (Strong's #5512 — Verb — chleuazo — khlyoo-ad'-zo ) "to jest, mock, jeer at" (from chleue, "a jest"), is said of the ridicule of some of the Athenian philosophers at the Apostle's testimony concerning the resurrection of the dead, Acts 17:32 .
A — 4: διά (Strong's #1223 5512 — Preposition — diachleuazo — dee-ah' ) an intensive form of No. 3, "to scoff at," whether by gesture or word, is said of those who jeered at the testimony given on the Day of Penticost, Acts 2:13 (some mss. have No. 3).
B — 1: ἐμπαίκτης (Strong's #1703 — Noun Masculine — empaiktes — emp-aheek-tace' ) "a mocker" (akin to A, No. 1), is used in 2 Peter 3:3 , RV, "mockers." (AV, "scoffers"); Jude 1:18 , RV and AV, "mockers." In the Sept., Isaiah 3:4 .
B — 2: ἐμπαιγμός (Strong's #1701 — Noun Masculine — empaigmos — emp-aheeg-mos' ) the act of the empaiktes, "a mocking," is used in Hebrews 11:36 , "mockings." In the Sept., Psalm 38:7 ; Ezekiel 22:4 .
B — 3: ἐμπαίζω (Strong's #1702 — Verb — empaigmone — emp-aheed'-zo ) an abstract noun, "mockery," is used in 2 Peter 3:3 (some mss. omit it, as in AV): (see also No. 1, above).

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Jeering - ) mocking; scoffing. ) A mocking utterance
Derisory - ) Derisive; mocking
Mockingly - ) By way of derision; in a contemptuous or mocking manner
Brown Thrush - A common American singing bird (Harporhynchus rufus), allied to the mocking bird; - also called brown thrasher
Mocker - ) A mocking bird
Flout - ) To practice mocking; to behave with contempt; to sneer; to fleer; - often with at
Catbird - ) An American bird (Galeoscoptes Carolinensis), allied to the mocking bird, and like it capable of imitating the notes of other birds, but less perfectly
Sardonic - ) Forced; unnatural; insincere; hence, derisive, mocking, malignant, or bitterly sarcastic; - applied only to a laugh, smile, or some facial semblance of gayety
Mock - Proverbs 1:26 (a) We can hardly understand GOD mocking the sinner when the anguish and pain of GOD's wrath overtakes him
Mockery - ) The act of mocking, deriding, and exposing to contempt, by mimicry, by insincere imitation, or by a false show of earnestness; a counterfeit appearance
Scoff - ) Derision; ridicule; mockery; derisive or mocking expression of scorn, contempt, or reproach
Jest - Ephesians 5:4 characterizes jesting or mocking speech as part of a pagan life-style
Sport - For instance, Isaiah 57:4 is translated, “Against whom do ye sport yourselves?” (“jest” NAS; “mocking” NIV, NRSV)
Crown of Thorns - It is supposed to have been made of the Arabian nabk, which has flexible branches with very sharp thorns, and ivy-like leaves: mocking the Lord, as some think, both as a king and as a victor
Sarah, Sarai, Sara - When he was weaned, Ishmael was seen mocking, which roused Sarah to demand the expulsion of Hagar and Ishmael
Lip - ]'>[1] ) as the source from which the breath issues ( Isaiah 11:4 ); once the protrusion of the lips occurs as a gesture of mocking contempt ( Psalms 22:7 )
Hagar - Ishmael's mocking at the feast which celebrated Isaac's weaning was the occasion of Sarah's saying, "Cast out this bond-woman and her son, for the son of this bond-woman shall not be heir with my son . "...
As Abram had laughed for joy at the promise of Isaac (Genesis 17:17), and Sarai for incredulity (Genesis 18:12-15), but afterward, at Isaac's birth, for joyful gratitude, so Ishmael in derision and in the spirit of a persecutor, mocking (which contains the germ of persecuting) Isaac's faith in God's promises
Irony - In the first case, the outcome of events seems contradictory to what could generally be expected and results in mocking the propriety of the apparent power structure
Sarah - Under God's prompting, Sarah, seeing Hagar's son "mocking" at Isaac the son of the promise during the feast for the latter when weaned (see the spiritual sense Galatians 4:22-31), said to Abraham, "cast out this bondwoman," etc
Mock, Mocker, Mocking - ...
B — 2: ἐμπαιγμός (Strong's #1701 — Noun Masculine — empaigmos — emp-aheeg-mos' ) the act of the empaiktes, "a mocking," is used in Hebrews 11:36 , "mockings
Vinegar - The bystanders, led by the exultant priests, were meanwhile mocking the meek Sufferer and deriding His Messianic claim
Praetorium - When the soldiers were weary of the mocking, they led Jesus away again to be crucified
Praetorium - When the soldiers were weary of the mocking, they led Jesus away again to be crucified
Crown - The biblical reply to that mocking image of the Passion is the decisive image of Revelation 19 and what it represents
Moloch - ...
God similarly complains of their mocking Him with worship, while worshipping idols, Ezekiel 20:89
Enoch - to execute judgment" in the face of a mocking, infidel world
Elisha - For mocking the bald prophet, 42 boys were attacked by two she-bears (2 Kings 2:23-24 )
Hagar - " The everlasting hatred of nature to grace was then strikingly set forth, by the mocking of the bond-woman's son
Jude, the Epistle of - " These evils, combined with mocking scepticism, shall characterize the days immediately before the Lord's coming to judgment, as when Enoch warned the ungodly just on the eve of the flood
Mockery - Jesus is simply arrayed in royal garments, and a mocking homage is paid to Him; then He is sent back to Pilate. It is a mark of historicity in the Gospel narratives that the Sanhedrists are represented as mocking the claims of Jesus to be a prophet, whereas the Roman soldiers, quite uninterested in His prophetic character, mock His claims to be a king, which would not be so ready a subject of jesting with the Jews, though they mocked Him for His pretensions to be a king of Israel as He hung upon the cross
Elisha - Elisha could be as stern as Elijah: at Bethel he treats the mocking youth in the spirit of Sinai (2 Kings 2:23 ), and no touch of pity can be detected in the sentence that falls on Gehazi ( 2 Kings 5:27 )
Jeremiah - Fear of the mocking of the Jewish deserters deterred him from following the prophet's counsel, that he should go forth to the Chaldees; by refusing he brought on himself, as Jeremiah foretold, the mocking not only of the deserters but even of his own concubines
Isaac - "Mocked" by Ishmael (who was "born after the flesh") at the weaning feast; the mocking, as Paul implies, containing the germ and spirit of persecution, profanely sneering at the object of the promise
Abram - The son of the bondwoman, jealous perhaps of Isaac's happier lot, was discovered mocking; and Sarah insisted that he and his mother Hagar should be banished from the encampment
the Angel of the Church in Thyatira - All the iron rods in the world would not have broken men's hard hearts as that reed broke them, that our Lord took so meekly into His hand when the soldiers were mocking and maltreating Him
Ishmael - See ISAAC on Ishmael's expulsion for "mocking," and (See HAGAR on Ishmael being called a "child," or "lad" (Genesis 25:14-15; Genesis 25:17), being at the time 15 or 16; the bread and bottle, but not the child, were "put on her shoulder
the Labourer With the Evil Eye - When this mocking taunt is thrown in our teeth,-What fruit have ye now of those things of which ye are now ashamed? we come with him
Joseph And Mary - But all that would seem but so many mocking words to her as she saw nothing before her but an open shame, and, it might well be, an outcast's death
Simon Magus - But it is mocking God, and deluding men, to crowd the table with communicants like Simon Magus, who do not know the first principles either of sin or of salvation
Antioch - ...
But the ‘Christians’ gratefully accepted the mocking sobriquet bestowed upon them, changing it into the most honourable of all titles (cf
Saul - As also when he held his peace at the men of Belial mocking at his election
Samson - He would let us hear evil men in Israel mocking at Samson and his seat of judgment because of Timnath and Gaza
the Man Which Sowed Good Seed in His Field But His Enemy Came And Sowed Tares Among the Wheat - Let him plough and harrow, and plough and harrow again; let him change his seed, let him rotate his crops; with all he can do, there is the accursed thing always coming up, choking the wheat, drinking up the rain and the sunshine from the wheat, and mocking all that the husbandman and his servants can do; mortifying and indeed breaking his heart
Hannah - You will charge me with mocking you, and with an abuse of sacred words, when I call such a woman a saint
Dress (2) - Reference is made at the beginning to the various terms used to describe the robe put on Christ by the mocking soldiers
Atonement - All the Evangelists dwell minutely on the scenes of the betrayal, Gethsemane, the trial, the mocking and scourging, the crucifixion
Announcements of Death - 202), because it is expressly used by Christ only twice before His death (see also Matthew 26:2); but the Master particularizes beforehand other details, such as the mocking, scourging, spitting, delivering to the Gentiles (these all now mentioned for the first time, Mark 10:33 f
Abram - Sarah, having observed Ishmael, son of Hagar, mocking her son Isaac, said to Abraham, "Cast out this bondwoman and her son, for Ishmael shall not be heir with Isaac
Psalms (2) - It is not only that echoes of it are heard in the Passion story of the Gospels,—in the parting of His garments and the casting of the lot for His raiment (Matthew 27:35 = Mark 15:24 = Luke 23:34, Psalms 22:19 (18)), the shaking of the heads of the passers-by (Matthew 27:39 = Mark 15:29 = Luke 23:35, Psalms 22:8 (7)), the mocking cry, ‘He trusted in God, let him deliver him’ (Matthew 27:43, Psalms 22:9 (8)),—but Jesus Himself upon the cross used at least the opening words of the psalm (Matthew 27:46 = Mark 15:34), and the parting of His garments is expressly said in John 19:24 to have taken place that the scripture might be fulfilled
Christ in Jewish Literature - It is rather the wretched device by which ignorant and persecuted Jews revenged themselves, and found a pitiful amusement in mocking the Christ of their persecutors
Tertullianus, Quintus Septimius Florens - Bonwetsch and Salmon) attributed to Tertullian himself, have preserved a picture of the times—a reluctant proconsul, all-willing martyrs, and a scoffing crowd saluting their baptism of blood with the mocking cry, "Salvum lotum" (see the Acts in Migne's Patr