The Ten: Men in the Bible who were the ‘best’ at something

One was strong, one was fat. One had great riches, one owned a cat (or two).

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Humblest: Moses

Numbers 12:3—“Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.” Moses is credited as the author of Numbers.

Healthiest: Daniel

Daniel 1:15—“At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food.”

Strongest: Samson

Judges 15:15—“And he found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, and put out his hand and took it, and with it he struck 1000 men.”

Tallest: Goliath

1 Samuel 17:4—“A champion named Goliath, who was from Gath, came out of the Philistine camp. His height was six cubits and a span.” That’s nearly three metres!

Most prolific: Paul

Although Paul wrote the most books in the Bible—12 books with a total of 32,408 words—Moses is credited with more words, writing the first five books, one psalm and 125,139 words!

Oldest: Methuselah

Genesis 5:27: “Thus all the days of Methuselah were 969 years, and he died.”

Most pets: Noah

Genesis 7:8,9—“Pairs of clean and unclean animals, of birds and of all creatures that move along the ground, male and female, came to Noah and entered the ark, of bird, of every kind of animal and of every kind of creature that moves along the ground will come to you to be kept alive.”

Richest: Solomon

1 Kings 10:23—“King Solomon was greater in riches and wisdom than all the other kings of the earth.”

Fattest: Eglon

“Eglon king of Moab, who was a very fat man . . . And the hilt also went in after the blade, and the fat closed over the blade, for he did not pull the sword out of his belly”. Full story found in Judges 3:14-29.

Most encouraging: Barnabas

Acts 4:36—“Joseph, a Levite from Cyprus, whom the apostles called Barnabas (which means ‘son of encouragement’).” Given his nickname for a reason, Paul may not have got as far as he did without the help of Barnabas. He vouched for Paul after his conversion and the Holy Spirit even picked him to accompany Paul.