What does a horn represent in the Bible?



A horn is a permanent pointed projection on the head of various animals (Genesis 22:13; Zechariah 1:18; Ezekiel 34:21; 1). The fighting strength of horned animals, such as bulls and rams, is in their horns. Based on that fact, helmets of warriors, were often adorned with horns.

A horn in the Bible represents:


Daniel 7:7,24 – “…The ten horns are ten kings who shall arise from this kingdom. And another shall rise after them; he shall be different from the first ones, and shall subdue three kings.

Zechariah 1:18–19 – “Then I raised my eyes and looked, and there were four horns. And I said to the angel who talked with me, “What are these?” So he answered me, “These are the horns that have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem.”

Daniel 8:21 – “And the male goat is the kingdom of Greece. The large horn that is between its eyes is the first king.”

2-Power and strength

Psalm 75:10 – “All the horns of the wicked I will also cut off, but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.”

Jeremiah 48:25 – “The horn of Moab is cut off, and his arm is broken,” says the Lord.”

1 Samuel 2:10 – “The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken in pieces; from heaven He will thunder against them. The Lord will judge the ends of the earth. He will give strength to His king, and exalt the horn of His anointed.”

Ezekiel 34:21 – “Because you push with side and with shoulder, and thrust at all the weak with your horns until you have scattered them abroad.”

3-Animal horns were receptacles for oil

1 Samuel 16:1 – “Now the Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go; I am sending you to Jesse the Bethlehemite.”

Joshua 6:5  – “It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him.”


1 Samuel 2:1 – “In the Lord, my horn is lifted high.”

Luke 1:69 – “He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David.”

Psalm 89:24 – “But My faithfulness and My mercy shall be with him, and in My name his horn shall be exalted.”

Psalm 92:10 – “But my horn You have exalted like a wild ox; I have been anointed with fresh oil.”

5-Part of the altar of sacrifice

Exodus 27:2 – “You shall make its horns on its four corners; its horns shall be of one piece with it. And you shall overlay it with bronze.”

Leviticus 8:15; 4:6 – “and Moses killed it. Then he took the blood, and put some on the horns of the altar all around with his finger, and purified the altar….”

1 Kings 1:50 – “Now Adonijah was afraid of Solomon; so he arose, and went and took hold of the horns of the altar.”

6-Personal success

Psalms 92:9,10 – “For behold, Your enemies, O Lord, for behold, Your enemies shall perish; all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered. But my horn You have exalted like a wild ox; I have been anointed with fresh oil.”


Psalm 18:2 -“The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”

Luke 1:68–69 – “Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited and redeemed His people, and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David.”

2 Samuel 22: 3 – “The God of my strength, in whom I will trust; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold and my refuge; my Savior, You save me from violence.”

Luke 1:69 – “And has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David.”

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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