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The reason for sickness


by Frank L. Preuss


This webpage contains the information so as it is listed in the webpage The cause of sickness, however with additional columns, which give the reasons why the sickness occurred.

This subject matter is discussed in detail in 7. Is suffering necessary?

This study help simply is a list of 82 cases from the Bible. The cases show us where sickness - probably the most important kind of suffering - comes from.

In this table of 82 cases we have listed in the first column the case number or item number. In column two the scripture reference is given. In column three the individual that has been made sick is recorded. In column four the kind of sicknesses is given. In the next column we have shown whom the Bible records as having caused the sickness - the person who makes sick. Now to make it easier for the eye to glance down this column and get an immediate overview of the majority of cases, we have used abbreviations in this last column: "G" stands for God, "A" stands for an angel of God and "M" stands for a man of God. In addition we have shown "A" and "M" in bold type to make it easier for the eye to see these few cases. When it is an angel of God or a man of God and the name is known, then we have given this name as well. When you look at the table you will see that the majority of cases have a "G" in that last column and this means that the Bible records God as cause of the sickness.

The sixth column says something about the reason for the sickness and gives the relevant scripture reference.

In the webpage The cause of sickness it was mainly about showing that sickness comes from God to demonstrate the false teaching which claims that sickness does not come from God. And in this webpage the reason for sickness is especially emphasized to show the student where sickness comes from and therefore to give him the possibility to recognize the basis and therefore to remove sickness.

And now follows the list:


The reason for sickness
1 2 3 4 5 6
Item Scripture Who is made sick? What kind of sickness? Who makes sick? Reason of sickness
G = God Bible text Remark
A = Angel of God Scripture
M = Man of God
1 Ge 3:16 Eve pains in childbearing, giving birth G eaten forbidden fruit Ge 3:6 therefore gratifying the desires of the sinful nature (Gal 5:16) - the acts of the sinful nature are obvious (Gal 5:19-21): sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissentions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like - instead living by the Spirit (Gal 5:16), therefore producing the fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22)
2 Ge 3:17 Adam painful toil G
3 Ge 12:17 Pharaoh and his household serious diseases G because of Abram's wife Sarai Ge 12:17 therefore protection of a believer
4 Ge 19:11 men of Sodom blindness E so that they could not find the door Ge 19:11 therefore protection of the house of Lot
5 Ge 20:18 Abimelech's household wombs closed up G because of Abraham's wife Sarah Ge 20:18 therefore also protection of a believer
6 Ex 4:6 Moses leprous hand G This is so that they may believe that the Lord has appeared to Moses Ex 4:5 therefore to awaken faith in the children of Israel so that they believe that God has appeared to Moses
7 Ex 4:11 man deaf, dumb, blind G Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or dumb? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Ex 4:11 Therefore God can make sick or heal. He can create sickness.
8 Ex 9:10 men and animals festering boils broke out M Moses And the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring the Israelites out of it Ex 7:5 therefore demonstrating the power of God
9 Ex 9:25 men and animals hail struck M Moses
10 Le 14:34 house spreading mildew G
11 Le 26:16 Israelites wasting diseases, fever that destroys sight and drains away life G But if you will not listen to me and carry out all these commands, and if you reject my decrees and abhor my laws and fail to carry out all my commands and so violate my covenant, then I will do this to you: Le 26:14-15 like the curse for disobedience in Dt 28:15-68
12 Nu 11:33 Israelites severe plague G Therefore the place was named Kibroth Hattaavah, because there they buried the people who had craved other food. Nu 11:34 Lust therefore causes severe plague
13 Nu 12:10 Miriam leprosy G Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses? Nu 12:8 the sin we have so foolishly committed, Nu 12:11
14 Nu 14:12 Israelites plague G How long will these people treat me with contempt? How long will they refuse to believe in me, in spite of all the miraculous signs I have performed among them? Nu 14:11 therefore unbelief
15 Nu 25:8 Israelites plague G While Israel was staying in Shittim, the men began to indulge in sexual immorality with Moabite women, who invited them to the sacrifices to their gods. The people ate and bowed down before these gods. So Israel joined in worshipping the Baal of Peor. And the Lord's anger burned against them. Nu 25:1-3 therefore sexual immorality and worshipping of gods
16 Dt 2:30 Sihon king of Heshbon stubborn spirit, obstinate heart G But Sihon king of Heshbon refused to let us pass through. For the Lord your God has made his spirit stubborn and his heart obstinate in order to give him into your hands, as he has now done. Dt 2:30 See, I have given into your hand Sihon the Amorite, king of Heshbon - Dt 2:24. Therefore God's will.
17 Dt 24:9 Miriam leprous disease G In cases of leprous diseases be very careful Dt 24:8 Remember what the Lord your God did to Miriam along the way after you came out of Egypt. Dt 24:9
18 Dt 28:21 Israelites diseases G The curse for disobedience: Dt 28:15-68
19 Dt 28:22 Israelites wasting diseases, fever, inflammation, blight, mildew G
20 Dt 28:27 Israelites boils of Egypt, tumors, festering sores, itch G
21 Dt 28:28 Israelites madness, blindness, confusion of mind G
22 Dt 28:34 Israelites driven mad G
23 Dt 28:35 Israelites knees and legs afflicted with painful boils that cannot be cured G
24 Dt 28:59 Israelites fearful plagues, harsh and prolonged disasters, severe and lingering illnesses G
25 Dt 28:60 Israelites diseases of Egypt G
26 Dt 28:61 Israelites every kind of sickness and disaster not recorded in this Book of the Law G
27 Dt 28:65 Israelites anxious mind, despairing heart G
28 Dt 28:66 Israelites constant suspense, filled with dread G
29 Dt 28:67 Israelites terror that fills the heart G
30 Dt 29:22 land diseases G It is because this people abandoned the covenant. They went off and worshiped other gods and bowed down to them. Dt 29:25+26 Your children will see the calamities that have fallen on the land and the diseases. Dt 29:22
31 Dt 32:24 Israelites wasting famine, consuming pestilence, deadly plague G for they are a perverse generation, children who are unfaithful. Dt 32:20
32 Dt 32:39 Israelites wounded G for they are a perverse generation, children who are unfaithful. Dt 32:20 The Song of Moses, Dt 31:30
33 Jdg 9:23 between Abimelech and the citizens of Shechem evil spirit G the crime against Jerub-Baal's seventy sons might be avenged Jdg 9:24
34 1Sa 5:6 people of Ashdod tumors G After the Philistines had captured the ark of God, they took it from Ebenezer to Ashdod. Then they carried the ark into Dagon's temple and set it beside Dagon. When the people of Ashdod rose early the next day, there was Dagon, fallen on his face on the ground before the ark of the Lord! They took Dagon and put him back on his place. But the following morning when they rose, there was Dagon, fallen on his face on the ground before the ark of the Lord! His head and hands had been broken off and were lying on the threshold; only his body remained. 1Sa 5:1-4 The Philistines had experienced the power of God, but did not turn towards this true God, but again set upright their helpless god.
35 1Sa 5:9 people of Gad tumors G
36 1Sa 5:12 people of Ekron tumors G
37 1Sa 16:14 King Saul tormented by an evil spirit from the Lord G But Saul and the army spared Agag and the best of the sheep and cattle, the fat calves and lambs - everything that was good. These they were unwilling to destroy completely, but everything that was despised and weak they totally destroyed. 1Sa 15:9 God had recognized the addiction of the Israelites for material things and wanted to heal them from it by commanding them to destroy all booty, but Saul and the army did exactly the opposite. They made material possessions their god. "I am grieved that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions." 1Sa 15:11, see David dictionary, Note No. 12
38 1Sa 16:15 King Saul evil spirit from God G
39 1Sa 16:23 King Saul evil spirit G
40 1Sa 18:10 King Saul evil spirit from God G Saul was very angry; this refrain galled him. "They have credited David with tens of thousands," he thought, "but me with only thousands. What more can he get but the kingdom?" And from that time on Saul kept a jealous eye on David. 1Sa 18:8-9 First Saul made material goods his god and next suspicion and jealousy. An evil spirit can also come from God to a man, see apostolic succession in 7. Is suffering necessary? See David dictionary, Note No. 9.
41 1Sa 19:9 King Saul evil spirit from the Lord G
42 2Sa 3:29 someone of Joab's house running sore or leprosy or leaning on a crutch M David Joab and his brother Abishai murdered Abner because he had killed their brother Asahel in the battle at Gibeon. 2Sa 3:30 We cannot shed blood in peace-time as if in battle (1 Ki 2:5), see David dictionary, Note No. 18.
43 2Sa 12:15 David's child ill G But because by doing this you have made the enemies of the Lord show utter contempt, the son born to you will die. 2Sa 12:14 See David dictionary, Note No. 10.
44 2Sa 24:15 Israel plague G David was conscience-stricken after he had counted the fighting men, and he said to the Lord, "I have sinned greatly in what I have done. Now, O Lord, I beg you, take away the guilt of your servant. I have done a very foolish thing." 2Sa 24:10 Keeping membership lists in churches, wanting to know the number of members, strengthens the ego of the clerics and their followers and give worldly governments the opportunity to persecute the church and also to abuse them for their purposes and to utilize the documents for the raising of armies. Local government offices for the registration of residents are based on such inventions of the clergy.
45 1Ki 22:23 Ahab's prophets lying spirit in the mouth G In the thirty-eighth year of Asa king of Judah, Ahab son of Omri became king of Israel, and he reigned in Samaria over Israel twenty-two years. Ahab son of Omri did more evil in the eyes of the Lord than any of those before him. 1Ki 16:29-30 'I will go out and be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets,' he said. 'You will succeed in luring him,' said the Lord. 'Go and do it.' 1Ki 22:22
46 2Ki 5:27 Gehazi leprous M Elisha After Naaman had traveled some distance, Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said to himself, "My master was too easy on Naaman, this Aramean, by not accepting from him what he brought. As surely as the Lord lives, I will run after him and get something from him." 2Ki 5:19-20 All those who want to make money out the knowledge about God are traitors like Judas Iscariot, only that he repented of his betrayal and even gave the money back, what the so-called theologians do not do.
47 2Ki 6:18 Aramean army blindness M Elisha "Go, find out where he is," the king ordered, "so I can send men and capture him." 2Ki 6:13 God can let every attempt fail to persecute one of his children.
48 2Ki 15:5 King Azariah leprosy G The high places, however, were not removed; the people continued to offer sacrifices and burn incense there. 2Ki 15:4 To not separate from man-made churches can lead to leprosy, say cancer, see 1 Corinthians 11:30: That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep.
49 1Ch 21:14 Israel plague G Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel. 1Ch 21:1 Satan rises up against the church and incites it to take organisational measures. Wanting to organize something is always the best method of Satan to prevent the work of the spirit.
50 2Ch 7:13 Israel plague G if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2Ch 7:14 The simplest way to receive healing is to return to God.
51 2Ch 18:22 Ahab's prophets lying spirit in the mouth G Ahab . . . began to serve Baal and worship him. He set up an altar for Baal in the temple of Baal that he built in Samaria. Ahab also made an Asherah pole and did more to provoke the Lord, the God of Israel, to anger than did all the kings of Israel before him. 1Ki 16:29-33
52 2Ch 21:15 King Jehoram very ill with a lingering disease of the bowels M ElijahWhen Jehoram established himself firmly over his father's kingdom, he put all his brothers to the sword along with some of the princes of Israel. 2Ch 21:4 The clerics rise up against the true elders of the true church and remove them; and the murder of the prophets is standard procedure. "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets", Matthew 23:37.
53 2Ch 21:18 King Jehoram incurable diseases of bowels G He walked in the ways of the kings of Israel, as the house of Ahab had done, for he married a daughter of Ahab. He did evil in the eyes of the Lord. 2Ch 21:6
54 2Ch 24:25 King Joash severely wounded G Arameans When the Arameans withdrew, they left Joash severely wounded. His officials conspired against him for murdering the son of Jehoiada the priest, and they killed him in his bed. 2Ch 24:25
55 2Ch 26:20 King Uzziah leprosy on forehead G But after Uzziah became powerful, his pride led to his downfall. He was unfaithful to the Lord his God, and entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense. 2Ch 26:16
56 Job 2:7 Job painful sores Satan So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord and afflicted Job with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the top of his head. Job 2:7 Satan did it - but with the permission of God. Job 2:6
57 Job 42:11 Job trouble G All his brothers and sisters and everyone who had known him came and ate with him in his house. They comforted and consoled him over all the trouble the Lord had brought upon him, and each one gave him a piece of silver and a gold ring. Job 42:11 The subject Job is discussed in detail in 7. Is suffering necessary?
58 Ps 38:3 David no health G Because of your wrath there is no health in my body; my bones have no soundness because of my sin. Ps 38:3 I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin. Ps 38:18
59 Isa 37:7 King Sennacherib spirit G Isaiah said to them, "Tell your master, 'This is what the Lord says: Do not be afraid of what you have heard - those words with which the underlings of the king of Assyria have blasphemed me. Isa 37:6 Listen! I am going to put a spirit in him so that when he hears a certain report, he will return to his own country, and there I will have him cut down with the sword.'" Isa 37:7
60 Isa 53:10 Jesus Christ crushed G Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him and afflicted. Isa 53:4 Yet it was the Lord's will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand. Isa 53:10
61 Da 8:27 Daniel ill G In the third year of King Belshazzar's reign, I, Daniel, had a vision, after the one that had already appeared to me. Da 8:1 I, Daniel, was exhausted and lay ill for several days. Then I got up and went about the king's business. I was appalled by the vision; it was beyond understanding. Da 8:27
62 Am 4:10 Israel plagues G Hear this word, you cows of Bashan on Mount Samaria, you women who oppress the poor and crush the needy and say to your husbands, "Bring us some drinks!" Am 4:1 "I sent plagues among you as I did to Egypt. I killed your young men with the sword, along with your captured horses. I filled your nostrils with the stench of your camps, yet you have not returned to me," declares the Lord. Am 4:10
63 Zec 12:4 riders madness G "I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all surrounding people reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. On that day, when all the Nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move will injure themselves. Zec 12:2-3 On that day I will strike every horse with panic and its rider with madness," declares the Lord. "I will keep a watchful eye over the house of Judah, but I will blind all the horses of the nations. Zec 12:4
64 Lk 1:20 Zechariah not able to speak E Gabriel And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their proper time." Lk 1:20 Zechariah asked the angel, "How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years." Lk 1:18
65 Jn 9:1 man blind G As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" "Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life. Jn 9:1-3 As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world." Jn 9:4-5
66 Jn 9:39 those who see blind G Jesus said, "For judgement I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind." Jn 9,39 Some Pharisees who were with him heard him say this and asked, "What? Are we blind too?" Jesus said, "If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin; but now that you claim you can see, your guilt remains." Jn 9:40-41
67 Jn 10:10 sheep destroyed thief The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. Jn 10:10 I am the good shepherd who lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. The wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. Jn 10:11-13
68 Jn 11:4 Lazarus sickness G When he heard this, Jesus said, "This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God's glory so that God's Son may be glorified through it." Jn 11:4 Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours of daylight? A man who walks by day will not stumble, for he sees by this world's light. It is when he walks by night that he stumbles, for he has no light." Jn 11:9-10
69 Jn 12:40 who would not believe in Jesus they cannot see with their eyes G He has blinded their eyes and deadened their hearts, so they can neither see with their eyes, nor understand with their hearts, nor turn - and I would heal them. Jn 12:40 Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not confess their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; for they loved praise from men more than praise from God. Jn 12:42-43
70 Ac 9:8 Saul could see nothing G He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, "Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?" Ac 9:4I too was convinced that I ought to do all that was possible to oppose the name of Jesus of Nazareth. And that is just what I did in Jerusalem. On the authority of the chief priests I put many of the saints in prison, and when they were put to death, I cast my vote against them. Many a time I went from one synagogue to another to have them punished, and I tried to force them to blaspheme. In my obsession against them, I even went to foreign cities to persecute them. Ac 26:9-11
71 Ac 12:23 King Herod eaten by worms E Immediately, because Herod did not give praise to God, an angel of the Lord struck him down, and he was eaten by worms and died. Ac 12:23It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them. He had James, the brother of John, put to death with the sword. Ac 12:1-2
72 Ac 13:11 Elymas blind M Paul But Elymas the sorcerer (for that is what his name means) opposed them and tried to turn the proconsul from the faith. Ac 13:8They traveled through the whole island until they came to Paphos. There they met a Jewish sorcerer, and false prophet named Bar-Jesus, who was an attendant of the proconsul, Sergius Paulus. The proconsul, an intelligent man, sent for Barnabas and Saul because he wanted to hear the word of God. Ac 13:6-7
73 Ac 14:19 Paul stoned crowd Then some Jews came from Antioch and Iconium and won the crowd over. They stoned Paul and dragged him outside the city, thinking he was dead. Ac 14:19 But after the disciples had gathered around him, he got up and went back into the city. The next day he and Barnabas left for Derbe. Ac 14:20
74 Ac 22:11 Paul blinded G I persecuted the followers of this Way to their death, arresting both men and women and throwing them into prison, as also the high priest and all the council can testify. I even obtained letters from them to their brothers in Damascus, and went there to bring these people as prisoners to Jerusalem to be punished. Ac 22:4-5 I fell to the ground and heard a voice say to me, 'Saul! Saul! why do you persecute me?' Ac 22:7
75 1Co 5:5 immoral brother destruction of sinful nature M Paul It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that does not occur even among pagans: A man has his father's wife. 1Co 5:1 And you are proud! Shouldn't you rather have been filled with grief and have put out of your fellowship the man who did this? 1Co 5:2
76 1Co 11:30 Christians not recognizing the body of the Lord weak and sick G For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgement on himself.1Co 11:29 In the first place, I hear that when you come together as a church, there are divisions among you, and to some extent I believe it. 1Co 11:18

A simple solution to get rid of a sickness is to break off the belonging to the denomination.

When one stops to be divider, one starts recognizing the body of the Lord, and gets healed.
77 2Co 4:4 unbelievers blinded mind god of this age And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 2Co 4:3 Even to this day when Moses is read, a veil covers their hearts. 2 Co 3:15
78 Re 9:10 people tormented E They were told not to harm the grass of the earth or any plant or tree, but only those people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads. Re 9:4
79 Re 11:6 earth every kind of plague M 2 witnesses If anyone tries to harm them, fire comes from their mouths and devours their enemies. This is how anyone who wants to harm them must die. Re 11:5 But exclude the outer court; do not measure it, because it has been given to the Gentiles. They will trample on the holy city for 42 months. Re 11:2
80 Re 16:2 people who had the mark of the beast and worshiped his image painful sores E The first angel went and poured out his bowl on the land, and ugly and painful sores broke out on the people who had the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. Re 16,2 for they have shed the blood of your saints and prophets, and you have given them blood to drink as they deserve. Re 16:6
81 Re 16:9 people who refused to repent and glorify God seared by the intense heat E They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify him. Re 16:9 and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done. Re 16:11
82 Re 16:11 men who refused to repent of what they had done agony, pains, sores E and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done. Re 16:11 From the sky huge hailstones of about a hundred pounds each fell upon men. And they cursed God on account of the plague of hail, because the plague was so terrible. Re 16:21


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