Verse 3:16 swag available … but not what you might be thinking!

I’m a fan of Scripture scholar Brant Pitre.  I wish that he had been our prof in seminary way back in the day instead of the profoundly deficient instruction we had both in these USA and in Rome.  I digress.

During one of the audio recordings of a course that Dr. Pitre gave – I don’t recall which – the verse John 3:16 (“For God so loved the world…”) and the fact that it is often seen on people’s cars.   Pitre joked that one day he would like to see license plates or bumper stickers with 3:16 on them… but NOT John 3:16, rather Leviticus 3:16.

So… I did it.  I created some Leviticus 3:16 swag, and it is available in my Fr. Z Swag Store.

Here are some samples:

This has English, Latin Vulgate, LXX, and Hebrew.

There are more sizes and shapes of mugs, various stickers and magnets, multiple clothing options… including, appropriately, “plus size”.

What’s up with this?

Leviticus is mainly concerned with God’s instruction about how to carry out rituals.  The first part of Leviticus, chapters 1-5 “Vayikra”, is about sacrifices.   3:14-16 reads in the RSV:

Then he shall offer from it, as his offering for an offering by fire to the Lord, the fat covering the entrails, and all the fat that is on the entrails, and the two kidneys with the fat that is on them at the loins, and the appendage of the liver which he shall take away with the kidneys. 16 And the priest shall burn them on the altar as food offered by fire for a pleasing odor. All [the] fat is the Lord’s.

I presently have the license plate frame on my car and I have had some fun reactions in parking lots from people who get it.

A little fun, with a tip of the biretta to Dr. Pitre.  o{]:¬)

One of his books, if you are not familiar with him, via my affiliate link (please use my links when you need to shop online):

Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper


And this one…. this one… is super.  Again, how I wish we had had this when I was in seminary!  I use this all the time now.

A Catholic Introduction to the Bible: The Old Testament


This would be a great gift for a priest (make sure he doesn’t already have it).  A lot of priests are way out of their depth when it comes to the Old Testament Novus Ordo readings on Sundays.  This could really help them out.   And you would be helping yourselves, too, since you have to sit there and listen to them as they go to the zoo up there in the pulpit.

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  1. daughteroflight says:

    There’s a maternity shirt.

    I’m going to ask for an early birthday present.

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  4. Dave P. says:

    Any chance of one with Proverbs 21:9?

    [Not going to go there. Nope. Unless … we could swap out “contentious woman” with “modernist Jesuit”.]

  5. paxbenedict says:

    Or with a glance towards Rome maybe Ecclesiastes 3.16?

    Vidi sub sole in loco iudicii impietatem et in loco iustitiae iniquitatem.

    Just a thought.

  6. You know, Father, it might be worth checking out some other third chapters with sixteenth verses to see what turns up. More swag for the taking, don’t you think?

    Or don’t you? (I’ll get right on it.)

  7. Gregg the Obscure says:

    Revelation 3:16 “Being what thou art, lukewarm, neither cold nor hot, thou wilt make me vomit thee out of my mouth. ” perhaps not the best choice for a mug.

  8. Gregg the Obscure says:

    “Any chance of one with Proverbs 21:9?

    [Not going to go there. Nope. Unless … we could swap out “contentious woman” with “modernist Jesuit”.]”

    Knox goes with “scold” which covers both bases.

  9. Dave P. says:

    Re the Proverbs:

    Genesis 3:16 might work:

    To the woman he said,

    “I will greatly multiply your pain in childbearing;
    in pain you shall bring forth children,
    yet your desire shall be for your husband,
    and he shall rule over you.”

  10. Semper Gumby says:

    Speaking of the Bible, from a blog post about Michael Durant, Army helicopter pilot of “Blackhawk Down” and Somalia POW.

    “Durant’s captors allowed a “Care Package” to be delivered to him and among its items was a Bible. Not only did Durant draw inspiration from certain passages, but he wrote coded notes in special places, thinking that his captors would let him keep the Holy Book when he was released and the notes might prove invaluable in piecing things together later on.”

    “Negotiations continued while Durant lay a prisoner and American officials conveyed to Aideed’s people that very, very, very bad things would happen to all of them if Durant didn’t survive [In 1993 the leadership of the U.S. military were Men With Chests more so than in 2021, former Ambassador Robert Oakley also assisted with Durant’s release]. Finally, on October 14, with the help of the International Red Cross, the Granite Stater and his Bible were placed on a stretcher and transported to an exchange point where he was reunited with his countrymen.”

    Jocko recently interviewed Durant. Durant is also a candidate for the U.S. Senate in Alabama.

  11. Dave P. says:

    Ecclesiates 3:16 : I saw under the sun that in the place of justice, even there was wickedness, and in the place of righteousness, even there was wickedness.

    Sirach 3:16 Whoever forsakes his father is like a blasphemer,
    and whoever angers his mother is cursed by the Lord.

    Joel 3:16 And the Lord roars from Zion,
    and utters his voice from Jerusalem,
    and the heavens and the earth shake.
    But the Lord is a refuge to his people,
    a stronghold to the people of Israel.

    Luke 3:16 John answered them all, “I baptize you with water; but he who is mightier than I is coming, the thong of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire

    Romans 3:16 Do you not know that you are God’s temple[c] and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?

    Philippians 3:16 Only let us hold true to what we have attained.

    Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, as you teach and admonish one another in all wisdom, and as you sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs with thankfulness in your hearts to God.

    2 Thessalonians 3:16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in all ways. The Lord be with you all.

    2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is inspired by God and[a] profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness

    1 John 3:16 By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren

    And someone else got to Revelations 3:16. Thanks to the excellent Mr. Alexander for the idea.

  12. Gregg the Obscure says:

    Mr. P, if you don’t mind my asking, might you be the Dave P from Milwaukee whom i followed on social media a few years ago?

  13. Dave P. says:


    I am. Divorced and annulled now, but Amy and I are still very close. We all go to St. Stanislaus now – older boys confirmed and youngest received First Communion there this past year. Trying to get our Esteemed Host to make the trip there one Sunday…

  14. Gregg the Obscure says:

    good to see you Mr. P. you and family will be in my prayers, as they were before you dropped off my radar a few years back.

  15. MaterDeicolumbae says:

    Leviticus 3:14-16 makes me hungry.
    It reminds me of the wonderful aroma and “pleasing odor” of a good, broiled, T-bone steak.
    Thank you, God, that I am not a vegan.

  16. Suburbanbanshee says:

    2 Peter 3:16

    “As also in all [Paul’s] epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are certain things hard to be understood, which the unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, to their own destruction.”

  17. GregB says:

    The fat portions were a part of Abel’s offering to God. A dispute over the fat portions was cited in the fall of the House of Eli, whose worthless sons treated the offerings to God with contempt.
    Dr. Pitre has many videos on YouTube.

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  19. Semper Gumby says:

    If I could expand on Mike Durant and the Bible, one verse he finds inspirational is Isaiah 6:8.

    And I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: Whom shall I send? and who shall go for us? And I said: Lo, here am I, send me.

    (Others in the military and First Responders also find inspiration from Isaiah 6:8.)

    On Jocko’s podcast beginning about 2hr 15min Mike Durant shares several captivity stories including the Bible-in-captivity story. Durant also said, “I’d never been a Catholic of convenience…yet my absence from the pews had not broken my bond with the Lord…at times I would offer my Sunday prayers from the cockpit or say a silent prayer over an MRE or ask the Chaplain for a quick blessing as I ran to my helo. It didn’t require the threat of death for me to recall the Sacraments.”

    I hear Black Rifle Coffee Podcast also had a good interview with Mike Durant last week.

  20. If you’re Irish, it comes out sounding like “All [the] fat is the Lard’s”.

  21. acardnal says:

    Dr. Brant Pitre, whom Fr. Z mentioned, has an outstanding website. I subscribe to his weekly video wherein he explicates the Sunday Mass readings. Concentrating on scripture! At the end he quotes something from the Catechism and the Fathers of the Church. I find them quite enlightening. There is a subscription fee.


  22. Nicholas says:

    I was able to quote that verse in my college thesis. Proud of myself for that one.

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