The United States Army is directing troops to remove scripture that was etched into their military scopes.
The passages from John and II Corinthians were inscribed there by the company Trijicom.
Soldiers at Fort Wainwright in Alaska told Fox News they had to submit their scopes so the references could be removed.
Instructions explained the scripture must be scraped off and painted over with black paint.
"The vendor etched those inscriptions on scopes without the Army's approval," Army spokesman Matthew Bourke told Fox in a written statement. "Consequently, the modified scopes did not meet the requirement under which the contract was executed."
One of the soldiers at Fort Wainwright seemed baffled by the decision.
"It blows my mind," said the solider, who is a Christian. "It doesn't help the Army do its mission to take off a biblical reference."
Nevertheless, an army spokesman said Trijicom has agreed to remove the scripture for future orders.