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Easton's Bible Dictionary

Cankerworm


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(Heb. yelek), "the licking locust," which licks up the grass of the field; probably the locust at a certain stage of its growth, just as it emerges from the caterpillar state (Joel 1:4 ; 2:25 ). The word is rendered "caterpillar" in Psalm 105:34 ; Jeremiah 51:14,17 (but RSV "canker-worm"). "It spoileth and fleeth away" (Nahum 3:16 ), or as some read the passage, "The cankerworm putteth off [i.e., the envelope of its wings], and fleeth away."


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These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain.

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Easton, Matthew George. Entry for 'Cankerworm'. Easton's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/ebd/c/cankerworm.html. 1897.

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the Week of Proper 25 / Ordinary 30
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