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Easton's Bible Dictionary

Fat


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(Heb. heleb) denotes the richest part of the animal, or the fattest of the flock, in the account of Abel's sacrifice (Genesis 4:4 ). It sometimes denotes the best of any production (Genesis 45:18 ; Numbers 18:12 ; Psalm 81:16 ; 147:47 ). The fat of sacrifices was to be burned (Leviticus 3:9-11 ; 4:8 ; 7:3 ; 8:25 ; Numbers 18:17 . Compare Exodus 29:13-22 ; Leviticus 3:3-5 ).

It is used figuratively for a dull, stupid state of mind (Psalm 17:10 ).

In Joel 2:24 the word is equivalent to "vat," a vessel. The hebrew word here thus rendered is elsewhere rendered "wine-fat" and "press-fat" ( Haggai 2:16 ; Isaiah 63:2 ).


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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.

Bibliography Information
Easton, Matthew George. Entry for 'Fat'. Easton's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/ebd/f/fat.html. 1897.

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the Week of Proper 25 / Ordinary 30
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