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A general name for anything very bitter. In Job 16:13 20:14,25 , it means the animal secretion usually called the bile. In many other places, where a different word is used in the original, it refers to some better and noxious plant, according to some, the poppy. See Deuteronomy 29:18 Jeremiah 9:15 23:15 . In Hosea 10:4 Amos 6:12 , the Hebrew word is translated "hemlock". In Matthew 27:34 , it is said they gave Jesus to drink, vinegar mixed with gall, which in Mark 15:23 , is called wine mingled with myrrh. It was probably the sour wine which the Roman soldiers used to drink, mingled with myrrh and other bitter substances, very much like the "bitters" of modern times, Psalm 69:21 . The word gall is often used figuratively for great troubles, wickedness, depravity, etc., Jeremiah 8:14 Amos 6:12 Acts 8:23 .

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Rand, W. W. Entry for 'Gall'. American Tract Society Bible Dictionary. 1859.

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