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American Tract Society Bible Dictionary

Pestilence

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Or PLAGUE, in the Hebrew tongue, as in most others, expresses all sorts of distempers and calamitites. The Hebrew word which properly signifies "the plague" is extended to all epidemical and contagious diseases. The prophets generally connect together the sword, the pestilence, and the famine, as three evils, which usually accompany each other.

The glandular plague, which in modern times has proved so fatal in the East, is the most virulent and contagious of diseases. In the fourteenth century it overran Europe, Asia, and Africa, and 25,000,000 are estimated to have died of it within three years. Like the Asiatic cholera, it is one of the most appalling scourges sin has brought on this world; and may in this point of view correspond with the "plagues" referred to in the Bible, Exodus 9:14 11:1 1 Kings 8:37 .

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Rand, W. W. Entry for 'Pestilence'. American Tract Society Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/ats/p/pestilence.html. 1859.

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