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Holman Bible Dictionary
The locust plague is used in the Bible as a symbol for what God's judgment will be like (Joel 2:1 ,Joel 2:1,2:11; Revelation 9:3 ,Revelation 9:3,9:7; compare Exodus 10:3-20; Deuteronomy 28:38 ). The image of the locust plague was also used to symbolize being overwhelmed by a large and powerful army (Judges 6:5; Isaiah 33:4; Jeremiah 46:23; Jeremiah 51:27; Joel 2:20; Nahum 3:15 ). Similar imagery is used in other Ancient Near Eastern literature.
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.
Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Locust'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/l/locust.html. 1991.