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Holman Bible Dictionary
Literally “consumer” or “waster,” it is an insect whose destructive power is used to illustrate the result of sin (Psalm 39:11
) and the judgment of God (Hosea 5:12
). The moth's weakness is used to speak of the frailty of man (Job 4:19
). Jesus urged His followers to avoid the temptation to accumulate wealth on earth where the moth could destroy it, but to lay up immortal treasures in heaven (Matthew 6:19-20
). See Insects
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 'Moth'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hbd/m/moth.html. 1991.