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Morrish Bible Dictionary

Fly

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1. arob, the dog-fly. In Psalm 78:45 , and Psalm 105:31 , this word is rendered in the A.V. 'divers sorts of flies,' referring to one of the plagues in Egypt, and is translated 'swarms [of flies]' in Exodus 8:21-31 : so that more than one kind may have been meant.

2. zebub, supposed to be the gad-fly. They fell into the ointment and spoilt it. Ecclesiastes 10:1 . In the judgements of God in the days of Ahaz He hissed for the fly from the rivers of Egypt. Isaiah 7:18 . The stings of the flies in the East are very painful, and torment the animals almost to madness. The word zebub is considered to be a part of the word BAAL-ZEBUB,the idol-god of Ekron, 'the lord of the fly,' who it was thought could protect persons from its bite.

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Morrish, George. Entry for 'Fly'. Morrish Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/mbd/f/fly.html. 1897.

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