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Smith's Bible Dictionary

Dog

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Dog. An animal frequently mentioned in Scripture. It was used by the Hebrews as a watch for their houses, Isaiah 56:10, and for guarding their flocks. Job 30:1. Then also, as now, troops of hungry and semi-wild dogs used to wander about the fields and the streets of the cities, devouring dead bodies and other offal, 1 Kings 14:11; 1 Kings 21:19; 1 Kings 21:23; 1 Kings 22:38; Psalms 59:6, and thus, became so savage and fierce and such objects of dislike that fierce and cruel enemies are poetically styled dogs in Psalms 22:16; Psalms 22:20, moreover, the dog being an unclean animal, Isaiah 66:3, the epithets "dog", "dead dog", "dog's head", were used as terms of reproach or of humility in speaking of one's self. 1 Samuel 24:14; 2 Samuel 3:8; 2 Samuel 9:8; 2 Samuel 16:9; 2 Kings 8:13.

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Smith, William, Dr. Entry for 'Dog'. Smith's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/sbd/d/dog.html. 1901.

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