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Smith's Bible Dictionary

Wormwood

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Wormwood. Four kinds of wormwood are found in Palestine - Artemisia nilotica, Artemisia Judaica, Artemisia fructicosa and Artemisia cinerea. The word occurs frequently in the Bible, and generally in a metaphorical sense.

In Jeremiah 9:15; Jeremiah 23:15; Lamentations 3:15; Lamentations 3:19, wormwood is symbolical of bitter calamity and sorrow; unrighteous judges are said to "turn judgment to wormwood." Amos 5:7 The Orientals typified sorrows, cruelties and calamities of any kind by plants of a poisonous or bitter nature.

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Smith, William, Dr. Entry for 'Wormwood'. Smith's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/sbd/w/wormwood.html. 1901.

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