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Bible Dictionaries

Wilson's Dictionary of Bible Types


Numbers 33:55 (b) The enemies of Israel were to cause terrible pain, trouble and sorrow as they remained among the people of GOD. (See also Joshua 23:13; Judges 2:3).

2 Samuel 23:6 (a) David is describing his enemies. They had a great desire to hurt him and harm him, but GOD would make them powerless and helpless as He defended David.

Proverbs 15:19 (a) There are people who seem more like porcupines than humans. When you get near them, they hurt your feelings and seem bent on doing only things that are injurious. They seem to live in a thorn-patch.

Proverbs 26:9 (b) Here is a picture of the carelessness and insensibility of the drunkard. He handles things that will hurt him, and doesn't notice what he is doing. So the fool handles things with which he is not familiar, and gets an injury thereby. The drunkard puts his hand carelessly where it should not be, and is injured by it. So the foolish person says things that injure him.

Song of Solomon 2:2 (c) Probably this means that the church is in GOD's sight like a beautiful lady, while everything else outside the people of GOD is of no more value to Him than thorns would be. (See also under THISTLE).

Isaiah 55:13 (c) In the life of the Christian and in the future condition of Israel, the Lord will remove the things that hurt (thorns), and will bring joy, happiness and gladness to the hearts of the people. (See also under BRIER and FIR).

Jeremiah 4:3 (b) It has always been GOD's plan to avoid the mixture of good and evil. He warns us against sowing wheat among weeds. He warns against sowing different kinds of seeds, good seeds and weed seeds. So in this passage, He is calling upon His people to clean house, turn their hearts to the Lord, and have a society or a nation that is altogether for Himself, with no mixture of the heathen.

Jeremiah 12:13 (c) This sad prophecy is warning Israel in regard to their habits and ways. He is informing them that he will bring weeds instead of grain, and will curse their land instead of blessing it. Instead of the blessing and profit, there will come sorrow and loss.

Ezekiel 28:24 (a) This is a very precious promise to Israel, in which GOD informs them that the enemy will no more be able to cause trouble to invade or to conquer them or their land.

Hosea 2:6 (a) GOD will see to it that Israel has trouble on every side, and from every source. When they disobey GOD they may expect tribulation.

Matthew 13:7 (a) Our Lord describes and explains this type in verse Matthew 13:22. The problems that arise in this world and the evils that come with the daily life will be hurtful and harmful to the people.

2 Corinthians 12:7 (b) Paul does not tell us just what this particular sorrow or affliction was. Some think it was sore eyes and defective vision. Others think it was the small size of his body. Others think that it was the restraint put upon him in which he was not permitted to tell what he saw in Heaven during his visit there. It must have been most difficult for Paul to refrain from describing the glories of that Heaven into which he was caught up. (See2Co 12:4).

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Bibliography Information
Watson, Walter. Entry for 'Thorn'. Wilson's Dictoinary of Bible Types. 1957.

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