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Fausset's Bible Dictionary

Wormwood

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lanah , genus Αrtemisia . Four species in Palestine: Nilotica, Judaica, Fruticosa, and Cinerea. Metaphorical for bitter sorrow (Jeremiah 9:15, fulfilled in Lamentations 3:15; Lamentations 3:19); and evil with its bitter produce, or an apostate lurking in Israel and tainting others (Deuteronomy 29:18; Proverbs 5:4; Amos 5:7, rendered "hemlock"; Greek apsinthos ; Revelation 8:11, the star which at the third trumpet fell upon the rivers and made them wormwood). Wormwood, though medicinal, if used as ordinary water would be fatal; heretical wormwood changes the sweet Siloas of Scripture into deadly Marahs (Wordsworth); contrast Exodus 15:23, etc. Absinthe is literally embittering and destroying many hundreds of thousands in France and Switzerland.


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Fausset, Andrew R. Entry for 'Wormwood'. Fausset's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/fbd/w/wormwood.html. 1949.

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Sunday, October 20th, 2019
the Week of Proper 24 / Ordinary 29
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