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DUNG . 1. Used in the East as manure ( Luke 13:8 ) and for fuel; especially that of cattle, where wood and charcoal are scarce or unattainable. Directions for personal cleanliness are given in Deuteronomy 23:10-14 ; and in the case of sacrifices the dung of the animals was burnt outside the camp ( Exodus 29:14 , Leviticus 4:11-12 ; Leviticus 8:17 , Numbers 19:5 ). 2. The word is used ( a ) to express contempt and abhorrence, as in the case of the carcase of Jezebel ( 2 Kings 9:37 ); and in that of the Jews ( Jeremiah 9:22 , Zephaniah 1:17 ). ( b ) To spread dung upon the face was a sign of humiliation ( Malachi 2:3 ). ( c ) As representing worthlessness, Paul counted all things but dung that he might win Christ ( Philippians 3:8 ).

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Dung'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. 1909.

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