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The worm is used symbolically to show the extreme feebleness of man. Job 17:14 ; Job 25:6 . In blessing Israel Jehovah said, "Fear not, thou worm Jacob," Isaiah 41:14 ; and the Lord, to indicate the low estate in which He was, said, "I am a worm and no man."Psalm 22:6 . In the grave man's body becomes the companion of worms, if they do not actually feed upon it. Job 21:26 ; Job 24:20 ; Isaiah 14:11 . Of the eternal punishment of the wicked it is recorded "their worm dieth not." Mark 9:44,46,48 ; cf. Isaiah 66:24 . Herod Agrippa, being smitten by an angel, was literally 'eaten of worms.' Acts 12:23 . In Job 25:6 man is compared to a worm — literally 'a maggot' — an apt figure of moral corruption.

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Morrish, George. Entry for 'Worms '. Morrish Bible Dictionary. 1897.

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