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Morrish Bible Dictionary

Wormwood,

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laanah, ἄψινθος. This occurs in scripture only in a metaphorical sense. Turning to idolatry is compared to being a root that beareth gall and wormwood. Deuteronomy 29:18 . Some turned 'judgement to wormwood,' probably alluding to the unrighteous judges. Amos 5:7 . Because of the wickedness of His people, God said He would feed them with wormwood, and give them water of gall to drink. Jeremiah 9:15 ; Jeremiah 23:15 . Jeremiah, in lamenting over the condition of Israel, compared it to being drunk with wormwood. Lamentations 3:15,19 . On the sounding of the third trumpet in the Revelation, a star named Wormwood fell from heaven, and the third part of the waters were turned to wormwood, of which many men died: the moral sources of life will become destructive. Revelation 8:10,11 . There are several species in Palestine: the Artemisia absinthium and A. chinensis are the wormwood of commerce.


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Morrish, George. Entry for 'Wormwood, '. Morrish Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/mbd/w/wormwood.html. 1897.

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