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People's Dictionary of the Bible

Dragon

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Dragon. The original word for this in the Bible has three meanings. Very commonly, where it occurs in connection with ostriches, owls, deserts, and ruins, it denotes the jackal, whose characteristics are unmistakably indicated, such as his "wailing" and "snuffing up the wind." So in Job 30:29, the R. V. reads "jackals," and also in Psalms 44:19 and Jeremiah 9:11, in which passages solitude and desolation are illustrated. The same idea is in Micah 1:8. In some passages it denotes monsters of the deep or huge land- reptiles, as in Psalms 91:13; R. V. reads "serpent." In Deuteronomy 32:33 it refers to some poisonous reptile, being used in connection with the asp, a poisonous snake. The figurative use of this term, as in Psalms 74:13; Ezekiel 29:3; Revelation 12:3; Revelation 20:2, is quite obvious.


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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Dragon'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/rpd/d/dragon.html. 1893.

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Saturday, September 21st, 2019
the Week of Proper 19 / Ordinary 24
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