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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
In the Revised Version (British and American) the expression (the King James Version "bloody") is variously rendered, "man of blood" (2 Samuel 16:7 , 2 Samuel 16:8 ); "men of blood" (Psalm 26:9 ); "bloodthirsty" (Psalm 5:6; Psalm 59:2; Psalm 139:19 ). In 2 Samuel 21:1 , "It is for Saul, and for his bloody house," might be rendered "Upon Saul and his house rests bloodshed."
Ezekiel calls Jerusalem "the bloody city" (Ezekiel 22:2; Ezekiel 24:6; compare Ezekiel 7:23 ), referring to those unjustly put to death by the wicked rulers of Jerusalem. Nineveh also is called "the bloody city" (Nahum 3:1 ). The capital here virtually stands for the kingdom, and history bears witness to the enormous cruelties perpetrated by the Assyrian rulers. It is siege on siege, pools of blood everywhere, the flaying of men alive, "great baskets stuffed with the salted heads of their foes." For two hundred years it is th e story of brute force and ruthless cruelty. "The prey departeth not." And now every cruelty which they have visited upon others is to be turned upon themselves (Nahum 3:19 ).
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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Bloody'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/b/bloody.html. 1915.