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Night-Monster

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occurs in the margin of the Auth. Ver. at Isaiah 34:14, as the rendering of the Hebrew lilith' (לַולַיה ), derived, from layil (לִיַל ), night. The text has screech-owl, but the marginal reading is preferable. The word doubtless refers to the night-specters or ghosts, supposed by superstitious Hebrews to frequent the desert. The Sept. renders ὀνοκένταυροι, which, as Bochart (Hieroz. pt. ii, lib. vi, p. 840) shows, refers, not to animals, but to ghostly appearances. (See also Buxtorf, Lex. Chald. p. 1140; Gesen. Conmment. in Isaiah 13:22; Isaiah 34:14.) (See SPECTRE).

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Night-Monster'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tce/n/night-monster.html. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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