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116 terms and definitions for "L"


Laban

"White. (1.) The son of Bethuel, who was the son of Nahor, Abraham's brother. He lived at Haran in Mesopotamia. His sister "Rebekah was Isaac's wife (Gen. 24). Jacob, one of the sons of" "this marria ...
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Lachish

"Impregnable, a royal Canaanitish city in the Shephelah, or" "maritime plain of Palestine (Josh. 10:3, 5; 12:11). It was taken" and destroyed by the Israelites (Josh. 10:31-33). It afterwards "became ...
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Ladder

"Occurs only once, in the account of Jacob's vision (Gen. 28:12)." ...
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Laish

"A lion. (1.) A city of the Sidonians, in the extreme north of" "Palestine (Judg. 18:7, 14); called also Leshem (Josh. 19:47) and" "Dan (Judg. 18:7, 29; Jer. 8:16). It lay near the sources of the" "J ...
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Lama

"(Matt. 27:46), a Hebrew word meaning why, quoted from Ps. 22:1." ...
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Lamb

"(1.) Heb. kebes, a male lamb from the first to the third year." Offered daily at the morning and the evening sacrifice (Ex. "29:38-42), on the Sabbath day (Num. 28:9), at the feast of the" "New Moon ...
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Lamech

The strikerdown; the wild man. (1.) The fifth in descent from Cain. He was the first to violate the primeval ordinance of "marriage (Gen. 4:18-24). His address to his two wives, Adah and" "Zillah (4: ...
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Lamentation

"(Heb. qinah), an elegy or dirge. The first example of this form" of poetry is the lament of David over Saul and Jonathan (2 Sam. 1:17-27). It was a frequent accompaniment of mourning (Amos "8:10). I ...
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Lamentations Book of

"Called in the Hebrew canon 'Ekhah, meaning "How," being the" formula for the commencement of a song of wailing. It is the first word of the book (see 2 Sam. 1:19-27). The LXX. adopted "the name rend ...
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Lamp

(1.) That part of the candle-sticks of the tabernacle and the temple which bore the light (Ex. 25:37; 1 Kings 7:49; 2 Chr. 4:20; 13:11; Zech. 4:2). Their form is not described. Olive oil was generall ...
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Landmark

"A boundary line indicated by a stone, stake, etc. (Deut. 19:14;" 27:17; Prov. 22:28; 23:10; Job 24:2). Landmarks could not be removed without incurring the severe displeasure of God. ...
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Laodicea

The city of this name mentioned in Scripture lay on the confines "of Phrygia and Lydia, about 40 miles east of Ephesus (Rev." "3:14), on the banks of the Lycus. It was originally called" "Diospolis a ...
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Laodicea Epistle from

"(Col. 4:16), was probably the Epistle to the Ephesians, as" designed for general circulation. It would reach the Colossians by way of Laodicea. ...
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Lapidoth

"Torches. Deborah is called "the wife of Lapidoth" (Judg. 4:4)." "Some have rendered the expression "a woman of a fiery spirit," "under the supposition that Lapidoth is not a proper name, a" woman of ...
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Lapping

"Of water like a dog, i.e., by putting the hand filled with water" to the mouth. The dog drinks by shaping the end of his long thin "tongue into the form of a spoon, thus rapidly lifting up water," w ...
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Lapwing

"The name of an unclean bird, mentioned only in Lev. 11:19 and" "Deut. 14:18. The Hebrew name of this bird, dukiphath, has been" "generally regarded as denoting the hoope (Upupa epops), an" "onomatop ...
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Lasaea

A city in the island of Crete (Acts 27:8). Its ruins are still "found near Cape Leonda, about 5 miles east of "Fair Havens." ...
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Lasha

"Fissure, a place apparently east of the Dead Sea (Gen. 10:19)." "It was afterwards known as Callirhoe, a place famous for its hot" springs. ...
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Latchet

"A thong (Acts 22:25), cord, or strap fastening the sandal on the" foot (Isa. 5:27; Mark 1:7; Luke 3:16). ...
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Latin

The vernacular language of the ancient Romans (John 19:20). ...
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Lattice

"(1.) Heb. `eshnabh, a latticed opening through which the cool" breeze passes (Judg. 5:28). The flat roofs of the houses were sometimes enclosed with a parapet of lattice-work on wooden "frames, to s ...
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Laver

"(Heb. kiyor), a "basin" for boiling in, a "pan" for cooking (1" "Sam. 2:14), a "fire-pan" or hearth (Zech. 12:6), the sacred" "wash-bowl of the tabernacle and temple (Ex. 30:18, 28; 31:9;" "35:16; 3 ...
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Law

A rule of action. (1.) The Law of Nature is the will of God as "to human conduct, founded on the moral difference of things, and" "discoverable by natural light (Rom. 1:20; 2:14, 15). This law" binds ...
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Law of Moses

Is the whole body of the Mosaic legislation (1 Kings 2:3; 2 Kings 23:25; Ezra 3:2). It is called by way of eminence simply "the Law (Heb. Torah, Deut. 1:5; 4:8, 44; 17:18, 19; 27:3, 8)." "As a writte ...
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Lawyer

"Among the Jews, was one versed in the laws of Moses, which he" expounded in the schools and synagogues (Matt. 22:35; Luke "10:25). The functions of the "lawyer" and "scribe" were" identical. (See [3 ...
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Lazarus

"An abbreviation of Eleazar, whom God helps. (1.) The brother of" Mary and Martha of Bethany. He was raised from the dead after he had lain four days in the tomb (John 11:1-44). This miracle so excit ...
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Leaf

Of a tree. The olive-leaf mentioned Gen. 8:11. The barren fig-tree had nothing but leaves (Matt. 21:19; Mark 11:13). The oak-leaf is mentioned Isa. 1:30; 6:13. There are numerous "allusions to leaves ...
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League

A treaty or confederacy. The Jews were forbidden to enter into "an alliance of any kind (1) with the Canaanites (Ex. 23:32, 33;" "34:12-16); (2) with the Amalekites (Ex. 17:8, 14; Deut." "25:17-19); ...
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Leah

"Weary, the eldest daughter of Laban, and sister of Rachel (Gen." 29:16). Jacob took her to wife through a deceit of her father "(Gen. 29:23). She was "tender-eyed" (17). She bore to Jacob six" "sons ...
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Leannoth

"For answering; i.e., in singing, occurs in the title to Ps. 88." "The title "Mahalath (q.v.) Leannoth" may be rendered "concerning" "sickness, to be sung" i.e., perhaps, to be sung in sickness." ...
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Leasing

"(Ps. 4:2; 5:6) an Old English word meaning lies, or lying, as" the Hebrew word kazabh is generally rendered. ...
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Leather

"A girdle of, worn by Elijah (2 Kings 1:8) and John the Baptist" (Matt. 3:4). Leather was employed both for clothing (Num. 31:20; Heb. 11:37) and for writing upon. The trade of a tanner is "mentioned ...
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Leaven

"(1.) Heb. seor (Ex. 12:15, 19; 13:7; Lev. 2:11), the remnant of" dough from the preceding baking which had fermented and become acid. "(2.) Heb. hamets, properly "ferment." In Num. 6:3, "vinegar of ...
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Lebanon

"White, "the white mountain of Syria," is the loftiest and most" celebrated mountain range in Syria. It is a branch running "southward from the Caucasus, and at its lower end forking into" "two paral ...
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Lebbaeus

"Courageous, a surname of Judas (Jude), one of the twelve (Matt." "10:3), called also Thaddaeus, not to be confounded with the" Judas who was the brother of our Lord. ...
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Lebonah

"Frankincense, a town near Shiloh, on the north side of Bethel" "(Judg. 21:19). It has been identified with el-Lubban, to the" south of Nablus. ...
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Leek

"(Heb. hatsir; the Allium porrum), rendered "grass" in 1 Kings" "18:5, 2 Kings 19:26, Job 40:15, etc.; "herb" in Job 8:12; "hay" "in Prov. 27:25, and Isa. 15:6; "leeks" only in Num. 11:5. This" "Hebr ...
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Lees

"(Heb. shemarim), from a word meaning to keep or preserve. It was" "applied to "lees" from the custom of allowing wine to stand on" the lees that it might thereby be better preserved (Isa. 25:6). "Me ...
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Left hand

"Among the Hebrews, denoted the north (Job 23:9; Gen. 14:15), the" face of the person being supposed to be toward the east. ...
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Lefthanded

"(Judg. 3:15; 20:16), one unable to use the right hand skilfully," and who therefore uses the left; and also one who uses the left "as well as the right, ambidexter. Such a condition of the hands" is ...
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Legion

"A regiment of the Roman army, the number of men composing which" differed at different times. It originally consisted of three "thousand men, but in the time of Christ consisted of six" "thousand, e ...
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Lehi

"A jawbone, a place in the tribe of Judah where Samson achieved a" "victory over the Philistines (Judg. 15:9, 14, 16), slaying a" "thousand of them with the jawbone of an ass. The words in 15:19," "a ...
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Lemuel

"Dedicated to God, a king whom his mother instructed (Prov." 31:1-9). Nothing is certainly known concerning him. The rabbis identified him with Solomon. ...
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Lentiles

"(Heb. `adashim), a species of vetch (Gen. 25:34; 2 Sam. 23:11)," common in Syria under the name addas. The red pottage made by Jacob was of lentils (Gen. 25:29-34). They were among the provisions br ...
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Leopard

"(Heb. namer, so called because spotted, Cant. 4:8), was that" great spotted feline which anciently infested the mountains of "Syria, more appropriately called a panther (Felis pardus). Its" "fiercen ...
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Leprosy

"(Heb. tsara'ath, a "smiting," a "stroke," because the disease" was regarded as a direct providential infliction). This name is "from the Greek lepra, by which the Greek physicians designated" the di ...
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Letter

"In Rom. 2:27, 29 means the outward form. The "oldness of the" "letter" (7:6) is a phrase which denotes the old way of literal" outward obedience to the law as a system of mere external rules "of con ...
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Leummim

"Peoples; nations, the last mentioned of the three sons of Dedan," and head of an Arabian tribe (Gen. 25:3). ...
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Levi

Adhesion. (1.) The third son of Jacob by Leah. The origin of the "name is found in Leah's words (Gen. 29:34), "This time will my" "husband be joined [Heb. yillaveh] unto me." He is mentioned as" taki ...
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Leviathan

"A transliterated Hebrew word (livyathan), meaning "twisted," "coiled. In Job 3:8, Revised Version, and marg. of Authorized" "Version, it denotes the dragon which, according to Eastern" "tradition, i ...
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Levirate Law

"From Latin levir, "a husband's brother," the name of an ancient" "custom ordained by Moses, by which, when an Israelite died" "without issue, his surviving brother was required to marry the" "widow, ...
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Levite

A descendant of the tribe of Levi (Ex. 6:25; Lev. 25:32; Num. "35:2; Josh. 21:3, 41). This name is, however, generally used as" the title of that portion of the tribe which was set apart for the subo ...
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Leviticus

"The third book of the Pentateuch; so called in the Vulgate," "after the LXX., because it treats chiefly of the Levitical" service. "In the first section of the book (1-17), which exhibits the "worsh ...
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Levy

"(1 Kings 4:6, R.V.; 5:13), forced service. The service of" tributaries was often thus exacted by kings. Solomon raised a "great levy of 30,000 men, about two per cent. of the" "population, to work f ...
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Lewdness

"(Acts 18:14), villany or wickedness, not lewdness in the modern" "sense of the word. The word "lewd" is from the Saxon, and means" "properly "ignorant," "unlearned," and hence low, vicious (Acts" 17 ...
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Libertine

"Found only Acts 6:9, one who once had been a slave, but who had" "been set at liberty, or the child of such a person. In this case" the name probably denotes those descendants of Jews who had been c ...
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Libnah

Transparency; whiteness. (1.) One of the stations of the "Israelites in the wilderness (Num. 33:20, 21)." "(2.) One of the royal cities of the Canaanites taken by Joshua (Josh. 10:29-32; 12:15). It b ...
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Libni

"White, one of the two sons of Gershon, the son of Levi (Ex." "6:17; Num. 3:18, 21). (See LAADAN.)" ...
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Libya

"The country of the Ludim (Gen. 10:13), Northern Africa, a large" "tract lying along the Mediterranean, to the west of Egypt (Acts" 2:10). Cyrene was one of its five cities. ...
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Lice

"(Heb. kinnim), the creatures employed in the third plague sent" upon Egypt (Ex. 8:16-18). They were miraculously produced from "the dust of the land. "The entomologists Kirby and Spence place" these ...
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Lie

An intentional violation of the truth. Lies are emphatically "condemned in Scripture (John 8:44; 1 Tim. 1:9, 10; Rev. 21:27;" "22:15). Mention is made of the lies told by good men, as by" "Abraham (G ...
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Lieutenant

"(only in A.V. Esther 3:12; 8:9; 9:3; Ezra 8:36), a governor or" viceroy of a Persian province having both military and civil "power. Correctly rendered in the Revised Version "satrap." ...
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Life

"Generally of physical life (Gen. 2:7; Luke 16:25, etc.); also" used figuratively (1) for immortality (Heb. 7:16); (2) conduct or manner of life (Rom. 6:4); (3) spiritual life or salvation "(John 3:1 ...
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Light

"The offspring of the divine command (Gen. 1:3). "All the more" "joyous emotions of the mind, all the pleasing sensations of the" "frame, all the happy hours of domestic intercourse were" habitually ...
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Lightning

Frequently referred to by the sacred writers (Nah. 1:3-6). Thunder and lightning are spoken of as tokens of God's wrath (2 Sam. 22:15; Job 28:26; 37:4; Ps. 135:7; 144:6; Zech. 9:14). They "represent ...
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Lignaloes

"(only in pl., Heb. `ahalim), a perfume derived from some" "Oriental tree (Num. 24:6), probably the agallochum or aloe-wood." (See [357]ALOES). ...
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Ligure

"(Heb. leshem) occurs only in Ex. 28:19 and 39:12, as the name of" a stone in the third row on the high priest's breastplate. Some have supposed that this stone was the same as the jacinth "(q.v.), o ...
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Lily

"The Hebrew name shushan or shoshan, i.e., "whiteness", was used" "as the general name of several plants common to Syria, such as" "the tulip, iris, anemone, gladiolus, ranunculus, etc. Some" "interp ...
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Lime

"The Hebrew word so rendered means "boiling" or "effervescing." From Isa. 33:12 it appears that lime was made in a kiln lighted by thorn-bushes. In Amos 2:1 it is recorded that the king of "Moab "bur ...
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Linen

"(1.) Heb., pishet, pishtah, denotes "flax," of which linen is" "made (Isa. 19:9); wrought flax, i.e., "linen cloth", Lev. 13:47," "48, 52, 59; Deut. 22:11." "Flax was early cultivated in Egypt (Ex. ...
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Linenyarn

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Lines

Were used for measuring and dividing land; and hence the word came to denote a portion or inheritance measured out; a possession (Ps. 16:6). ...
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Lintel

"(1.) Heb. mashkoph, a projecting cover (Ex. 12:22, 23; ver. 7," "upper door post, but R.V. "lintel"); the head-piece of a door," which the Israelites were commanded to mark with the blood of the pas ...
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Lions

The most powerful of all carnivorous animals. Although not now "found in Palestine, they must have been in ancient times very" numerous there. They had their lairs in the forests (Jer. 5:6; "12:8; Am ...
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Lip

"Besides its literal sense (Isa. 37:29, etc.), is used in the" "original (saphah) metaphorically for an edge or border, as of a" "cup (1 Kings 7:26), a garment (Ex. 28:32), a curtain (26:4), the" "se ...
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Litter

"(Heb. tsab, as being lightly and gently borne), a sedan or" palanquin for the conveyance of persons of rank (Isa. 66:20). In "Num. 7:3, the words "covered wagons" are more literally "carts" "of the ...
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Liver

"(Heb. kabhed, "heavy;" hence the liver, as being the heaviest of" "the viscera, Ex. 29:13, 22; Lev. 3:4, 1, 10, 15) was burnt upon" "the altar, and not used as sacrificial food. In Ezek. 21:21" "the ...
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Living creatures

"As represented by Ezekiel (1-10) and John (Rev. 4, etc.), are" the cherubim. They are distinguished from angels (Rev. 15:7); "they join the elders in the "new song" (5:8, 9); they warn of" "danger f ...
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Lizard

"Only in Lev. 11:30, as rendering of Hebrew letaah, so called" "from its "hiding." Supposed to be the Lacerta gecko or fan-foot" "lizard, from the toes of which poison exudes. (See" [359]CHAMELEON.) ...
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Loammi

"Not my people, a symbolical name given by God's command to" Hosea's second son in token of Jehovah's rejection of his people "(Hos. 1:9, 10), his treatment of them as a foreign people. This" "Hebrew ...
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Loan

"The Mosaic law required that when an Israelite needed to borrow," "what he asked was to be freely lent to him, and no interest was" "to be charged, although interest might be taken of a foreigner" " ...
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Lock

The Hebrews usually secured their doors by bars of wood or iron "(Isa. 45:2; 1 Kings 4:3). These were the locks originally used," and were opened and shut by large keys applied through an opening in ...
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Locust

There are ten Hebrew words used in Scripture to signify locust. In the New Testament locusts are mentioned as forming part of the food of John the Baptist (Matt. 3:4; Mark 1:6). By the "Mosaic law th ...
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Lodebar

"No pasture, (2 Sam. 17:27), a town in Gilead not far from" "Mahanaim, north of the Jabbok (9:4, 5). It is probably identical" with Debir (Josh. 13:26). ...
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Lodge

A shed for a watchman in a garden (Isa. 1:8). The Hebrew name "melunah is rendered "cottage" (q.v.) in Isa. 24:20. It also" denotes a hammock or hanging-bed. ...
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Log

The smallest measure for liquids used by the Hebrews (Lev. "14:10, 12, 15, 21, 24), called in the Vulgate sextarius. It is" "the Hebrew unit of measure of capacity, and is equal to the" "contents of ...
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Lois

The maternal grandmother of Timothy. She is commended by Paul for her faith (2 Tim. 1:5). ...
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Loop

"A knotted "eye" of cord, corresponding to the "taches" or knobs" "in the edges of the curtains of the tabernacle, for joining them" "into a continuous circuit, fifty to a curtain (Ex. 26:4, 5, 10," ...
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Lord

There are various Hebrew and Greek words so rendered. "(1.) Heb. Jehovah, has been rendered in the English Bible LORD, printed in small capitals. This is the proper name of the God of "the Hebrews. T ...
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Lords day

"Only once, in Rev. 1:10, was in the early Christian ages used to" "denote the first day of the week, which commemorated the Lord's" resurrection. There is every reason to conclude that John thus use ...
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Lords Prayer

The name given to the only form of prayer Christ taught his disciples (Matt. 6:9-13). The closing doxology of the prayer is "omitted by Luke (11:2-4), also in the R.V. of Matt. 6:13. This" "prayer co ...
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Lords Supper

"(1 Cor. 11:20), called also "the Lord's table" (10:21)," "communion, "cup of blessing" (10:16), and "breaking of bread" (Acts 2:42). "In the early Church it was called also "eucharist," or giving of ...
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Loruhamah

"Not pitied, the name of the prophet Hosea's first daughter, a" type of Jehovah's temporary rejection of his people (Hos. 1:6; 2:23). ...
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Lot

"(Heb. goral, a "pebble"), a small stone used in casting lots" (Num. 33:54; Jonah 1:7). The lot was always resorted to by the "Hebrews with strictest reference to the interposition of God," "and as a ...
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Lotan

"Coverer, one of the sons of Seir, the Horite (Gen. 36:20, 29)." ...
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Love

This word seems to require explanation only in the case of its "use by our Lord in his interview with "Simon, the son of Jonas," "after his resurrection (John 21:16, 17). When our Lord says," Lovest ...
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Lubims

"The inhabitants of a thirsty or scorched land; the Lybians, an" African nation under tribute to Egypt (2 Chr. 12:3; 16:8). Their territory was apparently near Egypt. They were probably the Mizraite ...
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Lucas

A friend and companion of Paul during his imprisonment at Rome; "Luke (q.v.), the beloved physician (Philemon 1:24; Col. 4:14)." ...
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Lucifer

"Brilliant star, a title given to the king of Babylon (Isa." 14:12) to denote his glory. ...
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Lucius

"Of Cyrene, a Christian teacher at Antioch (Acts 13:1), and" "Paul's kinsman (Rom. 16:21). His name is Latin, but his" birthplace seems to indicate that he was one of the Jews of "Cyrene, in North Af ...
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Lucre

"From the Lat. lucrum, "gain." 1 Tim. 3:3, "not given to filthy" "lucre." Some MSS. have not the word so rendered, and the" expression has been omitted in the Revised Version. ...
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Lud

"(1.) The fourth son of Shem (Gen. 10:22; 1 Chr. 1:17), ancestor" of the Lydians probably. "(2.) One of the Hamitic tribes descended from Mizraim (Gen. "10:13), a people of Africa (Ezek. 27:10; 30:5) ...
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Ludim

Probably the same as Lud (2) (comp. Gen. 10:13; 1 Chr. 1:11). They are associated (Jer. 46:9) with African nations as mercenaries of the king of Egypt. ...
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Luhith

"Made of boards, a Moabitish place between Zoar and Horonaim" (Isa. 15:5; Jer. 48:5). ...
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Luke

"The evangelist, was a Gentile. The date and circumstances of his" conversion are unknown. According to his own statement (Luke "1:2), he was not an "eye-witness and minister of the word from" "the b ...
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Luke Gospel according to

Was written by Luke. He does not claim to have been an "eye-witness of our Lord's ministry, but to have gone to the best" "sources of information within his reach, and to have written an" orderly nar ...
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Lunatic

"Probably the same as epileptic, the symptoms of which disease" were supposed to be more aggravated as the moon increased. In "Matt. 4:24 "lunatics" are distinguished from demoniacs. In 17:15" "the n ...
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Lust

Sinful longing; the inward sin which leads to the falling away "from God (Rom. 1:21). "Lust, the origin of sin, has its place in" "the heart, not of necessity, but because it is the centre of all" "m ...
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Luz

"A nut-bearing tree, the almond. (1.) The ancient name of a royal" "Canaanitish city near the site of Bethel (Gen. 28:19; 35:6), on" "the border of Benjamin (Josh. 18:13). Here Jacob halted, and had" ...
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Lycaonia

"An inland province of Asia Minor, on the west of Cappadocia and" "the south of Galatia. It was a Roman province, and its chief" "towns were Iconium, Lystra, and Derbe. The "speech of Lycaonia" "(Act ...
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Lycia

"A wolf, a province in the south-west of Asia Minor, opposite the" island of Rhodes. It forms part of the region now called Tekeh. It was a province of the Roman empire when visited by Paul (Acts "21 ...
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Lydda

"A town in the tribe of Ephraim, mentioned only in the New" "Testament (Acts 9:32, 35, 38) as the scene of Peter's miracle in" healing the paralytic AEneas. It lay about 9 miles east of "Joppa, on th ...
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Lydia

"(1.) Ezek. 30:5 (Heb. Lud), a province in the west of Asia" "Minor, which derived its name from the fourth son of Shem (Gen." "10:22). It was bounded on the east by the greater Phrygia, and" on the ...
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Lysanias

"Tetrarch of Abilene (Luke 3:1), on the eastern slope of" "Anti-Lebanon, near the city of Damascus." ...
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Lysias Claudius

The chief captain (chiliarch) who commanded the Roman troops in "Jerusalem, and sent Paul under guard to the procurator Felix at" Caesarea (Acts 21:31-38; 22:24-30). His letter to his superior office ...
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Lystra

"A town of Lycaonia, in Asia Minor, in a wild district and among" a rude population. Here Paul preached the gospel after he had been driven by persecution from Iconium (Acts 14:2-7). Here also "he he ...
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