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Dumbness
Dumb
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Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Dumbness
Dumbness. The inability to speak. Dumbness (now generally called muteness or aphasia) can be a momentary phenomenon or a permanent handicap. It may result from mental retardation, brain lesion, or deafness.The Bible records several examples of dumbness. Zechariah was “struck dumb” by the angel Gabriel
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Dumb
Dumb [Heb. ’illēm,’ālam] (Ex. 4:11; Ps. 31:18 [MT 19]; 38:13 [MT 14]; 39:2, 9 [MT 3, 10]; Prov. 31:8; Isa. 35:6; 53:7; 56:10; Ezk. 3:26; 24:27; 33:22; Dnl. 10:15; Hab. 2:18); NEB also “unable to speak” (Ezk. 3:26); [dûmān] (Hab. 2:19); NEB DEAD; [Gk. kōphós] (Mt. 9:32f; 12:22; 15:30f; Lk. 1:22;
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Dumb
DUMB. Dumbness in Scripture is attributable to several causes: (1) inability to speak by reason of a physical defect (Mt 15:30–31; cf. Ex 4:11); (2) an oppression by an evil spirit binding one’s center of speech (Mt 9:32–33; 12:22; Mk 9:17, 25); (3) a psychological fear (Dan 10:15–19) or a feeling of
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Dumb
DUMB (Heb. ˒ı̆llēm, “speechless”; Gk. kōphos, “blunted,” as to tongue, i.e., unable to speak, or as to ear, i.e., deaf). Dumbness has the following meanings: (1) inability to speak by reason of natural infirmity (Ex. 4:11; Matt. 15:30; Luke 1:20; etc.); (2) by reason of want of knowing what to say
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Dumb
Dumbfrom natural infirmity (Ex. 4:11); not knowing what to say (Prov. 31:8); unwillingness to speak (Ps. 39:9; Lev. 10:3). Christ repeatedly restored the dumb (Matt. 9:32, 33; Luke 11:14; Matt. 12:22) to the use of speech.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
DUMB
DUMB<dum> ([אָלַם‎, ’alam], [אִלֵּם‎, ’illem], literally, “tied in the tongue”; [κωφός, kophos]): Used either as expressing the physical condition of speechlessness, generally associated with deafness, or figuratively as meaning the silence produced by the weight of God’s judgments (Psalm 39:2-9;
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Dumb
DUMB, dum (אָלַם‎, ’ālam, אִלֵּם‎, ’illēm, lit. “tied in the tongue”; κωφός, kōphós): Used either as expressing the physical condition of speechlessness, generally associated with deafness, or figuratively as meaning the silence produced by the weight of God’s judgments (Ps 39:2–9; Dnl 10:15) or the