Fatlings • Fatted • Fatted Animal
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Fatling; Fatted Animal
Fatling; Fatted Animal A domestic animal, generally young, well cared for, and fattened for sacrificial slaughter, although not restricted to such use (cf. 1 S. 28:24; Mt. 22:4; see also Prov. 15:17; Jer. 46:21).The several terms so translated stress the animal’s quality rather than its species. Most
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
FATLING. In all the uses of this word reference is to a young calf that has been fed and is fat and firm. A calf was sometimes used as an offering. It was considered valuable property (Isa 11:6; Ezk 39:18), and was looked on as table delicacy (Mt 22:4).
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
FATLING. An animal put up to be fattened for slaughter (Heb. mrı̂˒, 2 Sam. 6:13; Isa. 11:6; Ezek. 39:18; see 1 Kings 4:23; Matt. 22:4). In the KJV fatling is the term used for a choice sheep (which see), especially of the fat-tailed variety (Heb. mēaḥ; Ps. 66:15).
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Fatling(1.) A fatted animal for slaughter (2 Sam. 6:13; Isa. 11:6; Ezek. 39:18. Comp. Matt. 22:4, where the word used in the original, sitistos, means literally “corn-fed;” i.e., installed, fat). (2.) Ps. 66:15 (Heb. meah, meaning “marrowy,” “fat,” a species of sheep). (3.) 1 Sam. 15:9 (Heb. mishneh,
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
FATLING - a grain-fed lamb, calf, or kid raised for meat (1 Sam. 15:9). Because of the expense of feed, these animals were very valuable in Bible times and were probably a luxury not available to the poor. Also see Fatted.
FATTED - grain-fed livestock, probably grown mostly for use as sacrificial animals in the worship system of ancient Israel (2 Sam. 6:13; fattened, NIV; 1 Kin. 4:23). On special occasions, these prime animals, also called Fatlings, were also used for food. When the prodigal son returned home, his father
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Fatlings, Fatted
FATLINGS, FATTED Generally a young animal penned up to be fed for slaughter. Sometimes a general reference to the strongest or to the choice among a flock or herd is intended. In Pharaoh’s dream fat cows (Gen. 41:2, 18) symbolized years of prosperity. Saul was tempted to spare the choice animals of the
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
FATLING [מֵחַmeakh, מְרִיאmeriʾ]. As the choicest animal among bovines, it was raised for its use as a sacrifice or for a special celebration and therefore well fed. Other animals were sacrificed alongside it (2 Sam 6:13); however, Ezekiel uses fatling to refer not only to sacrificed cattle (34:3)
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