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Fly
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
A term that encompasses both the housefly and other insect pests, including biting insects (e.g., Eccl 10:1; Isa 7:18). Flies afflicted Egypt during the 10 plagues (Exod 8:21–29; Pss 78:45; 105:31). Baal-zebub, the name of the deity of Ekron (2 Kgs 1:2–16), translates as “lord of flies,” which might be a deliberate dysphemism used by the author of Kings.
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Fly
Fly A term that encompasses both the housefly and other insect pests, including biting insects (e.g., Eccl 10:1; Isa 7:18). Flies afflicted Egypt during the 10 plagues (Exod 8:21–29; Pss 78:45; 105:31). Baal-zebub, the name of the deity of Ekron (2 Kgs 1:2–16), translates as “lord of flies,” which might
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Fly
Fly. Two-winged insect. In Scripture, several species are in view, including the common housefly (Eccl 10:1) and the horsefly (Is 7:18).See Animals.
Insect
Insect. Small invertebrates generally characterized by a segmented body (head, thorax, abdomen) and three pairs of legs.See Animals (Ant; Bee; Cricket; Flea; Fly; Gnat; Grasshopper; Locust; Moth; Wasp).
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Fly; Flies
Fly; Flies [Heb. ʿārōḇ; Gk. kynómuia-‘dogfly’] (Ex. 8:21f, 24, 29, 31; Ps. 78:45; 105:31); [Heb. zeḇûḇ; Gk. muíai-‘flies’; cf. Akk. zumbu; Arab dhubâb-‘fly,’ ‘bee’] (Eccl. 10:1; Isa. 7:18). The term ʿārōḇ alludes to a mixture of different types of insects, hence a swarm. It was associated
Insects
Insects[Heb šereṣ hāʿôp̱] (Lev. 11:20f, 23; Dt. 14:19); AV FOWLS THAT CREEP, CREEPING THING THAT FLIETH, FLYING CREEPING THINGS; NEB TEEMING WINGED CREATURES. The prescription in Dt. 14:19 prohibited for food “all winged insects” as unclean, but the more detailed regulations of Lev. 11:20f made
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Fly
FLY Two-winged insect. In Scripture, several species are in view, including the common housefly (Eccl 10:1) and the horsefly (Is 7:18). See Animals.
Insect
INSECT Small invertebrates generally characterized by a segmented body (head, thorax, abdomen) and three pairs of legs. See Animals (Ant; Bee; Cricket; Flea; Fly; Gnat; Grasshopper; Locust; Moth; Wasp).
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Fly
fly. Many species of flies are known in the Near East. In the Bible two Hebrew words are translated “fly” or “flies” in the nrsv. First, ‘arob is used for the flies visited on the Egyptians as the fourth plague (Exod. 8:20–32; alluded to in Pss. 78:45; 105:31). The species of fly intended in these references
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Fly
FlyAny of various winged insects of the order Diptera. Heb. zeḇûḇ (Isa. 7:18; NJB “mosquito”), generally interpreted as the common housefly (Musca domestica), may actually refer to the larger and more annoying horsefly (Tabunus arenivagus).Symbolically, the fly’s filthy habits are suggested in Eccl.
Insects
InsectsTechnically, creatures whose bodies are divided into three segments and which have three pairs of legs. Entomologists estimate that tens of thousands of different species inhabit Israel. Two Hebrew terms appear to refer to insects in a generic sense. Heb. remek is translated “creeping things”
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Fly
Fly. Any of various winged insects of the order Diptera. Like all semitropical countries, Palestine has many flies which, along with gnats, make up its most ubiquitous insect population.(Heb. zeḇûḇ (Isa. 7:18; JB “mosquito”), generally interpreted as the common housefly (Musca domestica), may
Insects
Insects (Heb. šereṣ hā˓ôp̱ “winged insects”).† The biblical acounts designate as insects only small, winged invertebrates which hop or swarm, either on land or in the air (cf. KJV “fowls that creep,” “flying creeping things”).According to Deut. 14:19, all winged insects were proscribed as
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Fly
FLY Flies are a common annoyance in the Near East. The fourth plague of Egypt was a swarm of insects, probably horseflies or gadflies (Exod 8:21–29; Ps 78:45). Ecclesiastes 10:1 compares a small dose of folly to the few dead flies it takes to spoil perfume.
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Fly Flies
Fly, Flies. The two following Hebrew terms denote flies of some kind:1. Zebûb, which occurs only in Eccles. 10:1 and in Isa. 7:18, and is probably a generic name for an insect. 2. ˒Arôb (“swarms of flies,” “divers sorts of flies,” Authorized Version), the name of the insect or insects which God sent
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Fly
FlyHeb. zebub, (Eccl. 10:1; Isa. 7:18). This fly was so grievous a pest that the Phoenicians invoked against it the aid of their god Baal-zebub (q.v.). The prophet Isaiah (7:18) alludes to some poisonous fly which was believed to be found on the confines of Egypt, and which would be called by the Lord.
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Fly
Flyfly, a small flying insect. Many species of flies are known in Palestine and Egypt. In the Bible two Hebrew words mean ‘fly.’ 1 ‘arōb, the flies visited on the Egyptians as the fourth plague (Exod. 8:20–32; alluded to in Pss. 78:45; 105:31). The species of fly involved in this plague is uncertain;
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
FLY; FLIES
FLY; FLIES<fli> <fliz> [עָרֹב‎, ̀arobh] (Ex 8:21 ff; Ps 78:45; 105:31; Septuagint [κυνόμυια, kunomuia]; “dog-fly”), [זְבוּב‎, zebhubh] (Eccl 10:1; Isa 7:18; Septuagint [μυι̂αι, muiai], “flies”); compare [בַּעַל זְנוּב‎, bàal-zebhubh], “Baal-zebub” (2 Ki 1:2 ff), and [βεελζεβούλ, beelzeboul],
INSECTS
INSECTS<in’-sekts>: In English Versions of the Bible, including the marginal notes, we find at least 23 names of insects or words referring to them: ant, bald locust, bee, beetle, cankerworm, caterpillar, creeping thing, cricket, crimson, flea, fly, gnat, grasshopper, honey, hornet, locust, louse, (lice),
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