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Gadfly
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Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Gadfly
Gadfly. Any of a number of large flies, including the horsefly and botfly, which sting livestock. King Nebuchadnezzar is called a gadfly in the only biblical reference to this insect (Jer 46:20).See Animals (Fly).
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Gadfly
Gadfly [Heb qereṣ] (Jer. 46:20); AV DESTRUCTION. An insect that nips, stings, or pinches, perhaps either the horsefly (Tabanidae family) or the botfly (Oestridae) whose larvae are parasitic on horses and other animals. The mosquito is also suggested (KoB, p. 857). Since the beautiful heifer of Egypt
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Gadfly
GADFLY Any of a number of large flies, including the horsefly and botfly, that irritate livestock. King Nebuchadnezzar is called a gadfly in the only biblical reference to this insect (Jer 46:20). See Animals (Fly).
Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Gadfly
GADFLY (Jer. 46:20 NIV, NRSV) Stinging insect (stinging fly, TEV), either a horsefly (Tabanidae, NASB) or a botfly (Oestridae). See Insects.
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
Gadfly
gadfly. This English term is used by the NIV and other versions to render Hebrew qereṣ H7976, which occurs only once in a metaphorical passage alluding to Nebuchadnezzar (Jer. 46:20; KJV, “destruction”; others, “mosquito”). Gadflies include both botflies (Oestridae) and horseflies (Tabanidae). They
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
GADFLY
GADFLY [קֶרֶץqerets]. Both “gadflies” and “horseflies” refer to the same order of insects (Tabanidae) whose bite may cause pain to humans and cattle. Although “gadfly” occurs in English only in Jer 46:20, a number of Hebrew terms could refer to gadflies. Isaiah 7:18 says that the Lord will “whistle