SPIT, SPITTLE. The acts of spitting on or toward a person is an expression of extreme contempt and rejection throughout the Bible (Num 12:14; Job 17:6, ASV, NASB; 30:10). A man refusing to enter into levirate marriage was to be shamed publicly by having the wife of his deceased brother spit in his face
SPIT, SPITTLE — saliva, the liquid formed in the mouth. Under the Mosaic Law, the spit of certain sick persons was recognized as unclean (Lev. 15:8). Lack of control of one’s own saliva indicated insanity (1 Sam. 21:13).Spitting in the face was a gesture of contempt, a deliberate insult (Num. 12:14;
SALIVA — the watery secretion of the saliva glands (1 Sam. 21:13; John 9:6). Job spoke of saliva in a figurative sense when he indicated he was tormented continuously by God, unable even to swallow his saliva in peace (Job 7:19).
SpitThe image of spit, when combined with the related images of saliva, spew and vomit, illustrates the great flexibility of figurative language in the Bible. Of the thirty-three uses of these words, only seventeen refer to a literal spitting or vomiting; the rest are wholly figurative. And of the seventeen
SPIT; SPITTLE<spit>, <spit’-l> [יָרַק yaraq], [רֹק, roq]; [(ἐμ)πτύω, (em)ptuo]): Spitting in a person’s face indicated gross contempt (Nu 12:14; Dt 25:9; Job 30:10; Isa 50:6; Mt 26:67; 27:30, etc.); when performed by an unclean person it produced defilement (Lev 15:8) which necessitated
SPIT, SPITTLE Spitting at or on someone is the strongest sign of contempt. The brother who refused to perform levirate marriage (have a child by his brother’s wife to carry on the name of the brother, Deut. 25:5–6) would have his face spit in by the spurned wife of the brother (Deut. 25:7–9). The soldiers
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 5, Q–Z
spit. In the OT the action of spitting (Heb. yāraqH3762 and rāqaqH8394) usually indicates a purposeful deed with an added notion of ritual defilement or legal rejection (Lev. 15:8; Num. 12:14; Deut. 25:9). The nominal form of this term (rōqH8371, “spittle”) has a similar nuance (Job 30:10; Isa.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
SPIT, spit, SPITTLE, spitʹ’l (יָרַק, yāraḳ, רֹק, rōḳ;[ἐμ]πτύω, [em]ptúō): Spitting in a person’s face indicated gross contempt (Nu 12:14; Dt 25:9; Job 30:10; Isa 50:6; Mt 26:67; 27:30, etc); when performed by an unclean person it produced defilement (Lev 15:8) which necessitated washing the
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
SPIT [יָרַק yaraq, רָקַק raqaq; ἐμπτύωemptyō, πτύσμαptysma, πτύωptyō]. Spitting signifies derision and shame, as well illustrated in Isa 50:6 and Num 12:14. Deuteronomic legislation specifies that a widow must spit in the face of a brother-in-law who refuses the levirate responsibility (Deut 25:9).