Wednesday, August 31, 2011

leprous & eloquent

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Exodus 4:6
Then the Lord said, " Put your hand inside your cloak." So Moses put his hand into his cloak, and when he took it out, it was leprous, like snow.

Exodus 4:10
Moses said to the Lord, "O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue."

----- Words Explanation -----
 caused by leprosy, or suffering from leprosy;
 a serious disease that affects the skin, nerves, and bones and can cause people's fingers and toes to fall off;

expressing what you mean using clear and effective language

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

groan & compel

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Exodus 2:23
During that long period, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help  because of their slavery went up to God.

Exodus 4:19
But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless a mighty hand compels him.

----- Words Explanation -----
1. to make a long low sound, for example because you are in pain or unhappy; if wood, metal, or another material groans, it makes a long low sound as it moves
2. to speak about something in a way that shows you are unhappy
3.  if one thing groans under another, it can only just support or bear it; if a table groans with food, there is a lot of food on it;
4. a long low sound that a person makes, especially when they are in pain or unhappy; a long low sound made by something as it moves

to force someone to do something, or to get something from someone using force

Monday, August 29, 2011

papyrus & reed

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Exodus 2:3
But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile.

----- Words Explanation -----
a type of paper made from plants that was used in ancient Egypt; a document written on papyrus

1. a tall slender plant with jointed stalks that grows in marshes and other wet areas; a reed stalk
2. a thin piece of cane, metal, or plastic fitted inside a musical instrument that vibrates to produce sound
3. people's name

Sunday, August 28, 2011

delivery & vigorous

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Exodus 1:16
"When you help the Hebrew women in childbirth and observe them on the delivery stool, if it is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live."

Exodus 1:19
The midwives answered Pharaoh, "Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive."

----- Words Explanation -----
1. the process of giving birth to a baby
2. the process of bringing goods or letters to a place; goods that are brought to a place
3. the process of providing a service;
4. the process of providing information through a computer
5. the way in which someone speaks in public

1. full of energy, enthusiasm, or determination;
2. strong, active, and healthy;

Saturday, August 27, 2011

ruthless & mortar

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Exodus 1:12
But the more they were oppressed, the more they multiplied and spread; so the Egyptians came to dread the Israelites and worked them ruthlessly.

Exodus 1:14
They made their lives bitter with hard labour in brick and mortar and with all kinds of work in the fields; in all their hard labour the Egyptians used them ruthlessly.

----- Words Explanation -----
Having or showing no pity or compassion for others;

1. A mixture of lime with cement, sand, and water, used in building to bond bricks or stones
2. A cup-shaped receptacle made of hard material, in which ingredients are crushed or ground, used esp. in cooking or pharmacy
3. A short, smoothbore gun for firing shells (technically called bombs) at high angles

multiply & shrewdly

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Exodus 1:7
but the Israelites were fruitful and multiplied greatly and became exceedingly numerous, so that the land was filled with them.

Exodus 1:10
Come, we must deal shrewdly with them or they will become much too numerous and, if war breaks out, will join our enemies, fight against us and leave the country."

----- Words Explanation -----
1. (of an animal or other organism) Increase in number by reproducing
2. Obtain from (a number) another that contains the first number a specified number of times
3. Increase or cause to increase greatly in number or quantity

1. good at tricking people to get something you want
2. able to judge people and situations very well and to make good decisions; used about decisions and judgements;

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

observe & reassure

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Genesis 50:10
When they reached the threshing floor of Atad, near the Jordan, they lamented loudly and bitterly; and there Joseph observed a seven-day period of mourning for his father.

Genesis 50:15
Joseph Reassures his brothers. When Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, "What if Joseph holds a grudge against us and pays us back for all the wrongs we did to him?"

----- Words Explanation -----
1.   to accept and obey something such as a rule or an agreement; to accept and perform the customs connected with a particular day, festival, or event
2.  to notice someone doing something, or to notice something happening; to watch or study someone or something with care and attention in order to discover something
3. to make a written or spoken comment about someone or something

1.  to make someone feel less worried about something

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

thresh & lament

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Genesis 50:10
When they reached the threshing floor of Atad, near the Jordan, they lamented loudly and bitterly; and there Joseph observed a seven-day period of mourning for his father.

----- Words Explanation -----
Separate grain from (a plant), typically with a flail or by the action of a revolving mechanism;

1. Mourn (a person's loss or death)
2. Express one's deep grief about
3. Express regret or disappointment over something considered unsatisfactory, unreasonable, or unfair
4. A passionate expression of grief or sorrow

Monday, August 22, 2011

embalm & dignitary

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Genesis 50:2
Then Joseph directed the physicians in his service to embalmed him, taking a full forty days, for that was the time required for embalming. And the Egyptians mourned for him seventy days.

Genesis 50:7
So Joseph went up to bury his father. All Pharaoh's officials accompanied him - the dignitaries of his court and all the dignitaries of Egypt.

----- Words Explanation -----
to preserve a dead body using chemicals. A person who does this as a job is called an embalmer.

someone who has an important official position

Sunday, August 21, 2011

ravenous & plunder

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Genesis 49:27
"Benjamin is a ravenous wolf; in the morning he devours the prey, in the evening he  divides the plunder."

----- Words Explanation -----
1. Extremely hungry
2. (of hunger or need) Very great; voracious

1. The violent and dishonest acquisition of property
2. Property acquired illegally and violently
3. Steal goods from (a place or person), typically using force and in a time of war or civil disorder
4. Take material from (artistic or academic work) for one's own purposes

Saturday, August 20, 2011

limber & bounty

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Genesis 49:24
But his bow remained steady, his strong arms stayed limber, because of the hand of the Mighty One of Jacob, because of the Shepherd,the Rockof Israel,

Genesis 49:26
Your father's blessings are greater than the blessings of the ancient mountains, than the bounty of the age-old hills. Let all these rest on the head of Joseph, on the brow of the prince among his brothers.

----- Words Explanation -----
1. (of a person or body part) Lithe; supple
2. (of a thing) Flexible
3. Warm up in preparation for exercise or activity, esp. sports
4. Make (oneself or a body part) supple

1. Abundance; plenty
2. A sum paid for killing or capturing a person or animal
3. A sum paid to encourage trade

doe & fawn

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Genesis 49:21
Naphtali is a doe set free that bears beautiful fawns.

----- Words Explanation -----
1. A female deer
2. A female of certain other animal species, such as hare, rabbit, rat, ferret, or kangaroo

A young deer in its first year

Thursday, August 18, 2011

raider & delicacy

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Genesis 49:19
Gad will be attacked by a band of raiders, but he will attack them at their heels.

Genesis 49:20
Asher's food will be rich; he will provide delicacies fir for a king.

----- Words Explanation -----
1. A person who attacks an enemy in the enemy's territory; a marauder
2. A person who attacks business premises in order to steal

A sudden attack on an enemy by troops, aircraft, or other armed forces in warfare

1. A choice or expensive food
2. The quality of being delicate, in particular
1. Very fine in texture or structure; of intricate workmanship or quality
2. (of a color or a scent) Subtle and subdued
3. (of food or drink) Subtly and pleasantly flavored
4. Easily broken or damaged; fragile
1. Highly pleasant to the taste
2. Delightful

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

tumble & deliverance

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Genesis 49:17
Dan will be a serpent by the roadside, a viper along the path, that bites the horse's heels so that its rider tumbles backward.

Genesis 49:18
"I look for your deliverance, O Lord.

----- Words Explanation -----
1. A sudden or headlong fall
2. A handspring, somersault in the air, or other acrobatic feat

1. The action of being rescued or set free
2. A formal or authoritative utterance

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

rawboned & viper

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Genesis 49:14
Issachar is a rawboned donkey lying down between two saddlebags.

Genesis 49:17
Dan will be a serpent by the roadside, a viper along the path, that bites the horse's heels so that its rider tumbles backward.

----- Words Explanation -----
having a lean and bony physique;

1. A venomous snake with large hinged fangs, typically having a broad head and stout body, with dark patterns on a lighter background
2. A spiteful or treacherous person

Monday, August 15, 2011

colt & haven

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Genesis 49:11
He will tether his donkey to a vine, his colt to the choicest branch; he will wash his garments in wine, his robes in the blood of grapes.

Genesis 49:13
Zebulun will live by the seashore and become a haven for ships; his border will extend toward Sidon.

----- Words Explanation -----
1. A young, uncastrated male horse, in particular one less than four years old;
2. A type of revolver

1. An inlet providing shelter for ships or boats; a harbor or small port
2. A place of safety or refuge

Sunday, August 14, 2011

scepter & tether

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Genesis 49:10
The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, until he comes to whom it belongs and the obedience of the nations is his.

Genesis 49:11
He will tether his donkey to a vine, his colt to the choicest branch; he will wash his garments in wine, his robes in the blood of grapes.

----- Words Explanation -----
An ornamented staff carried by rulers on ceremonial occasions as a symbol of sovereignty;

1. Tie (an animal) with a rope or chain so as to restrict its movement;
2. A rope or chain with which an animal is tied to restrict its movement;

Saturday, August 13, 2011

cub & crouch

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Genesis 49:9
You are a lion's cub, O Judah; you return from the prey, my son. Like a lion he crouches and lies down, like a lioness - who dares to rouse him?

----- Words Explanation -----
1. The young of a fox, bear, lion, or other carnivorous mammal
2. A young man, esp. one who is awkward or ill-mannered

1. A crouching stance or posture
2. Adopt a position where the knees are bent and the upper body is brought forward and down, sometimes to avoid detection or to defend oneself
3. Bend over in this way so as to be close to (someone or something)

fury & disperse

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Genesis 49:7
Cursed be their anger, so fierce, and their fury, so cruel! I will scatter them in Jacob and disperse them in Israel.

----- Words Explanation -----
1. Wild or violent anger
2. A surge of violent anger or other feeling
3. Violence or energy displayed in natural phenomena or in someone's actions

1. Distribute or spread over a wide area
2. Go or cause to go in different directions or to different destinations
3. Cause (gas, smoke, mist, or cloud) to thin out and eventually disappear
4. Thin out and disappear

assembly & hamstring

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Genesis 49:6
Let me not enter their council, let me not join their assembly; for they have killed men in their anger and hamstrung oxen as they pleased.

----- Words Explanation -----
1. A group of people gathered together in one place for a common purpose
2. A group of people elected to make laws or decisions for a particular country or region, esp. the lower legislative house in some US states
3. A regular gathering of the teachers and students of a school
4. A unit consisting of components that have been fitted together

1. Cripple (a person or animal) by cutting their hamstrings
2. Severely restrict the efficiency or effectiveness of
3. Any of five tendons at the back of a person's knee

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

excel & turbulent

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Genesis 49:3
Reuben, you are my firstborn, my might, the first sign of my strength, excelling in honour, excelling in power.

Genesis 49:4
Turbulent as the waters, you will no longer excel, for you went up onto your father's bed, onto my couch and defiled it.

----- Words Explanation -----
Be exceptionally good at or proficient in an activity or subject

1. Characterized by conflict, disorder, or confusion; not controlled or calm
2. (of air or water) Moving unsteadily or violently
3. Of, relating to, or denoting flow of a fluid in which the velocity at any point fluctuates irregularly and there is continual mixing rather than a steady or laminar flow pattern

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

rally & ridge

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Genesis 48:2
When Jacob was told, "Your son Joseph has come to you," Israel rallied his strength and sat up on the bed.

Genesis 48:22
And to you, as one who is over your brothers, I give the ridge of land I took from the Amorites with my sword and my bow.

----- Words Explanation -----
1. A quick or marked recovery after a reverse or a period of weakness
2. An open-air event for people who own a particular kind of vehicle
3. A mass meeting of people making a political protest or showing support for a cause

1. A long narrow hilltop, mountain range, or watershed
2. Mark with or form into narrow raised bands

Monday, August 8, 2011

allotment & in force

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Genesis 47:22
However, he did not buy the land of the priests, because they received a regular allotment from Pharaoh and had food enough from the allotment Pharaoh gave them. That is why they did not sell their land.

Genesis 47:26
So Joseph established it as a law concerning land in Egypt -- still in force today -- that a fifth of the produce belongs to Pharaoh. It was only the land of the priests that did not become Pharaoh's.

----- Words Explanation -----
1. The amount of something allocated to a particular person
2. A piece of land deeded by the government to an American Indian
3. The action of allotting

Give or apportion (something) to someone as a share or task

in force:
effective: exerting force or influence; in effect;

Sunday, August 7, 2011

bondage & servitude

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Genesis 47:19
Why should we perish before your eyes -- we and our land as well? Buy us and our land in exchange for food, and we with our land will be in bondage to Pharaoh. Give us seed so that we may live and not die, and that the land may not become desolate.

Genesis 47:21
and Joseph reduced the people to servitude, from one end of Egypt to the other.

----- Words Explanation -----
1. The state of being a slave
2. A state of being greatly constrained by circumstances or obligations
3. Sexual practice that involves the tying up or restraining of one partner

1. The state of being a slave or completely subject to someone more powerful
2. The subjection of property to an easement

Saturday, August 6, 2011

cart & revive

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Genesis 45:19
You are also directed to tell them, 'Do this: Take some carts from Egypt for your children and your wives, and get your father and come.

Genesis 45:27
But when they told him everything Joseph had said to them, and when he saw the carts Joseph had sent to carry him back, the spirit of their father Jacob revived.

----- Words Explanation -----
1. A strong open vehicle with two or four wheels, typically used for carrying loads and pulled by a horse
2. A light two-wheeled open vehicle pulled by a single horse and used as a means of transport
3. Convey or put in a cart or similar vehicle

1. Restore to life or consciousness
2. Give new strength or energy to

Friday, August 5, 2011

destitute & accord

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Genesis 45:11
I will provide for you there, because five years of famine are still to come. Otherwise you and your household and all who belong to you will become destitute.

Genesis 45:13
Tell my father about all the honour accorded me in Egypt and about every thing you have seen. And bring my father down here quickly.

----- Words Explanation -----
1. without money, food and the other things necessary for life 
2. people who are destitute
3. lacking something 

1. to give somebody/something authority, status or a particular type of treatment
2. to agree with or match something 
3. a formal agreement between two organizations, countries, etc.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

remnant & deliverance

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Genesis 45:7
But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.

----- Words Explanation -----
1. a part of something that is left after the other parts have been used, removed, destroyed, etc.
2. a small piece of fabric that is left when the rest have been sold.

the state of being rescued from danger, evil or pain;

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

repay & plow

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Genesis 44:4
They had not gone far from the city when Joseph said to his steward, "Go after those men at once, and when you catch up with them, say to them, 'Why have you repaid good with evil? Isn't this the cup my master drinks from and also uses for divination? This is a wicked thing you have done.'"

Genesis 45:6
For two years now there has been famine in the land, and for the next five years there will not be plowing and reaping.

----- Words Explanation -----
1. to give something to somebody or do something for them in return for something that they have done for you;
2. to pay back the money that you have borrowed from somebody
3. if something repays your attention, interest, study, etc., it is worth spending time to look at it, etc.

Turn up the earth of (an area of land) with a plow, esp. before sowing

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

detestable & portion

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Genesis 43:32
They served him by himself, the bothers by themselves, and the Egyptians could not eat with Hebrews, for that is detestable to Egyptians.

Genesis 43:34
When portions were served to them from Joseph's table, Benjamin's portion was five times as much as anyone else's. So they feasted and drank freely with him.

----- Words Explanation -----
that deserves to be hated.

1. An amount of food that is large enough for one person;
2. one part of something larger;
3. a part of something is shared with other people.

Monday, August 1, 2011

steward & move

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Genesis 43:16
When Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to the steward of his house, "Take these men to my house, slaughter an animal and prepare dinner; they are to eat with me at noon."

Genesis 43:30
Deeply moved at the sight of his brother, Joseph hurried out and looked for a place to weep. He went into his private room and wept there.

----- Words Explanation -----
1. a person employed to manage another person's property, especially a large house or land 
2. a man whose job is to take care of passengers on a ship, an aircraft or a train and who brings them meals, etc. 

1. to cause somebody to have strong feelings, especially of sympathy or sadness