Thursday, September 29, 2011

unfailing & anguish

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Exodus 15:13
In your unfailing love you will lead the people you have redeemed. In your strength you will guide them to your holy dwelling.

Exodus 15:14
The nations will hear and tremble; anguish will grip the people of Philistia.

----- Words Explanation -----
unfailing:
never changing or ending;

anguish:
1.  extreme anxiety or emotional torment
2. a feeling of great physical or emotional pain
3. to feel or cause somebody to feel anguish





Wednesday, September 28, 2011

gorge & holiness

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Exodus 15:9
The enemy boasted, 'I will pursue, I will overtake them. I will divide the spoils; I will gorge myself on them. I will draw my sword and my hand will destroy them.'

Exodus 15:11
Who among the gods is like you, O Lord? Who is like you -- majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?


----- Words Explanation -----
gorge:
1. to have as much of an enjoyable experience as you want;
2. to eat or drink so much of something that you cannot eat or drink any more.
3. a deep valley with high straight sides where a river has cut through rock
4.  if someone's gorge rises, they feel sick or angry


holiness:
the quality of being holy.





Tuesday, September 27, 2011

congeal & boast

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Exodus 15:8
By the blast of your nostrils the waters piled up. The surging waters stood firm like a wall; the deep waters congealed in the heart of the sea.

Exodus 15:9
The enemy boasted, 'I will pursue, I will overtake them. I will divide the spoils; I will gorge myself on them. I will draw my sword and my hand will destroy them.'


----- Words Explanation -----
congeal:
1. to become thick and solid, or cause a liquid to thicken and solidify
2.  to become firm and strong, or make something firm and strong
3. if a substance such as blood or fat congeals, it becomes thick and almost solid

boast:
1. to proudly tell other people about what you or someone connected with you has done or can do, or about something you own, especially in order to make them admire you
2. to have something good, often an attractive feature that other people admire
3. a statement in which you proudly tell other people about what you or someone connected with you has done or can do, or about something you own, especially in order to make them admire you


Monday, September 26, 2011

blast & surge

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Exodus 15:8
By the blast of your nostrils the waters piled up. The surging waters stood firm like a wall; the deep waters congealed in the heart of the sea.


----- Words Explanation -----
blast:
1. a strong current of air, wind, heat, etc.
2. an explosion, especially one caused by a bomb
3.  a sudden short loud sound, especially on a musical instrument, a car horn, or a whistle

surge:
1.  if water or electricity surges, its force suddenly becomes very strong
2. if a crowd of people surges, they all move forward together very quickly; to move forward as a large mass very quickly
3.  if a feeling or an emotion surges, you start to feel it very strongly
4. a sudden increase in something such as price, value, or interest; a sudden increase in electrical power that can damage equipment connected to it; a sudden increase in the strength of a feeling





Sunday, September 25, 2011

shatter & stubble

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Exodus 15:6
Your right hand, O Lord, was majestic in power. Your right hand, O lord, shattered the enemy.

Exodus 15:7
In the greatness of your majesty you threw down those who opposed you. You unleashed your burning anger; it consumed them like stubble.


----- Words Explanation -----
shatter:
1. to break suddenly into many small brittle pieces, or cause sth. to break in this way
2. to destroy sth. that sb. believed in or hoped for
3. fragments made by shattering sth.

stubble:
1. the short stiff hairs on a man's face that grow into a beard if he does not cut them off
2.  the ends of plants that are left above ground after a farmer cuts a crop such as wheat or barley



Saturday, September 24, 2011

hurl & majestic

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Exodus 15:1
Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord:
I will sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted. The horse and its rider he had hurled into the sea.

Exodus 15:6
"Your right hand, O Lord, was majestic in power. Your right hand, O lord, shattered the enemy.


----- Words Explanation -----
hurl:
1. to throw something using a lot of force; to move your body with speed and force in a particular direction, or to be moved in this way
2.  to shout at someone in a very angry way

majestic:
1. big, beautiful, or impressive in a calm and serious way
2. showing great dignity and grandeur





Friday, September 23, 2011

hem & exalt

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Exodus 14:3
Pharaoh will think, 'The Israelites are wandering around the land in confusion, hemmed in by the desert.'

Exodus 15:1
Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song tothe Lord:
I will sing to the Lord, for the is highly exalted. The horse and its rider he has hurled into the sea.


----- Words Explanation -----
hem:
1.  the bottom edge of something such as a dress or curtain that is folded and sewn in place
2. to fold the edge of a piece of cloth and sew it in place

hem in:
1. to enclose someone or something and prevent them from moving or leaving
2. to prevent someone from making their own choices or doing what they want

exalt:
1. to praise someone or something very much
2. if someone is exalted to a more important position or status, it is given to them

Thursday, September 22, 2011

stubbornly & encamp

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Exodus 13:15
When Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let us go, the Lord killed every firstborn in Egypt, both man and animal. This is why I sacrifice to the Lord the first male offspring of every womb and redeem each of my firstborn sons.

Exodus 14:2
"Tell the Israelites to turn back and encamp near Pi Hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea. They are to encamp by the sea, directly opposite Baal Zephon.


----- Words Explanation -----
stubborn:
1. a stubborn person is not willing to change their ideas or to consider anyone else's reasons or arguments; showing that you are not willing to listen or to change what you think.
2. very difficult to change or to defeat; difficult to cure or remove

encamp:
 to live in a camp, make a camp, or put someone in a camp





Wednesday, September 21, 2011

consecrate & observance

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Exodus 13:1
The Lord said to Moses, "Consecrate to me every firstborn male. The first offspring of every womb among the Israelites belongs to me, whether man or animal."

Exodus 13:9
This observance will be for you like a sign on your hand and a reminder on your forehead that the law of the Lord is to be on your lips. For the Lord brought you out of Egypt with his mighty hand.

----- Words Explanation -----
consecrate:
1. to perform a religious ceremony in order to make a place or a thing holy.
2. to perform a religious ceremony in order to make someone a priest, bishop, king, or queen.

observance:
1. the practice of obeying a law or rule, or of doing sth. according to a tradition.
2. a part of a religious or official ceremony.



Tuesday, September 20, 2011

hyssop & restriction

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Exodus 12:22
Take a bunch of hyssop, dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood on the top and on both sides of the door frame. Not one of you shall go out the door of his house until morning.

Exodus 12:43
Passover restrictions
The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, "These are the regulations for the Passover.



----- Words Explanation -----
hyssop:
1. a fragrant plant similar to mint.
2. a plant related to or similar to true hyssop
3. an unidentified plant whose twigs are described in the Bible as being used to sprinkle water during Hebrew religious ceremonies

restriction:
 a rule, action, or situation that limits or controls someone or something; the act of limiting or controlling someone or something.






Monday, September 19, 2011

assembly & unleavened

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Exodus 12:16
On the first day hold a sacred assembly, and another one on the seventh day. Do no work at all on these days, except to prepare food for everyone to eat - that is all you may do.

Exodus 12:17
Celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread, because it was on this very day that I brought your divisions out of Egypt. Celebrate this day as a lasting ordinance for the generations to come.


----- Words Explanation -----
assembly:
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. The action of gathering together as a group for a common purpose

unleavened:
1. unleavened bread is flat or heavy because it contains no yeast
2.  not made less difficult or less unpleasant by anything

leaven:
1. to add yeast to a bread mixture so that it will contain air and will be bigger and lighter
2. to add something that makes a situation, story, movie, etc. more interesting, funny, or exciting


Sunday, September 18, 2011

commemorate & ordinance

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Exodus 12:14
This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord - a lasting ordinance.

----- Words Explanation -----
commemorate:
to show that you remember an important person or event by having a special ceremony, or by creating a special object.

ordinance:
1. a law passed by a local government
2. an official order by a government, king, queen, etc.





haste & Passover

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Exodus 12:11
This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste; it is the Lord's Passover.


----- Words Explanation -----
haste:
great speed in doing something because of limited time

Passover:
a religious festival lasting seven or eight days in March or April during which Jews remember the time when the ancient Hebrews escaped from Egypt. Passover begins with a special meal.



Saturday, September 17, 2011

defect & twilight

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Exodus 12:5
The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats.

Exodus 12:6
Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month, when all the people of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight.

----- Words Explanation -----
defect:
1.  a fault in someone or something
2.  to leave a country, political party, or organization and go to another one

twilight:
1. the time of day just after sunset or before dawn, when the sun is below the horizon
2.  the light from the sky at twilight
3.  the time when something is declining or approaching its end, especially in a gentle or peaceful way




Friday, September 16, 2011

disposed & wail

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Exodus 11:3
The Lord made the Egyptians favorably disposed toward the people, and Moses himself was highly regarded in Egypt by Pharaoh's officials and by the people.

Exodus 11:6
There will be loud wailing throughout Egypt -- worse than there has ever been or ever will be again.


----- Words Explanation -----
disposed:
1.  used for describing what type of attitude you have toward someone
2.  likely to behave or think in a particular way
3. to be willing to do something

dispose:
1. to make somebody willing or receptive to something
2. to make somebody likely to experience something
3. to arrange or position something for use or for a particular purpose
4. to settle a matter by putting it into its correct or definitive form
5. place(persons,objects)in good order or in suitable positions

wail:
1. to shout or cry with a long high sound to show that you are in pain or are very sad;
2. to make a long high sound.


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

locust & forefather

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Exodus 10:4
If you refuse to let them go, I will bring locusts into your country tomorrow.

Exodus 10:6
They will fill your houses and those of all your officials and all the Egyptians -- something neither your fathers nor your forefathers have ever seen from the day they settled in this land till now. " Then Moses turned and left Pharaoh.

----- Words Explanation -----
locust:
a type of grasshopper that flies over wide areas in very large groups called swarms, often destroying crops;

forefather:
people belonging to your family or nation who lived a long time ago;

Monday, September 12, 2011

bloom & harshly

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Exodus 9:31
The flax and barley were destroyed, since the barley had headed and the flax was in bloom.

Exodus 10:1
Then the Lord said to Moses, "Go to Pharaoh, for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his officials so that I may perform these miraculous signs of mine among them that you may tell your children and grandchildren how I dealt harshly with the Egyptians and how I performed my signs among them, and that you may know that I am the Lord.

----- Words Explanation -----
bloom:
1. if a tree or plant blooms, it produces flowers that have opened;
2.  to develop successfully, or to become more healthy and attractive
3. a flower; a lot of flowers or plants together

harsh:
1. harsh conditions or places are unpleasant and difficult to live in; harsh weather is extremely cold and unpleasant
2.  harsh actions, words, judgments, or laws are strict, unkind, and often unfair
3. harsh facts are unpleasant but true
4.  harsh sounds are unpleasant because they are not soft, gentle, or smooth; harsh colors or lights are not pleasant because they are very bright
5.  harsh substances are very powerful and may damage the things that they are used on




Sunday, September 11, 2011

toss & fester

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Exodus 9:8
Then the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, "Take handfuls of soot from a furnace and have Moses toss it into the air in the presence of Pharaoh.

Exodus 9:9
It will become fine dust over the whole land of Egypt, and festering boils will break out on men and animals throughout the land.


----- Words Explanation -----
toss:
1.  to throw something somewhere gently or in a slightly careless way; to throw a coin into the air and make a decision based on which side the coin falls on
2. to get rid of something because you do not want or need it
3.   to make something move up and down or from side to side
4. to mix food with a liquid so that it becomes covered in the liquid

fester:
1. to produce pus because of an infection or ulceration, usually of the skin
2.  to become increasingly intense or worse because no one has dealt with it
3. to be in or enter a state of decline; to decay



Saturday, September 10, 2011

soot & furnace

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Exodus 9:8
Then the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, "Take handfuls of soot from a furnace and have Moses toss it into the air in the presence of Pharaoh.


----- Words Explanation -----
soot:
a dirty black powder that is produced when you burn something such as coal or wood;

furnace:
a large enclosed container in which you burn fuel, used for heating a building or for an industrial process such as making metal liquid





deceitfully & boil

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Exodus 8:29
Moses answered, "As soon as I leave you, I will pray to the Lord, and tomorrow the flies will leave Pharaoh and his officials and his people. Only be sure that Pharaoh does not act deceitfully again by not letting the people go to offer sacrifices to the Lord.

Exodus 8:8
The Plague of Boils
Then the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, "Take handfuls of soot from a furnace and have Moses toss it into the air in the presence of Pharaoh.



----- Words Explanation -----
deceit:
dishonest behavior that is intended to trick someone;
deceitful:
behaving dishonestly in order to trick people;

boil:
1. a painful lump on your skin that has become infected and is filled with pusan unpleasant yellow liquid
2. .  if a liquid boils, or if you boil it, it becomes so hot that there are bubbles in it and it starts to become a gas; if a container boils, or if you boil it, the liquid in it boils
3.  to cook food in water that is boiling; to be cooked in water that is boiling; to wash clothes in water that is boiling
4.  to feel something such as anger very strongly




Thursday, September 8, 2011

dense & detestable

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Exodus 8:24
And the Lord did this. Dense swarms of flies poured into Pharaoh's palace and into the houses of his officials, and throughout Egypt the land was ruined by the flies.

Exodus 8:26
But Moses said, "That would not be right. The sacrifices we offer the Lord our God would be detestable to the Egyptians. And if we offer sacrifices that are detestable in their eyes, will they not stone us? 


----- Words Explanation -----
dense:
1. with a lot of trees, plants, or leaves growing close together; containing a lot of things or people close together
2. dense smoke or gas is so thick that it is difficult to see through it
3.   someone who is dense is stupid
4.   dense writing is not easy to understand because it contains a lot of information
5.  a dense substance is very heavy in relation to its size

detestable:
1.  extremely unpleasant
2. The derivative of detest

detest:
to hate someone or something




Wednesday, September 7, 2011

reek & gnat

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Exodus 8: 14
They were piled into heaps, and the land reeked of them.

Exodus 8:16
Then the Lord said to Moses, "Tell Aron, 'Stretch our your staff and strike the dust of the ground,' and throughout the land of Egypt the dust will become gnats."


----- Words Explanation -----
reek:
1. Smell strongly and unpleasantly; stink
2. Be suggestive of something unpleasant or disapproved of
3. Give off smoke, steam, or fumes
4.   to have a strong unpleasant smell

gnat:
1. A small two-winged fly that resembles a mosquito. Gnats include both biting and nonbiting forms, and they typically form large swarms
2. A person or thing seen as tiny or insignificant, esp. in comparison with something larger or more important





stink & pond



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----- Words Excerpt from -----
Exodus 7:18
The fish in the Nile will die, and the river will stink; the Egyptians will not be able to drink its water."

Exodus 7:19
The Lord said to Moses, "Tell Aaron, 'Take your staff and stretch out your hand over the waters of Egypt -- over the streams and canals, over the ponds and all the reservoirs' -- and they will turn to blood. Blood will be everywhere in Egypt, even in the wooden buckets and stone jars."


----- Words Explanation -----
stink:
1. to smell very unpleasant
2. to be bad or dishonest
3. a very strong unpleasant smell
4. a situation in which people complain angrily about something

pond:
an area of water similar to a lake but smaller



Tuesday, September 6, 2011

teem & knead

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Exodus 8:3
The Nile will teem with frogs. They will come up into your palace and your bedroom and onto your bed, into the houses of your officials and on your people, and into your ovens and kneading troughs.

----- Words Explanation -----
teem:
1. Be full of or swarming with
2. (of water, esp. rain) Pour down; fall heavily

knead:
1. Work (moistened flour or clay) into dough or paste with the hands
2. Make (bread or pottery) by such a process
3. Massage or squeeze with the hands




Sunday, September 4, 2011

sorcerer & unyielding

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Exodus 7:11
Pharaoh then summoned wise men and sorcerers, and the Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their secret arts: Each one threw down his staff and it became a snake. But Aaron's staff swallowed up their staffs.

Exodus 7:14
Then the Lord said to Moses, "Pharaoh's heart is unyielding; he refuses to let the people to.


----- Words Explanation -----
sorcerer:
 a man who uses evil spirits to do magic in stories

unyielding:
1. very strict and severe
2. very hard, or firm

yielding:
1.  soft and easy to move or bend
2. willing to do what other people want you to do
3. producing a lot or a little of something






Saturday, September 3, 2011

stench & falter

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Exodus 5:21
And they said: "May the Lord look upon you and judge you! You have made us a stench to Pharaoh and his officials and have put a sword in their hand to kill us."

Exodus 6:12
But Moses said to the Lord, "If the Israelites will not listen to me, why would Pharaoh listen to me, since I speak with faltering lips."


----- Words Explanation -----
stench:
1. a feeling you have that something is very unpleasant
2. a very bad smell, especially of decay

falter:
1.  to stop speaking, or to speak with pauses between the words, because you are nervous or upset; if someone's steps falter, they stop walking; if someone's look or smile falters, they stop looking or smiling
2. to stop being effective or making progress
3. to stop doing something because you have lost your confidence or determination





foreman & appeal

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Exodus 5:10
Then the slave drivers and the foremen went out and said to the people, "This is what Pharaoh says: 'I will not give you any more straw.' Go and get your own straw wherever you can find it, but your work will not be reduced at all..'"

Exodus  5:15
Then the Israelite  foremen went and appealed to Pharaoh: "Why have you treated your servants this way? Your servants are given no straw, yet we are told, "Make bricks!" Your servants are being beaten, but the fault is with your own people." 


----- Words Explanation -----
foreman:
1.  a man who is in charge of a team of workers;
2.  the person who is chosen to be the leader of a jury and to tell the court what decision the jury has reached

appeal:
1. to make an urgent request for people to give you something that you need such as help, money, or information; to ask people to do something or to behave in a particular way, especially in a difficult situation
2. to try to get someone to do or accept something by making them think it is a sensible or fair thing to do
3. if something appeals to you, you like it or want it
4. to formally ask a court of law or similar authority to change its decision



Thursday, September 1, 2011

foreskin & plague

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Exodus 4:25
But Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off her son's foreskin and touched Moses' feet with it. "Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me," she said.

Exodus 5:3
Then they said, "The God of the Hebrews has met with us. Now let us take a three-day journey into the desert to offer sacrifices to the Lord our God, or he may strike us with plagues or with the sword."

----- Words Explanation -----
foreskin:
 the loose skin that covers the end part of a man's penis if he has not had the skin removed in an operation called a circumcision

plague:
1. any serious disease that spreads quickly to a lot of people and usually ends in death; a disease that spreads quickly, causing a high fever, lumps on parts of your body, and in the past usually death
2. to annoy someone all the time by doing something or by asking for something