Thursday, March 29, 2012

slope & wasteland

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Numbers 21:14
That is why the Book of the Wars of the Lord says:
"...Waheb in Suphah and the ravines, the Arnon and the slopes of the ravines that lead to the site of Ar and lie along the border of Moab."

Numbers 21:20
and from Bamoth to the valley in Moab where the top of Pisgah overlooks the wasteland.

----- Words Explanation -----
slope:
1. a straight surface that has one end higher than the other; the angle of this kind of surface
2.  the side of a hill or a mountain;
3.  a surface for people to ski on;
4.  to have one end higher than the other; to not be completely upright

wasteland:
1. an area of land that is desolate or barren and not used
2. an area, situation, or time that has no interesting features




Tuesday, March 27, 2012

venomous & ravine

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Numbers 21:6
Then the Lord sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died.

Numbers 21:14
That is why the Book of the Wars of the Lord says:
"...Waheb in Suphah and the ravines, the Arnon and the slopes of the ravines that lead to the site of Ar and lie along the border of Moab."


----- Words Explanation -----
venomous:
1.  capable of producing poison
2. extremely unpleasant and full of very strong anger or hate

ravine:
 a very deep narrow valley with steep sides




Sunday, March 25, 2012

gush & miserable

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Numbers 20:11
Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank.

Number 21:5
they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, "Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the desert? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!"


----- Words Explanation -----
gush:
1. if a liquid gushes, it flows quickly and in large quantities
2. to express admiration or pleasure with so much enthusiasm that people think you are not sincere; if words or emotions gush from you, you unexpectedly express them very strongly

miserable:
1. extremely unhappy or uncomfortable; a miserable situation or period is one that makes you feel very unhappy; a miserable person is always complaining or in a bad mood
2. a miserable amount of something, especially money, is very small and not enough




Saturday, March 24, 2012

profuse & snare

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Memoirs of extraordinary popular delusions and the madness of crowds: 
Delisle was profuse in his thanks, little dreaming of the snare that was laid for him.

----- Words Explanation -----
profuse:
 existing or being produced in large amounts

snare:
1. a piece of equipment used for catching an animal. It consists of a wire or rope that is pulled tightly around the animal.
2. a trick that catches someone and keeps them in an unpleasant situation





Thursday, March 22, 2012

asylum & confide

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Memoirs of extraordinary popular delusions and the madness of crowds: 

Permit me, sir, in conclusion, to repeat, that such an artist as this should not be driven to the last extremity, nor forced to seek an asylum offered to him in other countries.

As it is not his fault that the previous safe-conducts sent to him have been of no service, it will be necessary to send him another; for the success of which I will be answerable, if you will confide the matter to me, and trust to my zeal for the service of his majesty, to whom I pray you to communicate this letter, that I may be spared the just reproaches he might one day heap upon me if he remained ignorant of the facts I have now written to you.

----- Words Explanation -----
asylum:
  the right to stay in a country, given by a government to protect someone who has escaped from war or political trouble in their own country

confide:
 to tell someone a secret or discuss your private feelings with them





Tuesday, March 20, 2012

depict & posterity

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Memoirs of extraordinary popular delusions and the madness of crowds: 
There is no doubt that this discovery will make a great noise in the kingdom, unless the character of the man, which I have just depicted to you, prevent it. At all events, posterity will hear of him.


----- Words Explanation -----
depict:
 to describe someone or something using words or pictures

posterity:
 the people who will live in the future after you are dead





Wednesday, March 14, 2012

wrath & irrevocable

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Numbers 18:5
You are to be responsible for the care of the sanctuary and the altar, so that wrath will not fall on the Israelites again.

Numbers 18:14
Everything in Israel that is devoted(a) to the Lord is yours.
(a):The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord.

----- Words Explanation -----
wrath:
strong anger, often with a desire for revenge

irrevocable:
 impossible to change or stop





volatility & vapor

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Memoirs of extraordinary popular delusions and the madness of crowds:
Otherwise its extreme volatility would cause it to go off in vapor.They tried the experiment, and succeeded to their heart's content.


----- Words Explanation -----
volatility:
the property of changing readily from a solid or liquid to a vapor
volatile:
1. a volatile situation can suddenly change or become more dangerous; someone who is volatile can quickly become angry or violent; a volatile region or country is a place where violence is likely to develop suddenly
2. a volatile liquid or substance can easily change into a gas

vapor:
very small drops of water or other liquids in the air, that make the air feel wet





Tuesday, March 13, 2012

bud & almond

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Number 17:8
The next day Moses entered the Tent of the Testimony and saw that Aaron's staff, which represented the house of Levi, had not only sprouted but had budded, blossomed and produced almonds.


----- Words Explanation -----
bud:
1. a part of a living thing that grows from it before separating and becoming a new organism
2. to produce buds

almond:
an edible, oval-shaped, brown-skinned nut that is widely used in cooking; 





Sunday, March 11, 2012

smolder & overlay

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Numbers 16:36
The Lord said to Moses, "Tell Eleazar son of Aaron, the priest, to take the censers out of the smoldering remains and scatter the coal some distance away, for the censers are holy --

Numbers 16:38
the censers of the men who sinned at the cost of their lives. Hammer the censers into sheets to overlay the altar, for they were presented before the Lord and have become holy. Let them be a sign to the Israelites.

----- Words Explanation -----
smolder:(smoulder)
1. to burn slowly, producing smoke but no flames
2.  to feel very strong emotions that you do not express in words, especially anger or sexual feelings;

overlay:
1. to cover the surface of something with a thin layer of a substance, especially for decoration; to put one thing on top of another, so that they both show;
2.  if a sound, taste, smell, or feeling is overlaid with another one, enough of the other one is added to be noticeable




Saturday, March 10, 2012

insolent & gouge

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Numbers 16:1
Korah son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and certain Reubenites--Dathan and Abiram, sons of Eliab, and On son of Peleth -- became insolent and rose up against Moses.

Numbers 16:14
Moreover, you haven't brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey or given us an inheritance of fields and vineyards. Will you gouge out the eyes of these men? No, we will not come!"


----- Words Explanation -----
insolent:
rude, especially when you should be showing respect;

gouge:
1. Cut or force something out roughly or brutally
2. Make a rough hole or indentation in (a surface), esp. so as to mar or disfigure it
3.  to cut long deep holes in something



Thursday, March 8, 2012

defiantly & tassel

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Numbers 15:30
But anyone who sins defiantly, whether native-born or alien, blasphemes the Lord, and that person must be cut off from his people.

Numbers 15:37
The Lord said to Moses, "Speak to the Israelites and say to them: 'Throughout the generations to come you are to make tassels on the corners of your garments, with a blue cord on each tassel.


----- Words Explanation -----
defiant:
 refusing to obey a person or rule
defiance:
Open resistance; bold disobedience

tassel:
a group of strings tied together at one end and fastened to clothing or objects as a decoration




Tuesday, March 6, 2012

ground & meal

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Numbers 15:20
Present a cake from the first of your ground meal and present it as an offering from the threshing floor.

----- Words Explanation -----
ground:
1.   crushed, especially for use in cooking
2.  happening on the surface of the earth, especially in comparison with things happening in the air
3.  The past tense and past participle of grind
4.  the top part of the Earth's surface that people walk on; the layer of soil and rock that forms the Earth's surface; the soil nearest the Earth's surface in which you can grow plants

grind:
 to break something into very small pieces or powder, by using a machine or by crushing it between two hard surfaces; to cut food, especially raw meat, into very small pieces using a machine

meal:
1. crushed grain, used as food for people or animals;
2. an occasion when you eat, especially breakfast, lunch, or dinner; the food that you serve or eat at one time


Sunday, March 4, 2012

fig & presumption

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Numbers 13:23
When they reached the Valley of Eshcol, they cut off a branch bearing a single pole between them, along with some pomegranates and figs.

Numbers 13:44
Nevertheless, in their presumption they went up toward the high hill country, though neither Moses nor the ark of the Lord's covenant moved from the camp.


----- Words Explanation -----
fig:
a soft fruit with purple or green skin and a lot of small seeds inside. It grows on a fig tree.

presumption:
1. behavior that annoys people because it shows too much confidence and not enough respect
2. a belief that something is true because it seems reasonable or likely; the belief that something is true because no one has proved that it is not




Saturday, March 3, 2012

fortify & fertile

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Number 13:19
What kind of land do they live in? Is it good or bad? What kind of towns do they live in? Are they unwalled or fortified?

Number 13:20
How is the soil? Is it fertile or poor? Are there trees on it or not? Do your best to bring back some of the fruit of the land." (It was the season for the first ripe grapes.)

----- Words Explanation -----
fortify:
1. to protect a place against attack by building strong walls, towers, or other structures around it
2. to make yourself or someone else feel more determined, powerful, or full of energy
3. to add a substance to food or drink to make it stronger or healthier

fertile:
1. fertile land is able to produce good crops or plants
2. a fertile person, animal, or plant is able to produce babies, young animals, or new plants
3. a fertile mind or situation is able to produce good ideas or results


Friday, March 2, 2012

riddle & stillborn

----- Words Excerpt from -----
Numbers 12:8
With him I speak face to face, clearly and not in riddles; he sees the form of the Lord. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?

Numbers 12:12
Do not let her be like a stillborn infant coming from its mother's womb with its flesh half eaten away.


----- Words Explanation -----
riddle:
1. a question that seems impossible or silly but has a clever or funny answer
2. someone or something that is mysterious or confusing
3. to make a lot of holes in someone or something, especially with bullets

stillborn:
1. a stillborn baby is born dead
2. something that is stillborn ends before it ever has the chance to begin