Thursday, September 27, 2012

install & see/think fit

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Now this man Micah had a shrine, and he made an  ephod and some idols and installed  one of his sons as his priest.

In those days Israel had no king; everyone did as he saw fit.

----- Words Explanation -----
1. to officially put someone in an important job or position
2. to put a piece of equipment somewhere and make it ready for use; to put a new program or piece of software into a computer so that you can use it

see/think fit
to decide that something is the best thing to do. You often use this expression to refer to decisions or actions that you do not agree with

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

shackle & grinding

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JUDGES 16:21
Then the Philistines seized him, gouged out his eyes and took him down to Gaza. Binding him with bronze shackles, they set him to grinding in the prison.

----- Words Explanation -----
1. one of a pair of connected metal rings that can be locked onto the wrists or legs of a prisoner
2. something that prevents you from doing what you want to do

 extreme, used for emphasizing how bad a situation is

1. something that is hard work, boring, and tiring because it takes a lot of your time and energy
2.  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
3.  if a machine or vehicle grinds, it moves or works slowly, noisily, and with difficulty; if parts of a machine grind, or if someone grinds them, they rub together and make an unpleasant noise
4.  to make something such as a knife smooth or sharp by rubbing it against a hard surface

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

nag & prod

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JUDGES 16:16
With such nagging she prodded him day after day until he was tired to death.

----- Words Explanation -----
1. to ask or urge somebody persistently and annoyingly to do something
2.  to find fault with somebody regularly and repeatedly
3. to frequently ask someone to do something that they do not want to do

1. to push someone or something quickly with your finger, or with an object that has a long thin end;
2. to persuade or encourage someone to do something

bowstrings & snap

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Samson answered her, "If anyone ties me with seven fresh thongs(bowstrings) that have not been dried, I'll become as weak as any other man."

With men hidden in the room, she called to him, "Samson, the Philistines are upon you!" But he snapped the thongs as easily as a piece of string snaps when it comes close to a flame. So the secret of his strength was not discovered.

----- Words Explanation -----
 the taut string on an archer's bow, usually made of strands of hemp.

1. to suddenly break something with a short loud noise, or to be broken in this way
2. to quickly move something such as a light switch so that it makes a short sound, or to be moved quickly in this way
3. to suddenly lose control and become extremely angry or upset because a situation has become too annoying or difficult; to speak to someone in a sudden, angry way;
4. if an animal such as a dog snaps you or snaps at you, it bites you or tries to bite you
5.  to take a photograph of someone or something

Friday, September 21, 2012

char & jawbone

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JUDGES 15:14
As he approached Lehi,  the Philistines came toward him shouting. The spirit of the Lord came upon him in power. The ropes on his arms became like charred flax, and the bindings dropped from his hands.

JUDGES 15:17
When he finished speaking, he threw away the jawbone; and the place was called Ramath Lehi.

----- Words Explanation -----
1. to blacken something or become blackened by burning or scorching
2. to turn wood into charcoal by partial burning
3. if something chars or is charred, it is burned until its outer surface becomes black
4. to clean a building, especially someone's house, as your job

the bone that supports the lower part of your face and moves so that you can open and close your mouth

Thursday, September 20, 2012

shock & vicious

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lit the torches and let the foxes loose in the standing grain of the Philistines. He burned uup the shocks and standing grain, together with the vineyards and olive groves. 

He attacked them viciously and slaughtered many of them. Then he went down and stayed in a cave inthe rock of Etam.

----- Words Explanation -----
1. A group of twelve sheaves of grain placed upright and supporting each other to allow the grain to dry and ripen.
2. An unkempt or thick mass of hair.
3. A sudden upsetting or surprising event or experience.

vicious, viciously:
1. extremely unkind or unpleasant
2. extremely severe or powerful and capable of causing damage

scoop & coax

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Which he scooped out with his hands and ate as he went along. When he rejoined his parents, he gave them some, and they too ate it. But he did not tel

JUDGES 14:15
On the fourth day, they said to Samson's wife, "Coax your husband into explaining the riddle for us, or we  will burn you and your father's household to  death. Did you invite us here to rob us?

----- Words Explanation -----
1. to dig something out or pick it up using something such as a spoon or your curved hand
2. to publish or broadcast an exciting or important news story before anyone else does
3. to earn or win something
4. a tool like a spoon with a deep round part, used for measuring or serving various substances; an amount of something that a scoop holds

Persuade (someone) gradually or by flattery to do something.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

kindred & collective

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The complete works of Plato
I shall treat in this way anyone I happen to meet, young and old, citizen and stranger, and more so the  citizens because you are more kindred to me.

For I go around doing nothing but persuading both young and old among you not to care for your body or your wealth in preference to or as strongly as for the best possible state of your soul, as I say to you: wealth does not bring about  excellence, but excellence makes wealth and everything else good for men, both individually and collectively.

----- Words Explanation -----
1. very similar to another person or thing
2. the whole of someone's family, considered as a group

1. involving all the members of a group
2. a farm or business owned by the government and run by a group of workers

Monday, September 17, 2012

renegade & capture

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Jephthah then called together the men of Gilead and fought against Ephraim. The Gileadites struck them down because the Ephraimites had said, "You Gileadites are renegades from Ephraim and Manasseh." The Gileadites captured the fords of the Jordan leading to Ephraim, and whenever a survivor of Ephraim said, "Let me cross over," the men of Gilead asked him, "Are you an Ephraimite?" If he replied, "No," they said, "All right, say 'Shibboleth.'" If he said, "Sibboleth,"because he could not pronounce the word correctly, they seized him and killed him at the fords of the Jordan. Forty-two thousand Ephraimites were killed at the time. 

----- Words Explanation -----
 someone who leaves one group and joins another that has different goals or beliefs;

1. to get equipment or control of a place from your enemy during a war; to get control of something from an opponent in business or politics
2. to catch someone so that they become your prisoner; to catch an animal
3. to record an event in a movie or photograph

Friday, September 14, 2012

bystander & inborn

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Complete works of Plato:
Almost all the bystanders might have explained the poems better than their authors could. I soon realized that poets do not compose their poems with knowledge, but by some inborn talent and by inspiration, like seers and prophets who also say many fine things without any understanding of what they say.

----- Words Explanation -----
  someone who is in a particular place by chance when an accident or an unusual event happens but who is not directly connected with it;

something that is inborn has existed in you since you were born

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

skirt & likewise

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JUDGES 11:18
Next they traveled through the desert, skirted the lands of Edom and Moab, passed along the eastern side of the country of Moab and camped on the other side of the Arnon. They did not enter the territory of Moab, for the Arnon was its border.

JUDGES 11:24
Will you not take what your god Chemosh gives you? Likewise, whatever the Lord our God has given us, we will possess.

----- Words Explanation -----
1. to go around the edge of a place or thing
2. to avoid talking about something unpleasant
3.  the part of a dress or coat that is below the waist

1. in the same way, or in a similar way
2. used for expressing the same thing that someone has just said to you

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

comport & dispassionate

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The works of Plato:
Did Socrates bring on his own condemnation, whether wittingly or not, by refusing to say the sorts of things and to comport himself in the sort of way that would have won his acquittal? Perhaps. True to his philosophical calling, he requires that the Athenians think, honestly and dispassionately, and decide the  truth of the charges by reasoning from the facts as they actually were.

----- Words Explanation -----
comport (oneself):
1. to behave in a particular way
2. to agree or be consistent with something

 able to make fair judgments or decisions that are not influenced by personal feelings

Monday, September 10, 2012

soothsayer & storm

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But Gaal spoke up again: "Look, people are coming down from the center of the land, and a company is coming from the direction of the soothsayers' tree."

Abimelech went to the  tower and stormed it. But as he approached the  entrance to the tower to set it on fire, a women dropped an upper millstone on his head and cracked his skull.

----- Words Explanation -----
 in the past, someone who people thought was able to say what would happen in the future

1. to use force to enter a place and take control of it;
2. to go somewhere very quickly because you are angry or upset
3. to quickly become very successful
4.  to say something in a very angry way
5. an occasion when a lot of rain falls very quickly, often with very strong winds or thunder and lightning

Thursday, September 6, 2012

revolt & trod

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(but today you have revolted against my father's family, murdered this seventy sons on a single stone, and made Abimelech, the son of his slave girl, king over the citizens of Shechem because he is your brother)

After they had gone out into the fields and gathered the grapes and trodden them, they held a festival in the temple of their god. While they were eating and drinking, they cursed Abimelech.

----- Words Explanation -----
1. an attempt to remove the government of a country using force
2. a refusal to accept something such as a law or a decision 
3. to say that you will not accept someone's authority or leadership; to refuse to accept something such as a law or a decision 
4. to try to remove the government of your country using force 
5. if someone or something revolts you, they are so unpleasant that you feel slightly sick 

trod:(tread, trode)
1. to walk or step on something; to press or crush something into the floor or ground when you walk 
2. if someone treads grapes, they crush them with their feet in order to make wine 
3. the pattern of lines on the bottom of a shoe 
4. the part of a tire that touches the road
5. the sound that someone makes when they walk 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

castrate & contradict

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The works of Plato
These people themselves believe that Zeus is the best and most just of the gods, yet they agree that he bound his father because he unjustly swallowed his sons, and that he in turn castrated his father for similar reasons. But they are angry with me because I am prosecuting my father for his wrong doing. They contradict themselves in what they say about the gods and about me.

----- Words Explanation -----
to remove the testiclesthe pair of male sexual organs of a man or animal 

1. to say that the opposite of what someone has said is true 
2. if one statement, piece of evidence, story, etc. contradicts another, they disagree and cannot both be true