Tuesday, December 31, 2013

rigging & schemer

Quotations:
Proverbs 23:34
You will be like one sleeping on the high seas, lying on top of the rigging.

Proverbs 24:8
He who plots evil will be known as a schemer.

Definitions:
rigging:
1. the ropes and chains used for supporting a ship's sails and masts;
2. the act of organizing something in a dishonest way in order to produce a particular result;

schemer:
a person who is involved in making secret or underhand plans.

Monday, December 30, 2013

drowsiness & bloodshot

Quotations:
Proverb 23:21
for drunkards and gluttons become poor, and drowsiness clothes them in rags.

Proverb 23:29
Who has woe? Who has sorrow? Who has strife? Who has complaints? Who has needless bruises? Who has bloodshot eyes?

Definitions:
drowsiness: (drowsy)
a feeling of being sleepy and lethargic; sleepiness;

bloodshot:
(of the eyes) inflamed or tinged with blood, typically as a result of tiredness.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

gluttony & stingy

Quotations:
Proverbs 23:1
When you sit to dine with a ruler, note well what is before you, and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony.

Proverbs 23:6
Do not eat the food of a stingy man, do not crave his delicacies; for he is the kind of man who is always thinking about the cost.

Definitions:
gluttony:
the bad habit of eating or drinking much more than you need.

stingy:
unwilling to spend, give, or use a lot of money;

Saturday, December 28, 2013

overweening & obscure

Quotations:
Proverbs 21:24
The proud and arrogant man -- "Mocker" is his name; he behaves with overweening pride.

Proverbs 22:29
Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve before kings; he will not serve before obscure men.


Definitions:
overweening:
used for describing someone who is too pride and confident and ignores other people's feelings.

obscure:
1. not known about, or not well known; 
2. not clearly expressed, or not easy to understand;
3. to make something difficult to understand

Friday, December 27, 2013

gravel & watercourse

Quotations:
Proverbs 20:17
Food gained by fraud tastes sweet to a man, but he ends up with a mouth of gravel.

Proverbs 21:1
The king's heart is in the hand of the Lord; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases. 

Definitions:
gravel:
small pieces of stone used for making paths and roads;

watercourse:
a stream or an artificial channel for water;

Thursday, December 26, 2013

gulp & brawler

Quotations:
Proverbs 19:28
A corrupt witness mocks at justice, and the mouth of the wicked gulps down evil.

Proverbs 20:1
Wine is a mocker and beer a brawler; whoever is led astray by them is not wise;

Definitions:
gulp:
1. to swallow food or drink quickly in a way that shows you are very hungry;
2. to make a noise as you swallow air because you are surprised, excited or afraid;
3. to quickly take in large breaths of air;

brawler:
a fighter (especially one who participates in brawls)

brawl:
1. to fight in a noisy way, especially in a public place;
2. a noisy fight in a public place;


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

quarrelsome & shiftless

Quotations:
Proverbs 19:13
A foolish son is his father's ruin, and a quarrelsome wife is like a constant dripping.

Proverbs 19:15
Laziness brings on deep sleeps, and the shiftless man goes hungry.

Definitions
quarrelsome:
tending to argue with people.

shiftless:
lazy and not interested in anything.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

unyielding & curry favor

Quotations:
Proverbs 18:19
An offended brother is more unyielding than a fortified city, and dispute are like the barred gates of a citadel.

Proverbs 19:6
Many curry favor with a ruler, and everyone is the friend of a man who gives gifts.

Definitions:
unyielding:
1. Not giving way to pressure or persuasion; 
2. Not bending; inflexible; 

curry favor:
to try to make someone like you or give you something;  to seek or gain fovor by fawning or flattery.

Monday, December 23, 2013

unscalable & usher

Quotations:
Proverbs 18:11
The wealth of the rich is their fortified city; they imagine it an unscalable wall.

Proverbs 18:16
A gift opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great.

Definitions:
unscalable - scalable
scalable:
1. able to be climbed up or over;
2. describes a computer, component, or network that can be expanded to meet future needs.

usher:
to lead someone politely somewhere, for example into a room or toward a seat.

Sunday, December 22, 2013

dam & morsel

Quotations:
Proverbs 17:14
Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam; so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.

Proverbs 18:8
The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man's inmost parts.

Definitions:
dam:
1. a wall built across a river to stop the water from flowing, especially in order to create a lake or to help to produce electric power;
...

morsel:
1. a small piece of food;
2. a small amount of something, especially something good, contained in something else.


purse & crucible

Quotations:
Proverbs 16:30
He who winks with his eye is plotting perversity; he who purses his lips is bent on evil.

Proverbs 17:3
The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold, but the the Lord tests the heart.
Definitions:
purse:
1. (with reference to the lips) pucker or contract, typically to express disapproval or irritation. 
2. ...

crucible:
1. a container used for heating substances or melting metals at very high temperatures;
2. an environment that is very dangerous, difficult, or exciting;

Friday, December 20, 2013

intact & appease

Quotations:
Proverbs 15:25
The Lord tears down the proud man's house but he keeps the widow's boundaries intact.

Proverbs 16:14
A king's wrath is a messenger of death, but a wise man will appease it.

Definitions:
intact:
no harmed, damaged, or lacking any parts as a result of something that has happened.

appease:
1. to say or do something in order to make someone feel less angry
2. to give your opponents what they want;

Thursday, December 19, 2013

apt & timely

Quotations:
Proverbs 15:23
A man finds joy in giving an apt reply -- and how good is a timely word!

Definitions:
apt:
something that is apt, especially a name, description, or comment, is very appropriate;
...

timely:
happening at the most suitable time.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

hotheaded & hot-tempered (quick-tempered)

Quotations:
Proverbs 14:16
A wise man fears the Lord and shuns evil, but a fool is hotheaded and reckless.

Proverb 15:18
A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel.

Definitions:
hotheaded:
becoming angry or excited easily and tending to do things without thinking about the result.

hot-tempered, quick-tempered:
tending to become very angry easily;

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

defer & spare the rod

Quotations:
Proverbs 13:12
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life;

Proverbs 13:24
He who spares the rod hates his son, but he who loves him is careful to discipline him.

Definitions:
defer:
to arrange for something to happen at a later time than you had planned;

spare the rod:
spare the rod and spoil the child: if you doesn't discipline a child, he or she will never learn obedience and good manners. 

Monday, December 16, 2013

weigh down & dwindle

Quotations:
Proverbs 12:25
An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.

Proverbs 13:11
Dishonest money dwindles away, but he who gathers money little by little makes it grow.

Definitions:
weigh down:
1. to make someone heavy and unable to move easily;
2. to cause problems for someone or something, or to make someone worried.

dwindle:
to become gradually less or smaller over a period of time until almost nothing remains.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

truthful & blurt

Quotations:
Proverbs 12:17
A truthful witness gives honest testimony, but a false witness tells lies.

Proverbs 12:23
A prudent man keeps his knowledge to himself but the heart of fools blurts out folly.

Definitions:
truthful:
1. a truthful person says what is true and does not lie; 
2. a truthful movie, play, book, ect. deals with a subject in an honest way by showing what really happens in a particular situation.

blurt:
to say something suddenly and without thinking about the effect it will have, usually because you are nervous or excited.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

confidence & hoard

Quotations:
Proverbs 11:13
A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret.

Proverbs 11:26
People curse the man who hoards grain, but blessing crowns him who is willing to sell.

Definitions:
confidence:
1. a secret that you tell someone; (confidential)
2. the belief that you are able to do things well;
3. the belief that someone or something is good and that you can trust them;

hoard:
1. to get and keep a large amount of something because it might be valuable or useful later;
2. a large amount of something that someone has saved or hidden somewhere.

Friday, December 13, 2013

duplicity & deride

Quotations:
Proverbs 11:3
The integrity of the upright guides them, but the unfaithful are destroyed by their duplicity;

Proverbs 11:12
A man who lacks judgement derides his neighbour, but a man of understanding holds his tongue.

Definitions:
duplicity:
dishonest behaviour that is intended to trick someone;

deride:(derision)
to criticize someone or something by suggesting that they are stupid, worthless or unimportant.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

hew & invite

Quotations:
Proverbs 9:1
Wisdom has built her house; she has hewn out its seven pillars.

Proverbs 9:7
Whoever corrects a mocker invites insult; whoever rebukes a wicked man incurs abuse;

Definition:
hew:
1. to cut something solid such as rock or wood into a rough shape, using large heavy blade;
2. to continue to use or do something, and not change to something new;

invite:
1. to do something that makes something bad or unpleasant more likely happen; incur; 
2. to ask someone to come to see you to spend time with you socially; 
3. to formally ask someone to do something or go somewhere;

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

brazen & smooth talk

Quotations:
Proverbs 7:13
She took hold of him and kissed him and with a brazen face she said: I have fellowship offerings at home; today I fulfilled my vows.

Proverbs 7:21
With persuasive words she led him astray; she seduced him with her smooth talk.

Definitions:
brazen:
1. open and without shame, usually about something that people find shocking;
2. made of, or the colour of brass;

smooth talk:
charming or flattering language, especially when used to persuade someone to do something.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

motion & blow

Quotations:
Proverbs 6:13
who winks with his eye, signals with his feet and motions with his fingers,

Proverbs 6:33
Blows and disgrace are his lot, and his shame will never be wiped away;

Definitions:
motion:
1. to move your hand or head in a particular direction, for example to point somewhere or to get someone's attention;
2. the process of action of moving;
...

blow:
1. an event that spoils your chances of success; an event that causes you to fell very sad, disappointed, or shocked;
2. a hard hit from someone's hand or an object;
....

Monday, December 9, 2013

sluggard & villain

Quotations:
Proverbs 6:6
Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!

Proverbs 6:12
A scoundrel and villain, who goes about with a corrupt mouth, 

Definitions:
sluggard:
a slow and lazy person;

villain:
1. an evil person, or a criminal;
2. the main bad character in a story, play, movie, etc. The main good character is the hero or heroine;
3. someone who behaves in an immoral way, or something that is responsible for a bad situation.

Sunday, December 8, 2013

perversity & gall

Quotations:
Proverbs 4:24
Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.

Proverbs 5:4
but in the end she is bitter as gall, sharp as a double-edged sword.

Definitions:
perversity:
a determination to behave in an unreasonable way, especially by doing the opposite of what is expected or wanted.

gall:
1. the contents of the gall bladder; bile;
2. bold and impudent behaviour;

Saturday, December 7, 2013

hamper & wellspring

Quotations:
Proverbs 4:12
When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.

Proverbs 4:23
Above all else, guard your heart, for it is the wellspring of life.

Definitions:
hamper:
1. to prevent something from happening or progressing normally;
2. to limit someone's freedom to move;
3. a large basket in which you keep dirty clothes until you wash them;

wellspring:
the source of a large or continuous supply;

Friday, December 6, 2013

seductive & brim

Quotations:
Proverbs 2:16 
It will save you also from the adulteress, from the wayward wife with her seductive words,

Proverbs 3:10
then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine;

Definitions:
seductive:
1. sexually attractive;
2. attractive and likely to persuade you to do something that may be harmful or wrong.

brim:
1. to be full of something;
2. the part of a hat that sticks out from the base;
3. the top edge of a cup or bowl;

Thursday, December 5, 2013

complacency & devious

Quotations:
Proverbs 1:32
For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them;

Proverbs 2:15
whose paths are crooked and who are devious in their ways.

Definitions:
complacency:
a complacent attitude or way behaving
complacent:
too satisfied with yourself or with a situation, so that you do not feel that any change is necessary;

devious:
dishonest and not direct; used about people's behaviour.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

purse & ill-gotten

Quotations:
Proverbs 1:14
throw in your lot with us, and we will share a common purse --

Proverbs 1:19
Such is the end of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the lives of those who get it.

Definitions:
purse:
1. a small bag in which a woman carries money, keys, credit cards and personal objects; 
2. money that is available to buy or pay for something;
3. an amount of money that is offered as a prize in a sports competition, especially a boxing match or a horse race

ill-gotten:
acquired dishonestly or illegally.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

exhortation & garland

Quotations:
Proverbs 1:7
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. 

Exhortations to Embrace Wisdom
Warning Against Enticement
Proverbs 1:8
Listen, my son, to your father's instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching. 
They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.

Definitions:
exhortation:
1. something said or written in order to urge somebody strongly to do something;
2. the giving of earnest advice or encouragement;

garland:
a ring of flowers, leaves, etc. that you wear around your head or neck use for decorating something.

Monday, December 2, 2013

pebble & clash

Quotations:
Psalm 147:17
He hurls down his hail like pebbles. Who can withstand his icy blast?

Psalm 150:5
praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals.

Definitions:
pebble:
a small stone, especially one that has been made smooth by water.

clash:
1. a loud sound made when two metal objects hit each other;
2. a fight or battle between two groups of people;
3. an important game or competition between two teams or players;

Sunday, December 1, 2013

trip & breach

Quotations:
Psalm 140:4
Keep me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked; protect me from men of violence who plan to trip my feet.

Psalm 144:14
our oxen will draw heavy loads. There will be no breaching of walls, no going into captivity, no cry of distress in our streets.

Definitions:
trip:
1. to hit your foot on something and fall down; 
2. to move with quick light steps;
3. to make a switch go on or off, especially by accident;

breach:
1. to get through something such as a wall or fence;
2. a space made in a wall, fence, or line of defence, especially during a military attack.
........

Friday, November 29, 2013

estate & stouthearted

Quotations:
Psalm 136:23
to the One who remembered us in our low estate.

Psalm 138:3
When I called, you answered me; you made me bold and stouthearted.


Definition:
estate:
1. an old word meaning the situation or state that someone is;
2. an old word for each of the three groups of people involved in governing a country, the nobility, the clergy, and ordinary people;
3. all the property and money that belongs to someone;
4. a large area of land where a particular crop is grown;

stouthearted (stout-hearted):
brave and determined;

stout:
1. slightly fat; this word is less rude than fat;
2. strong and thick;
3. very determined;

Thursday, November 28, 2013

resplendent & asunder

Quotations:
Psalm 132:18
I will clothe his enemies with shame, but the crown on his head will be resplendent.

Psalm 136:13
to him who divided the Red Sea asunder and brought Israel through the midst of it,

Definitions:
resplendent:
brightly coloured in an impressive way; impressive to look at;

asunder:
apart;

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

caricature & mouthpiece

Quotations:
Complete works of Plato
All the world from their earliest years had heard that he was a corrupter of youth, and had seen him caricatured in the Clouds of Aristophanes. Secondly, there are the professed accusers, who are but the mouth-piece of the others.

Definitions:
caricature:
1. to draw or describe someone or something in a way that makes some aspects of them seem funny;
2. a drawing of someone that strongly emphasizes their main features, especially in order to make them seem funny.

mouthpiece:
1. a lawyer, especially one who defends someone accused of crime, mainly used in American English;
2. a person who expresses the opinions and beliefs of a government, an organization, or another person, also used about newspapers and magazines that are used to do this;
3. the part of a musical instrument, telephone or other device that is held to or in the mouth;

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

conciliate & dicast

Quotations:
Complete Works of Plato:
It certainly agrees in tone and character with the description of Xenophon, who says in the Memorabilia that Socrates might have been acquitted 'if in any moderate degree he would have conciliated the favour of the dicasts;'

Definitions:
conciliate:
to do something in order to end an argument or make someone feel less angry.

dicast:
one of the 6,000 citizens chosen each year in ancient Athens to sit in the law courts, with fuctions resembling those of a judge and juror.

Monday, November 25, 2013

double-minded & dross

Quotations:
Psalm 119:113
I hate double-minded men, but I love your law.

Psalm 119:119
All the wicked of the earth you discard like dross; therefore I love your statute

Definitions:
double-minded:
wavering in mind; undecided;

dross:
something that is of very poor quality;

Sunday, November 24, 2013

chasten & capstone

Quotations:
Psalm 118:18
The Lord has chastened me severely, but he has not given me over to death.

Psalm 118:22
The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone.

Definitions:
chasten:
1. archaic, especially of God discipline, punish;
2. to make someone feel ashamed or less confident;

capstone:
1. a stone placed at the top of a building or wall;
2. the best and final thing that somebody achieves, thought of as making their career or life complete.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

extend & clumsiness

Quotations:
Psalm 109:12
May no one extend kindness to him or take pity on his fatherless children.

Complete Works by Plato, John M. Cooper, D. S. Hutchinson
His clumsiness is awful and gets him a reputation for fatuousness.

Definitions:
extend:
1. to offer something such as a welcome, thanks, or sympathy to someone;
2. to agree to lend someone money or to give them credit;
3. to affect or include someone or something;
.......

clumsiness:
clumsy:
1. a clumsy person moves in a way that is not careful or graceful, and breaks things or hits them;
2. expressed without enough skill or thought, and often in a way that is likely to upset people;
3. a clumsy object is too large and heavy to be useful

Thursday, November 21, 2013

gloom & steadfast

Quotations:
Psalm 107:10
Some sat in darkness and the deepest gloom, prisoners suffering in iron chains, for they had rebelled against the words of God and despised the counsel of the Most High.

Psalm 108:1
My heart is steadfast, O God; I will sing and make music with all my soul.

Definitions:
gloom:
1. darkness in which it is difficult to see clearly;
2. the feeling of having no hope;

steadfast:
not changing your opinions or actions, because you have a strong belief in someone or something.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

frolic & check

Quotations:
Psalm 104:26
There the ships go to and fro, and the leviathan, which you formed to frolic there.

Psalm 106:30
But Phinehas stood up and intervened, and the plague was checked.

Definitions:
frolic:
to play in a happy way with a lot of energy and movement.

check:
to stop yourself or someone else from doing something;
.......


Tuesday, November 19, 2013

do someone's bidding & steal away

Quotations:
Psalm 103:20
Praise the LORD, you his angles, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word.

Psalm 104:22
The sun rises, and they steal away; they return and lie down in their dens.

Definitions:
do someone's bidding:
to do what someone tells or asks you to do;
bid:
1. to order someone to do something;
2. to offer a particular amount of money for something, for example at an auction event where things are sold to the person who offers the most money;
3. to say that you think you will win a particular number of points in a card game;
....

steal away:
to sneak away from someone or something.
steal:
to move somewhere quietly and secretly.
...

Monday, November 18, 2013

ember & rail against

Quotations:
Psalm 102:3
For my days vanish like smoke; my bones burn like glowing embers.

Psalm 102:8
All day long my enemies taunt me; those who rail against me use my name as a curse.

Definitions:
ember:
1. a piece of wood or coal that is still hot and red after a fire has stopped burning;
2. the last moments or parts of something;

rail against:
to express strong anger about something; complain;

Saturday, November 16, 2013

melody & glow

Quotations:
Psalm 92:3
to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp.

Psalm 102:3
For my days vanish like smoke; my bones burn like glowing embers.

Definitions:
melody:
1. a tune or song, especially a simple one;
2. the main tune in a piece of music with several parts that are sung or played together;

glow:
1. to shine with a soft light; if something very hot glows, it looks red or orange and burns without producing flames; 
2. to show strong and happy emotion, especially in your face;
3. a soft light;
4. a strong pleasant feeling
5. the pink or red colour that your skin has when you are healthy, hot, embarrassed, or emotional;

Friday, November 15, 2013

exult & fowler

Quotations:
Psalm 89:16
They rejoice in your name all day long; they exult in your righteousness.

Psalm 91:3
Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence.

Definitions:
exult:
to feel or show great pleasure and excitement, especially about something that you have achieved.

fowler:
a shooter or trapper of wild birds; 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

sparrow & endue

Quotations:
Psalm 84:3
Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young -- a place near your altar, O Lord Almighty, my King and my God.

Psalm 89:13
Your arm is endued with power; your hand is strong, your right hand exalted.

Definitions:
sparrow:
a small brown bird that is common in the U.S. and northern Europe;

endue:
to endow somebody or something with an ability or quality;

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

refuse & tumbleweed

Quotations:
Psalm 83:10
who perished at Endor and became like refuse on the ground.

Psalm 83:13
Make them like tumbleweed, O my God, like chaff before the wind.

Definitions:
refuse:
1. garbage;
2. to say you will not do something that someone has asked you to do;
...

tumbleweed:
a round plant that grows in dry areas and rolls when it is blown by the wind;

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

astir & rear

Quotations:
Psalm 83:2
See how your enemies are astir, how your foes rear their heads.

Definitions:
astir:
awake and moving around, especially out of bed;

rear:
1. to rise up or to lift up
2. to care for young animals or children until they are able to care for themselves; or to care for animals in order to use them for food;
3. the back of something;
4. To read-end is to hit the back of one car with another in an accident.
...

Monday, November 11, 2013

melodious & preside

Quotations:
Psalm 81:2
Begin the music, strike the tambourine, play the melodious harp and lyre.

Psalm 82:1
God presides in the great assembly; he gives judgement among the 'gods':

Definitions:
melodious:
beautiful and pleasant to listen to, like music;

preside:
to be in charge of an official meeting, ceremony, or other even;

Sunday, November 10, 2013

bough & boar

Quotations:
Psalm 80:11
It sent out its boughs to the Sea, its shoots as far as the River.

Psalm 80:13
Boars from the forest ravage it and the creatures of the field feed on it.

Definitions:
bough:
a big branch of a tree;

boar:
1. a wild pig;
2. an uncastrated domestic male pig;

Saturday, November 9, 2013

lap & contention

Quotations:
Psalm 79:12
Pay back into the laps of our neighbours seven times the reproach they have hurled at you, O Lord.

Psalm 80:6
You have made us a source of contentions to our neighbours, and our enemies mock us.

Definitions:
lap:
1. bosom; the level area provided by the upper surface of the thighs of somebody who is seated; 
2. a single circuit of a racetrack or running track or one length of a swimming pool.
3. the action of drinking liquid by scooping small amounts of it into the mouth with the tongue;
4. an overlapping part of something
 .........

contention:
1. an opinion or statement that something is true, especially one made during a discussion or argument
2. disagreement between people or groups


Friday, November 8, 2013

indignation & stupor

Quotations:
Psalm 78:49
He unleashed against them his hot anger, his wrath, indignation and hostility -- a band of destroying angels.

Psalm 78:65
Then the Lord awoke as from sleep, as a man wakes from the stupor of wine.

Definitions:
indignation:
anger because something seems unfair or unreasonable.

stupor:
the condition of being unable to think or act normally because you are not completely conscious.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

vex & sleet

Quotations:
Psalm 78:41
Again and again they put God to the test; they vexed the Holy One of Israel.

Psalm 78:47
He destroyed their vines with hail and their sycamore-figs with sleet.

Definition:
vex
to annoy or worry somebody;

sleet:
1. a mixture of snow and rain;
2. if it is sleeting, sleet is falling from the sky.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

sturdy & breeze

Quotations:
Psalm 78:31
God's anger rose against them; he put to death the sturdiest among them, cutting down the young men of Israel.

Psalm 78:39
He remembered that they were but flesh, a passing breeze that does not return.

Definitions:
sturdy:
strong and not easily damaged;

breeze:
1. a light wind;
2. to go somewhere in a confident way, especially when you do not seem to care what other people think.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

writhe & statute

Quotations:
Psalm 77:16
The waters saw you, O God, the waters saw you and writhed; the very depths were convulsed.

Psalm 78:5
He decreed statutes for Jacob and established the law in Israel, which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children, so the next generation would know them, even the children yet to be born, and they in turn would tell their children.

Definitions:
Writhe:
to move by twisting and turning, especially when you feel a lot of pain.

statute:
a law passed by a government and formally written down; a written rule made by an organization or institution.

Monday, November 4, 2013

clamor & dreg

Quotations:
Psalm 74:23
Do not ignore the clamor of your adversaries, the uproar of your enemies, which rises continually.

Psalm 75:8
In the hand of the Lord is a cup full of foaming wine mixed with spices; he pours it out, and all the wicked of the earth drink it down to its very dregs.

Definitions:
clamor:(clamour)
1. a very loud noise made by a lot of people or things;
2. to say that you want something and must have it;

dreg:
a small amount of residue;

Sunday, November 3, 2013

embitter & wield

Quotations:
Psalm 73:21
When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered, I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you.

Psalm 74:5
They behaved like men wielding axes to cut through a thicket of trees.

Definitions:
embitter:
to make somebody feel bitter or aggrieved;

wield:
1. to hold a weapon or tool and use it;
2. to have and be able to use power or influence.


Saturday, November 2, 2013

endure & conclude

Quotations:
Psalm 72:17
May his name endure forever; may it continue as long as the sun. All nations will be blessed through him, and they will call him blessed.

Psalm 72:20
This concludes the prayers of David son of Jesse.

Definitions:
endure:
1. remain in existence; last.
2. suffer (something painful or difficult) patiently.

conclude:
1. to end, especially by doing or saying something; used for reporting the last thing that someone says; to finish something, especially something that has taken a long time.
2. to decide that something is true after looking at all the evidence you have;
3. to officially make something such as a deal or an agreement.

Friday, November 1, 2013

retribution & portent

Quotations:
Psalm 69:22
May the table set before them become a snare; may it become retribution and a trap.

Psalm 71:7
I have become like a portent to many, but you are my strong refuge.

Definitions:
retribution:
punishment that someone deserves because they have done something very bad.

portent:
a warning about the future.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

engulf & outnumber

Quotations:
Psalm 69:2
I sink in the miry depths, where there is no foothold. I have come into the deep waters; the floods engulf me.

Psalm 69:4
Those who hate me without reason outnumber the hairs of my head; many are my enemies without cause, those who seek to destroy me. I am forced to restore what I did not steal.

Definitions:
engulf:
1. to cover or surround something in a way that harms or destroy it;
2. if a thought or emotion engulfs you, it controls your thoughts or feeling;
3. if something bad or unpleasant engulfs people, it affects them serious.

outnumber (outstrip)
if one group outnumbers another, there are more in the first group than in the second. 

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

rugged & miry

Quotations:
Psalm 68:15
The mountains of Bashan are majestic mountains; rugged are the mountains of Bashan.

Psalm 69:2
I sink in the miry depths, where there is no foothold. I have come into the deep waters; the floods engulf me.

Definitions:
rugged:
1. not smooth or flat;
2. strong and able to deal with difficult conditions;
3. not regular in shape, but attractive;

rug:
a small carpet that covers part of a floor;

miry:
very muddy and boggy;

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

meadow & mantle

Quotations:
Psalm 65:13
The meadows are covered with flocks and the valleys are mantled with grain; they shout for joy and sing.

Definitions:
meadow:
a field where grass and wild flowers grow;

mantle:
1. to cover, hide, or surround something;
2. the part of the earth that is deep below the surface and surrounds the core centre.

Sunday, October 27, 2013

cunning & level

Quotations:
Psalm 64:6
They plot injustice and say, "We have devised a perfect plan!" Surely the mind and the heart of man are cunning.

Psalm 65:10
You drench it furrows and level its ridges; you soften it with showers and bless its crops.

Definitions:
cunning:
1. someone who is cunning uses their intelligence to get what they want, especially by tricking or cheating people; 
2. attractive and usually small.

level:
1. to make something flat;
2. to destroy a building or group of buildings;
3. to make something equal.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

topple & lowborn

Quotations:
Psalm 62:4
They fully intend to topple him from his lofty place; they take delight in lies. With their mouths they bless, but in their hearts they curse.

Psalm 62:9
Lowborn men are but a breath, the highborn are but a lie; if weighed on a balance, they are nothing; together they are only a breath.

Definitions:
topple:
1. to stop being steady and fall, or to make someone or something do this;
2. to make someone in authority lose their power.

lowborn:
being of common rather than aristocratic parentage;
highborn:
born into an aristocratic or wealthy family;

Friday, October 25, 2013

parcel out & totter

Quotations:
Psalm 60:6
God has spoken from his sanctuary: "In triumph I will parcel out Shechem and measure off the Valley of Succoth.

Psalm 62:3
How long will you assault a man? Would all of you throw him down -- this leaning wall, this tottering fence?

Definitions:
parcel out:
divide into portions and then distribute;

parcel:
make (something) into a parcel by wrapping it;

totter:
1. to stand or move in a way that is not steady;
2. if a system or process totters, it becomes weak and looks as if it will soon stop or be destroyed;
3. a wavering or wobbling gait or movement;

Thursday, October 24, 2013

spew & unfurl

Quotations:
Psalm 59:7
See what they spew from their mouths -- they spew out swords from their lips, and they say, "Who can hear us?"

Psalm 60:4
But for those who fear you, you have raised a banner to be unfurled against the bow.

Definitions:
spew:
to flow out with a lot of force, or to make something do this

unfurl:
1. to untie or open or furl something that was rolled up, for example a flag or an umbrella or a banner, and let it spread out; 
2. if a story or event unfurls, it develops, or it starts to happen.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

slug & snarl

Quotations:
Psalm 58:8
Like a slug melting away as it moves along, like a stillborn child, may they not see the sun.

Psalm 59:6
They return at evening, snarling like dogs, and prowl about the city.

Definitions:
Slug:
A small creature with soft body and no legs that moves very slowly and is similar to the snail but it has no shell.

snarl:
1. if an animal such as a dog or a lion snarls, it makes an angry sound in its throat and shows its teeth;
2. to become caught or twisted in something, or to make something do this;

Monday, October 21, 2013

wayward & heed

Quotations:
Psalm 58:3
Even from birth the wicked go astray; from the womb they are wayward and speak lies.

Psalm 58:4
Their venom is like the venom of a snake, like that of a cobra that has stopped its ears, that will not heed the tune of the charmer, however skilful the enchanter may be.

Definitions:
wayward:
1. a wayward child or someone with wayward behaviour is difficult to control and does unexpected.
2. not organized or controlled in the right way.

heed:
to consider someone's advice or warning and do what they suggest.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

on no account & mete

Quotations:
Psalm 56:7
On no account let them escape; in your anger, O God, bring down the nations.

Psalm 58:2
No, in your heart you devise injustice, and your hands mete out violence on the earth.

Definitions:
on no account/not on any account:
used to say in a strong or definite way that something must not happen or be done.

mete:
(usually followed by out) Formal to distribute or allot (something, often unpleasant)

Saturday, October 19, 2013

prowl & hotly

Quotations:
Psalm 55:10
Day and night they prowl about on its walls; malice and abuse are within it.

Psalm 56:1
Be merciful to me, O God, for men hotly pursue me; all day long they press their attack.

prowl:
1. to move around an area in a quiet way, especially because you intend to do something bad;
2. to walk around in a very nervous or angry way

hotly:
1. in a way that shows you have very strong feelings about something;
2. involving people who are competing very hard with one another;
3. in a very fast and determined way.

Friday, October 18, 2013

distraught & confound

Quotations:
Psalm 55:2
hear me and answer me. My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught.

Psalm 55:9
Confuse the wicked, O Lord, confound their speech, for I see the violence and strife in the city

Definitions:
distraught:
extremely worried, upset or confused.

confound:
1. to make someone feel surprised or confused, especially by not behaving in the way they expect
2. if you are confounded by something, you can not understand it;
3. to prove that something is wrong;

Thursday, October 17, 2013

tempest & contrite

Quotations:
Psalm 50:3
Our God comes and will not be silent; a fire devours before him, and around him a tempest rages.

Psalm 51:17  
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

Definitions:
tempest:
a severe storm with strong wind  and heavy rain or snow;

contrite:
very sorry or ashamed because you have done something bad.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

rampart & overawe

Quotations:
Psalm 48:13
consider well her ramparts, view her citadels, that you may tell of them to the next generation.

Psalm 49:16
Do not overawed when a man grows rich, when the splendour of his house increases.

Definitions:
rampart:
a high hill of earth, or a stone wall, built around a city or castle to protect it against an enemy.

overawe:
to make somebody feel subdued or inhibited by inspiring respect and some fear.

awe:
feelings of respect and slight fear; 

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

ever-present & astound

Quotations:
Psalm 46:1
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.

Psalm 48:5
They saw her and were astounded; they fled in terror.

Definitions:
ever-present:
always there and never going away;

astound:
to surprise or shock someone very much