Wednesday, July 31, 2013

erode & countenance

Quotations:
Job 14:18
But as a mountain erodes and crumbles and as a rock is moved from its place,

Job 14:20
You overpower him once for all, and he is gone; you change his countenance and send him away.

Definitions:
erode:
1. to gradually damage the surface of rock or land so that it begins to disappear, or to be gradually damaged in this way;
2. to gradually reduce the strength or importance of something, or to be gradually reduced in this way; to gradually reduce the value or level of something, or to become reduced in this way

countenance:
1. your face, or the expression on your face
2. to approve of something, or to allow something to happen

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

fleeting & parch

Quotations:
Job 14:2
He springs up like a flower and withers away; like a fleeting shadow, he does not endure.

Job 14:11
As water disappears from the sea or a riverbed becomes parched and dry,

Definitions:
fleeting:
continuing for only a very short time

parch:
if hot weather parches the ground, it makes it extremely dry

Monday, July 29, 2013

windblown & chaff

Quotations:
Job 13:25
Will you torment a windblown leaf? will you chase after dry chaff?

Definitions:
windblown:
1. carried along by the wind
2. messy because of being blown around by the wind

chaff:
1. the dry coverings of grains and other grass seeds that are separated by the process of threshing.
2. to tease somebody in fun;

Sunday, July 28, 2013

smear & maxim

Quotations:
Job 13:4
You, however, smear me with lies; you are worthless physicians, all of you!

Job 13:12
Your maxims are proverbs of ashes; your defenses are defenses of clar.

Definitions:
smear:
1. to try to damage someone's reputation by telling lies about them;
2. to spread a soft or liquid substance on a surface in a messy way;

maxim:
a phrase or saying that includes a rule or moral principle about how you should behave;

Saturday, July 27, 2013

loincloth & trackless

Quotations:
Job 12:18
He takes off the shackles put on by kings and ties a loincloth around their waist.

Job 12:24
He deprives the leaders of the earth of their reason; he sends them wandering through a trackless waste.

Definitions:
loincloth:
a piece of cloth that men in some hot countries wear to cover the part of their body below the waist

trackless:
containing no trails or paths and therefore extremely isolated

Friday, July 26, 2013

gasp & marauder

Quotations:
Job 11:20
But the eyes of the wicked will fail, and escape will elude them; their hope will become a dying gasp.

Job 12:6
The tents of marauders are undisturbed, and those who provoke God are secure -- those who carry their god in their hands.

Definitions:
gasp:
1. a sudden noisy breath that is usually caused by surprise, shock, or pain; an attempt to get enough air into your lungs by breathing in quickly;
2. to breathe in suddenly, for example because you are surprised, shocked, or in pain; to make a violent effort to breathe because you need more air

marauder:
someone who attacks in search of booty; A person who marauds; a raider;

maraud:
to rove around carrying out violent attacks or looking for plunder, or raid a place in search of plunder;

Thursday, July 25, 2013

convene & court

Quotations:
Job 11:10
If he comes along and confines you in prison and convenes a court, who can oppose him?

Job 11:19
You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid, and many will court your favour.

Definitions:
convene:
to arrange a formal meeting, or to gather for a meeting

court:
1. to try to win influence with somebody or to win somebody's approval or favor through flattery or attentiveness
2. to try to gain something such as somebody's attention or admiration by behaving in ways that are intended to attract or encourage it
3. to try to win somebody's love
4. to make special efforts to get something that will benefit you
5. a session of an official body that has authority to try cases, resolve disputes, or make other legal decisions
6. a place where a court of law is held

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

sinew & stalk

Quotations:
Job 10:10
Did you not pour me out like milk and curdle me like cheese, clothe me with skin and flesh and knit me together with bones and sinews?

Job 10:16
If I hold my head high, you stalk me like a lion and again display your awesome power against me.

Definitions:
sinew:
the strong substance that connects muscles to bone, or a piece of this

stalk:
1. to follow and watch someone all the time in a threatening way, because of an extremely strong interest in them;
2. to hunt a person or animal by following them without being seen
3. to walk in a way that shows you feel angry or offended;
4. a long thin part of a plant with a flower, fruit, or leaf at the end; a long thin part of an object or animal that supports something on the end of it

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

spurn & curdle

Quotations:
Job 10:3
Does it please you to oppress me, to spurn the work of your hands, while you smile on the schemes of the wicked?

Job 10:10
Did you pour me out like milk and curdle me like cheese, clothe me with skin and flesh and knit me together with bones and sinews.

Definitions:
spurn:
1. to refuse to accept someone's love or friendship
2. to refuse to accept something, do something, or deal with something

curdle:
if milk or another liquid curdles, or if something makes it curdle, lumps begin to form in it

Monday, July 22, 2013

arbitrate & loathe

Quotations:
Job 9:33
If only there were someone to arbitrate between us, to lay his hand upon us both, someone to remove God's rod from me, so that his terror would frighten me no more.

Job 10:1
I loathe my very life; therefore I will give free rein to my complaint and speak out in the bitterness of my soul.

Definitions:
arbitrate:
to officially try to settle a disagreement by considering all the facts and opinions.

loathe:
to dislike someone or something very much

Sunday, July 21, 2013

blindfold & slime

Quotations:
Job 9:24
When a land falls into the hands of the wicked, he blindfolds its judges. If it is not he, then who is it?

Job 9:30
Even if I washed myself with soap and my hands with washing soda, you would plunge me into a slime pit so that even my clothes would detest me.

Definitions:
blindfold:
1. sth. that is tied over someone's eyes so that they cannot see;
2. to prevent sb. from seeing by putting a bandage or other material over the person's eyes
3. to prevent somebody from understanding clearly

slime:
a thick, wet, unpleasant substance that covers something;

Saturday, July 20, 2013

unscathed & cohort

Quotations:
Job 9:3
Though on wished to dispute with him, he could not answer him one time out of a thousand. His wisdom is profound, his power is vast. Who has resisted him and come out unscathed.

Job 9:13
God does not restrain his anger; even the cohorts of Rahab cowered at his feet.

Definitions:
unscathed:
not harmed or damaged by something bad that has happened

cohort:
1. a member of a group of people who support another person;
2. a group of people who share a common feature or aspect of behaviour

Friday, July 19, 2013

entwine & disown

Quotations:
Job 8:17
it entwines its roots around a pile of rocks and looks for a place among the stones. But when it is torn from its spot, that place disowns it and says, 'I never saw you.'

Definitions:
entwine:
1. to curl or twist one thing around another;
2. to connect one thing very closely with another

disown:
to say that you no longer want to be connected with someone or something, for example because you are ashamed of them

Thursday, July 18, 2013

bluster & give way

Quotations:
Job 8:2
"How long will you say such things? Your words are a blustering wind. Does God pervert justice? Does the Almighty pervert what is right?

Job 8:15
He leans on his web, but it gives way; he clings to it, but it does not hold.

Definitions:
bluster:
1. A violent, gusty wind.
2. angry or threatening talk or behaviour from someone who wants to hide their fear or nervousness

give way:
1. if something gives way, it breaks or falls down because there is too much weight or pressure on it
2. to allow another vehicle to go before you when you are driving. The usual American word is yield;

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

toss & strangle

Quotations:
Job 7:3 
so I have been allotted months of futility and nights of misery have been assigned to me. When I lie down I think, 'How long before I get up?' The night drags on, and I toss till dawn.

Job 7:15
so that I prefer strangling and death, rather than this body of mine.

Definitions:
toss
1. to make something move up and down or from side to side;
2. 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

strangle
1. to kill a person or an animal by squeezing their throat so that they cannot breathe;
2. to stop the development of something, especially an economy

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

futility & drag on

Quotations:
Job 7:3
so I have been allotted months of futility, and nights of misery have been assigned to me. When I lie down I think, 'How long before I get up?' The night drags on, and I toss till dawn.

Definitions: 
futility:
a lack of purpose, importance, or effectiveness

drag on:
to continue for longer than you want or think is necessary


intermittent & barter

Quotations:
Job 6:15
But my brothers are as undependable as intermittent streams, as the streams that overflow when darkened by thawing ice and swollen with melting snow.

Job 6:27
You would even cast lots for the fatherless and barter away your friend.

Definitions:
intermittent:
happening sometimes but not regularly or often

barter:
to exchange goods or services for other goods or services instead of using money

Sunday, July 14, 2013

consolation & unrelenting

Quotations:
Job 6:10
Then I would still have this consolation -- my joy in unrelenting pain -- that I had not denied the words of the Holy One.

Definitions:
consolation:
something that makes you feel less unhappy or disappointed;

unrelenting:
used for describing someone who continues to do something with a lot of determination; used about people's actions or feelings; used about bad or extreme things that continue to happen or exist without ever becoming easier to deal with

Saturday, July 13, 2013

bray & bellow

Quotations:
Job 6:5
Does a wild donkey bray when it has grass, or an ox bellow when it has fodder?

Definitions:
bray:
1. to make the loud rough sound that a donkey makes
2. to talk or laugh in a loud annoying way

bellow:
1. the deep sound that a bull and some other large animals make
2. a loud deep sound made by a person
3. to make the deep sound that a bull and some other large animals make

Friday, July 12, 2013

impetuous & marshal

Quotations:
Job 6:3
It would surely outweigh the sand of the seas -- no wonder my words have been impetuous.

Job 6:4
The arrows of the Almighty are in me, my spirit drinks in their poison; God's terrors are marshalled against me.

Definitions:
impetuous:
someone who is impetuous does things quickly without thinking about what will happen as a result; done quickly, without thinking about what the effects will be.

marshal:
1. to bring people or things together and organize them so that they can be used in an effective way; to organize information or ideas, especially in order to make an argument;
2. a government officer whose job is to make certain that the laws of a place or orders of a court are obeyed;
3. someone whose job is to control a public or sports event

Thursday, July 11, 2013

wily & cltuch

Quotations:
Job 5:13
He catches the wise in their craftiness, and the schemes of the wily are swept away.

Job 5:15
He saves the needy from the sword in their mouth; he saves them from the clutches of the powerful.

Definitions:
wily:
clever and willing to trick people in order to get what you want;

clutch:
1. a crucial moment in a critical situation
2. control and influence;
3. a device that enables two rotating shafts to be connected and disconnected smoothly, especially one in a motor vehicle that transmits power from the engine to the transmission;
4. the number of eggs laid by a bird at one time

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

pant & thwart

Quotations:
Job 5:5
The hungry consume his harvest, taking it even from among thorns, and the thirsty pant after his wealth.

Job 5:12
He thwarts the plans of the crafty, so that their hands achieve no success.

Definitions:
pant:
to breathe very loudly with your mouth open, for example when you have been running or exercising; to say something while you are panting;

thwart:
to prevent someone from doing something that they want to do


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

growl & disquiet

Quotations:
Job 4:10
The lions may roar and growl, yet the teeth of the great lions are broken.

Job 4:13
Amid disquieting dreams in the night, when deep sleep falls on men,

Definitions:
growl:
1. if an animal growls, it makes a frightening or unfriendly low noise
2. to say something in an unfriendly and angry way
3. if thunder or a machine growls, it makes a low unpleasant noise

disquiet:
a feeling of being very worried or nervous

Monday, July 8, 2013

Leviathan & venture

Quotations:
Job 3:8
May those who curse days curse that day, those who are ready to rouse Leviathan.

Job 4:2
If someone ventures a word with you, will you be impatient? But who can keep from speaking?

Definitions:
Leviathan:
(in biblical use) A sea monster, identified in different passages with the whale and the crocodile, and with the Devil.

venture:
1. to be brave enough to say something; used for introducing an opinion
2. to go somewhere unpleasant, dangerous, or exciting



Sunday, July 7, 2013

prologue & shun

Quotations:
Job 1:1
Prologue
In the land of Uz there lived a man whose name was Job. This man was blameless and upright; he feared God and shunned evil.

Definitions:
prologue:
1. a piece of writing at the start of a book that introduces the story; 
2. the beginning of a play, movie, or television program that introduces the story.

shun:
to deliberately avoid a person, place, or activity

Saturday, July 6, 2013

revoke & turn the tables

Quotations:
Esther 8:8
Now write another decree in the king's name in behalf of the Jews as seems best to you, and seal it with the king's signet ring -- for no document written in the king's name and sealed with his ring can be revoked.

Esther 9:1
On the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, the month of Adar, the edict commanded by the king was to be carried out. On this day the enemies of the Jews had hoped to overpower them, but now the tables were turned and the Jews got the upper hand over those who hated them.

Definitions:
revoke:
to officially say that something is no longer legal, for example a law or a document.

turn the tables:
to succeed in gaining an advantage over someone who until now had an advantage over you.

Friday, July 5, 2013

puncheon & matrices

Quotations:
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin:
Our printing-house often wanted sorts, and there was no letter-founder in America; I had seen types cast at James's in London, but without much attention to the manner; however, I now contrived a mould, made use of the letters we had as puncheons, struck the matrices in lead, And thus supply'd in a pretty tolerable way all deficiencies.

Definitions:
puncheon:
1. a large cask containing between 70 and 100 gallons
2. a short upright piece of wood used for structural framing

matrices:
1. an arrangement of connected things; 
2. an arrangement of numbers or symbols in a pattern from top to bottom and from left to right, used for solving problems in mathematics; 
3. an arrangement of electronic parts in a computer circuit

Thursday, July 4, 2013

spur & courier

Quotations:
Esther 3:15
Spurred on by the king's command, the couriers went out, and the edict was issued in the citadel of Susa. The king and Haman sat down to drink, but the city of Susa was bewildered.

Definitions:
spur:
1. to encourage someone to do something;
2. a metal object on the heel of a rider's boot that the rider presses into a horse's side to make it go faster; a sharp curved part on the back of a bird's leg

courier:
someone whose job is to deliver documents or packages;

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

harem & gallows

Quotations:
Esther 2:3
Let the king appoint commissioners in every province of his realm to bring all these beautiful girls into the harem at the citadel of Susa. Let them be placed under the care of Hegai, the king's eunuch, who is in charge of the women; and let beauty treatments be given to them.

Esther 2:23
And when the report was investigated and found to be true, the two officials were hanged on a gallows. All this was recorded in the book of the annals in the presence of the king.

Definitions:
harem:
a group of women living together as the wives of a rich man in some Muslim societies, especially in the past;

gallows:
a wooden frame used for killing criminals by hanging them from it with a rope around their neck;

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

discord & repeal

Quotations:
Esther 1:18
This very day the Persian and Median women of the nobility who have heard about the queen's conduct will respond to all the king's nobles in the same way. There will be no end of disrespect and discord.

Esther 1:19
Therefore, if it pleases the king, let him issue a royal decree and let it be written in the laws of Persia and Media, which can not be repealed, that Vashti is never again to enter the presence of King Xerxes. Also let the king give her royal position to someone else who is better than she.

Definitions:
discord:
1. disagreement between people
2. a strange sound in a piece of music, made by playing an unusual combination of notes at the same time

repeal:
to state officially that a law no longer has legal authority and has ended;

Monday, July 1, 2013

porphyry & liberality

Quotations:
Esther 1:6
The garden had hangings of white and blue linen, fasten with cords of white linen and purple material to silver rings on marble pillars. There were couches of gold and silver on a mosaic pavement of porphyry, marble, mother-of-pearl and other costly stones.

Esther 1:7
Wine was served in goblets of gold, each one different from the other, and the royal wine was abundant,in keeping with the king's liberality.

Definitions:
porphyry:
a reddish purple rock containing large distinct feldspar crystals embedded in a fine-grained groundmass;

liberality:
1. the behavior of someone who gives things or money in a generous way;
2. the attitude of someone who is willing to accept different opinions and different ways of behaving;