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

Monday, October 14, 2013

enthral & perpetuate


Quotations:
Psalm 45:11
The king is enthralled by your beauty; honour him, for he is your lord.

Psalm 45: 17
I will perpetuate your memory through all generations; therefore the nations will praise you for ever and ever.

Definitions:
enthral:
to make you so interested or excited that you give it all your attention;

perpetuate:
to make something such as a situation or process continue, especially one that is wrong, unfair, or dangerous;

Sunday, October 13, 2013

gird & cassia

Quotations:
Psalm 45:3
Gird your sword upon your side, O, mighty one; clothe yourself with splendour and majesty.

Psalm 45:8
All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia; from palaces adorned with ivory the music of the strings makes you glad.

Definitions:
gird:
1. to surround sth with sth; to fasten sth around sb/sth
2. gird (up) your loins: to prepare yourself to do something difficult and challenging

cassia:
an evergreen Asian tree with an aromatic bark.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

haunt & recite

Quotations:
Psalm 44:19
But you crushed us and made us a haunt for jackals and covered us over with deep darkness.

Psalm 45:1
My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skilful writer.

Definitions:
haunt:
1. a place that someone visits often because they enjoy going there;
2. if a place is haunted by the spirit of a dead person, some people believe that it appears there
3. to continue to cause problems for a person or organization for a long time

recite:
1. to say a poem or story that you have learned to an audience;
2. to give a long detailed spoken description of something

Friday, October 11, 2013

breaker & pittance

Quotations:
Psalm 42:7
Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me.

Psalm 44:12
You sold your people for a pittance, gaining nothing from their sale.

Definitions:
breaker:
a large wave that rolls over onto a beach;

pittance:
an amount of money that is so small that it seems unfair

Thursday, October 10, 2013

beset & pant

Quotations:
Psalm 41:8
A vile disease has beset him; he will never get up from the place where he lies.

Psalms 42:1
As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God.

Definitions:
beset:
 to cause someone difficulty or danger over a period of time;

pant:
1. (often followed by for) to have a frantic desire (for); yearn;
2. Breathe with short, quick breaths, typically from exertion or excitement.
3. to say (something) while breathing thus
4. pants: a piece of clothing that covers your body from your waist to your ankles and has a separate part for each leg

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

mire & recount

Quotations:
Psalm 40:2
He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.

Psalm 40:5
Many, O Lord my God, are the wonders you have done. The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare.

Definitions:
mire:
an area of soft wet ground; an unpleasant situation that you cannot easily escape from

recount:
1.  <formal>to say what happened;
2. to count sth. again, especially the votes in an election.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

bustle & slimy

Quotations:
Psalm 39: 6
Man is a mere phantom as he goes to and fro: He bustles about, but only in vain; he heaps up wealth, not knowing who will get it.

Psalm 40:2
He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.

Definitions:
bustle:
to do something or go somewhere quickly, usually because you are very busy.

slimy:
1. covered with a thick wet unpleasant substance;
2. polite and friendly in a way that is unpleasant because it is not honest or sincere; offensive and unpleasant

Monday, October 7, 2013

sear & phantom


Quotations:
Psalm 38:7
My back is filled with searing pain; there is no health in my body.

Psalm 39:6
Man is a mere phantom as he goes to and fro: he bustles about, but only in vain; he heaps up wealth, not knowing who will get it.

Definitions:
searing:
1. extreme in degree or strength;
2. severe in your judgment of someone or something;
sear:
to burn the surface of something with extreme heat; to heat the surface of a piece of meat for a short time at a very high temperature to keep the juices inside;

phantom:
1. the spirit of a dead person that someone believes they can see
2. something that you imagine but that is not real; 

Sunday, October 6, 2013

soundness & folly

Quotations:
Psalms 38:1
O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath. For your arrows have pierced me, and your hand has come down upon me. Because of your wrath there is no health in my body; my bones have no soundness because of my sin.

Psalms 38:5
My wounds fester and are loathsome because of my sinful folly.

Definitions:
soundness:
a state or condition free from damage or decay.

folly:
1. a way of thinking or behaving that is stupid and careless, and likely to have bad results;
2. a building that has no practical use and is built as a decoration; a building or project that costs a lot of money and is not useful

Saturday, October 5, 2013

gape & fret


Quotations:
Psalms 35:21
They gape at me and say, "Aha! Aha! With our own eyes we have seen it."

Psalms 37:1
Do not fret because of evil men or be envious of those who do wrong; for like the grass they will soon wither, like green plants they will soon die away.


Definitions:
gape:
to be or become wide open; to look in great surprise with an open mouth.

fret:
to worry or be unhappy about something

Friday, October 4, 2013

look on & wink

Quotations:
Psalms 35:17
O Lord, how long will you look on? Rescue my life from their ravages, my precious life from these lions.

Psalms 35:19
Let not those gloat over me who are my enemies without cause; let not those who hate me without reason maliciously wink the eye.

Definitions:
look on:
1. to watch an activity or event without taking part in it;
2. to think of someone or something in a particular way; to not approve of something;

wink:
1. to quickly close and open one eye as a sign to someone, for example a sign that what you have just said is a joke or a secret;
2. if a light winks, it flashes on and off very quickly
3. the action of quickly closing and opening one eye as a sign to someone

Thursday, October 3, 2013

overtake & forlorn

Quotations:
Psalms 35:7
Since they hid their net for me without cause and without cause dug a pit for me, may ruin overtake them by surprise -- may the net they hid entangle them, may they fall into the pit, to their ruin.

Psalms 35:12
They repay me evil for good and leave my soul forlorn. 

Definition:
overtake: 
1. if something unpleasant overtakes a person, it unexpectedly starts to happen and to affect them;
2. to go past a moving vehicle;

forlorn:
1. appearing lonely and sad; used about places that are empty and in bad condition;
2. wanted by you very much despite knowing that there is little chance of getting what you want.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

buckler & brandish

Quotations:
Psalms 35:1
Contend, O Lord, with those who contend with me; fight against those who fight against me. 
Take up shield and buckler; arise and come to my aid.
Brandish spear and javelin against those who pursue me. 
Say to my soul, "I am your salvation"

Definitions:
Buckler:
a small round shield either worn on the forearm or held by a short handle at arm's length;

brandish:
to wave a weapon or other object around in your hand so that other people can see it;

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

sap & foil

Quotations:
Psalms 32:4
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer.

Psalms 33:10
The Lord foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples.
Definitions:
sap:
1. to make someone feel weak
2. a sticky substance found in plants and trees;
3. someone who trusts people too much and can easily be cheated.

foil:
1. to prevent someone from doing something that they are trying to do
2. to prevent something from being successful
3. metal in a very thin flexible sheet
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