Friday, February 28, 2014

sheer & harrow

Quotations:
Isaiah 28:19
As often as it comes it will carry you away; morning after morning, by day and by night, it will sweep through. The understanding of this message will bring sheer terror.

Isaiah 28:24
When a farmer plows for planting, does he plow continually? Does he keep on breaking up and harrowing the soil?

Definitions:
sheer:
1. completely and utterly;
2. with an almost vertical rise or fall;
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harrow:
1. draw a harrow over land;
2. cause distress to;
3. an implement consisting of a heavy frame set with teeth or tines which is dragged over plowed land to break up clods, remove weeds, and cover seed.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

befuddle & annul

Quotations:
Isaiah 28:7
And these also stagger from wine and reel from beer: Priests and prophets stagger from beer and are befuddled with wine; they reel from beer, they stagger when seeing visions, they stumble when rendering decisions.

Isaiah 28:18
Your covenant with death will be annulled; your agreement with the grave will not stand. When the overwhelming scourge sweeps by, you will be beaten down by it.

Definitions:
befuddle:
1. to make somebody confused or perplexed;
2. to make somebody inebriated and unable to think clearly;

annul:
to state officially that something such as a marriage, an agreement, or an election has no legal authority.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

manure & reel

Quotations:
Isaiah 25:10
The hand of the LORD will rest on this mountain; but Moab will be trampled under him as straw is tramped down in the manure.

Isaiah 28:7
And these also stagger from wine and reel from beer: Priests and prophets stagger from beer and are befuddled with wine; they reel from beer, they stagger when seeing visions, they stumble when rendering decisions.

Definitions:
manure:
solid waste from farm animals, often mixed with other substances and used on crops to help them to grow.

reel:
1. to move in a way that is not steady, for example because of being drunk;
2. to move backward quickly;
3. to feel very shocked, upset, or confused;
4. the part of a fishing rod that you turn to make the line longer or shorter; 
5. an object shaped like a wheel that you put string, thread, wire, or film around in order to store it;

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

gaiety & abash

Quotations:
Isaiah 24:8
The gaiety of the tambourines is stilled, the noise of the revelers has stopped, the joyful harp is silent. 

Isaiah 24:23
The moon will be abashed, the sun ashamed; for the LORD Almighty will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, and before its elders, gloriously.

Definitions:
gaiety:
the state of being cheerful and full of fun;

abash:
to make somebody ashamed, embarrassed of uncomfortable;

Monday, February 24, 2014

seafarer & ply one's trade

Quotations:
Isaiah 23:2
Be silent, you people of the island and you merchants of Sidon, whom the seafarers have enriched.

Isaiah 23:17
At the end of seventy years, the LORD will deal with Tyre. She will return to her hire as a prostitute and will ply her trade with all the kingdoms on the face of the earth.

Definitions:
seafarer:
1. somebody who travels by sea; 
2. sailor;

ply one's trade:
to do one's work or business;

ply for hire/trade/business:
to look for customers, passengers, etc. in order to do business;

ply:
1. to travel regularly along a particular route or between two particular places;
2. to use a tool, especially in a skilful way;


Sunday, February 23, 2014

oust & offshoot

Quotations:
Isaiah 22:19
I will depose you from your office, and you will be ousted from your position.

Isaiah 22:24
All the glory of his family will hang on him: its offspring and offshoots -- all its lesser vessels, from the bowls to all the jars.

Definitions:
oust:
to remove someone from a position of power, especially in order to take that position.

offshoot:
1. a company, group, or organization that has developed from a larger one;
2. a new branch or stem that grows on a plant.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

dire & rack

Quotations:
Isaiah 21:2
A dire vision has been shown to me: The traitor betrays, the looter takes loot. Elam, attack! Media, lay siege! I will bring to an end all the groaning she caused.

Isaiah 21:3
At this my body is racked with pain, pangs seize me, like those of a woman in labour; I am staggered by what I hear, I am bewildered by what I see.

Definitions:
dire:
1. very severe or serious;
2. saying that something very bad is going to happen;
3. of a very low standard;

rack:
1. to make someone or something suffer from pain or unpleasant feelings;
2. to put the balls in a frame before you play a game of pool.
3. a piece of equipment, usually made of metal of wooden bars, that is used for holding things or for hanging things on;

Friday, February 21, 2014

allegiance & handiwork

Quotations:
Isaiah 19:18
In that day five cities in Egypt will speak the language of Canaan and swear allegiance to the LORD Almighty. One of them will be called the City of Destruction.

Isaiah 19:25
The LORD Almighty will bless them, saying, "Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork, and Israel my inheritance."

Definitions:
allegiance:
a person's continued support for a political party, religion, ruler, etc.

handiwork:
1. something impressive that someone has done or created; 
2. used in an angry way for referring to something bad that someone has done;

Thursday, February 20, 2014

dejected & dizziness

Quotations:
Isaiah 19:10
The workers in cloth will be dejected, and all the wage earners will be sick at heart.

Isaiah 19:14
The LORD has poured into them a spirit of dizziness; they make Egypt stagger in all that she does, as a drunkard staggers around in his vomit.

Definitions
dejected:
someone who is dejected has lost all their hope or enthusiasm, especially because they have failed at something.

dizziness:
A feeling that you are about to fall

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

whir & shimmer

Quotations:
Isaiah 18:1
Woe to the land of whirring wings along the rivers of Cush, which sends envoys by sea in papyrus boats over the water.

Isaiah 18:4
This is what the LORD says to me: "I will remain quiet and will look on from my dwelling place, like shimmering heat in the sunshine, like a cloud of dew in the heat of harvest.

Definitions:
whir:
to make a fast repeated quiet sound;

shimmer:
a gentle light that seems to be shaking.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

swampland & straggler

Quotations:
Isaiah 14:23
"I will turn her into a place for owls and into swampland; I will sweep her with broom of destruction," Declares the LORD Almighty.

Isaiah 14:31
Wail, O gate! Howl, O city! Melt away, all you Philistines! A cloud of smoke comes from the north, and there is not a straggler in its ranks.

Definitions:
swampland:
a large area of swamp;

swamp:
an area of land covered by water where trees and plants grow;
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straggler:
someone who is going more slowly than other people.

Monday, February 17, 2014

yearling & beckon

Quotations:
Isaiah 11:6
The wolf will live with lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.

Isaiah 13:2
Raise a banner on a bare hilltop, shout to them; beckon to them to enter the gates of the nobles.

Definitions:
yearling:
an animal, especially a horse, between one and two years old.

beckon:
1. to give somebody a signal using your finger or hand, especially to tell them to move nearer or to follow you;
2. to appear very attractive to somebody;
3. to be something that is likely to happen or will possibly happen to somebody in the future;

Sunday, February 16, 2014

flight & lop

Quotations:
Isaiah 10:31
Madmenah is in flight; the people of Gebim take cover.

Isaiah 10:33
See, the Lord, the LORD Almighty, will lop off the boughs with great power. The lofty trees will be felled, the tall ones will be brought low.

Definitions:
flight:
1. the act of running away or of trying to escape from someone or something;
2. a journey through air or space in a vehicle such as a plane;
3. a scheduled flight with a commercial airline, usually designed by letters and numbers;
4. a movement through the air by a bird or object
5. a group of aircraft or birds flying together, sometimes in a set pattern;
6. a set of stairs going from one level to another;

lop:
1. to cut a branch off a tree cleanly;
2. to hang, or allow something to hang, loosely;
3. to cut off something such as hair or a limb with one stroke;
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Saturday, February 15, 2014

reckoning & chirp

Quotations:
Isaiah 10:3
What will you do on the day of reckoning, when disaster comes from afar? To whom will you run for help? Where will you leave your riches?

Isaiah 10:14
As one reaches into a nest, so my hand reached for the wealth of the nations; as men gather abandoned eggs, so I gathered all the countries; not one flapped a wing, or opened its mouth to chirp.

Definitions:
reckoning:
1. a time when somebody's actions will be judged to be right or wrong and they may be punished;
2. the act of calculating something, especially in a way that is not very exact;

chirp:
1. when a bird or an insect chirps, it makes a short high sound;
2. to say something in a lively happy way;

Friday, February 14, 2014

famish & fell

Quotations:
Isaiah 8:21
Distressed and hungry, they will roam through the land; when they are famished, they will become enraged and, looking upward, will curse their king and their God.

Isaiah 9:10
The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with dressed stone; the fig trees have been felled, but we will replace them with cedars.

Definitions:
famish:
to be extremely hungry, or make somebody extremely hungry;

fell:
1. to cut down a tree;
2. to knock someone down by hitting them;
3. the past tense of fall'
4. a hill or area of high land;

Thursday, February 13, 2014

hoe & pomp

Quotations:
Isaiah 7:25
As for all the hills once cultivated by the hoe, you will no longer go there for fear of the briers and thorns;  they will become places where cattle are turned loose and where sheep run.

Isaiah 8:7
therefore the Lord is about to bring against them the mighty floodwaters of the River -- the kind of Assyria with all his pomp.

Definitions:
hoe:
a garden tool with a long handle and a blade, used for breaking up soil and removing weeds.

pomp:
the impressive clothes, decoration, music, etc. and traditional customs that are part of an official occasion or ceremony.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

stub & crevice

Quotations:
Isaiah 7:4
Say to him, 'Be careful, keep calm and don't be afraid. Do not lose heart because of these two smouldering stubs of firewood -- because of the fierce anger of Rezin and Aram and of the son of Remaliah. 

Isaiah 7:19
They will all come and settle in the steep ravines and in the crevices in the rocks, on all the thorn bushes and at all the water holes. 

Definitions:
stub:
1. the part of something that remains after you have burned or used the rest;
2. the stump of a tree or plant;
3. the part of a ticket or check that you keep to prove that you paid for something;
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crevice:
a narrow crack in rock or in a wall

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

reveler & terebinth

Quotations:
Isaiah 5:14
Therefore the grave enlarges its appetite and opens its mouth limit; into it will descend their nobles and masses with all their brawlers and revelers.

Isaiah 6:13
And though a tenth remains in the land, it will again be laid waste. But as the terebinth and oak leave stumps when they are cut down, so the holy seed will be the stump in the land.

Definitions:
reveler:
someone who enjoy themselves at a lively and noisy party or celebration by dancing, singing, and drinking alcohol;

terebinth:
a tree of the cashew family that yields turpentine.

Monday, February 10, 2014

tiara & brand

Quotations:
Isaiah 3:23
and mirrors, and the linen garments and tiaras and shawls.

Isaiah 3:24
Instead of fragrance there will be a stench; instead of a sash, a rope; instead of well-dressed hair, baldness; instead of fine clothing, sackcloth; instead of beauty, branding;

Definitions:
tiara:
a piece of jewellery that a woman wears on top of her head on formal occasions. It looks like a small crown.

brand:
1. to burn a mark into the skin of an animal such as a cow, to show who owns it;
2. to describe someone or something as a bad person or thing, especially when they do not deserve this;
3. a product or group of products that has its own name and is made by one particular company.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

crescent & cape

Quotations:
Isaiah 3:18
In that day the Lord will snatch away their finery: the bangles and headbands and crescent necklaces, the earrings and bracelets and veils, the headdresses and ankle chains and sashes, the perfume bottles and charms, the signet rings and nose rings, the fine robes and the capes and cloaks, the purses and mirrors, and the linen garments and tiaras and shawls.

Definitions:
crescent:
a curved shape that is wide in the middle and pointed at each end;

cape:
1. a loose outer piece of clothing that has no sleeves, fastens at the neck and hangs from the shoulders, like a cloak but shorter;
2. a piece of high land that sticks out into the sea;

Saturday, February 8, 2014

finery & bangle

Quotations:
Isaiah 3:18
In that day the Lord will snatch away their finery: the bangles and headbands and crescent necklaces,

Definitions:
finery:
beautiful clothes and jewellery, especially the type that people wear only on special occasions.

bangle:
a stiff circular bracelet jewellery worn around the wrist.

Friday, February 7, 2014

trip & mince

Quotations:
Isaiah 3:16
The LORD says, "The women of Zion are haughty, walking along with outstretched necks, flirting with their eyes, tripping along with mincing steps, with ornaments jingling on their ankles.

Definitions:
trip:
1. to move with quick light steps;
2. to make a switch go on or off, especially by accident;
3. to hit your foot on something and fall down;
4. to feel the effects of a powerful illegal drug;
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mince:
1. to walk with very short steps in a way that is not natural, or, if you are a man, seems more typical of a woman;
2. to cut meat into very small pieces using a machine;

Thursday, February 6, 2014

rodent & parade

Quotations:
Isaiah 2:20
In that day men will throw away to the rodents and bats their idols of silver and idols of gold, which they made to worship.

Isaiah 3:9
The look on their faces testifies against them; they parade their sin like Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to them! They have brought disaster upon themselves.

Definitions:
rodent:
any small animal that belongs to a group of animals with strong sharp front teeth. Mice, rats and rabbits are all rodents.

parade:
1. to publicly show something that you are proud of;
2. a public celebration in which a large group of people move through an area, often with decorated vehicles and bands playing music; 
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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

harlot & tinder

Quotations:
Isaiah 1:21
See how the faithful city has become a harlot! She once was full of justice; righteousness used to dwell in her -- but now murderers!

Isaiah 1:31
The mighty man will become tinder and his work a spark; both will burn together, with no one to quench the fire.

Definitions:
harlot:
an old word meaning 'prostitute' woman who has sex for money.

tinder:
dry woods, grass etc. used for lighting fire

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

convocation & crimson

Quotations:
Isaiah 1:13
Stop bringing meaningless offerings! Your incense is detestable to me. New Moons, Sabbaths and convocations -- I cannot bear your evil assemblies.

Isaiah 1:18
"Come now, let us reason together," says the LORD. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.

Definitions:
convocation:
1. A formal meeting of the senior members of a church;
2. in some universities, especially in the U.S., an official ceremony at which university students receive their degrees.

crimson:
a dark purple-red colour;

Monday, February 3, 2014

strip & hut

Quotations:
Isaiah 1:7
Your country is desolate, your cities burned with fire; your fields are being stripped by foreigners right before you, laid waste as when overthrown by strangers.

Isaiah 1:8
The Daughter of Zion is left like a shelter in vineyard, like a hut in a field of melons, like a city under siege.

Definitions:
strip:
1. to take something away using force or authority; to remove everything useful from a room or a vehicle; 
2. to take off all of your clothes or all of another person's clothes;
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hut:
a small single-story building, often made of wood, that is used as a simple house or shelter, or for storage, temporary accommodation or leisure activities.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Isaiah & welt

Quotations:
Isaiah 1:6
From the sole of your foot to the top of your head there is no soundness -- only wounds and welts and open sores, not cleansed or bandaged or soothed with oil.

Definitions:
Isaiah:
a book of the Bible that contains prophecies and apocalyptic material traditionally attributed to Isaiah.

welt:
a red raised area on the skin caused by injury or illness.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

nectar & let out

Quotations:
Song of Songs 8:2
I would lead you and bring you to my mother's house -- she who has taught me. I would give you spiced wine to drink, the nectar of my pomegranates.

Song of Songs 8:11
Solomon had a vineyard in Baal Hamon; he let out his vineyard to tenants. Each was to bring for its fruit a thousand shekels of silver.

Definitions:
nectar:
1. a thick juice that comes from some fruits;
2. a sweet liquid that some flowers make and that insects and birds drink;

let out:
1. to allow someone to use a room, building, etc. in exchange for money;
2. to allow a person or animal to leave a place;
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