Monday, March 31, 2014

rend & ablaze

Quotations:
Isaiah 64:1
Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains would tremble before you!

Isaiah 64:2
As when fire sets twigs ablaze and causes water to boil, come down to make your name known to your enemies and cause the nations to quake before you!

Definitions:
rend:
to tear something apart with force or violence;

ablaze:
1. burning quickly and strongly;
2. ablaze with something, full of of bright colors or light;  or full of strong emotion or excitement;

Sunday, March 30, 2014

wane & spring up

Quotations:
Isaiah 60:20
Your sun will never set again, and your moon will wane no more; the LORD will be your everlasting light, and your days of sorrow will end.

Isaiah 61:11
For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign  LORD will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.

Definitions:
wane:
1. if the moon is waning, you see less and less of it each night;
2. if a feeling or power wanes, it becomes weaker or less important;

spring up:
to appear or to be produced suddenly and quickly;

spring:
1. to jump or move in a particular direction, quickly and with a lot of energy;
2. to happen or appear somewhere suddenly or unexpectedly;
3. the season of the year between winter and summer; 
4. water that flows up from under the ground and forms a small stream or pool;
5. a long thin piece of metal in the shape of a coil that quickly gets its original shape again after you strop stretching it;
6. a quick jump forward or up;

Saturday, March 29, 2014

pent up & throb

Quotations:
Isaiah 59:19
From the west, men will fear the name of the LORD and from the rising of the sun, they will revere his glory. For he will come like a pent-up flood that the breath of the LORD drives along.

Isaiah 60:5
Then you will look and be radiant, your heart will throb and swell with joy; the wealth on the seas will be brought to you, to you the riches of the nations will come.

Definitions:
pent up:
1. closely confined or held back;
2. (of emotions, energy, etc.) unable to be expressed or released. 

throb:
1. if you heart throbs, it beats much harder and faster than usual;
2. if a painful part of our body throbs, the pain comes and goes again and again in a regular pattern;
3. if something such as an engine or a machine throbs, it makes a low sound that is repeated steadily; used about loud music that has a regular beat.

Friday, March 28, 2014

foment & breastplate

Quotations:
Isaiah 59:13
rebellion and treachery against the LORD, turning our backs on our God, fomenting oppression and revolt, uttering lies our hearts have conceived.

Isaiah 59:17
He put on righteousness as his breastplate, and the helmet of salvation on his head; he put on the garments of vengeance and wrapped himself in zeal as in a cloak.

Definitions:
foment:
1. to encourage people to have angry feelings or to protest or fight;
2. to create trouble or violence or make it worse; 

breastplate:
a piece of armor worn by soldiers in the past to protect the upper front part of the body.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

do away with & cobweb

Quotations:
Isaiah 58:9
Then you will call, and the LORD will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I. "If you do away with the yoke of oppression, with the pointing finger and malicious talk, and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.

Isaiah 59:6
Their cobwebs are useless for clothing; they cannot cover themselves with what they make. Their deeds are evil deeds, and acts of violence are in their hands.

Definitions:
do away with:
1. to get rid of something;
2. to murder someone;

cobweb:
1. a fine net of threads made by a spider to catch insects; 
2. a single thread of this net (usually when it is old and covered with dirt)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

stick out & pact

Quotations:
Isaiah 57:4
Whom are you mocking? At whom do you sneer and stick out your tongue? Are you not a brood of rebels, the offspring of liars?

Isaiah 57:8
Behind your doors and your doorposts you have put your pagan symbols. Forsaking me, you uncovered your bed, you climbed into it and opened it wide; you made a pact with those whose beds you love, and you looked on their nakedness.

Definitions:
stick out:
1. to push or stretch something forwards or away from you, especially a part of your body;
2. to continue further than the end of a surface or the main part of a n object;
3. to be easy to notice or remember because of being unusual or different.


pact:
a formal agreement between two or more people, groups or countries, especially one in which they agree to help each other.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

battlement & havoc

Quotations:
Isaiah 54:12
I will make your battlements of rubies, your gates of sparkling jewels, and all your walls of precious stones. 

Isaiah 54:16
See, it is I who created the blacksmith who fans the coals into flame and forges a weapon fit for its work. And it is I who have crated the destroyer to work havoc;

Definitions:
battlements:
a defensive or decorative parapet with indentations;

havoc: (wreak havoc) 
a situation in which there is a lot of damage or destruction, or in which something can not continue in its normal way because of problems.

Monday, March 24, 2014

intercession & stake

Quotations:
Isaiah 53:12
Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Isaiah 54:2
Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes.

Definitions:
intercession:
the process of trying to persuade someone in authority to help someone else or to change their opinion or decision about them.

stake:
1. a wooden or metal post that is pointed at one end and pushed into the ground in order to support something, mark a particular place, etc.
2. a wooden post that somebody could be tied to in former times before being burnt to death as a punishment;
3. money that somebody invests in a company;
4. the money that is paid to the winners in horse reacing;

Sunday, March 23, 2014

infirmity & unto

Quotations:
Isaiah 53:4
Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. 

Isaiah 53:12
Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

Definitions:
infirmity:
bad health caused by old age or illness;

unto:
until a particular time or event;

Saturday, March 22, 2014

drain & mar

Quotations:
Isaiah 51:17
Awake, awake! Rise up, O Jerusalem, you who have drunk from the hand of the LORD the cup of his wrath, you who have drained to its dregs the goblet that makes men stagger.

Isaiah 52:14
Just as there were many who were appalled at him -- his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any man and his form marred beyond human likeness -- 

Definitions:
drain:
1. to drink all the liquid in a container;
2. if a feeling drains from you, it goes away so that you do not feel it any more;
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drained:
very tired and without energy;

mar:
to damage or spoil something good

Friday, March 21, 2014

retrieve & send away

Quotations:
Isaiah 49:25
"Yes, captives will be taken from warriors, and plunder retrieved from the fierce; I will contend with those who contend with you, and your children I will save.

Isaiah 50:1
This is what the LORD says: "Where is your mother's certificate of divorce with which I sent her away? Or to which of my creditors did I sell you? Because of your sins you were sold; because of your transgressions your mother was sent away.

Definitions:
retrieve:
1. to bring or get something back, especially from a place where is should not be
2. to find and get back data or information that has been stored in the memory of a computer;
3. to make a bad situation better; to get back something that was lost;

sent away:
1. stop associating with;
2. terminate the employment of;
3. discharge from an office or position;
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Thursday, March 20, 2014

defame & foster

Quotations:
Isaiah 48:11
For my own sake, for my own sake, I do this. How can I let myself be defamed? I will not yield my glory to another.

Isaiah 49:23
Kings will be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers. They will bow down before you with their faces to the ground; they will lick the dust at your feet. Then you will know that I am the LORD; those who hope in me will not be disappointed.

Definitions:
defame:
to harm somebody by saying or writing bad or false things about them;

foster:
1. relating to fostering a child. A child who is taken care of in someone else's home for a period of time is called a foster child, and the people who take care of the child are called foster parents;
2. to help something to develop over a period time;
3. to take care of a child as part of your family for a period of time because the child's parents can not take care of them.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

astrologer & traffic

Quotations:
Isaiah 47:13
All the counsel you have received has only worn you out! Let your astrologers some forward, those stargazers who make predictions month by month, let them save you from what is coming upon you.

Isaiah 47:15
That is all they can do for you -- these you have laboured with and trafficked with since childhood. Each of them goes on in his error; there is not one that can save you.

Definitions:
astrologer:
a person who uses astrology to tell people about their character, about what might happen to them in the future, etc.

traffic - trafficked:
1. to buy and sell things such as drugs or weapons illegally;
2. the vehicles that are travelling in an area at a particular time; connected with traffic, or caused by traffic;
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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

wade & wanton

Quotations: 
Isaiah 47:2
Take millstones and grind flour; take off your veil. Lift up your skirts, bare your legs, and wade through the streams.

Isaiah 47:8
Now then, listen, you wanton creature, lounging in your security and saying to yourself, 'I am, and there is none besides me. I will never be a widow or suffer the loss of children.'

Definitions:
wade:
to walk in or through water or other liquid that is not very deep;

wanton:
1. causing harm or damage deliberately and for no acceptable reason;
2. behaving in a very immoral way;
3. having many sexual partners;

Monday, March 17, 2014

delude & trudge

Quotations:
Isaiah 44:20
He feeds on ashed, a deluded heart misleads him; he cannot save himself, or say, "Is not this thing in my right hand a lie?"

Isaiah 45:14
This is what the LORD says: "The products of Egypt and the merchandise of Cush, and those tall Sabeans -- they will come over to you and will be yours; they will trudge behind you, coming over to you in chains. They will bow down before you and plead with you, saying, 'Surely God is with you, and there is no other; there is no other god."

Definitions:
delude:
to make somebody something that is not true.

trudge:
to walk slowly or with heavy steps, because you are tired or carrying something heavy;

Sunday, March 16, 2014

infamy & compass

Quotations:
Isaiah 44:11
He and his kind will be put to shame; craftsmen are nothing but men. Let them all come together and take their stand; they will be brought down to terror and infamy.

Isaiah 44:13
The carpenter measures with a line and makes an outline with a marker; he roughs it out with chisels and marks it with compasses. He shapes it in the form of man of man in all his glory, that it may dwell in a shrine.

Definitions:
infamy:
1. the state of being well known for something bad or evil;
2. evil behaviour; an evil act;

compass:
1. an instrument with two long thin parts joined together at the top, used for drawing circles and measuring distances on a map;
2. an instrument for finding direction, with needle that always points to the north;

reinforcement & lavish

Quotations:
Isaiah 43:17
who drew out the chariots and horses, the army and reinforcements together, and they lay there, never to rise again, extinguished, snuffed out like a wick.

Isaiah 43:24
You have not bought any fragrant calamus for me, or lavished on me the fat of your sacrifices. But you have burdened me with your sins and wearied me with your offenses.

Definitions:
reinforcement:
1. extra soldiers or police officers who are sent to a place because more are needed;
2. the act of making something stronger, especially a feeling or an idea;

lavish:
1. giving or doing something generously;
2. large in amount, or impressive, and usually costing a lot of money;

Friday, March 14, 2014

tidings & anvil

Quotations:
Isaiah 40:9
You who bring good tidings to Zion, go up on a high mountain. You who bring good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with a shout, lift it up, do not be afraid; say to the towns of Judah, "Here is your God!"

Isaiah 41:7
The craftsman encourages the goldsmith, and he who smooths with the hammer spurs on him who strikes the anvil. He says of the welding, "It is good." He nails down the idol so it will not topple.

Definitions:
tidings:
an old-fashioned word for recent news.

anvil:
an iron block on which a blacksmith puts hot pieces or metal before shaping them with a hammer.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

swift & thrush

Quotations:
Isaiah 38:14
I cried like a swift or thrush, I moaned like a mourning dove. My eyes grew weak as I looked to the heavens. I am troubled; O Lord, come to my aid!"

Definitions:
swift:
1. a small bird with long narrow wings, similar to a swallow;
2. happening or done quickly and immediately;

thrush:
1. a bird with a brown back and brown spots on its chest;
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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

crocus & insolence

Quotations:
Isaiah 35:1
The desert and the parched land will be glad; the wilderness will rejoice and blossom. Like the crocus, it will burst into bloom; it will rejoice greatly and shout for joy. The glory of Lebanon will be given to it, the splendor of Carmel and Sharon; they will see the glory of the LORD, the splendor of our God.

Isaiah 37:29
Because you rage against me and because your insolence has reached my ears, I will put my hook in your nose and my bit in your mouth, and I will make you return by the way you came.

Definitions:
crocus:
a small yellow, white, or purple flower that appears early in spring;

insolence:
insolent behaviour or remarks;

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

hyena & hatch

Quotations:
Isaiah 34:14
Desert creatures will meet with hyenas, and wild goats will bleat to each other; there the night creatures will also repose and find for themselves places of rest.

Isaiah 34:15
The owl will nest there and lay eggs, she will hatch them, and care for her young under the shadow of her wings; there also the falcons will gather, each with its mate.

Definitions:
hyena:
a wild animal like a dog, that eats the meat of animals that are already dead and has a cry like a human laugh. Hyenas live in Africa and Asia.

hatch:
1. to make a young bird, fish, insect, etc. come out of an egg;
2. to create a plan or idea;

Monday, March 10, 2014

nettle & bramble

Quotations:
Isaiah 34:13
Thorns will overrun her citadels, nettles and brambles her strongholds. She will become a haunt for jackals, a home for owls.

Definitions:
nettle:
1. a wild plant with leaves that have pointed edges, are covered in fine hairs and sting if you touch them;
2. make somebody slightly angry;

bramble:
a wild bush with thorns on which blackberries grow;

mast & spoil

Quotations:
Isaiah 33:23
Your rigging hangs loose: The mast is not held secure, the sail is not spread. Then an abundance of spoils will be divided and even the lame will carry of plunder.

Definitions:
mast:
1. a tall pole on a boat or ship that supports the sails;
2. a tall metal tower with an aerial that sends and receives radio or television signals;
3. a tall pole that is used for holding a flag;

spoil:
1. goods taken from a place by thieves or by an army that has won a battle or war;
2. the profits or advantage that somebody gets from being successful;
3. waste material that is brought up when a hole is dug, etc.
4. to change something good into something bad, unpleasant;
5. to give a child everything that they ask for and not enough discipline in a way that has a bad effect on their character and behaviour;

Saturday, March 8, 2014

contemplate & galley

Quotations:
Isaiah 33:15
He who walks righteously and speaks what is right, who rejects gain from extortion  and keeps his hand from accepting bribes, who stops his ears against plaots of murder and shuts his eyes against contemplating evil -- 

Isaiah 33:21
There the LORD will be our Mighty One. It will be like a place of broad rivers and streams. No galley with oars will ride them, no mighty ship will sail them.

Definitions:
contemplate:
1. to think about what you should do something, or how you should do something;
2. to think carefully about and accept the possibility of something happening;
3. to think deeply about something for a long time;

galley:
1. a long flat ship with sails, usually rowed by slaves or criminals, especially one used by the ancient Greeks or Romans in war;
2. the kitchen on a ship or plane;

Friday, March 7, 2014

range & lime

Quotations:
Isaiah 32:20
how blessed you will be, sowing your seed by every stream, and letting your cattle and donkeys range free.

Isaiah 33:12
The peoples will be burned as if to lime; like cut thorn bushes they will be set ablaze.

Definitions:
range:
1. to move with complete freedom around a large area;
2. to include a variety of things;

lime:
1. a white substance obtained by heating limestone, used in building materials and to help plants grow;
2. a small green fruit, like a lemon, with a lot of sour juice, used in cooking and in drinks; 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

stammer & merriment

Quotations:
Isaiah 32:4
The mind of the rash will know and understand, and the stammering tongue will be fluent and clear.

Isaiah 32:13
and for the land of my people, a land overgrown with thorns and briers -- yes, mourn for all houses of merriment and for this city of revelry.

Definitions:
stammer:
to keep repeating a sound and have difficulty in saying certain words because of a speech problem, nervousness, excitement, etc. 

merriment:
happy talk, enjoyment and the sound of people laughing;

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

mash & sieve

Quotations:
Isaiah 30:24
The oxen and donkeys that work the soil will eat fodder and mash, spread out with fork and shovel.

Isaiah 30:28
His breath is like a rushing torrent, rising up to the neck. He shakes the nations in the sieve of destruction; he places in the jaws of the peoples a bit that leads them astray;

Definitions:
mash:
1. grain cooked in water until soft, used to feed farm animals;
2. a mash of, any food that has been crushed into a soft mass;
3. to crush something, especially food;

sieve:
a tool for separating solids from liquids or larger solids from smaller solids, made of a wire or plastic net attached to a ring.the liquid or small pieces pass through the net but the larger pieces do not.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

flagstaff & menstrual

Quotations:
Isaiah 30:17
A thousand will flee at the threat of one; at the threat of five you will all flee away, till you are left like a flagstaff on a mountaintop, like a banner on a hill.

Isaiah 30:22
Then you will defile your idols overlaid with silver and your images covered with gold; you will throw them away like a menstrual cloth and say to them, "Away with you!"

Definitions:
flagstaff:
flagpole, a tall pole on which a flag is hung;

menstrual:
connected with the time when a woman menstruates each month; 

Monday, March 3, 2014

fine & stunned

Quotations:
Isaiah 29:5
But your many enemies will become like fine dust, the ruthless hordes like blown chaff. Suddenly, in an instant, the LORD Almighty will come with thunder and earthquake and great noise, with wind-storm and tempest and flames of a devouring fire.

Isaiah 29:9
Be stunned and amazed, blind yourselves and be sightless; be drunk, but not from wine, stagger, but not from beer.

Definitions:
fine:
1. made up of tiny particles;
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stunned:
1. very shocked or upset, especially so that you are unable to act normally;
2. unable to move normally because you have been hit very hard

Sunday, March 2, 2014

hearth & mumble

Quotations:
Isaiah 29:2
Yet I will besiege Ariel; she will mourn and lament, she will be to me like an altar hearth.

Isaiah 29:4
Brought low, you will speak from the ground; your speech will mumble out of the dust. Your voice will come ghostlike from the earth; out of the dust your speech will whisper.

Definitions:
hearth:
the floor of a fireplace in a house and the area around it;

mumble:
to speak or say something in a quiet voice in a way that is not clear.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

caraway & cummin

Quotations:
Isaiah 28:25
When he has levelled the surface, does he not sow caraway and scatter cummin? Does he not plant wheat in its place, barley in its plot, and spelt in its field?

Definitions:
caraway:
the seeds of a plant used on or in food such as bread or cakes;

cummin:
the aromatic seeds of a plant of the parsley family, used as a spice, especially ground and used in curry powder.