Wednesday, April 30, 2014

deprave & plumage

Quotations:
Ezekiel 16:47 
You not only walked in their ways and copied their detestable practices, but in all your ways you soon became more depraved than they.

Ezekiel 17:3
Say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: A great eagle with powerful wings, long feathers and full plumage of varied colours came to Lebanon. Taking hold of the top of a cedar,

Definitions:
deprave:
to make morally bad or corrupt.

plumage:
the feathers covering a bird's body.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

illicit & hack

Quotations:
Ezekiel 16:33
Every prostitute receives a fee, but you give gifts to all your lovers, bribing them to come to you from everywhere for your illicit favours.

Ezekiel 16:40
They will bring a mob against you, who will stone you and hack you to pieces with their swords.

Definitions:
illicit:
1. not approved of by the normal rules of society;
2. not allowed by the law illegal;

hack:
1. to cut somebody/something with rough, heavy blows;
2. to kick something roughly or without control;
3. hack into something to secretly find a way of looking at or changing information on somebody else's computer system without permission.

Monday, April 28, 2014

gaudy & promiscuity

Quotations:
Ezekiel 16:16 
You took some of your garments to make gaudy high places, where you carried on your prostitution. Such things should not happen, nor should they ever occur.

Ezekiel 16:25
At the head of every street you built your lofty shrines and degraded your beauty, offering your body with increasing promiscuity to anyone who passed by.

Definitions:
gaudy:
too brightly coloured in a way that lacks taste.

promiscuity:
promiscuous behaviour;

promiscuous:
1. having many sexual partners;
2. taken from a wide range of sources, especially without careful thought;

Sunday, April 27, 2014

renounce & allegory

Quotations:
Ezekiel 14:6
Therefore say to the house of Israel, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Repent! Turn from your idols and renounce all your detestable practices!

An Allegory of Unfaithful Jerusalem
Ezekiel 16:1
The word of the LORD came to me: "Son of man, confront Jerusalem with her detestable practices and say, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says to Jerusalem: Your ancestry and birth were in the land of the Canaanites; your father was an Amorite and your mother a Hittite.

Definitions:
renounce:
1. to state officially that you are no longer going to keep a title, position, etc;
2. to state publicly that you no longer have particular belief or that you will no longer behave in a particular way;

allegory:
a story, play, picture, etc. in which each character or event is a symbol representing an idea or a quality, such as truth, evil, death, etc..

Saturday, April 26, 2014

whitewash & hurtle

Quotations:
Ezekiel 13:10
Because they lead my people astray, saying, "Peace," when there is no peace, and because, when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with whitewash, 

Ezekiel 13:11
therefore tell those who cover it with whitewash that it is going to fall. Rain will come in torrents, and I will send hailstones hurtling down, and violent winds will burst forth.

Definitions:
whitewash:
1. substance used for painting walls or buildings white;
2. an attempt to stop people from discovering the true facts about something, in order to prevent someone in authority from being criticized;
3. an occasion when a player or a team wins a game so easily that the other person or team does not score any points.
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hurtle:
to move very fast, especially in an uncontrolled way.

Friday, April 25, 2014

stinging & flimsy

Quotations:
Ezekiel 5:15
You will be a reproach and a taunt, a warning and an object of horror to the nations around you when I inflict punishment on you in anger and in wrath and with stinging rebuke. I the LORD have spoken.

Ezekiel 13:10
Because they lead my people astray, saying, "Peace," when there is no peace, and because, when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with whitewash,

Definitions:
stinging:
1. very strong, or thorough;
2. making you feel sore or uncomfortable; hitting you hard;

flimsy:
1. badly made and not strong enough for the purpose for which it is used;
2. thin and easily torn;
3. difficult to believe; 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

barber & conform

Quotations:
Ezekiel 5:1 
Now, son of man, take a sharp sword and use it as a barber's razor to shave your head and your beard. Then take a set of scales and divide up the hair.

Ezekiel 5:7
Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: You have been more unruly than the nations around you and have not followed my decrees of kept my laws. You have not even conformed to the standards of the nations around you.

Definitions:
barber:
1. a person whose job is to cut men's hair and sometimes to shave them;
2. a shop where men can have their hair cut;

conform:
1. to obey a rule, law, etc.
2. to behave and think in the same way as most other people in a group or society;
3. to agree with or match something;

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

hin & ration

Quotations:
Ezekiel 4:11
Also measure out a sixth of a hin of water and drink it at set times.

Ezekiel 4:16
He then said to me:" Son of man, I will cut off the supply of food in Jerusalem. The people will eat rationed food in anxiety and drink rationed water in despair.

Definitions:
hin:
a Hebrew unit of liquid capacity equal to approximately 5 litres;

ration:
1. to limit the amount of something that somebody is allowed to have, especially because there is not enough of it available.
2. a fixed amount of food, fuel, etc. that you are officially allowed to have when there is not enough for everyone to have as much as they want, for example during a war.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

ram & millet

Quotations:
Ezekiel 4:2
Then he lay siege to it: Erect siege works against it, build a ramp up to it, set up camps against it and put battering rams around it.

Ezekiel 4:9
Take wheat and barley, beans and lentils, millet and spelt; put them in a storage jar and use them to make bread for yourself. You are to eat it during the 390 days you lie on your side.

Definitions:
ram:
1. a part of a machine that pushes something into a position by hitting it with a lot of force;
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battering ram:
a long, heavy piece of wood used in war in the past for breaking down doors and walls;

millet:
a type of plant that grows in hot countries and produces very small seeds. Tthe seeds are used as food, mainly to make flour, and also to feed to birds and animals.

Monday, April 21, 2014

dissuade & accountable

Quotations:
Ezekiel 3:18
When I say to a wicked man, 'You will surely die,' and you do not warn him or speak out to dissuade him from his evil ways in order to save his life, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood.

Definitions:
dissuade:
to persuade somebody not to do something;

accountable:
responsible for your decisions or actions and expected to explain them when you are asked.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

sparkle & intersect

Quotations:
Ezekiel 1:16
This was the appearance and structure of the wheels: They sparkled like chrysolite, and all four looked alike. Each appeared to be made like a wheel intersecting a wheel. 

Definitions:
sparkle:
1. to shine brightly with small flashes of light;
2. to be full of life, enthusiasm or humor;

intersect:
1. to meet or cross each other;
2. to divide an area by crossing it;

Saturday, April 19, 2014

luster & Ezekiel

Quotations:
Lamentations 4:1
How the gold has lost its luster, the fine gold become dull! The sacred gems are scattered at the head of every street.

Ezekiel 1:1
In the thirtieth year, in the fourth month on the fifth day, while I was among the exiles by the Kebar River, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God.

Definitions:
luster/lustre:
1. the shining quality of a surface;
2. the quality of being special in a way that is exciting;

Ezekiel:
a book of the Bible that describes the Jews' exile in Babylon in the 6th century, traditionally attributed to Ezekiel.

Friday, April 18, 2014

sate & scum

Quotations:
Lamentations 3:15
He has filled me with bitter herbs and sated me with gall.

Lamentations 3:45
You have made us scum and refuse among the nations.

Definitions:
sate:
to satisfy a desire;

scum:
1. an insulting word for someone who you think is very unpleasant;
2. a layer of a dirty or unpleasant substance that forms on the surface of a liquid;


Thursday, April 17, 2014

circumference & Lamentations

Quotations:
Jeremiah 52:21
Each of the pillars was eighteen cubits high and twelve cubits in circumference; each was four fingers thick, and hollow.

Lamentations 1:9
Her filthiness clung to her skirts; she did not consider her future. Her fall was astounding; there was none to comfort her. "Look, LORD, on my afliction, for the enemy has triumphed."

Definitions:
circumference:
a line that goes around a circle or any other curved shape; 

Lamentations:
1. a book of the Bible telling of the desolation of Judah after the fall of Jerusalem in 586 BC.
2. Lamentation: words or actions that show that you feel very sad, for example when someone dies.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

slash & arsenal

Quotations:
Jeremiah 48:37
Every head is shaved and every beard cut off; every hand is slashed and every waist is covered with sackcloth.

Jeremiah 50:25
The LORD has opened his arsenal and brought out the weapons of his wrath, for the Sovereign LORD Almighty has work to do in the land of the Babylonians.

Definitions:
slash:
1. to cut someone or something in a violent way;
2. to reduce something by a large amount;
3. a ling (/) that separates numbers, letters, or words in writing;​​

arsenal:
1. a collection of weapons such as guns and explosives;
2. a building where military weapons and explosives are made or stored.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

mercenary & lax

Quotations:
Jeremiah 46:21
The mercenaries in her ranks are like fattened calves. They to will turn and flee together, they will not stand their ground, for the day of disaster is coming upon them, the time for them to be punished.

Jeremiah 48:10
A curse on him who is lax in doing the LORD'S work! A curse on him who keeps his sword from bloodshed!

Definitions:
mercenary:
a soldier who will fight for any country or group that offers payment;

lax:
1. not strict, severe or careful enough about work, rules or standards of behavior;
2. produced with the muscles of the speech organs relaxed tense;

Monday, April 14, 2014

vaulted & gadfly

Quotations 
Jeremiah 37:16
Jeremiah was put into a vaulted cell in a dungeon, where he remained a long time.

Jeremiah 46:20
Egypt is a beautiful heifer, but a gadfly is coming against her from the north.

Definitions:
vaulted:
made in the shape of an arch or a series of arches; having a ceiling or roof of this shape;

gadfly:
1. a fly that bites cows and horses;
2. someone who continuously annoys another person or an organization, usually by criticizing them;

Sunday, April 13, 2014

unruly & set one's teeth on edge

Quotations:
Jeremiah 31:18
I have surely heard Ephraim's moaning: 'You disciplined me like an unruly calf, and I have been disciplined. Restore me, and i will return, because you are the LORD my God.

Jeremiah 31:29
In those days people will no longer say, 'The fathers have eaten sour grapes,  and the children's teeth are set on edge.'

Definitions:
unruly:
difficult to control or manage;

set one's teeth on edge:
1. to cause a disagreeable tingling sensation in the teeth, as by bringing acids into contact with them;
2. to produce a disagreeable or unpleasant sensation; to annoy or repel; often used of sounds;

Saturday, April 12, 2014

despoil & outcast

Quotations:
Jeremiah 30:16
But all who devour you will be devoured; all your enemies will go into exile. Those who plunder you will be plundered; all who make spoil of you I will despoil.

Jeremiah 30:17
But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds, declares the LORD, because you are called an outcast, Zion for whom no one cares.

Definitions:
despoil:
to steal something valuable from a place; to make a place less attractive by damaging or destroying it. to take all the valuable or beautiful objects from a place.

outcast:
a person who is not accepted by other people and who sometimes has to leave their home and friends.

Friday, April 11, 2014

overgrown & pose

Quotations:
Jeremiah 26:18
Micah of Moresheth prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah. He told all the people of Judah, 'This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'Zion will be plowed like a field, Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble, the temple hill a mound overgrown with thickets.'

Jeremiah 29:27
So why have you not reprimanded Jeremiah from Anathoth, who poses as prophet among you?

Definitions:
overgrown:
1. (with something), covered with plants that have been allowed to grow wild and have not been controlled.
2. that has grown too large;

pose:
1. pose as somebody: to pretend to be somebody in order to trick;
2. to create a threat, problem, etc. that has to e dealt with;

Thursday, April 10, 2014

bypath & pang

Quotations:
Jeremiah 18:15
Yet my people have forgotten me; they burn incense to worthless idols, which made them stumble in their ways and in the ancient paths. They made them walk in bypaths and on roads not built up. 

Jeremiah 22:23
You who live in 'Lebanon', who are nestled in cedar buildings, how you will groan when pangs come upon you, pain like that of a woman in labor!

Definitions:
bypath:
a rarely used path, especially in the country;

pang:
a sudden strong feelings of physical or emotional pain;


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

languish & abhorrent

Quotations:
Jeremiah 14:2
Judah mourns, her cities languish; they wail for the land, and a cry goes up from Jerusalem.

Jeremiah 15:4
I will make them abhorrent to all the kingdoms of the earth because of what Manasseh son of Hezekiah king of Judah did in Jerusalem.

Definitions:
languish:
1. to remain in a difficult or unpleasant situation for a long time;
2. to fail to be successful or to improve;

abhorrent:
1. arousing strong feelings of repugnance or disapproval;
2. incompatible or conflicting with something;

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

scarecrow & avert

Quotations:
Jeremiah 10:5
Like a scarecrow in a melon patch, their idols cannot speak; they must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not fear them; they can do no harm nor can they do any good.

Jeremiah 11:15
What is my beloved doing in my temple as she works out her evil schemes with many? Can consecrated meat avert your punishment? When you engage in your wickedness, then you rejoice.

Definitions:
scarecrow:
a figure made to look like a person, that is dressed in old clothes and put in a field to frighten birds away;

avert:
to prevent something bad or dangerous from happening;

Monday, April 7, 2014

neigh & perjury

Quotations:
Jeremiah 5:8
They are well-fed, lusty stallions, each neighing for another man's wife.

Jeremiah 7:9
"Will you steal and murder, commit adultery and perjury, burn incense to Baal and follow other gods you have not known,

Definitions:
neigh:
when a horse neighs it makes a long high sound;

perjury:
the crime of telling a lie in court

Sunday, April 6, 2014

with one accord & stallion

Quotations:
Jeremiah 5:5
So I will go to the leaders and speak to them; surely they know the way of the LORD, the requirements of their God." But with one accord they too had broken off the yoke and torn off the bonds.

Jeremiah 5:8
They are well-fed, lusty stallions, each neighing for another man's wife.

Definitions:
with one accord:
doing the same thing at exactly the same time;

stallion:
an adult male horse, especially one kept for breeding producing young horses. An adult female horse is called a mare.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

lair & standard

Quotations:
Jeremiah 4:7 A lion has come out of his lair; a destroyer of nation has set out. He has left his place to lay waste your land. Your towns will lie in ruins without inhabitant.

Jeremiah 4:21
How long must I see the battle standard and hear the sound of the trumpet?

Definitions:
lair:
1. a place where a wild animal sleeps or hides;
2. a place where somebody goes to hide or to be alone;

standard:
1. a flag that represents a particular person or group and is used on special occasions; a flag or other symbol that is carried on a pole at the front of a military march;
2. a song that has become well known and is performed by a lot of different singers or bands;
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Friday, April 4, 2014

sniff & ravening

Quotations:
Jeremiah 2:24
a wild donkey accustomed to the desert, sniffing the wind in her craving -- in her heat who can restrain her? Any males that pursue her need not tire themselves; at mating time they will find her.

Jeremiah 2:30 
In vain I punished your people; they did not respond to correction. Your sword has devoured your prophets like a ravening lion.

Definitions:
sniff:
1. to breathe in noisily through your nose, for example because you have been crying; to smell something; to deliberately breathe an illegal or harmful substance in through your nose;
2. to criticize something, or to suggest it is not good enough for you;

ravening:
aggressive and hungry;

Thursday, April 3, 2014

rift & backsliding

Quotations:
Jeremiah 2:6 
They did not ask, 'Where is the LORD, who brought us up out of Egypt and led us through the barren wilderness, through a land of deserts and rifts, a land of drought and darkness, a land where no one travels and no one lives?'

Jeremiah 2:19
Your wickedness will punish you; your backsliding will rebuke you. Consider then and realize how evil and bitter it is for you when you forsake the LORD your God and have no awe of me," declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty.

Definitions:
rift:
1. a crack or long narrow space that forms in a large mass of something such as rock or clouds;
2. a disagreement between two people or groups;

backsliding:
the situation when somebody fails to do something that they agreed to do and returns to their former bad behavior.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

abominable & Jeremiah

Quotations:
Isaiah 66:17
Those who consecrate and purify themselves to go into the gardens, following the one in the midst of those who eat the flesh of pigs and rats and other abominable things -- they will meet their end together," declares the LORD.

Jeremiah 1:1
The words of Jeremiah son of Hilkiah, one of the priests at Anathoth in the territory of Benjamin.

Definitions:
abominable:
extremely unpleasant and causing disgust;

Jeremiah:
the book of the Bible that contains the prophecies traditionally attributed to Jeremiah.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

vigil & dandle

Quotations:
Isaiah 65:4
who sit among the graves and spend their nights keeping secret vigil; who eat the flesh of pigs, and whose pots hold broth of unclean meat;

Isaiah 66:12
For this is what the LORD says: "I will extend peace to her like a river, and the wealth of nations like a flooding stream; you will nurse and be carried on her arm and dandled on her knees.

Definitions:
vigil:
a period of time when people stay awake, especially at night, in order to watch a sick person, say prayers, protests, etc.

dandle:
to move a baby or young child up and down gently on your knee or in your arms.