Monday, June 30, 2014

Jonah & threaten

Quotations:
Jonah 1:4
Then the Lord sent a great wind on the sea, and such a violent storm arose that the ship threatened to break up.

Definitions:
Jonah:
in the Bible, a prophet who was swallowed by a whale but managed to live inside it, whose preaching caused the Assyrians to repent their wickedness.

threaten:
1. if something bad or unpleasant threatens, it is likely to happen or to affect you; 
2. to signify that something bad is going to happen, especially that bad weather is going to arrive;
3. to express or indicate an intention to harm or kill kill somebody;
4. to express an intention to do something that will cause harm, trouble, or inconvenience to somebody else unless that person does what is demanded;
5. to seem likely to result in something unpleasant;

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Obadiah & ransack

Quotations:
Obadiah 1:6
But how Esau will be ransacked, his hidden treasures pillaged!

Definitions:
Obadiah:
a book of the Bible that contains the prophecies traditionally attributed to Obadiah.

ransack:
1. to go through a place stealing some things and usually destroying or spoiling everything else;
2. to search something very thoroughly but handling things carelessly.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

skimp & sweeping

Quotations:
Amos 8:5
saying, "When will the New Moon be over that we may sell grain, and the Sabbath be ended that we may market wheat?" -- skimping the measure, boosting the price and cheating with dishonest scales,

Amos 8:6
buying the poor with silver and the needy for a pair of sandals, selling even the sweepings with the wheat.

Definitions:
skimp:
1. to use or provide hardly enough of something;
2. to carry out a piece of work poorly, without spending enough time, trouble, or materials on it;
3. to give or allow somebody only an inadequate amount of money, food, or other necessary items;
4. to not spend enough money on something;

sweeping:
1. dirt and refuse swept up;
2. wide-ranging and comprehensive, usually affecting a large number of people or things;
3. a sweeping change or development has a major effect;
4. not based on specific facts or details and therefore not completely accurate or fair;

Friday, June 27, 2014

strum & fling

Quotations:
Amos 6:5
You strum away on your harps like David and improvise on musical instruments.

Amos 8:3
"In that day," declares the Sovereign Lord, "the songs in the temple will turn to wailing. Many, many bodies -- flung everywhere! Silence!"

Definitions:
strum:
1. to play a guitar or other stringed instrument by brushing the strings with the fingers or a pick;
2. the sound of somebody strumming an instrument;

fling:
1. to throw somebody/something somewhere with force, especially because you are angry;
2. to move yourself or part of your body suddenly and with a lot of force;
3. to quickly open a door 
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Thursday, June 26, 2014

pedestal & lounge

Quotations:
Amos 5:26
You have lifted up the shrine of your king, the pedestal of your idols, the star of your god -- which you made for yourselves.

Amos 6:4
You lie on beds inlaid with ivory and lounge on your couches. You dine on choice lambs and fattened calves.

Definitions:
pedestal:
the base that a column, statue, etc. rests on;

to put/place somebody on a pedestal:
to admire somebody so much that you do not see their faults;

lounge:
1. to stand, sit or lie in a lazy way;
2. a room for waiting in at an airport, etc.
3. a public room in a hotel, club, etc, for waiting or relaxing in;
4. a room in a private house for sitting and relaxing in; 

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

reprove & lush

Quotations:
Amos 5:10
you hate the one who reproves in court and despise him who tells the truth.

Amos 5:11
You trample on the poor and  force him to give you grain. Therefore, though you have built stone mansions, you will not live in them; though you have planted lush vineyards, you will not drink their wine.

Definitions:
reprove:
1. to speak so somebody in a way that shows disapproval of something he or she has done;
2. to criticize or blame someone for doing something wrong or bad;

lush:
1. growing thickly and strongly in a way that is attractive; covered in healthy grass and plants;
2. beautiful and making you feel pleasure; seeming expensive.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

fleet-footed & brag

Quotations:
Amos 2:15
The archer will not stand his ground, the fleet-footed soldier will not get away, and the horseman will not save his life.

Amos 4:5
Burn leavened bread as a thank offering and brag about your freewill offerings -- boast about them, you Israelites, for this is what you love to do," declares the Sovereign Lord.

Definitions:
fleet-footed:
nimble and fast on one's feet.

fleet:
1. move or pass quickly.
2. fast and nimble in movement;
3. the largest group of naval vessels under one commander, organized for specific tactical or other purposes.

brag:
say in a boastful manner;

Monday, June 23, 2014

Amos & stifle

Quotations:
Amos 1:10
I will send fire upon the walls of Tyre that will consume her fortresses."
This is what the LORD says:
"For three sins of Edom, even for four, I will not turn back my wrath. Because he pursued his brother with a sword, stifling all compassion, because his anger raged continually and his fury flamed unchecked,

Definitions:
Amos:
in the Bible, a Hebrew prophet who lived in the 8th century and delivered judgement against Judah, Samaria, and Israel;
a book of the Bible that contains the prophecies traditionally attributed to Amos.

stifle:
1. to prevent something from happening; 
2. to prevent a feeling from being expressed;
3. to feel unable to breathe, or to make somebody unable to breathe, because it is too hot and/or there is no fresh air.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

mill about & weakling

Quotations:
Joel 1:18
How the cattle moan! The herds mill about because they have no pasture; even the flocks of sheep are suffering.

Joel 3:10
Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruning hooks into spears. Let the weakling say, " I am strong!"

Definitions:
mill about:
to wander about aimlessly, restlessly, or in confusion;

weakling:
a person who is not physically strong;

Joel & fang

Quotations:
Joel 1:6
A nation has invaded my land, powerful and without number; it has the teeth of a lion, the fangs of lioness.

Definitions:
Joel:
a book of the Bible that contains Joel's prophecies;

fang:
either of two long sharp teeth at the front of the mouths of some animals, such as a snake or dog;

Friday, June 20, 2014

inflame & maniac

Quotations:
Hosea 7:5
On the day of the festival of our king the princes become inflamed with wine, and he joins hands with the mockers.

Hosea 9:7
The days of punishment are coming, the days of reckoning are at hand. Let Israel know this. Because your sins are so many and your hostility so great, the prophet is considered a fool, the inspired man a maniac.

Definitions:
inflame:
1. to cause very strong feelings, especially anger or excitement, in a person or in a group of people;
2. to make a situation worse or more difficult to deal with;

maniac:
1. a person who has an extremely strong desire or enthusiasm for something, to an extent that other people think is not normal;
2. a person suffering from mania;
3. a person behaves in an extremely dangerous, wild, or stupid way;

Thursday, June 19, 2014

moth & press on

Quotations:
Hosea 5:12
I am like a moth to Ephraim, like rot to the people of Judah.

Hosea 6:3
Let us acknowledge the LORD; let us press on to acknowledge him. As surely as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.

Definitions:
moth:
a flying insect with long thin body and four large wings, like a butterfly, but less brightly coloured. Moths fly mainly at night and are attracted to bright lights. A caterpillar will develop into a moth or a butterfly.

press on:
to continue in an urgent and persistent manner;

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

relish & illegitimate

Quotations:
Hosea 4:8
They feed on the sin of my people, and relish their wickedness;

Hosea 5:7
They are unfaithful to the Lord; they give birth to illegitimate children. Now their New Moon festivals will devour them and their fields.

Definitions:
relish:
1. to enjoy or take great pleasure in an experience;
2. to enjoy the taste of a particular food or drink;
3. to give a pleasing taste to food, e.g. by adding spice or relish;
4. to get great pleasure or satisfaction from something;

illegitimate:
1. born to parents who are not married to each other;
2. not carried out, made, or constituted in accordance with the law, the rules governing a specific activity, or social norms and customs;
3. not correctly inferred or reasoned;
4. not allowed by the rules or laws;

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

allure & reconciliation

Quotations:
Hosea 2:14
Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her.

Hosea's Reconciliation With His Wife
Hosea 3:1 
The Lord said to me, "Go, show your love to your wife again, though she is loved by another and is an adulteress. Love her as the Lord loves the Israelites, though they turn to other gods and love the sacred raisin cakes."

Definitions:
allure:
to exert a very powerful and often dangerous attraction on somebody;

reconciliation:
1. the ending of conflict or renewing of a friendly relationship between disputing people or groups;
2. the making of two or more apparently conflicting things consistent or compatible;

Monday, June 16, 2014

Hosea & deck

Quotations:
Hosea 2:13
I will punish her for the days she burned incense to the Baals; she decked herself with rings and jewellery, and went after her lovers, but me she forgot," declares the Lord.

Definitions:
Hosea:
a book of the Bible that contains the prophecies traditionally attributed to the Hebrew prophet Hosea.

deck:
1. to decorate or ornament somebody or something;
2. to strike and knock somebody down deliberately;
3. to make a deck for a ship or other  structure
4. very fashionable or trendsetting;

Sunday, June 15, 2014

abolish & magnify

Quotations:
Daniel 11:31
His armed forces will rise up to desecrate the temple fortress and will abolish the daily sacrifice. Then thy will set up the abomination that causes desolation.

Daniel 11:36
The king will do as he pleases. He will exalt and magnify himself above every god and will say unheard-of things against the God of gods. He will be successful until the time of wrath is completed, for what has been determined must take place.

Definitions:
abolish:
1. to put an end to something such as a law;
2. to officially get rid of a law, system, practice etc.

magnify:
1. to increase the importance attributed to somebody or something;
2. to make something look bigger than it really is, for example by using a lens or microscope;
3. to make something bigger, louder or stronger;

Saturday, June 14, 2014

speechless & parcel put

Quotations:
Daniel 10:15
While he was saying this to me, I bowed with my face toward the ground and was speechless.

Daniel 11:4
After he has appeared, his empire will be broken up and parcelled out toward the four winds of heaven. It will not go to his descendants, nor will it have the power he exercised, because his empire will be uprooted and given to others.

Definitions:
speechless:
not able to speak, especially because you are extremely angry or surprised;

parcel out:
to divide and distribute something between a number of people;

Friday, June 13, 2014

shaggy & descent

Quotations:
Daniel 8:21
The shaggy goat is the king of Greece, and the large horn between his eyes is the first king.

Daniel 9:1
In the first year of Darius son of Xerxes (a Mede by descent), who was made ruler over the Babylonian kingdom -- 

Definitions:
shaggy:
1. long and untidy;
2. having long untidy hair, fur, etc.

descent:
1. person's family origins;
2. a slope going downwards;
3. an action of coming or going down;

Thursday, June 12, 2014

ground & substance

Quotations:
Daniel 6:4
At this, the administrators and the satraps tried to find grounds for charges against Daniel in his conduct of government affairs, but they were unable to do so. They could find no corruption in him, because he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent.

Daniel 7:1
In the first year of Belshazzar king of Babylon, Daniel had a dream, and visions passed through his mind as he was lying on his bed. He wrote down the substance of his dream.

Definitions:
ground:
1. a good or true reason for saying, doing or believing something;
2. the solid surface of the earth;
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substance:
1. the most important or main part of something;
2. the quality of being based on facts or the truth;
3. a type of solid, liquid or gas that has particular qualities;

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

baffled & wanting

Quotations:
Daniel 5:9
So king Belshazzar became even more terrified and his face grew more pale. His nobles were baffled.

Daniel 5:27
Tekel: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting.

Definitions:
baffle:
to confuse somebody completely; to be too difficult or strange for somebody to understand or explain;

wanting:
1. not having enough of something;
2. not good enough;

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

singe & perplex

Quotations:
Daniel 3:27
and the satraps, prefects, governors and royal advisers crowded around them. They saw that the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them.

Daniel 4:19
Then Daniel (also called Belteshazzar) was greatly perplexed for a time, and his thoughts terrified him. So the king said, "Belteshazzar, do not let the dream of its meaning alarm you."

Definitions:
singe:
1. to burn something slightly so that only the surface, edge, or tip is affected, or be burned in this way;
2. to expose the carcass of a bird or animal to a flame in order to remove unwanted feathers, bristles, or hair;
3. to burn the short fuzzy ends of fibers from cloth in the manufacturing process.


perplex:
1. to puzzle or confuse somebody, especially causing doubt;
2. to make something overly complicated or intricate;
3. to make someone feel perplexed;
 

Monday, June 9, 2014

herald & zither

Quotations:
Daniel 3:4
Then the herald loudly proclaimed, "This is what you are commanded to do, O peoples, nations and men of every language: As soon as you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipes and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up.

Definitions:
herald:
1. somebody who brings or announces important news;
2. somebody or something that is a forerunner of something or gives an indication of something that is going to happen;
3. an official messenger and representative of a king or leader in former times;
4. to be a sign that something is going to happen;

zither:
a musical instrument with a lot of metal strings stretched over a flat wooden box, that you play with your fingers or a plectrum.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

dazzle & prefect

Quotations:
Daniel 2:31
You looked, O king, and there before you stood a large statue -- an enormous, dazzling statue, awesome in appearance .

Daniel 3:2
He then summoned the satraps, prefects, governors, advisers, treasurers, judges, magistrates and all the other provincial officials to come to the dedication of the image he had set up.

Definitions:
dazzle:
1. if a strong light dazzles you, it is so bright that you can not see for a short time;
2. to impress somebody a lot with your beauty, skill, etc.

prefect:
1. a senior administrative or military official in ancient Rome;
2. a public official in some countries who has authority over a particular district;
3. a student who is given some authority over other pupils in matters of discipline in a private school;

Saturday, June 7, 2014

aptitude & tact

Quotations:
Daniel 1:4
young men without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king's palace. He was to teach them the language and literature of the Babylonians.

Daniel 2:14
When Arioch, the commander of the king's guard, ahd gone out to put to death the wise men of Babylon, Daniel spoke to him with wisdom and tact.

Definitions:
aptitude:
1. a natural tendency to do something well, especially one that can be further developed;2
2. quickness and ease in learning;
3. natural ability that makes it easy for you to do something well;

tact:
1. skill in situations in which other people's feeling have to be considered;
2. a careful way of speaking or behaving that avoids upsetting other people.

Friday, June 6, 2014

perspire & Daniel

Quotations:
Ezekiel 44:18
They are to wear linen turbans on their heads and linen undergarments around their waists. They must not wear anything that makes them perspire.

Daniel 1:1
In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king o f babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it.

Definitions:
perspire:
to produce sweat on your body;

Daniel:
in the Bible, a prophet whose faith in God protected him in the lion's den; 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

adjoin & precinct

Quotations:
Ezekiel 41:11
There were entrances to the side rooms from the open area, one on the north and another on the south; and the base adjoining the open area was five cubits wide all around.

Ezekiel 42:14
Once the priests enter the holy precincts, they are not to go into the outer court until they leave behind the garments in which they minister, for these are holy. They are to put on other clothes before they go near the places that are for the people.

Definitions:
adjoin:
to be next to or joined to something;

precinct:
1. the area around an important building, especially a college or cathedral;
2. a small electoral district of a city or town, forming part of a ward;
3. a district in a town or city, usually organized for voting, police, or government purposes;

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

abut & a flight of stairs/steps

Quotations:
Ezekiel 40:18
It abutted the sides of the gateways and was as wide as they were long; this was the lower pavement. 

Ezekiel 40:49
The portico was twenty cubits wide, and twelve cubits from front to back. It was reached by a flight of stairs, and there were pillars on each side of the jambs.

Definitions:
abut:
to touch or be adjacent to something along the side;

a flight of stairs/steps:
a series of steps between two floors or levels;

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

alcove & surmount

Quotations:
Ezekiel 40:7
The alcoves for the guards were one rod long and one rod wide, and the projecting walls between the alcoves were five cubits thick. And the threshold of the gate next to the portico facing the temple was on rod deep.

Ezekiel 40:16
The alcoves and the projecting walls inside the gateway were surmounted by narrow parapet openings all around, as was the portico; the openings all around faced inward. The faces of the projecting walls were decorated with palm trees.

Definitions:
alcove:
an area in a room that is formed by part of a wall being built farther back than the rest of the wall.

surmount:
1. to be on top of something;
2. to deal successfully with a difficult situation or problem;

Monday, June 2, 2014

carrion & glut

Quotations:
Ezekiel 39:4
On the mountains of Israel you will fall, you and all your troops and the nations with you. I will give you as food to all kinds of carrion birds and to the wild animals.

Ezekiel 39:19
At the sacrifice I am preparing for you, you will eat fat till you are glutted and drink blood till you are drunk. 

Definitions:
carrion:
the decaying flesh of dead animals;

glut:
1. supply or fill to excess;
2. an excessively abundant supply of something;

Sunday, June 1, 2014

splint & muddy

Quotations:
Ezekiel 30:21
Son of man, I have broken the arm of Pharaoh king of Egypt. It has not been bound up for healing or put in a splint so as to become strong enough to hold a sword.

Ezekiel 32:2
Son of man, take up a lament concerning Pharaoh king of Egypt and say to him: " 'You are like a lion among the nations; you are like a monster in the seas thrashing about in your streams, churning the water with your feet and muddying the streams.

Definitions:
splint:
a long piece of wood or metal that is tied to a broken arm or leg to keep it still and in the right position.

muddy:
1. to make something muddy;
2. to make something confused and unclear;
3. full of, covered in, or dirtied with mud;
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