Thursday, July 31, 2014

legion & Sanhedrin

Quotations:
Matthew 26:53
Do you think I can not call on my father, and he will at once put at my disposal more than twelve legions of angels?

Matthew 26:59
The chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin were looking for false evidence against Jesus to that hey could put him to death.

Definitions:
legion:
1. a large military unit, especially an army;
2. a large number of people or things;

Sanhedrin:
The Sanhedrin was the supreme council, or court, in ancient Israel.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

recline & crow

Quotations:
Matthew 26:7
a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table.

Matthew 26:34
"I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times."

Definitions:
recline:
1. to lean back into a supported sloping or horizontal position, usually in order to rest or relax;
2. to tilt back from an upright position, or make something tilt back;
3. to lie or lean in a comfortable position with your back supported by something;
4. if a chair reclines, you can make the back of it lean backwards to be more comfortable;

crow:
1. to give the loud shrill cry of a rooster;
2. to cry out with pleasure in the way that babies do;
3. to boast about personal success or celebrate about something another person has failed to do in a noisy and exuberant way;
4. a large bird with shin black feathers and a raucous cry, of a family whose members include rooks and ravens.
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

strain & alabaster

Quotations:
Matthew 23:24
You blind guides! You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel.

Matthew 26:7
a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table.

Definitions:
strain:
to pass something, or be passed, through a mesh or filter to remove solids or larger particles;
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alabaster:
a type of white stone that is often used to make statues and decorative objects.

Monday, July 28, 2014

phylactery & dill

Quotations:
Matthew 23:5
Everything they do is done for men to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long;

Matthew 23:23
"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices -- mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law -- justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.

Definitions:
phylactery:
either of two small leather boxes containing slips of paper with scriptures written on them, traditionally worn by Jewish men druing morning weekday prayers as reminders of their religious duties.

dill:
a plant with yellow flowers whose leaves and seeds have a strong taste and are used in cooking as a herb. 

Saturday, July 26, 2014

foal & resurrection

Quotations:
Matthew 21:5
Say to the Daughter of Zion, 'See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey'"

Matthew 22:23
That same day the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question.

Definitions:
foal:
a very young horse or donkey;

resurrection:
1. the time when Jesus Christ returned to life again after his death;
2. the time when all dead people will become alive again, when the world ends;
3. a new beginning for something which is old or which had disappeared or become weak.

the third hour & indignant

Quotations:
Matthew 20:3
About the third hour he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing.

Matthew 20:24
When the ten heard about this, they were indignant with the two brothers.

Definitions:
the third hour:
All biblical references to time during the daylight part of the day are given by the hour of the day. The first hour starts at 6:00 AM, 1/2 way through the calendar day. The seventh hour of the day begins at 12:00 Noon, the 12th hour of the day begins at 5:00 PM. the third hour begins at 8Am;

indignant:
angry or annoyed at the apparent unfairness and unreasonableness of something;

Thursday, July 24, 2014

watch of the night & crumb

Quotations:
Matthew 14:25
During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.

Matthew 15:27
"Yes, Lord," she said, "but even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their masters' table."

Definitions:
watch of the night:
Most biblical references to time at night are given as a reference to 1 of 4 different Watches of the Night. The second ring on 12 hour analog style Bible Clocks marks the start of each of those 4 watches. The starting time for the first watch is at nominal sunset, 6:00 PM, then the second watch at 9:00 PM, the third watch at 12:00 Midnight, and the 4th watch at 3:00 AM.

crumb:
1. a very small fragment of bread, cake, biscuit, or similar food;
2. a tiny amount of something;
3. someone who had done something you do not approve of;

overcast & transfigure

Quotations:
Matthew 16:3
and in the morning, 'Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.' You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times.

Matthew 17:2
There he was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and his clothes became as white as the light.

Definitions:
overcast:
1. covered with clouds; very cloudy, with no sun showing;
2. a heavy covering of clouds in the sky;
3. to become cloudy or dull;

transfigure:
to change the appearance of someone or something, especially in a way that makes them look beautiful;

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

tetrarch & platter

Quotations:
Matthew 14:1
At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the reports about Jesus, and he said to his attendants, "This is John the Baptist; he has risen from the dead! That is why miraculous powers are at work in him."

Matthew 14:8
Prompted by her mother, she said, "Give me here on the a platter the head of John the Baptist." 

Definitions:
tetrarch:
one of four joint rulers;

platter:
a large plate that is used for serving food;

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

mustard & perch

Quotations:
Matthew 13:31
He told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field.

Matthew 13:32
Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches.

Definitions:
mustard:
1. a thick cold yellow or brown sauce that tastes hot and spicy and is usually eaten with meat;
2. a small plant with yellow flowers, grown for its seeds that are crushed to make mustard;
3. a brownish-yellow colour;

perch:
1. to land and stay on a branch, etc.;
2. a place where a bird rests, especially a branch or bar for this purpose, for example in a bird's cage;
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Monday, July 21, 2014

dirge & arid

Quotations:
Matthew 11:17
'We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.'

Matthew 12:43
When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it.

Definitions:
dirge:
1. a song sung in the past at a funeral or for a dead person;
2. any song or piece of music that is too slow and sad;

arid:
1. having little or no rain; very dry;
2. with nothing new or interesting in it;

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Gentles & baptist

Quotations:
Matthew 10:5
These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: "Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans.

Matthew 11:11
I tell you the truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

Definitions:
Gentle:
1. Christian, as distinguished from Jewish;
2. not belonging to the Jewish people or faith;

baptist:
a member of a Christian Protestant Church that believes that baptism should take place when a person is old enough to understand what it means, and not as baby.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

disciple & apostle

Quotations:
Matthew 10:1
He called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.

Matthew 10:2
These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John;

Definitions:
disciple:
1. a person who believes in and follows the teachings of a religious or political leader;
​2. according to the Bible, one of the people who followed Jesus Christ and his teachings when he was living on earth, especially one of the twelve Apostles;

apostle:
any one of the twelve men that Christ chose to tell people about him and his teachings;

apostle of something:
a person who strongly believes in a policy or an idea and tries to make other people believe in it.

Friday, July 18, 2014

speck & sawdust

Quotations:
Matthew 7:3
"Why do you look as the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?

Definitions:
speck:
a very small spot; a small piece of dirt, etc.

sawdust:
very small pieces of wood that fall as powder when wood is cut with a saw;

Thursday, July 17, 2014

hallow & somber

Quotations:
Matthew 6:9
This, then, is how you should pray:
" 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,

Matthew 6:16
When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.

Definitions:
hallow:
1. to make somebody or something holy;
2. to have great respect or reverence for somebody or something;

somber (sombre):
1. marked by or conveying strict seriousness combined with sadness or a troubled state of mind;
2. dark in colour, especially grey or black;
3. having a colour or tone that is dark, dull, or suitable for a serious mood or occasion;

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

answerable & sue

Quotations:
Matthew 5:22
But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, 'Raca,' is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says , 'You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell.

Matthew 5:40
And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. 

Definitions:
answerable:
1. responsible or accountable to somebody for something;
2. having a possible solution or a correct response;
3. if you are answerable to someone, you have to explain to them the reasons for your actions or mistakes;

sue:
1. to make a claim against somebody in court about something that they have said or done to harm you;
2. sue for something, to formally ask for something, especially in court;

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

seizure & Beatitude

Quotations:
Matthew 4:24
News about him spread all over Syria, and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed, those having seizures, and the paralyzed, and he healed them.

Matthew 5:1
The Beatitudes
Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them, saying:


Definitions:
seizure:
1. a sudden attack of an illness or condition, especially of the kind experienced by people with epilepsy;
2. the seizing of something, especially the taking of something by force or the official or legal appropriation of something;
3. capture or appropriation;

Beatitude:
the eight statements made by Christ about people who are blessed.

Monday, July 14, 2014

deter & synagogue

Quotations:
Matthew 3:14
But John tried to deter him, saying, "I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?"

Matthew 4:23
Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.

Definitions:
deter:
to make somebody decide not to do something or continue doing something, especially by making them understand the difficulties and unpleasant results of their actions.

synagogue:
a building used by Jewish people for worship and religious study;

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Matthew & outwit

Quotations:
Matthew 2:16
When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.

Definitions:
Matthew:
a book of the Bible, the first of the Gospels in which the life and teachings of Jesus Christ are described, traditionally attributed to St. Matthew.

outwit:
1. to gain an advantage over someone, especially by using a clever or dishonest trick.
2. to use cunning or trickery to get an advantage over somebody;

Saturday, July 12, 2014

refiner & launderer

Quotations:
Malachi 3:2 But who can endure the day of his coming? Who can stand when he appears? For his will be like a refiner's fire or a launderer's soap.

Definitions:
refiner:
a person or company that refines substances such as sugar or oil;

launderer:
a person who washes and irons clothes.

Friday, July 11, 2014

implore & admonition

Quotations:
Malachi 1:9 Now implore God to be gracious to us. With such offerings from your hands, will he accept you?" -- says the Lord Almighty.

Malachi 2:1 And now this admonition is for you, O priests.

Definitions:
implore:
1. to plead with somebody to do something;
2. to beg or pray for something;
3. to ask someone to do something, in a very emotional way, because you want it very much

admonition:
a warning to somebody about their behaviour;

Thursday, July 10, 2014

socket & Malachi

Quotations:
Zechariah 14:12
This is the plague with which the Lord will strike all the nations that fought against Jerusalem: Their flesh will rot while they are still standing on their feet, their eyes will rot in their sockets, and their tongues will rot in their mounts.

Malachi 1:2
"I have loved you," says the Lord. 
"But you ask, 'How have you loved us?'
"Was not Esau Jacob's brother?" the Lord says. "Yet I have loved Jacob, but Esau I have hated, and I have turned his mountains into a wasteland and left his inheritance to the desert jackals." 

Definitions:
socket:
a curved space in the human body where a moving part, such as any eye or an arm fits.

Malachi:
a book of the Bible that contains writings traditionally attributed to Malachi. In the Christian Old Testament, the Prophetic Books are placed last, making book of Malachi the last protocanonical book before The New Testament. 

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Zechariah & dapple

Quotations:
Zechariah 6:2
The first chariot had red horses, the second black, the third white, and the fourth dappled -- all of them powerful.

Definitions:
Zechariah:
a book of the Bible that contains the prophecies traditionally attributed to Zechariah, including his visions of the rebuilding of the Temple in a restored Jerusalem.

dapple:
1. to mark something with patches or spots of a different color or with light and shade, or be marked in this way;
2. an individual spot or patch of color, light, or shade;
3. an animal, especially a horse, with a dappled coat;

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

entrails & Haggai

Quotations:
Zephaniah 1:17
I will bring distress on the people and they will walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the Lord. Their blood will be poured out like dust and their entrails like filth.

Haggai 1:4
Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin.

Definitions:
entrails:
an animal's or person's internal organs;

Haggai:
a book of the Bible that describes the rebuilding of the Israelites' temple after their return to Jerusalem from exile in Babylon and records the prophecies traditionally attributed to Haggai;



Monday, July 7, 2014

wretched & Zephaniah

Quotations:
Habakkuk 3:14
With his own spear you pierced his head when his warriors stormed out to scatter us, gloating as though about to devour the wretched who were in hiding.

Zephaniah 1:16
a day of trumpet and battle cry against the fortified cities and against the corner towers.

Definitions:
wretched:
1. feeling very unhappy or ill;
2. in a state of great hardship, deprivation, and hopelessness and arousing sympathy in others;
3. seriously inadequate or of very low quality;
4. used for emphasizing how much someone or something annoys you;

Zephaniah:
a book in the Bible, traditionally attributed to Zephaniah. It urges repentance by the people of Judah, and predicts a day of judgment.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

earthen & puff

Quotations:
Habakkuk 1:10
They deride kings and scoff at rulers. They laugh at all fortified cities; they build earthen ramps and capture them.

Habakkuk 2:4
See, he is puffed up; his desires are not upright -- but the righteous will live by his faith -- 

Definitions:
earthen:
made of earth or baked clay;

puff:
1. to say something in a way that shows you are annoyed and offended;
2. to breathe quickly in short blasts;
3. to emit or blow steam, gas, or smoke in short blasts;
4. to inhale and exhale smoke from a cigarette, cigar, or pipe;
5. to make somebody breathless, e.g. after heavy exercise;

be puffed up with pride, etc.:
to be too full of pride;

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Habakkuk & paralyze

Quotations:
Habakkuk 1:4
Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted.

Quotations:
Habakkuk:
a book of Bible that contains the prophecies traditionally attributed to Habakkuk.

paralyze:
1. to cause somebody to lose the ability to move a part of the body, either by damaging nerve or muscle function, or through the use of a drug;
2. to make somebody temporarily unable to move, e.g. with fear;
3. to bring a system or network to a stop or prevent it from functioning effectively;

Friday, July 4, 2014

jolt & glitter

Quotations:
Nahum 3:2
The crack of whips, the clatter of wheels, galloping horses and jolting chariots! 

Nahum 3:3
Charging cavalry, flashing swords and glittering spears! Many casualties, piles of dead, bodies without number, people stumbling over the corpses -- 

Definitions:
jolt:
1. to shake or jerk suddenly and violently, or make somebody or something shake or jerk suddenly and violently.
2. to startle somebody out of a daydream, fantasy, or other state of semi-awareness;


glitter:
1. to sparkling or shimmer brightly;
2. to look bright or expressive with an emotion such as anger or love;
3. to exhibit liveliness and charm;
4. to be characterized by the presence of somebody or something glamorous;
5. to shine with a lot of small quick flashes of light;
6. if your eyes glitter, they show a strong emotion such as anger;

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Nahum & collapse

Quotations:
Nahum 2:6
The river gates are thrown open and the palace collapses.

Definitions:
Nahum:
in the Bible, a Hebrew prophet who lived in the 7th century, including the prophecy foretelling the siege and sack of the Assyrian capital of Nineveh in 612;

collapse:
1. to fall down suddenly, generally as a result of damage, structural weakness, or lack of support;
2. to fail or come to an end suddenly;
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

parting gift & mangle

Quotations:
Micah 1:14
Therefore you will give parting gifts to Moresheth Gath. The town of Aczib will prove deceptive to the kings of Israel.

Micah 5:8
The remnant of Jacob will be among the nations, in the midst of many peoples; like a lion among the beasts of the forest, like a young lion among flocks of sheep, which mauls and mangles as it goes, and no one can rescue. 

Definitions:
parting gift:
a product or service that is advertised at the end of a talk or game show and given to the guests on the program. 

mangle:
1. to mutilate or disfigure somebody or something by violent tearing, cutting, or crushing;
2. to spoil or ruin something through carelessness or ineptitude;
3. to damage or hurt someone or something seriously by twisting or crushing them so that they no longer have their correct shape.
4. to say, write, or perform words or music so badly that it is hard to recognize them.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

overboard & Micah

Quotations:
Jonah 1:15
Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm.

Micah 1:4
The mountains melt beneath him and the valleys split apart, like wax before the fire, like water rushing down a slope.

Definitions:
overboard:
over the side of a ship or boat and into the water;

throw somebody/something overboard:
to get rid of somebody/something that you think is useless;

go overboard:
to be too excited or enthusiastic about something or about doing something

Micah:
a book of the Bible traditionally attributed to the prophet Micah;