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כיצים , Deuteronomy 22:6 ; Job 39:14 ; Isaiah 10:14 ; Isaiah 59:5 ; ωον , Luke 11:12 . Eggs are considered as a very great delicacy in the cast, and are served up with fish and honey at their entertainments. As a desirable article of food, the egg is mentioned, Luke 11:12 : "If a son ask for an egg, will his father offer him a scorpion?" It has been remarked that the body of the scorpion is very like an egg, as its head can scarcely be distinguished, especially, if it be of the white kind, which is the first species mentioned by AElian, Avicenna, and others. Bochart has produced testimonies to prove that the scorpions in Judea were about the bigness of an egg. So the similitude is preserved between the thing asked, and the thing given.

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Watson, Richard. Entry for 'Egg'. Richard Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary. 1831-2.

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