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Worm

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the general name in Scripture for little creeping insects. Several kinds are spoken of:

1. Those that breed in putrefied bodies, רסה , Exodus 16:20 ; Exodus 16:24 ; Job 7:5 ; Job 17:14 ; Job 21:26 ; Job 24:20 ; Job 25:6 ; Isaiah 14:11 ; ακωληξ , Sir_7:17 ; Sir_10:11 ; 1Ma_2:62 ; 2Ma_9:9 ; Jdt_16:17 ; Mark 9:44 ; Mark 9:46 ; Mark 9:48 ; Acts 12:23 .

2. That which eats woollen garments, סס , Isaiah 51:8 ; σης , Matthew 6:19-20 ; Luke 12:33 .

3. That which, perforating the leaves and bark of trees, causes the little excrescences called kermes, whence is made a crimson dye, תולע , Deuteronomy 28:39 ; Job 25:6 ; Psalms 22:6 ; Isaiah 14:11 ; Isaiah 41:14 ; Isaiah 66:24 ; Exodus 16:20 ; Jonah 4:7 .

4. The worm destructive of the vines, referred to in Deuteronomy 28:39 ; which was the pyralis vitanae, or pyralis fasciana, of Forskal, the vine weevil, a small insect extremely hurtful to the vines.


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Watson, Richard. Entry for 'Worm'. Richard Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/wtd/w/worm.html. 1831-2.

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