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Easton's Bible Dictionary
(Hebrews beytsah, "whiteness"). Eggs deserted (Isaiah 10:14), of a bird (Deuteronomy 22:6), an ostrich (Job 39:14), the cockatrice (Isaiah 59:5). In Luke 11:12, an egg is contrasted with a scorpion, which is said to be very like an egg in its appearance, so much so as to be with difficulty at times distinguished from it. In Job 6:6 ("the white of an egg") the word for egg (hallamuth') occurs nowhere else. It has been translated "purslain" (R.V. marg.), and the whole phrase "purslain-broth", i.e., broth made of that herb, proverbial for its insipidity; and hence an insipid discourse. Job applies this expression to the speech of Eliphaz as being insipid and dull. But the common rendering, "the white of an egg", may be satisfactorily maintained.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (n.) The oval or roundish body laid by domestic poultry and other birds, tortoises, etc. It consists of a yolk, usually surrounded by the white or albumen, and enclosed in a shell or strong membrane.

2. (n.) A simple cell, from the development of which the young of animals are formed; ovum; germ cell.

3. (n.) Anything resembling an egg in form.

4. (v. t.) To urge on; to instigate; to incite/

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

(betsah; oon; Latin ovum):

An oval or spheroid body produced by birds, fishes and reptiles, from which their young emerge when incubated or naturally developed. The fertile egg of a bird consists of the yolk, a small disk from which the embryo develops, the albuminous white, and a calcareous shell. The most ancient records prove that eggs have been used as an article of diet ever since the use of the flesh of fowl began. Chickens were unknown in Palestine in the days of Job, so that his query concerning the taste of the white of an egg might have referred to those of pigeons, ducks, eggs taken from the nests of geese or swans, game birds or ostriches. "Can that which hath no savor be eaten without salt? Or is there any taste in the white of an egg?" (Job 6:6, the Revised Version, margin "the juice of purslain"). In Luke 11:12 there is every possibility that the egg of our common domestic fowl is referred to as "chickens" (which see) had been imported and were numerous in Palestine at that time. "Or if he shall ask an egg, will he give him a scorpion?" The reference in Isaiah 59:5 is to the egg of a serpent, and is figurative of the schemes of evil men: "They hatch adders' eggs, and weave the spider's web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth; and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper."

Gene Stratton-Porter

5609. oon -- an egg
... 5608, 5609. oon. 5610 . an egg. Part of Speech: Noun, Neuter Transliteration:
oon Phonetic Spelling: (o-on') Short Definition: an egg Definition: an egg. ...
// - 6k
Strong's Hebrew
1000. betsah -- an egg
... 999, 1000. betsah. 1001 . an egg. Transliteration: betsah Phonetic Spelling:
(bay-tsaw') Short Definition: eggs. Word Origin ... 6). egg. From ...
/hebrew/1000.htm - 6k

2495. challamuth -- (a plant), probably a purslane
... 2494, 2495. challamuth. 2496 . (a plant), probably a purslane. Transliteration:
challamuth Phonetic Spelling: (khal-law-mooth') Short Definition: egg. ... egg. ...
/hebrew/2495.htm - 6k

7388. riyr -- to flow (like slime)
... spittle, white of an egg From ruwr; saliva; by resemblance, broth -- spittle, white
(of an egg). see HEBREW ruwr. 7387, 7388. riyr. 7388a . Strong's Numbers
/hebrew/7388.htm - 5k


Egg-Shell Christians
... TALK SEVEN. EGG-SHELL CHRISTIANS. You have sometimes heard it said of people
that "they have to be handled like eggs"; eggs must ...
// talks/talk seven egg-shell christians.htm

There is a Popular Philosophical Joke Intended to Typify the ...
... popular philosophical joke intended to typify the endless and useless arguments
of philosophers; I mean the joke about which came first, the chicken or the egg ...
/.../chesterton/whats wrong with the world/chapter 2 there is a.htm

A Life for a Life
... I had an egg for breakfast this morning, and I saw that it was an egg;
there it was, shell and all. God made that egg. I had an ...
// life for a life/a life for a life.htm

The Name of God
... Why does an eagle's egg always produce an eagle, and a dove's egg a dove, and
so forth? No man knows, no man can give any reason whatsoever. ...
/.../kingsley/discipline and other sermons/sermon vii the name of god.htm

Fabulous Heathen Genealogies.
... called "The Birds," having taken upon him to handle the subject of the Creation,
said that in the beginning the world was produced from an egg, saying: [558 ...
/.../theophilus/theophilus to autolycus/chapter vii fabulous heathen genealogies.htm

Kronos and Rhea Explained.
... [1064] For the whole body of matter was borne about for some Time, before it brought
forth, like an egg, the sphere-like, all-embracing heaven (ouranos), which ...
/.../unknown/the clementine homilies/chapter v kronos and rhea explained.htm

Whether the Image of God is in Man?
... For an "image" is so called because it is produced as an imitation of something
else; wherefore, for instance, an egg, however much like and equal to another ...
// theologica/whether the image of god.htm

A Whitsun Sermon
... Who can tell that? What is life? What is it which changes the seed into a flower,
the egg into a bird? It is not the seed itself; the egg itself. ...
/.../kingsley/discipline and other sermons/sermon xix a whitsun sermon.htm

Stones Rolled Away
... a certain lady of that point as they were sitting at dinner; and he said to her
that in the pudding which they had just eaten there was an egg, and that that ...
/.../stones rolled away and other addresses to young men/i stones rolled away.htm

On the Words of the Gospel, Luke xi. 5, "Which of You Shall have a ...
... serpent? or if he ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? ... 7. There remains
hope, which, as I think, is compared to an egg. For ...
/.../sermons on selected lessons of the new testament/sermon lv on the words.htm

Egg (3 Occurrences)
... Eggs deserted (Isaiah 10:14), of a bird (Deuteronomy 22:6), an ostrich (Job 39:14),
the cockatrice (Isaiah 59:5). In Luke 11:12, an egg is contrasted with a ...
/e/egg.htm - 10k

Scorpion (6 Occurrences)
... Luke 10:19), "Behold, I have given you authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions,"
and again in Luke 11:12 He says, "Or if he shall ask an egg, will he ...
/s/scorpion.htm - 13k

Anchor (4 Occurrences)
... of certain moldings. It is seen in the echinus, or egg-and-anchor (called
also egg-and-dart, egg-and-tongue) ornament. 7. (n.) One ...
/a/anchor.htm - 9k

Ostrich (9 Occurrences)
... It is the custom of natives on finding a nest to take a long stick and draw
out an egg. If incubation has advanced enough to spoil ...
/o/ostrich.htm - 18k

Juice (8 Occurrences)
... translation of `acic, the Revised Version margin "sweet wine"), and once in the
Revised Version margin of Job 6:6, where for "the white of an egg" margin reads ...
/j/juice.htm - 9k

Pelican (5 Occurrences)
... three eggs. The brown birds deposited a creamy-white egg with a rosy flush;
the white, a white egg with bluish tints. The young ...
/p/pelican.htm - 11k

Blow (124 Occurrences)
... to blow an organ. 17. (vt) To clear of contents by forcing air through;
as, to blow an egg; to blow one's nose. 18. (vt) To burst ...
/b/blow.htm - 42k

Bonnet (1 Occurrence)
... 9 the Revised Version (British and American), "to bind head-tires," literally "to
wind head-tires," means, in the light of usage, "to form an egg-shaped turban ...
/b/bonnet.htm - 10k

Cockatrice (3 Occurrences)
... Easton's Bible Dictionary The mediaeval name (a corruption of "crocodile") of
a fabulous serpent supposed to be produced from a cock's egg. ...
/c/cockatrice.htm - 10k

Eggs (7 Occurrences)

/e/eggs.htm - 8k

Bible Concordance
Egg (3 Occurrences)

Luke 11:12 Or if he asks for an egg, he won't give him a scorpion, will he?

Job 6:6 Can that which has no flavor be eaten without salt? Or is there any taste in the white of an egg?

Isaiah 59:5 They hatch adders' eggs, and weave the spider's web: he who eats of their eggs dies; and that which is crushed breaks out into a viper.



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