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hors'-lech (`aluqah; compare Arabic `aluqah, "ghoul," and `alaqah, "leech," from root `aliq, "to cling"; Septuagint bdella, "leech"): The word occurs only once, in Proverbs 30:15, the Revised Version margin "vampire." In Arabic `alaqah is a leech of any kind, not only a horse-leech. The Arabic `aluqah, which, it may be noted, is almost identical with the Hebrew form, is a ghoul (Arabic ghul), an evil spirit which seeks to injure men and which preys upon the dead. The mythical vampire is similar to the ghoul. In zoology the name "vampire" is applied to a family of bats inhabiting tropical America, some, but not all, of which suck blood. In the passage cited the Arabic Bible has `aluqah, "ghoul." If leech is meant, there can be no good reason for specifying "horseleach." At least six species of leech are known in Palestine and Syria, and doubtless others exist. They are common in streams, pools, and fountains where animals drink. They enter the mouth, attach themselves to the interior of the mouth or pharynx, and are removed only with difficulty.

Alfred Ely Day


Proceedings after the Council of Milan.
... By no means; they have not given over yet, but like the horseleach [1403] in the
Proverbs, they revel more and more in their wickedness, and fix themselves ...
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John Smith, Platonist --"An Interpreter of the Spirit"
... in "pinching penury," unsatiated with "the thin and spare diet which he finds in
his finite home." His soul, "like the daughters of the Horseleach is always ...
/.../chapter xvi john smith platonistan.htm

On his Father'S Silence, Because of the Plague of Hail.
... of slaves and animals, and spread themselves over plains and mountains, with their
possessions and gains and schemes, like Solomon's horseleach [3174] which ...
/.../cyril/lectures of s cyril of jerusalem/oration xvi on his fathers.htm

... gratification, and driven to fresh and maddening excess by the never satisfied and
always burning lust within (ever crying like the horseleach's daughter, "Give ...
// christianity and the bible/christ.htm

Horseleach (1 Occurrence)
... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia HORSELEACH. ...Horseleach (1 Occurrence). Proverbs
30:15 The horseleach hath two daughters, crying, Give, give. ...
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Horseleech (1 Occurrence)
... Multi-Version Concordance Horseleech (1 Occurrence). Proverbs 30:15 The
horseleach hath two daughters, crying, Give, give. There ...
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... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. VAMPIRE. vam'-pir (alaqah): the Revised Version
margin for "horseleach" (Proverbs 30:15) has "vampire." See HORSELEACH. ...
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Horsehoofs (1 Occurrence)

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Leach (1 Occurrence)
... 7. (n.) See Leech, a physician. Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. LEACH. lech.
See HORSELEACH. Multi-Version Concordance Leach (1 Occurrence). ...
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Horseleach (1 Occurrence)

Proverbs 30:15 The horseleach hath two daughters, crying, Give, give. There are three things that are never satisfied, yea, four things say not, It is enough:



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