Churl
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Easton's Bible Dictionary
In Isaiah 32:5 (R.V. marg., "crafty"), means a deceiver. In 1 Samuel 25:3, the word churlish denotes a man that is coarse and ill-natured, or, as the word literally means, "hard." The same Greek word as used by the LXX. here is found in Matthew 25:24, and there is rendered "hard."
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (n.) A rustic; a countryman or laborer.

2. (n.) A rough, surly, ill-bred man; a boor.

3. (n.) A selfish miser; an illiberal person; a miser.

4. (a.) Churlish; rough; selfish.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
CHURL

churl (kilay or kelay): The Hebrew word occurs only in Isaiah 32:5, 7, in the latter verse in a form slightly modified so as to produce a pleasing assonance with the word immediately following. The word probably means "crafty" or "miserly," both ideas being suitable to the context, though "miserly" accords with the setting in Isaiah somewhat better.

In 1 Samuel 25:3 the Hebrew qasheh which means "hard," "severe," "rough," is rendered "churlish." In Saxon, churl, as the name for the lowest order of freemen, came to be used of persons boorish in manner. The rough and ill-mannered Nabal is aptly described as churlish.

John Richard Sampey

Strong's Hebrew
3596. kilay -- a rascal
... churl. Or kelay {kay-lah'-ee}; from kuwl in the sense of withholding; stingy --
churl. see HEBREW kuwl. 3595, 3596. kilay or kelay. 3597 . Strong's Numbers
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Library

Daily Blessings for God's People
... He doth not say, as the churl doth, "Be thou warmed, and be thou filled," and do
no more, but, wishing us well, he doth well unto us; he warms cur hearts with ...
/.../spurgeon/spurgeons sermons volume 62 1916/daily blessings for gods people.htm

The Starting Point.
... In nothing that he ever wrote does John Bunyan's masterful genius flash forth more
clearly than when, in "The Holy War," he places that old churl, Mr. Prejudice ...
/.../macneil/the spirit-filled life/chapter i the starting point.htm

The Teaching of Contemplative Life in Praying, Meditating, Fasting ...
... The person of man shall he not accept; and therefore of some shall he be called
a fool or churl because he praises God in joyful song. ...
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Grace Abounding
... That sunbeam falls upon the farm of the miser, and upon the field of the churl,
and bids the grain of the wicked expand in its genial warmth and produce its ...
/.../spurgeon/spurgeons sermons volume 9 1863/grace abounding.htm

First Impressions
... Not one compliment to them!' said a presbyter. What a churl he must be! Look how
Archbishop Gregory of Nazianzus publicly praised Maximus the Cynic.'. ...
/.../chapter xx first impressions.htm

Epiphanius Intervenes
... None,' said Epiphanius. He may be a saint,' said Philip, indignantly, to Eutyches,
who awaited him outside, but he is certainly a churl.'. ...
/.../chapter xliv epiphanius intervenes.htm

The Fan-Bearer's Quest
... Har-hat laughed again. "Aye, and after he pitched Nak over the cliff, there was
but one. But tell me this: was he noble or a churl?". "He wore the circlet.". ...
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Starting a Newspaper. An Experience of Mr. John Jones.
... It will, no doubt, receive a good share of patronage.". I threw aside the paper
with an angry exclamation, and forthwith set the editor down as a jealous churl. ...
/.../arthur/words for the wise/starting a newspaper an experience.htm

The Son of the Murket
... his daughter.". "What matters it to me, his temper or her hurt?" Siptah
snarled. "Churl!" responded Menes, amiably. "What is amiss ...
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Miscellaneous.
... Thus say the common people, that know him, "A saint abroad and a devil at home."
His poor family find it so: he is such a churl, such a railer at, and so ...
//christianbookshelf.org/bunyan/the riches of bunyan/xxix miscellaneous.htm

Thesaurus
Churl (6 Occurrences)
... 4. (a.) Churlish; rough; selfish. Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. CHURL. ... John
Richard Sampey. Multi-Version Concordance Churl (6 Occurrences). ...
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Churlish (1 Occurrence)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary 1. (a.) Like a churl; rude; cross-grained; ungracious;
surly; illiberal; stingy. 2. (a.) Wanting pliancy ...
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Churches (39 Occurrences)

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Deviseth (12 Occurrences)
... Isaiah 32:7 The instruments also of the churl are evil: he deviseth wicked devices
to destroy the poor with lying words, even when the needy speaketh right. ...
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Meek (23 Occurrences)
... Isaiah 32:7 And the instruments of the churl are evil: he deviseth wicked devices
to destroy the meek with lying words, even when the needy speaketh right. ...
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Bountiful (6 Occurrences)
... (KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS RSV). Isaiah 32:5 The vile person shall be no more called
liberal, nor the churl said to be bountiful. (KJV ASV DBY WBS). ...
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Stingy (2 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary (a.) Extremely close and covetous; cheap; unwilling to
spend money; miserly; penurious; as, a stingy churl. Multi-Version Concordance ...
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Liberal (11 Occurrences)
... gifts. (ASV JPS). Isaiah 32:5 The vile person shall be no more called liberal,
nor the churl said to be bountiful. (KJV JPS WBS). ...
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Vile (59 Occurrences)
... work. (YLT). Isaiah 32:5 The vile person shall be no more called liberal, nor
the churl said to be bountiful. (KJV JPS DBY WBS). Isaiah ...
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Becoming (75 Occurrences)
... beautiful. (See NAS). Proverbs 17:7 Overbearing speech becometh not a churl;
much less do lying lips a prince. (See RSV). Proverbs ...
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Concordance
Churl (6 Occurrences)

2 Samuel 3:33
And the king lamented for Abner, and said, Should Abner die as a fool dieth?
(See JPS)

Proverbs 17:7
Excellent speech becometh not a fool; Much less do lying lips a prince.
(See JPS)

Proverbs 17:21
He that begetteth a fool doeth it to his sorrow; And the father of a fool hath no joy.
(See JPS)

Proverbs 30:22
Under a servant when he reigneth, and a churl when he is filled with meat;
(DBY JPS)

Isaiah 32:5
The vile person shall be no more called liberal, nor the churl said to be bountiful.
(KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS)

Isaiah 32:7
The instruments also of the churl are evil: he deviseth wicked devices to destroy the poor with lying words, even when the needy speaketh right.
(KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS)

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Churlish (1 Occurrence)

Churches (39 Occurrences)

Deviseth (12 Occurrences)

Meek (23 Occurrences)

Bountiful (6 Occurrences)

Stingy (2 Occurrences)

Liberal (11 Occurrences)

Vile (59 Occurrences)

Becoming (75 Occurrences)

Harlot (87 Occurrences)

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