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Easton's Bible Dictionary
Parched ground

(Isaiah 35:7), Hebrews sharab, a "mirage", a phenomenon caused by the refraction of the rays of the sun on the glowing sands of the desert, causing them suddenly to assume the appearance of a beautiful lake. It is called by the modern Arabs by the same Hebrew name serab.

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
(imp. & p. p.) of Parch.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

parcht: Four different root words have been translated "parched" in English Versions of the Bible:

(1) qalah, "roasted." This word is applied to corn or pulse. It is a common practice in Palestine and Syria to roast the nearly ripe wheat for eating as a delicacy. A handful of heads of fully developed grain, with the stalks still attached, are gathered and bound together and then, holding the bunch by the lower ends of the stalks, the heads are toasted over a fire of straw or thorn bush. By the time most of the sheaths are blackened the grain is toasted, and, after rubbing off the husks between the hands, is ready to eat (Leviticus 2:14). A form of pulse is toasted in the same way and is more sought after than the grain. In the larger towns and cities, venders go about the streets selling bunches of toasted chick-peas. The Bible references, however, are probably to another form of roasted grain. The threshed wheat or pulse is roasted over a fire on an iron pan or on a fiat stone, being kept in constant motion with a stirrer until the operation is finished. The grain thus prepared is a marketable article. Parched grain is not now so commonly met with as the pulse, which either roasted or unroasted is called chommoc (from Arabic "to roast" or "parch"). Parched pulse is eaten not only plain, but is often made into confection by coating the seeds with sugar. In Bible times parched wheat or pulse was a common food, even taking the place of bread (Leviticus 23:14 Joshua 5:11 Ruth 2:14). It was a useful food supply for armies, as it required no further cooking (1 Samuel 17:17). It was frequently included in gifts or hostages (1 Samuel 25:18 2 Samuel 17:28).

(2) charer, "burned" or "parched" (compare Arabic chariq, "burned"), is used in the sense of dried up or arid in Jeremiah 17:6.

(3) tsicheh, is used in Isaiah 5:13, the King James Version "dried up" the Revised Version (British and American) "parched" tsechichah in Psalm 68:6, the King James Version "dry," the Revised Version (British and American) "parched."

(4) sharabh, rendered "parched" in the King James Version, is "glowing" in the Revised Version (British and American). The word implies the peculiar wavy effect of the air above parched ground, usually accompanied by mirages (compare Arabic serdb, "mirage") (Isaiah 35:7; Isaiah 49:10). In predicting a happy future for Zion the prophet could have chosen no greater contrast than that the hot glowing sands which produce illusive water effects should be changed into real pools.


James A. Patch




850. auchmeros -- to boast
... auchmeros Phonetic Spelling: (owkh-may-ros') Short Definition: dingy, dusky, obscure,
dark, funereal Definition: (poetical, lit: dry and parched; then: squalid ...
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Strong's Hebrew
6704. tsicheh -- parched
... 6703, 6704. tsicheh. 6705 . parched. Transliteration: tsicheh Phonetic
Spelling: (tsee-kheh') Short Definition: parched. Word Origin ...
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7039. qali -- parched (grain)
... 7038, 7039. qali or qali. 7040 . parched (grain). Transliteration: qali or
qali Phonetic Spelling: (kaw-lee') Short Definition: grain. ... parched corn. ...
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2788. charer -- a parched place
... 2787, 2788. charer. 2789 . a parched place. Transliteration: charer Phonetic
Spelling: (khaw-rare') Short Definition: wastes. ... parched place. ...
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8273. sharab -- burning heat, parched ground
... 8272, 8273. sharab. 8274 . burning heat, parched ground. Transliteration: sharab
Phonetic Spelling: (shaw-rawb') Short Definition: land. ... heat, parched ground ...
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5405. nashath -- to be dry or parched
... 5404, 5405. nashath. 5406 . to be dry or parched. Transliteration: nashath
Phonetic Spelling: (naw-shath') Short Definition: dry. Word Origin a prim. ...
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6773. tsimah -- parched condition
... 6772, 6773. tsimah. 6774 . parched condition. Transliteration: tsimah Phonetic
Spelling: (tsim-aw') Short Definition: thirst. Word Origin fem. ...
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6724. tsayon -- dryness, parched ground
... 6723, 6724. tsayon. 6725 . dryness, parched ground. Transliteration: tsayon
Phonetic Spelling: (tsee-yone') Short Definition: drought. ...
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6707. tsechichah -- scorched land
... Word Origin from tsachach Definition scorched land NASB Word Usage parched land
(1). ... Feminine of tschiyach; a parched region, ie The desert -- dry land. ...
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6723. tsiyyah -- dryness, drought
... Word Origin from an unused word Definition dryness, drought NASB Word Usage desert
(3), drought (2), dry (5), dry places (1), parched (4), parched land (1). ...
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2717a. chareb -- to be dry or dried up
... Word Origin a prim. root Definition to be dry or dried up NASB Word Usage becomes
parched (1), dried (10), dries (1), dry (3), parched (1). 2717, 2717a. ...
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The Heath in the Desert and the Tree by the River
... 'He shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but
shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, a salt land and not ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture h/the heath in the desert.htm

The Crowning with Thorns.
... the Passion than she again became extremely ill, oppressed with fever, and so tormented
by violent thirst that her tongue was perfectly parched and contracted ...
/.../chapter xxvi the crowning with.htm

'A Dew from the Lord'
... night, and their poetic imagination found in it a fit symbol for all silent and
gentle influences from heaven that refreshed and quickened parched and dusty ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture a/a dew from the lord.htm

The Dew and the Plants
... the word really means the heavy night-clouds that come upon the wings of the
south-west wind, to diffuse moisture and freshness over the parched plains, in the ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture a/the dew and the plants.htm

How Moses when He had Brought the People Out of Egypt Led
... had exceeding little water, so that it not only was not at all sufficient for the
men, but not enough to feed any of the cattle, for it was parched up, and had ...
/.../josephus/the antiquities of the jews/chapter 1 how moses when.htm

Gideon's Fleece
... can freshen our worn and drooping souls, can give joy in sorrow, can keep us from
being touched by surrounding evils, and from being parched by surrounding ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture f/gideons fleece.htm

I Might Well Reply as I have done Even if it were a Question of a ...
... or are drinking water to cool their thirst, and wake up with their throats parched
and burning! You exact from me the fulfilment of a promise given in a dream. ...
/.../31 i might well reply.htm

The Effects of this Fourth State of Prayer. Earnest Exhortations ...
... high without this,"if it be well broken up by great detachment from all self-interest,
it will drink in so much water that it can hardly ever be parched again ...
/.../teresa/the life of st teresa of jesus/chapter xix the effects of.htm

St. Ambrose Returns to the Story of the Widow of Sarepta...
... in the vision of his mind, that that rain was the dew of the Divine Word, which
first came down on the fleece, when all the earth was parched with continual ...
/.../ambrose/works and letters of st ambrose/chapter iii st ambrose returns.htm

Fifth, Sixth, and Seventh Words of Jesus on the Cross.
... Jesus was almost fainting; his tongue was parched, and he said: 'I thirst.' The
disciples who were standing round the Cross looked at him with the deepest ...
/.../the dolorous passion of our lord jesus christ/chapter xlv fifth sixth and.htm

Parched (37 Occurrences)
... Easton's Bible Dictionary Parched ground. ... Noah Webster's Dictionary. (imp.
& pp) of Parch. Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. PARCHED. ...
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Pulse (3 Occurrences)
... (2) In 2 Samuel 17:28, "pulse" after "parched" is not in the original, but is probably
more correct than the translation in (1), as "pulse" usually implies ...
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Beans (2 Occurrences)
... and in 2 Samuel 17:28 David receives from certain staunch friends of his at Mahanaim
a present, which included "beans, and lentils, and parched pulse." EWG ...
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Corn (107 Occurrences)
...PARCHED CORN (GRAIN). parcht. See FOOD. ... And she sat beside the reapers: and he reached
her parched corn, and she did eat, and was sufficed, and left. ...
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Wheat (56 Occurrences)
... Ezek. 27:17; Acts 12:20). Parched grains of wheat were used for food in
Palestine (Ruth 2:14; 1 Samuel 17:17; 2 Samuel 17:28). The ...
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Negeb (37 Occurrences)
... ha-neghebh, "the negeb" or simply, neghebh, from a root meaning "to be dry," and
therefore in the first instance implying the "dry" or "parched regions," hence ...
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Negev (39 Occurrences)
... ha-neghebh, "the negeb" or simply, neghebh, from a root meaning "to be dry," and
therefore in the first instance implying the "dry" or "parched regions," hence ...
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Lentils (4 Occurrences)
... 2 Samuel 17:28 brought beds, and basins, and earthen vessels, and wheat, and barley,
and meal, and parched grain, and beans, and lentils, and parched pulse ...
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Grounded (5 Occurrences)
... sadheh, "a plain," "a field" (1 Chronicles 11:13, the Revised Version (British and
American) "plot of ground"); for other special words see DRY; FALLOW; PARCHED...
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Earthen (19 Occurrences)
... 2 Samuel 17:28 brought beds, and basins, and earthen vessels, and wheat, and barley,
and meal, and parched grain, and beans, and lentils, and parched pulse ...
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Parched (37 Occurrences)

Genesis 41:6
And behold, seven ears, thin and parched with the east wind, sprung up after them.

Genesis 41:23
And behold, seven ears, withered, thin, parched with the east wind, sprung up after them;

Leviticus 2:14
"'If you offer a meal offering of first fruits to Yahweh, you shall offer for the meal offering of your first fruits grain in the ear parched with fire, bruised grain of the fresh ear.

Leviticus 23:14
And ye shall eat neither bread, nor parched corn, nor green ears, until the selfsame day that ye have brought an offering unto your God: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings.

Joshua 5:11
They ate unleavened cakes and parched grain of the produce of the land on the next day after the Passover, in the same day.

Ruth 2:14
At meal time Boaz said to her, "Come here, and eat of the bread, and dip your morsel in the vinegar." She sat beside the reapers, and they reached her parched grain, and she ate, and was satisfied, and left some of it.

1 Samuel 17:17
Jesse said to David his son, "Now take for your brothers an ephah of this parched grain, and these ten loaves, and carry them quickly to the camp to your brothers;

1 Samuel 25:18
Then Abigail hurried and took two hundred loaves of bread, two bottles of wine, five sheep ready dressed, five measures of parched grain, one hundred clusters of raisins, and two hundred cakes of figs, and laid them on donkeys.

2 Samuel 17:28
brought beds, and basins, and earthen vessels, and wheat, and barley, and meal, and parched grain, and beans, and lentils, and parched pulse,

Job 14:11
As the waters fail from the sea, and the river wastes and dries up,

Job 30:3
They are gaunt from lack and famine. They gnaw the dry ground, in the gloom of waste and desolation.
(See NIV)

Job 30:30
My skin is become black and falleth off me, and my bones are parched with heat.

Psalms 68:6
God setteth the solitary in families: He bringeth out the prisoners into prosperity; But the rebellious dwell in a parched land.

Psalms 68:9
You, God, sent a plentiful rain. You confirmed your inheritance, when it was weary.
(See NAS)

Psalms 69:3
I am weary with my crying, my throat is parched; mine eyes fail while I wait for my God.

Psalms 107:35
He turns a desert into a pool of water, and a dry land into water springs.

Psalms 143:6
I spread forth my hands to you. My soul thirsts for you, like a parched land. Selah.

Isaiah 5:13
Therefore my people go into captivity for lack of knowledge. Their honorable men are famished, and their multitudes are parched with thirst.

Isaiah 19:5
And the waters of the sea will be cut off, and the river will become dry and waste:

Isaiah 19:7
The grass-lands by the Nile, and everything planted by the Nile, will become dry, or taken away by the wind, and will come to an end.
(See NIV)

Isaiah 32:2
And a man will be as a safe place from the wind, and a cover from the storm; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shade of a great rock in a waste land.
(See NAS)

Isaiah 35:1
The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.

Isaiah 35:7
And the parched ground shall become a pool, and the thirsty land springs of water: in the habitation of dragons, where each lay, shall be grass with reeds and rushes.

Isaiah 41:17
The poor and crushed are looking for water where no water is, and their tongue is dry for need of it: I the Lord will give ear to their prayer, I the God of Israel will not give them up.

Isaiah 41:18
I will make rivers on the dry mountain-tops, and fountains in the valleys: I will make the waste land a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.
(See NIV)

Isaiah 53:2
For his growth was like that of a delicate plant before him, and like a root out of a dry place: he had no grace of form, to give us pleasure;
(See NAS)

Jeremiah 12:4
How long shall the land mourn, and the herbs of the whole country wither? for the wickedness of those who dwell therein, the animals are consumed, and the birds; because they said, He shall not see our latter end.
(See NIV)

Jeremiah 12:11
They have made it a desolation; it mourns to me, being desolate; the whole land is made desolate, because no man lays it to heart.
(See NIV)

Jeremiah 17:6
For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good comes, but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, a salt land and not inhabited.

Jeremiah 23:10
For the land is full of adulterers; for because of swearing the land mourns; the pastures of the wilderness are dried up. Their course is evil, and their might is not right;
(See NIV)

Jeremiah 48:18
You daughter who dwells in Dibon, come down from your glory, and sit in thirst; for the destroyer of Moab has come up against you, he has destroyed your strongholds.

Jeremiah 50:12
your mother shall be utterly disappointed; she who bore you shall be confounded: behold, she shall be the least of the nations, a wilderness, a dry land, and a desert.
(See NAS)

Jeremiah 51:43
Her cities are become a desolation, a dry land, and a desert, a land in which no man dwells, neither does any son of man pass thereby.
(See NAS)

Hosea 2:3
Lest I strip her naked, and make her bare as in the day that she was born, and make her like a wilderness, and set her like a dry land, and kill her with thirst.

Hosea 13:15
Though he is fruitful among his brothers, an east wind will come, the breath of Yahweh coming up from the wilderness; and his spring will become dry, and his fountain will be dried up. He will plunder the storehouse of treasure.
(See RSV)

Joel 2:20
But I will remove far off from you the northern one, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the eastern sea, and his hinder part toward the western sea; that his foulness may come up, and his ill savour may come up, because he hath done great things.'

Zephaniah 2:13
He will stretch out his hand against the north, destroy Assyria, and will make Nineveh a desolation, as dry as the wilderness.
(See NAS)



Parched Corn Grain

Parched Ground

Related Terms

Pulse (3 Occurrences)

Beans (2 Occurrences)

Corn (107 Occurrences)

Wheat (56 Occurrences)

Negeb (37 Occurrences)

Negev (39 Occurrences)

Lentils (4 Occurrences)

Grounded (5 Occurrences)

Earthen (19 Occurrences)

Pool (25 Occurrences)

Beds (22 Occurrences)

Basins (33 Occurrences)

Basons (9 Occurrences)

Selfsame (18 Occurrences)

Seeds (24 Occurrences)

Bowls (47 Occurrences)

Articles (78 Occurrences)

Ground (538 Occurrences)

Food (2953 Occurrences)

Barley (35 Occurrences)

First-fruits (45 Occurrences)


Loaves (54 Occurrences)

Prosperity (66 Occurrences)

Cakes (65 Occurrences)

Basin (37 Occurrences)

Meal-time (1 Occurrence)

Mealtime (1 Occurrence)

Flour (69 Occurrences)

Ate (138 Occurrences)

Nobility (5 Occurrences)

Uninhabited (8 Occurrences)

Jugs (2 Occurrences)

Loaded (21 Occurrences)

Grits (2 Occurrences)

Grain (413 Occurrences)

Groats (4 Occurrences)

Inches (1 Occurrence)

Fig-cakes (2 Occurrences)

Fountain (57 Occurrences)

Firstfruits (37 Occurrences)

Fresh (41 Occurrences)

Figs (27 Occurrences)

Fiery (47 Occurrences)

Famished (8 Occurrences)

Thirsty (38 Occurrences)

Tammuz (1 Occurrence)

Thirsts (5 Occurrences)

Tema (5 Occurrences)

Tamarisk (5 Occurrences)

Reapers (15 Occurrences)



Raisins (9 Occurrences)

Raisin-cakes (7 Occurrences)

Dragons (17 Occurrences)

Dinner (23 Occurrences)

Manna (19 Occurrences)

Meals (8 Occurrences)

Morsel (14 Occurrences)

Meal-offering (120 Occurrences)

Mirage (2 Occurrences)

Parcels (2 Occurrences)

Bottles (12 Occurrences)

Bo'az (24 Occurrences)

Bread (433 Occurrences)

Bruised (36 Occurrences)

Reserved (28 Occurrences)

Clusters (12 Occurrences)

Cheek (9 Occurrences)

Cheekbone (1 Occurrence)

Cereal (124 Occurrences)

Ab'igail (16 Occurrences)

Arid (2 Occurrences)

Sufficed (4 Occurrences)

Scorch (2 Occurrences)

Seahs (6 Occurrences)

Skin-bottles (1 Occurrence)

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