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Abomination

A thing that causes disgust or hatred.

Adamant

A legendary rock or mineral to which many, often contradictory, properties were attributed, formerly associated with diamond or lodestone.

Adder

A venomous snake that is extremely widespread and can be found throughout most of Western Europe and as far as East Asia.

Adversary

One's opponent in a contest, conflict, or dispute.

Arioch

One of two persons mentioned in the Bible. The first was Arioch, king of Ellasar. The second was Arioch, the king's captain in the book of Daniel.

Ass / Colt / Donkey / Foal

A domesticated member of the horse family, Equidae. The wild ancestor of the donkey is the African wild ass, E. africanus. The donkey has been used as a working animal for at least 5000 years.

Bless / Blessed / Blessing

Pronounce words in a religious rite, to confer or invoke divine favor upon; ask God to look favorably on.

Camel

A large, long-necked ungulate mammal of arid country, with long slender legs, broad cushioned feet, and either one or two humps on the back. Camels can survive for long periods without food or drink, chiefly by using up the fat reserves in their humps.

Captivity

The condition of being imprisoned or confined.

Carbunncle

A bright red gem, in particular a garnet cut en cabochon.

Chariot

A two-wheeled horse-drawn vehicle used in ancient warfare and racing.

Coral

A precious red coral, used in jewelry.

Covenant

An agreement, especially by lease, deed, or other legal contract.

Cubit

An ancient measure of length, approximately equal to the length of a forearm. It was typically about 18 inches or 44 cm (1.5ft.), though there was a long cubit of about 21 inches or 52 cm.

Curse

A solemn utterance intended to invoke a supernatural power to inflict harm or punishment on someone or something.

Desolate

Deserted of people and in a state of bleak and dismal emptiness.

Eagle

A large bird of prey with a massive hooked bill and long broad wings, renowned for its keen sight and powerful soaring flight.

Emerods

An archaic term for hemorrhoids. Derived from the Old French word emoroyde, it was used as the common English term until the nineteenth century, after which it was replaced in medicine by a direct transliteration of the original Greek term haimorrhoides.

Enemy

A person who is actively opposed or hostile to someone or something.

Eunuch

A man who has been castrated, especially (in the past) one employed to guard the women's living areas at an oriental court.

Firmament

The heavens or the sky, especially when regarded as a tangible thing.

Forsaken

Abandoned or deserted.

Furlongs

An eighth of a mile, 220 yards.

Generation

All of the people born and living at about the same time, regarded collectively.

Gods

In Christianity and other monotheistic religions, the creator and ruler of the universe and source of all moral authority; the supreme being. In certain other religions, a superhuman being or spirit worshiped as having power over nature or human fortunes; a deity.

Gold

A yellow precious metal, the chemical element of atomic number 79, valued especially for use in jewelry and decoration, and to guarantee the value of currencies.

Harlot / Whore / Whoredom

A prostitute or promiscuous woman.

Haughty

Arrogantly superior and disdainful.

Horse

A solid-hoofed plant-eating domesticated mammal with a flowing mane and tail, used for riding, racing, and to carry and pull loads.

Idol

An image or representation of a god used as an object of worship.

Idolatry

Worship of idols; extreme admiration, love, or reverence for something or someone.

Jacinth

A reddish-orange gem variety of zircon.

Kindred

One's family and relations, similar in kind; related.

Law

The system of rules that a particular country or community recognizes as regulating the actions of its members and may enforce by the imposition of penalties. In the Bible, the word is typically used to refer to the "Law of Moses", and includes all of the commandments given to him by God.

Lion

Is a species in the family Felidae and a member of the genus Panthera. It has been listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List since 1996, as populations in African range countries declined by about 43% since the early 1990s.

Multitude

A large gathering of people.

Olive

Known by the botanical name Olea europaea, meaning "European olive", is a species of small tree in the family Oleaceae, found in the Mediterranean Basin from Portugal to the Levant, the Arabian Peninsula, and southern Asia as far east as China, as well as the Canary Islands and Réunion.

Onyx

A semiprecious variety of agate with different colors in layers.

Oppress

Keep (someone) in subservience and hardship, especially by the unjust exercise of authority.

Oppressed

Subject to harsh and authoritarian treatment.

Oppressor

A person or group that oppresses people.

Osprey / Ospray

A large fish-eating bird of prey with long narrow wings and a white underside and crown, found throughout the world.

Ox

A domesticated bovine animal kept for milk or meat; a cow or bull.

Pearl

A hard, lustrous spherical mass, typically white or bluish-gray, formed within the shell of a pearl oyster or other bivalve mollusk and highly prized as a gem.

Pharaoh

The title of the ruler in ancient Egypt.

Pottage

Soup or stew.

Prophet

A person regarded as an inspired teacher or proclaimer of the will of God. The male version is referred to as a prophet and the female version is referred to as a prophetess.

Publican

(in ancient Roman and biblical times) a collector of taxes.

Redeem / Redeemed

Pay the necessary money to clear (a debt); gain or regain possession of (something) in exchange for payment; save (someone) from sin, error, or evil; do something that compensates for poor past performance or behavior.

Redeemer

A person who redeems someone or something.

Remnant

A small remaining quantity of something.

Sabbath

A day of religious observance and abstinence from work, kept by Jews from Friday evening to Saturday evening, and by most Christians on Sunday.

Sackcloth

A very coarse, rough fabric woven from flax or hemp.

Servant

A person who performs duties for others, especially a person employed in a house on domestic duties or as a personal attendant.

Sheep / Lamb

A domesticated ruminant animal with a thick woolly coat and (typically only in the male) curving horns. It is kept in flocks for its wool or meat, and is proverbial for its tendency to follow others in the flock. A lamb is a young sheep.

Shekel

A silver coin and unit of weight used in ancient Israel and the Middle East.

Shepherd

A person who tends and rears sheep. Can also be used to refer to a spiritual leader that is the head of a congregation.

Silver

A precious shiny grayish-white metal, the chemical element of atomic number 47.

Slave

A person that is considered the legal property of another and is forced to obey them, often by violence. Slavery is always enforced by immoral people that follow immoral laws.

Span

The width from the end of the thumb to that of the little finger, when these are extended, which for an adult is about nine inches.

Talent

Some authorities say that the talent typically weighed about 33 kg (75 lb) varying from 20 to 40 kg.

Vengeance / Avenge

Punishment inflicted or retribution exacted for an injury or wrong.

Witch

A woman thought to have magic powers, especially evil ones. There are some witches that classify themselves as "white witches", but scripture bans all forms of witchcraft.

Witchcraft

The practice of magic, especially black magic; the use of spells and the invocation of spirits.

Wizard

Traditionally wizards studied texts that taught them how to cast spells, make amulets, and draw sigils in order to achieve a desired result that would not occur natural.

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