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Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible

Lice

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LICE ( kinnîm , Exodus 8:16-18 , Psalms 105:31; cf. kçn , Isaiah 51:6 , see Gnat). RVm [Note: Revised Version margin.] suggests ‘ sandflies or fleas ’ instead of ‘lice.’ All the insects named are only too common in Palestine and Egypt. The three well-known varieties of pediculi or lice are perpetually prevalent among the dirty, and a plague of them would certainly be much more terrible than one of the harmless, though irritating ‘sand-fly’ ( Simulium ), and far more disgusting than one of the flea ( Pulex ). Cf. p. 733 b .

E. W. G. Masterman.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Lice'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hdb/l/lice.html. 1909.

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