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Morrish Bible Dictionary

Beard

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The Israelites always cultivated the beard, and highly valued it. The law forbade them to 'mar the corners of their beards,' Leviticus 19:27 , and a priest must not shave off the corner of his beard as a sign of mourning. Leviticus 21:5 . King Hanun inflicted a sore indignity when he marred the beards of David's ambassadors. 2 Samuel 10:4 . Ezra in great grief at the sin of the people plucked off the hair of his head and of his beard. Ezra 9:3 : cf. Jeremiah 41:5 . God's judgement on Israel is compared to the beard being consumed by a razor, Isaiah 7:20; and they were to be scattered as hair that is cut off. Ezekiel 5:1,2,12 . Of Moab it was said, every beard should be cut off. Isaiah 15:2; Jeremiah 48:37 .

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Morrish, George. Entry for 'Beard'. Morrish Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/mbd/b/beard.html. 1897.

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