The hornet bears a general resemblance to the common wasp, only it is larger. It is exceedingly fierce and voracious, especially in hot climates and its sting is frequently dangerous. In Scripture the hornet is referred to only by the means which Jehovah employed for the extirpation of the Canaanites. ( Exodus 23:28 ; 7:20 ; Joshua 24:12 ) Wisd. 12:8. (It is said that the Phaselitae, a Phoenician people, were driven from their locality by hornets; and other examples are given in Paxtons "Illustrations of Scripture," 1:303.--ED.)
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Bibliography InformationSmith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Hornet'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary".