Hemlock

Hemlock [N] [S]

  • Heb. rosh ( Hosea 10:4 ; rendered "gall" in Deuteronomy 29:18 ; 32:32 ; Psalms 69:21 ; Jeremiah 9:15 ; 23:15 ; "poison," Job 20:16 ; "venom," Deuteronomy 32:33 ). "Rosh is the name of some poisonous plant which grows quickly and luxuriantly; of a bitter taste, and therefore coupled with wormwood ( Deuteronomy 29:18 ; Lamentations 3:19 ). Hence it would seem to be not the hemlock cicuta, nor the colocynth or wild gourd, nor lolium darnel, but the poppy so called from its heads" (Gesenius, Lex.).

  • Heb. la'anah, generally rendered "wormwood" (q.v.), Deuteronomy 29:18 , Text 17; Proverbs 5:4 ; Jeremiah 9:15 ; 23:15 . Once it is rendered "hemlock" ( Amos 6:12 ; RSV, "wormwood"). This Hebrew word is from a root meaning "to curse," hence the accursed.

    These dictionary topics are from
    M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
    published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

    [N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
    [S] indicates this entry was also found in Smith's Bible Dictionary

    Bibliography Information

    Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Hemlock". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .

  • Hemlock, [N] [E]

    the common ground or dwarf hemlock, a bitter, poisonous plant. The Hebrew rosh is rendered "hemlock" in two passages, ( Hosea 10:4 ; Amos 6:12 ) but elsewhere "gall." [GALL] (It is possible that the plant is rather the poppy than an hemlock. --Cook.)


    [N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
    [E] indicates this entry was also found in Easton's Bible Dictionary

    Bibliography Information

    Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Hemlock,'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary". . 1901.

    HEMLOCK

    hem'-lock.

    See GALL.


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    Bibliography Information
    Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'HEMLOCK'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.