Bean or seed used for food.
Then said Daniel to Melzar, whom the prince of the eunuchs had set over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah, Prove thy servants, I beseech thee, ten days; and let them give us PULSE to eat, and water to drink. Then let our countenances be looked upon before thee, and the countenance of the children that eat of the portion of the king's meat: and as thou seest, deal with thy servants. ( Daniel 1:11-13 )
(seeds ) usually means peas, beans and the seeds that grow in pods. In the Authorized Version it occurs only in ( Lamentations 1:12 Lamentations 1:16 ) as the translation of words the literal meaning of which is "seeds" of any kind. Probably the term denotes uncooked grain of any kind, as barley wheat, millet, vetches, etc.
(1) In Daniel 1:12,16, it must mean herbs or vegetables grown from seeds; a vegetable diet is what is implied.
(2) In 2 Samuel 17:28, "pulse" after "parched" is not in the original, but is probably more correct than the translation in (1), as "pulse" usually implies leguminous plants, peas, beans, etc.
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