(Heb. hazir), regarded as the most unclean and the most abhorred of all animals ( Leviticus 11:7 ; Isaiah 65:4 ; Isaiah 66:3 Isaiah 66:17 ; Luke 15:15 Luke 15:16 ). A herd of swine were drowned in the Sea of Galilee ( Luke 8:32 Luke 8:33 ). Spoken of figuratively in Matthew 7:6 (see Proverbs 11:22 ). It is frequently mentioned as a wild animal, and is evidently the wild boar (Arab. khanzir), which is common among the marshes of the Jordan valley ( Psalms 80:13 ).
M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.
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Bibliography InformationEaston, Matthew George. "Entry for Swine". "Easton's Bible Dictionary".