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CONSUMPTION

kon-sump'-shun (shachepheth, "wasting away"): One of the punishments which was to follow neglect or breach of the law. It may mean pulmonary consumption, which occurs frequently in Israel; but from its association with fever in the texts, Lev 26:16; Dt 28:22, it is more likely to be the much more common condition of wasting and emaciation from prolonged or often recurring attacks of malarial fever.
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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Definition for 'CONSUMPTION'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". bible-history.com - ISBE; 1915.

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