Bible Animals: Scorpion
Scorpion in the ancient World.
Ancient Scorpion. THE Scorpion is one of the largest and most malignant of the in sect tribe. It somewhat resembles the lobster in general appearance, but is much more hideous. It is from two to four inches in length. It lives upon other insects, but kills and devours its own species also. It frequents dry and hot places, and lies under stones and in the crevices of old ruins. The Jews encountered it in the Wilderness. (Dent. viii. 15.) The bite of the scorpion is generally fatal, but not always so. The poison is injected by means of a sharp, curved sting at the end of the six-jointed tail. It occasions great pain, inflammation, and hardness, with alternate chills and burning. (Rev. ix. 3-10.) - Animals, Birds, Insects, And Reptiles Of The Bible
Scorpion in Easton's Bible Dictionary
mentioned along with serpents (Deut. 8:15). Used also
figuratively to denote wicked persons (Ezek. 2:6; Luke
also a particular kind of scourge or whip (1 Kings
Scorpions were a species of spider. They abounded in
Scorpion in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
'akrab. Of the class Arachnida and order Pulmonaria. Common in
the Sinai wilderness, typifying Satan and his malicious agents
against the Lord's people (Deuteronomy 8:15; Ezekiel 2:6; Luke
10:19). Rolling itself together it might be mistaken for an
egg (Luke 11:12). Found in dry dark places amidst ruins, in
hot climates. Carnivorous, breathing like spiders by lung-
sacs, moving with uplifted tail.
The sting at the tail's end has at its base a gland
which discharges poison into the wound from two openings. In
Revelation 9:3; Revelation 9:10, "the scorpions of the earth"
stand in Contrast to the "locusts" from hell, not earth. The
"five months" are thought to refer to the 150 prophetical
days, i.e. years, from A.D. 612, when Mahomet opened his
mission, to 762, when the caliphate was moved to Bagdad. In 1
Kings 12:11 scorpions mean "scourges armed with iron points".
The sting of the common scorpion is not very severe, except
that of Buthus occitanus.
Scorpion in Naves Topical Bible
-A venomous insect common in the wilderness through which
people of Israel journeyed
-Power over, given to the seventy disciples (the best mss.
-Unfit for food
-Sting of, located in the tail
Scorpion in Smiths Bible Dictionary
(Heb. 'akrab), a well known venomous insect of hot climates,
shaped much like a lobster. It is usually not more than two or
three inches long, but in tropical climates is sometimes six
inches in length. The wilderness of Sinai is especially
alluded to as being inhabited by scorpions at the time of the
exodus, and to this day these animals are common in the same
district, as well as in some parts of Israel. Scorpions are
generally found in dry and in dark places, under stones and in
ruins. They are carnivorous in the habits, and move along in a
threatening attitude, with the tail elevated. The sting, which
is situated at the end of the tail, has at its base a gland
that secretes a poisonous fluid, which is discharged into the
wound by two minute orifices at its extremity. In hot climates
the sting often occasions much suffering, and sometimes
alarming symptoms. The "scorpions" of 1Ki 12:1,14; 2Ch
10:11,14 have clearly no allusion whatever to the animal, but
to some instrument of scourging --unless indeed the expression
is a mere figure.
Scorpion in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
skor'-pi-un (aqrabh; compare Arabic aqrab, "scorpion"; ma`aleh
`aqrabbim, "the ascent of Akrabbim"; skorpios. Note that the
Greek and Hebrew may be akin; compare, omitting the vowels,
`krb and skrp): In Dt 8:15, we have, "who led thee through the
great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents
(nachash saraph) and scorpions (`aqrabh)." Rehoboam (1 Ki
12:11,14; 2 Ch 10:11,14) says, "My father chastised you with
whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions." Ezekiel is
told to prophesy to the children of Israel (2:6), and "Be not
afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though
briers and thorns are with thee, and thou dost dwell among
scorpions." "The ascent of Akrabbim," the north end of Wadi-
ul-`Arabah, South of the Dead Sea, is mentioned as a boundary
3 times (Nu 34:4; Josh 15:3; Jdg 1:36). Jesus says to the
Seventy (Lk 10:19), "Behold, I have given you authority to
tread upon serpents and scorpions," and again in Lk 11:12 He
says, "Or if he shall ask an egg, will he give him a
Scorpion in Wikipedia
Scorpion. — Very common in all hot, dry, stony places; is taken as an emblem of the wicked.
Scorpion Scripture - Luke 11:12
Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
Scorpion Scripture - Revelation 9:5
And to them it was given that they should not kill them, but
that they should be tormented five months: and their torment
[was] as the torment of a scorpion, when he striketh a man.
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