King David saw it on the Web

Are her Kids and also Grands afraid of Spiders? Tell lock What King David Thought 

Spiders are not exactly means up over there on my list with raindrops ~ above roses or whiskers ~ above kittens. Yet every feather morning i take a walk, i love the vision of their webs glistening v the morning dew top top the ornamental junipers favor the fairy veils that a various culture. The other day, I started thinking about what the bible says about them. I hope home-schoolers, grandparents and others will enjoy sharing what i found.

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Spider web gracing the ornamental junipers. Har Adar, Passover mainly 2016. (Miriam Feinberg Vamosh)


Isaiah stated evil guys “weave the spider’s web” (Isaiah 59:5). Good image, if we desire spiders to continue being the stuff of our nightmares. Sir Walter Scott sure thought so, turning the web into the can be fried liar’s lair in his i can not forget two-liner around tangled webs.

Job 8:14 says if us forget God our “trust shall it is in a spider’s web,” in various other words – fragile. Wait, what? oh well, there is no Google and also NatGeo TV, how might Job might have well-known that a provided weight the spider silk is as strong as the exact same weight of steel?

And then comes Proverbs 30:28: “The spider skillful grasps through its hands, and also it is in kings’ palaces.” What execute you think, good press for the six-leggers? coming after various other verses describing creatures “little upon the earth, yet exceedingly wise” (Prov. 30:24), the answer seems obvious. And also here’s where learning Hebrew comes in handy. Together I pointed out in my blog entrance “Where the Language Meets the Land” periodically things gain lost in translation. Out of some 52 English translations the this verse, I found that around 28 speak to the biology a lizard, not a spider! In Hebrew, the word for lizard is smamit (in modern Hebrew, it describes a Mediterranean house gecko). Scholars did wonder just how a literal meaning lizard turned into a scriptural spider, especially because the normal biblical word for spider is different. Also Rashi sweet in on it (he stuck with “spider” through the way).*


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A Mediterranean home gecko. Is this what Proverbs 30:28 meant? (Wikipedia)


And now, because that the tale I promised you. The much much longer and an ext involved initial comes from an early medieval resource called “the Alphabet of Ben Sirach.” The background is En Gedi ~ above the Dead Sea. If you have photos that your own visit to that beautiful oasis, you can show them once you call the story, i beg your pardon springs indigenous David hiding indigenous Saul in ns Samuel 24.

“And that was as soon as David was hiding in a cavern from King Saul the God set a spider that spun a net over the opened of the cave and also the cave was closed up by the web. surely no one has gotten in here for if that had entered he would have torn the internet apart. And also so he went away and also did not get in the cave. When David emerged and saw the spider, he kissed him and said: ‘Blessed by her Creator and also blessed it is in you.”**

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David’s Waterfall, En Gedi (wwwlgoisrael.com)

In other words, we might say, every creature has its purpose in the good skein, I mean scheme, of things.

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*There are several versions that this story. I discovered this one in Humanism in the Talmud and also the Midrash by Samuel Tobias Lachs, Fairleigh Dickinson university Press, 1993.

** Proverbs, The Soncino books of the Bible: Hebrew text & English Translation with an advent and Commentary, edited by Rabbi Abraham Cohen and also revised through Rabbi A. J. Rosenberg (New York : Soncino Press, 1993), p. 207), quoted ~ above www.kjvtoday.com.

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