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Holman Bible Dictionary

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Spit, Spittle

Spitting at or on someone is the strongest sign of contempt. The brother who refused to perform levirate marriage (have a child by his brother's wife to carry on the name of the brother, Deuteronomy 25:5-6) would have his face spit in by the spurned wife of the brother (Deuteronomy 25:7-9). The soldiers that mocked Jesus before His crucifixion spat on Him (Matthew 27:30). The religious leaders who tried Jesus before taking Him to Pilate spat in His face (Matthew 26:67). Spittle was used to heal (Mark 8:23; John 9:6). Mixing spittle with clay (John 9:6) may have been to deliberately break the Sabbath laws of the Jewish religious leaders.

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'SPIT, SPITTLE'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".
<>. 1991.


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