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{Genesis 41:23} And, behold, x2009 seven 7651 ears, 7641 withered, 6798 z8803 thin, 1851 [and] blasted 7710 z8803 with the east wind, 6921 sprung up 6779 z8802 after x310 them: y310
withered:
or, small
thin:
"And, behold, seven thin ears and blasted with the east wind sprung up after them." {Gen 41:6} + "Therefore their inhabitants were of small power, they were dismayed and confounded; they were [as] the grass of the field, and [as] the green herb, [as] the grass on the housetops, and [as corn] blasted before it be grown up." {2Kg 19:26} + "Let them be as the grass [upon] the housetops, which withereth afore it groweth up: ... Wherewith the mower filleth not his hand; nor he that bindeth sheaves his bosom." {Psa 129:6-7} + "For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up." {Hsa 8:7} + "Ephraim is smitten, their root is dried up, they shall bear no fruit: yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay [even] the beloved [fruit] of their womb." {Hsa 9:16} + "Though he be fruitful among [his] brethren, an east wind shall come, the wind of the LORD shall come up from the wilderness, and his spring shall become dry, and his fountain shall be dried up: he shall spoil the treasure of all pleasant vessels." {Hsa 13:15}
blasted:
All the mischief done to corn or fruit by blasting, smutting, mildew, etc. are attributed to the east wind (see parallel passages). In Egypt it is peculiarly destructive, because it comes through the parched deserts of Arabia, often destroying vast numbers of people. The destructive nature of the Sam, Simoom, Smoom, or Samiel, is mentioned by almost all travellers. When this pestilential wind advances, its approach is indicated by a redness in the air. The principal stream of the blast always moves in a line of about 20 yards in breadth, and 12 feet above the surface of the earth; but its parching influence pervades all places to a considerable distance. The only means of preservation from its noxious influence is to lie flat, with the face upon the ground, till the blast be over. Camels and other animals instinctively perceive its approach, and bury their mouths and nostrils in the ground. It rarely last more than seven or eight minutes, but so poisonous are its effects, that it instantly suffocates those who are unfortunate enough to inhale it.

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